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While the CR-V used to look like a mini-SUV in its former iterations, this current generation of the CR-V has a smoother, more bulbous look that's always been a bit of an acquired taste. But take a look inside and it all makes a lot of sense. The interior has a level of practicality and versatility for small families at different stages, including a back seat that's split into three sections (very handy for drawing a center line in backseat disputes) and folds to a completely flat loading floor, and in some versions, a dual-deck cargo shelf that's great for stowing strollers. In back, you can properly clip in up to three child or baby seats, thanks to three sets of LATCH connectors.
Interior materials in the CR-V aren't anything special, but they look like they would clean up easily, The rear bench, too, is sized large enough for adults or lanky teenagers, and overall, ride comfort is good and the interior is relatively quiet—but don't expect it to feel like a luxury car.
Performance is probably the CR-V's weakness. Though the 180-horsepower, 2.4-liter engine and five-speed automatic transmission can move this crossover plenty quick—with a smooth, refined feel—it doesn't handle with much verve. That said, gas mileage is good (up to 21/29 mpg), and it feels stable and confident. Plus, it's likely one of the safest vehicles in its class, with Top Safety Pick status from the IIHS and a respectable four-star Overall rating in the tougher new federal tests.
See the full review of the 2011 Honda CR-V over at The Car Connection for more about the CR-V's feature set, plus related news as well highlights of what other review sources have said.