2011 Honda CR-V Review

Since the current generation arrived in late 2006, I've driven the Honda CR-V during four model years in four states on six occasions. If reviewing cars were like doing laundry, the CR-V would be my well-worn pair of jeans. Honda still has a few things to iron out — chief among them being the CR-V's jittery ride — but to call foul on the market's best-selling crossover over a few loose threads would be to ignore the whole closet's worth of things the CR-V gets right.

The Honda CR-V may not be the most handsome or capable model in its class, but it delivers precisely the qualities a small crossover ought to.

This time around, I evaluated two EX-L models: one with front-wheel drive and one with all-wheel drive. The EX-L caps off a lineup that also includes, in ascending order, LX, SE and EX trims. The SE is new for 2011; click here to compare all four trims or here to compare the 2011 and 2010 CR-Vs.

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Automatic Transmission Fluid
Specified fluid: Honda ATF DW-1 (automatic transmission fluid) Check the fluid level when the engine is at normal operating temperature. 1. Park on level ground, and start the engine. 2. Wait unt ...

Wheel and Tire Specifications
Wheels: 17 x 6 1/2J Tires: 225/65R17 102T ...

Accessories and Modifications
Modifying your vehicle, or installing some non-Honda accessories, can make your vehicle unsafe. Before you make any modifications or add any accessories, be sure to read the following inform ...