Well-rounded and a great choice for families, the 2011 Honda CR-V is one of our favorite compact crossover Suvs. Honda CR-V SUV offers the following pros: Roomy passenger and trunk areas; straightforward dashboard controls; nifty family-friendly features; agile handling; exemplary crashworthiness. Honda CR-V SUV drawbacks are: No auxillary motor upgrade; elevated road noise; transmission lacks manual mode.
The 2011 Honda CR-V is a crossover SUV that straddles the line between compact and midsize. It is available in LX, SE, EX, EX-L and EX-L with Navigation versions, and every can be equipped with front- or all-wheel drive.
The LX comes traditional with 17-inch metal wheels, keyless entry, full performance accessories, air-conditioning, cruise control, a tilt-and-telescoping helm, driver bench height adjustment, 40/20/40 sliding and reclining back seatings, a retractable front center tray table and a four-speaker audio with CD/MP3 player and an optional stereo slot. The SE adds alloy wheels, back privacy glass and an updated stereo system (with a Six-cd changer and six speakers).
The EX adds a sunroof, a dual-level trunk space and steering-wheel stereo controls. Going with the EX-L gets you automatic headlights, heated mirrors, dual-zone automatic conditioning, an eight-way performance driver bench, leather upholstery, heated front seatings, a fixed front center control panel and a seven-speaker audio (with subwoofer, USB stereo slot and radio). The EX-L with Navigation adds a (surprise!) navigator along with voice controls, Bluetooth and a rearview camera.
The Nissan X-trail looks substantial, chunky and capable. The entry-level SE model comes with a lot of of goodies including body-colour bumpers, roof runners and 16 inch alloy wheels. Select the mid-range Columbia model we drove and you get back privacy glass, 17-inch alloys, roof spoiler, sunroof and fog lamps. The range-topping Aventura adds xenon headlamps with washers while roof-mounted ’safari’ spot lamps are an feature exclusive to this trim.
X-trails are available with or without 4×4 capability. Either is very practical. Depending on whether you are using the back seatings, the cargo capability ranges from 410 litres (350 below the cover) to 1841, litres. The boot floor is covered in a resin fabric making it simple to clean while a trunk net is available to keep your possessions from sliding about. The hatch-style boot opening makes for simple loading and unloading.
The entry level SE model boasts a generous level of equipment including body-coloured bumpers, leather trimmed gear-knob, hand-brake and helm plus 16-inch alloy wheels and CD player. Columbia and Aventura trims offer nice upgrades including sunroof, leather upholstery and sat-nav.