2011 Honda
CR-V
vs. 2011 Honda
Element EX

2011 Honda CR-V

9.7

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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Less chance of rolling over during emergency lane change
4 stars
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Good braking distance from 60mph
123 ft
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Child door locks
Standard
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Good highway fuel efficiency
28 mpg
2011 Honda Element EX

9.3

Runner-up

Honda Element EX

starting from

$23,745
"It provides a durable and practical way to move your stuff."
usnews.rankingsandreviews.com | talking about the Element's value
"Useful and innovative cargo options."
usnews.rankingsandreviews.com | talking about the Element's storage

Reasons to buy the Honda Element EX

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Has a subwoofer
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Below average ground clearance for rough terrain
6.9"
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Spacious front seats
58.7 ft3
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Comparable turning radius
34.9 ft
Safety Features 10.0 vs 6.9
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
Entertainment System 8.2 vs 10.0
2011 Honda Element EX Winner: Element EX
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  • The Element EX's subwoofer accurately reproduces deep bass notes in music
  • The Element EX has 1 more speaker, providing a better entertainment experience, 7 vs 6
Practicality 10.0 vs 9.0
2011 Honda CR-V Winner: CR-V
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  • Almost the same
  • Room for 1 more person, 5 vs 4
  • The CR-V has 1 more cupholder, 8 vs 7
Performance 9.8 vs 10.0
2011 Honda Element EX Winner: Element EX
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  • The Element EX needs around 10% less space to turn, 34.9 ft vs 37.8 ft
Cost 10.0 vs 9.9
Too close to call
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  • Inexpensive
  • Shorter basic warranty
  • Shorter-lasting basic warranty
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 -
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  • Both have sluggish 0-60 times
Crash Test Ratings 10.0 vs -
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Overall 9.7 vs 9.3

Safety Features

Honda
CR-V
2011 Honda CR-V
2011 Honda Element EX Honda
Element EX
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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 The CR-V has an OK number of airbags while the Element EX has very few (missing Rear Curtain)
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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 Element EX
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Roadside assistance system None vs None

Entertainment System

Honda
CR-V
2011 Honda CR-V
2011 Honda Element EX Honda
Element EX
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Number of speakers 6 vs 7 Average number of speakers
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Has speed sensitive volume Yes vs No The CR-V 's stereo cranks the volume to compensate for road noise, but the Element EX does not
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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 Yes The Element EX has a subwoofer to accurately produce deep bass frequencies in music
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entertainment system Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers an entertainment system

Practicality

Honda
CR-V
2011 Honda CR-V
2011 Honda Element EX Honda
Element EX
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Passengers 5 vs 4 The CR-V has the usual number of seats, while the Element EX has very few
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Cargo space 72.9 ft3 vs 74.6 ft3 Both have OK cargo room
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front seats 55.6 ft3 vs 58.7 ft3 The Element EX has roomy front seats and the CR-V is OK
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Base payload capacity 850 lb vs 670 lb Average towing capacity
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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 Element EX
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power outlets Standard vs Standard Both have power outlets
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navigation system Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers a navigation system
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Cupholders 8 vs 7 The CR-V has a good number of cupholders, but the Element EX is just OK
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front air conditioning Standard vs Standard A/C for hot summer days comes standard

Performance

Honda
CR-V
2011 Honda CR-V
2011 Honda Element EX Honda
Element EX
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Horsepower 180 HP @ 6,800 RPM vs 166 HP @ 5,800 RPM Underpowered
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Number of gears 5 vs 5 Average number of gears
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Transmission Automatic transmission vs Automatic transmission Both only offer an automatic transmission, unlike most in this class
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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 21.3 lb/hp The CR-V has OK performance while the Element EX gives sluggish performance
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Drivetrain type two-wheel drive vs two-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 34.9 ft Both cars corner comparably to other vehicles in their class

Cost

Honda
CR-V
2011 Honda CR-V
2011 Honda Element EX Honda
Element EX
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MSRP $23,405 vs $23,745 Inexpensive
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In-city gas mileage 21 mpg vs 20 mpg The CR-V has great city mileage and the Element EX is pretty reasonable
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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

Luxury Features

Honda
CR-V
2011 Honda CR-V
2011 Honda Element EX Honda
Element EX
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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

Honda
CR-V
2011 Honda CR-V
2011 Honda Element EX Honda
Element EX
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0-60 mph 9.2 seconds vs 10.4 seconds Both have sluggish 0-60 times
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Braking distance at 60mph 123 ft vs 140 ft The CR-V has above average braking ability, but the Element EX is quite bad
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1/4 mile 16.9 s s @ 82.9 mph mph vs 18.0 s s @ 78.0 mph mph The CR-V 's 1/4 mile time is average, but the Element EX's is quite bad
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Lateral acceleration 0.77 g vs 0.77 g Both have unremarkable cornering abilities
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Top speed Unknown vs Unknown

Crash Test Ratings

Honda
CR-V
2011 Honda CR-V
2011 Honda Element EX Honda
Element EX
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Rollover resistance 4 stars vs 3 stars The better is 1.7x safer than the Element EX
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Front driver crash test 4 stars vs Unknown
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Driver side crash test 3 stars vs Unknown

Other Vehicles to Consider

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2011 Honda CR-V 2011 Nissan Murano LE CR-V vs Murano LE
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2011 Honda CR-V EX-L 2011 Toyota Highlander SE CR-V EX-L vs Highlander SE
2011 Honda CR-V 2011 Honda Accord Crosstour EX CR-V vs Accord Crosstour EX
2011 Honda Element EX 2011 Nissan cube Element EX vs cube
2011 Honda Element EX 2011 Kia Soul Element EX vs Soul
2011 Honda Element EX 2011 Toyota FJ Cruiser Element EX vs FJ Cruiser
2011 Honda Element EX 2011 Scion xB Release Series Element EX vs xB Release Series
2011 Honda Element EX 2011 Honda Pilot EX Element EX vs Pilot EX

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