Honda CR-V aging gracefully, still needs an update

The Honda CR-V is starting to show its age and is in need of a serious cabin tech overhaul. Fortunately, the performance and handling still have a few years left in them.

Honda's CR-V still has the performance to hang with the competition, but it's cabin tech is in serious need of an update.
Honda's CR-V still has the performance to hang with the competition, but it's cabin tech is in serious need of an update. Josh Miller/CNET

When we last saw the Honda CR-V, we were behind the wheel of the 2009 CR-V EX-L 4WD with navigation. A little over two years later, we found ourselves spending a week with the new 2011 CR-V EX-L 4WD with navigation. Not much has changed for Honda's little crossover. Aside from a refreshed front end, physically the CR-V is virtually unchanged. Under the hood, Honda's engineers have been able to coax about 20 more ponies out of the 2.4-liter engine, but you probably wouldn't notice that without back-to-back testing of the two generations. Most heinously, the cabin technology package--which was showing its age in late 2008--hasn't been updated at all. There's still a six-disc, cartridge-fed CD changer in the center console! Talk about your blast from the past.

Check out the full review of the 2011 Honda CR-V EX-L 4WD with navigation for more photos, video, and details.

 

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