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QUALITY | 8 out of 10
enough comfort and convenience to please even more demanding customers
an inexpensive five-seat duffel bag on wheels
Car and Driver
the stiffness that makes the CR-V fun to drive on tight curves becomes a bit uncomfortable
New York Times
only harsh bumps really intrude into the cabin
The CR-V's interior is its best attribute
interior of the 2011 Honda CR-V is very spacious and can accommodate five adults rather comfortably (only four if you have broad-shouldered passengers in the backseat). The shifter is located at the bottom of the dash, in a layout more like that used for some minivans, but that allows more open space.
Although the driving position is good, the front seats could definitely be better. It all gets better in back, though; the CR-V has an adult-sized rear bench that feels roomier and more fully proportioned. Teenage children won't be suffering back there, and the beltline affords a good view out.
The backseat itself is split into two sections and folds down to a completely flat cargo floor—it's split 60/40, but the seatback is split 40/20/40 to make it comfortable for a passenger back there even when you're carrying long cargo. Altogether, it feels larger and usable than some other vehicles in this class because of the rather low cargo floor (making it easier to load) combined with the tall roof.
The hatch opens upward, rather than to the side, and the cargo floor measures 51 by 39 inches altogether with the back seats folded. EX and EX-L models get a dual-deck cargo shelf that's good for strollers, while LATCH child-seat positions are provided for all three positions in back.
Generally, reviewers weren't tremendously impressed with the materials in the CR-V, but it's a bit redeemed by a good design. Ride comfort is good, and the CR-V's cabin is a refined place, relative to other vehicles in its class, but don't expect it to be luxury-car quiet.
It's what inside that counts, and there's plenty of goodness here.