The Good The Honda CR-V is still one of the best-handling crossovers in its class, with very sedan-like manners at all speeds.
The Bad The cabin technology suite feels a bit outdated. While comprehensive, the voice command system requires far too much of the user's attention to be useful at speed. Fuel economy is middling at best.
The Bottom Line 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.
2011 Honda CR-V EX-L
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.
Two years is a lifetime for technology
As we stated earlier, the CR-V's cabin tech package was showing signs of age when we last saw it. So how does the Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System hold up after two more years of innovation on the car tech landscape? As you'd imagine, not very well.