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A proper center console replaces the retractable center tray table on certain models, while both inboard, front-seat armrests are one inch wider for greater comfort.
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Every time I looked for something, it was there
touchscreen navigation system that includes a rearview camera and digital audio card reader
Even with the navi, it was easy to program the audio system.
2011 Honda CR-V is offered in a full range of trims, ranging from the quite basic LX up to very well-appointed EX-L. Honda tends to save many of the most desirable tech features for its most expensive, luxurious trims, and the practice can be frustrating for someone who wants a feature like Bluetooth, for hands-free calling, but doesn't want the EX-L's navigation system, or need dual-zone climate control, a power driver's seat, and premium audio. Not everyone has the budget for it either, for that matter.
Mid-range EX models get that upgraded sound, as well as a moonroof, larger alloy wheels, and steering-wheel audio controls, as well as an upgraded audio system, but the top-of-the-line system, with a USB interface, XM Satellite Radio, and seven speakers, is also reserved for the EX-L with nav.
If you can live with a somewhat basic features list, you'll find the CR-V a bargain. That said, the base LX and mid-grade EX are quite well-equipped. For this year, Honda has also introduced a Special Edition (SE) model that slots between the LX and EX and includes many of the EX features at a lower price.
The 2011 Honda CR-V has an average features and options list for its class, but desirable tech features like Bluetooth are absent from most of the line.