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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Audio System Lighting
You can use the instrument panel brightness control knob to adjust the illumination of the audio system. The audio system illuminates when the parking lights are on, even if the radio is turne ...

Radio Data System (RDS)
Provides text data information related to your selected RDS capable FM station. ■ RDS INFO ON Press the SETUP button twice then press while listening to an RDS capable station. The stati ...

Disconnecting an iPod
You can disconnect the iPod at any time when you see ‘‘OK to disconnect’’ message* in the iPod display. Always make sure you see ‘‘OK to disconnect’’ message in the iPod disp ...