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PERFORMANCE | 6 out of 10
the automatic offers smooth upshifts and is quick to respond
New York Times
Driving around the city is pleasant enough, but merging and passing maneuvers tap out the engine's torque reserves.
Edmunds' Inside Line
CR-V never leaves you wanting for power
spry handling and Honda-direct steering
won't stir the souls of sports enthusiasts, but it isn't meant to
Honda has stuck with a single powertrain for the CR-V—a 2.4-liter four-cylinder making 180 horsepower, with a five-speed automatic transmission.
Some other models in its class offer an optional V-6, and depending on whether or not you expect V-6 torque, you might either think that the CR-V comes up just a little bit short on grunt or is just fine. We think the latter; the engine does just fine in the CR-V, feeling surprisingly smooth and refined, with enough power for all but high-speed passing with a heavy load. Our only complaint is that the transmission is hesitant to downshift, resulting in lost momentum on steep grades.
Despite the tall perch, the 2011 CR-V drives pretty much like an economical, comfort-oriented sedan; handling feels stable but not very sporty. An improved all-wheel-drive system is available, and it works with the stability control system to send power to the wheels where it's needed most.
Performance sure isn't the 2011 Honda CR-V's strong suit, but it's not an outright disappointment either.