2011 Honda CR-V – “As Practical as a Backpack”

March 9th, 2011 by

When Honda introduced the CR-V in 1997 the small SUV market was almost non-existant. While many of the Honda CR-V competitors have grown larger and less fuel efficient, the 2011 CR-V remains true to its origins making it stay at the top of the sales charts year after year.

“As practical as a backpack, this benchmark crossover is an easy, stylish on-size-fits-most car choice,” says Kelley Blue Book.

Fuel economy is just one of the highlights on the Honda CR-V but an important consideration as Mississippi Honda CR-V shoppers see gas prices creep over $3.30 a gallon. Fuel economy just isn’t something the competition can brag about. The CR-V boasts EPA estimated mpg ratings of 21 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway adding up to an impressive combined rating of 24 mpg overall.

We asked Ben Skirteck, a Honda Master Technician at Patty Peck Honda, to test drive the new 2011 Honda CR-V SE and give his driving impression as well as talk about the advantages of features like the i-VTEC engine as what make the CR-V achieve its low maintanance cost. The CR-V SE (Special Edition), adds to the standard features of the CR-V LX with:

17-inch alloy wheels
160-watt AM/FM/6-disc changer with six speakers
Steering wheel-mounted audio controls
Rear privacy glass
A dynamic forward cabin, a two-tiered grille and a distinctive side profile express the CR-V’s emphasis on upscale style and design. Compact on the outside yet

2011 Honda CRV EXL
2011 Honda CR-V EX-L

large on the inside, the interior provides a maximum passenger volume of 103.8 cu-ft. (CR-V LX), plus an accommodating cargo volume of 35.7 cu-ft. behind the rear seats. The 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine generates 180 horsepower (hp) and 161 lb-ft of torque. City/highway/combined EPA-estimated fuel-economy ratingsare 21/28/24 miles per gallon (mpg) on 2WD models and 21/27/23 mpg on models equipped with Real Time™ 4WD.

The CR-V’s interior emphasizes functionality and style. The front row storage areas are designed to accommodate items such as a handbag between the seats. For comfort, there are driver’s and front passenger’s center-folding armrests. A center console replaces the retractable center tray table on the CR-V EX-L with navigation.

“Through multiple generations it’s become a best-seller, with people finding much to like in its refined driving demeanor and practicality. The 2011 CR-V continues the trend and is certainly an example of Honda at its best.” Edmunds.com

Did you know? The CR-V continues to be the best-selling SUV in the United States for the fourth straight year in a row with calendar-year 2009 results of191,214. The CR-V is sold in 160 countries throughout North America, Europe, Asia, South America and Africa. U.S. market CR-Vs are assembled at the Honda of America Manufacturing, Inc., East Liberty Auto Plant in Ohio from domestic and globally sourced parts

Visit our 2011 Honda CR-V Research page for information on features, colors, digital brochure and our great selection of CR-V inventory New or Used. Also through May 4th save even more with Honda Special Rates as low as 0.9% on the Honda CR-V along with other Honda vehicles.

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