2011 Honda
CR-V
vs. 2011 Honda
CR-Z

2011 Honda CR-V

10.0

Winner

Honda CR-V

starting from

$23,405
"We're certainly smitten with the CR-V's ability to comfortably take on both people and cargo."
edmunds.com | talking about the CR-V's interior quality
"Well-rounded and a great choice for families."
edmunds.com | talking about the CR-V's overall satisfaction

Reasons to buy the Honda CR-V

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Has 2 rows of seats
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Average number of passenger seats
5
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Less safe for the driver in head-on collisions
4 stars
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Child door locks
Standard
2011 Honda CR-Z

9.4

Runner-up

Honda CR-Z

starting from

$20,115
"The instrumentation reveals the car’s fuel-economy mission."
caranddriver.com | talking about the CR-Z's controls
"Engine unfazed by ultra-low-rpm power requests."
caranddriver.com | talking about the CR-Z's engine

Reasons to buy the Honda CR-Z

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Is a hybrid
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Fantastic city fuel efficiency
31 mpg
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Fantastic highway fuel efficiency
37 mpg
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Less chance of rolling over during emergency lane change
5 stars
Practicality 10.0 vs 8.2
2011 Honda CR-V Winner: CR-V
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  • Almost the same
  • Room for 3 more people, 5 vs 2
  • The CR-V has 5 more cupholders, 8 vs 3
Safety Features 10.0 vs 8.5
2011 Honda CR-V Winner: CR-V
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  • Almost the same
  • The CR-V has 1 more airbag (including Rear Curtain), 5 vs 4
Cost 9.6 vs 10.0
2011 Honda CR-Z Winner: CR-Z
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  • Gets around 50% more miles per gallon in the city, 31 mpg vs 21 mpg
  • The best price we've seen is $3,290 cheaper (more than 10% less), $20,115 vs $23,405
Crash Test Ratings 10.0 vs 9.8
2011 Honda CR-V Winner: CR-V
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  • The CR-V has 1.8x less risk of serious injury, 4 stars vs 3 stars
Performance 10.0 vs 9.9
Too close to call
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  • Neither has a good drivetrain for off-road or bad weather driving
  • Underpowered
Entertainment System 10.0 vs 10.0
Too close to call
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  • Both have speed-sensitive volume
  • Both have an audio-in jack so you can plug in your own MP3 player to the stereo
  • Neither has a subwoofer; audio won't have that deep thumping bass sound
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 10.0
Too close to call
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  • Neither offers a sun roof
  • Neither offers a leather interior
  • Neither has a power seat option
Road Tests - vs 10.0
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  • Both vehicles have above average braking abilities for this class of vehicle
Overall 10.0 vs 9.4

Practicality

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CR-V
2011 Honda CR-V
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CR-Z
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Passengers 5 vs 2 The CR-V has the usual number of seats, while the CR-Z has very few
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Highway driving range 428 miles vs 392 miles Very limited highway range
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Cargo space 72.9 ft3 vs 25.1 ft3 The CR-V has OK cargo room, while the CR-Z has very little
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front seats 55.6 ft3 vs 49.1 ft3 The CR-V has average-sized front seats, while the CR-Z is very cramped
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folding rear seats Standard vs Not Available The CR-V 's standard folding rear seat will get you extra cargo room; not available on the CR-Z
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power outlets Standard vs Standard Both have power outlets
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roof rails Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers roof rails
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navigation system Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers a navigation system
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Cupholders 8 vs 3 The CR-V has a good number of cupholders, but the CR-Z does not
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front air conditioning Standard vs Standard A/C for hot summer days comes standard

Safety Features

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antilock brakes Standard vs Standard Both come standard with ABS brakes
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Stability control system Yes vs Yes Both have electronic stability control
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Airbags 5 vs 4 OK number of airbags
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Rear brakes Disc vs Disc Both have the usual brakes for this class of vehicle
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child door locks Standard vs Not Available Keep kids safe in the rear seat with standard child door locks on the CR-V ; optional upgrade on the CR-Z
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Roadside assistance system None vs None

Cost

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MSRP $23,405 vs $20,115 Inexpensive
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In-city gas mileage 21 mpg vs 31 mpg The CR-Z gets great city mileage, and the CR-V gets OK mileage
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basic warranty miles 36,000 mile vs 36,000 mile Shorter basic warranty
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basic warranty years 3 year vs 3 year Shorter-lasting basic warranty

Crash Test Ratings

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CR-V
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Rollover resistance 4 stars vs 5 stars The CR-Z is exceptionally safe; 1.5x safer than the CR-V
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Front driver crash test 4 stars vs 3 stars Poor protection, 10% to 20% chance of serious head or chest injuries in a crash
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Driver side crash test 3 stars vs 3 stars Poor protection, 11% to 20% chance of serious chest injuries in a crash

Performance

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Horsepower 180 HP @ 6,800 RPM vs 122 HP @ 6,000 RPM Underpowered
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Number of gears 5 vs 6 Average number of gears
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Transmission Automatic transmission vs Manual transmission The CR-V 's automatic transmission is convenient for stop-and-go traffic
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paddle shifters Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers paddle shifters
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Air compressor None vs None Neither has an air compressor for increased power output
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Power-to-weight ratio 18.8 lb/hp vs 21.6 lb/hp The CR-V has OK performance while the CR-Z gives sluggish performance
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Drivetrain type two-wheel drive vs front-wheel drive Neither has a good drivetrain for off-road or bad weather driving
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Curb-to-curb turning radius 37.8 ft vs 35.4 ft The CR-Z can make tight turns, and the CR-V is comparable to most other vehicles

Entertainment System

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CR-V
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Number of speakers 6 vs 6 Average number of speakers
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Has speed sensitive volume Yes vs Yes Both have speed-sensitive volume
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CD player Standard vs Standard CD player comes standard
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premium radio Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers satellite radio
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Has auxiliary audio input Yes vs Yes Both have an audio-in jack so you can plug in your own MP3 player to the stereo
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Has subwoofer No vs No Neither has a subwoofer; audio won't have that deep thumping bass sound
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entertainment system Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers an entertainment system

Luxury Features

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CR-V
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moon roof Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers a sun roof
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power seats Not Available vs Not Available Neither has a power seat option
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keyless entry Standard vs Standard Both have keyless entry
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leather Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers a leather interior

Road Tests

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CR-V
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0-60 mph 9.2 seconds vs 8.3 seconds The CR-Z 's 0-60 time is average for this class of vehicle, but the CR-V is sluggish
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Braking distance at 60mph 123 ft vs 122 ft Both vehicles have above average braking abilities for this class of vehicle
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1/4 mile 16.9 s s @ 82.9 mph mph vs 16.4 s s @ 83.6 mph mph The CR-Z 's 1/4 mile time is average, but the CR-V 's is quite bad
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Lateral acceleration 0.77 g vs 0.84 g The CR-Z has good cornering abilities compared to the merely average CR-V
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Top speed Unknown vs 121 mph

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2011 Honda CR-V 2011 Honda Accord Crosstour EX CR-V vs Accord Crosstour EX
2011 Honda CR-Z 2011 Toyota Prius Four CR-Z vs Prius Four
2011 Honda CR-Z 2012 Honda Civic Si CR-Z vs Civic Si
2011 Honda CR-Z 2011 Honda Insight CR-Z vs Insight
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