2011 Honda
CR-V
vs. 2011 Suzuki
SX4 LE

2011 Honda CR-V

9.9

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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OK brakes
Disc
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Has stability control system
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Cruise control
Standard
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Average cargo space
72.9 ft3
2011 Suzuki SX4 LE

9.4

Runner-up

Suzuki SX4 LE

starting from

$15,960

Reasons to buy the Suzuki SX4 LE

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Good highway fuel efficiency
33 mpg
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More airbags
6
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Average number of gears
6
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Good city fuel efficiency
23 mpg
Safety Features 10.0 vs 8.6
2011 Honda CR-V Winner: CR-V
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  • Disc brakes on the CR-V can provide better stopping action
  • The CR-V 's electronic stability control reduces the risk of skidding during cornering
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 8.6
2011 Honda CR-V Winner: CR-V
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  • The convenience of keyless entry comes standard on the CR-V ; optional upgrade on the SX4 LE
Performance 9.6 vs 10.0
2011 Suzuki SX4 LE Winner: SX4 LE
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  • The SX4 LE has 1 more gear, which can improve performance, 6 vs 5
  • The SX4 LE needs around 10% less space to turn, 34.8 ft vs 37.8 ft
  • Almost the same, 18.1 lb/hp vs 18.8 lb/hp
Practicality 10.0 vs 9.6
2011 Honda CR-V Winner: CR-V
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  • Room for more than 4.5x more stuff, 72.9 ft3 vs 15.5 ft3
  • Passengers in front seats enjoy around 10% more room, 55.6 ft3 vs 50.6 ft3
  • The CR-V has 1 more cupholder, 8 vs 7
Entertainment System 10.0 vs 9.7
2011 Honda CR-V Winner: CR-V
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  • The CR-V has 2 more speakers, providing a better entertainment experience, 6 vs 4
Cost 9.8 vs 10.0
2011 Suzuki SX4 LE Winner: SX4 LE
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  • The best price we've seen is $7,445 cheaper (more than 30% less), $15,960 vs $23,405
  • Gets around 10% more miles per gallon in the city, 23 mpg vs 21 mpg
Road Tests - vs -
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  • Both have pokey 1/4 mile times
  • Both have sluggish 0-60 times
Crash Test Ratings 10.0 vs -
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Overall 9.9 vs 9.4

Safety Features

Honda
CR-V
2011 Honda CR-V
2011 Suzuki SX4 LE Suzuki
SX4 LE
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antilock brakes Standard vs Standard Both come standard with ABS brakes
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Stability control system Yes vs No The CR-V has electronic stability control, but the SX4 LE does not
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Airbags 5 vs 6 The SX4 LE has a good number of airbags, but the CR-V is just OK (missing Rear Side)
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Rear brakes Disc vs Drum The CR-V has good brakes for high-performance driving
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child door locks Standard vs Standard Child door locks come standard
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Roadside assistance system None vs None

Luxury Features

Honda
CR-V
2011 Honda CR-V
2011 Suzuki SX4 LE Suzuki
SX4 LE
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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 Optional The convenience of keyless entry comes standard on the CR-V ; optional upgrade on the SX4 LE
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leather Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers a leather interior

Performance

Honda
CR-V
2011 Honda CR-V
2011 Suzuki SX4 LE Suzuki
SX4 LE
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Horsepower 180 HP @ 6,800 RPM vs 150 HP @ 6,200 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 18.1 lb/hp Both have OK 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 34.8 ft The SX4 LE can make tight turns, and the CR-V is comparable to most other vehicles

Practicality

Honda
CR-V
2011 Honda CR-V
2011 Suzuki SX4 LE Suzuki
SX4 LE
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Passengers 5 vs 5 Average number of seats
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Highway driving range 428 miles vs 436 miles Very limited highway range
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Cargo space 72.9 ft3 vs 15.5 ft3 The CR-V has OK cargo room, while the SX4 LE has very little
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front seats 55.6 ft3 vs 50.6 ft3 The CR-V has average-sized front seats, while the SX4 LE is very cramped
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folding rear seats Standard vs Standard Both have a rear seat that folds down for extra storage space
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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 7 Both have lots of cupholders
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front air conditioning Standard vs Standard A/C for hot summer days comes standard

Entertainment System

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CR-V
2011 Honda CR-V
2011 Suzuki SX4 LE Suzuki
SX4 LE
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Number of speakers 6 vs 4 The CR-V has an OK number of speakers, while the SX4 LE has very few
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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

Cost

Honda
CR-V
2011 Honda CR-V
2011 Suzuki SX4 LE Suzuki
SX4 LE
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MSRP $23,405 vs $15,960 Inexpensive
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In-city gas mileage 21 mpg vs 23 mpg The SX4 LE has great city mileage and the CR-V 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

Road Tests

Honda
CR-V
2011 Honda CR-V
2011 Suzuki SX4 LE Suzuki
SX4 LE
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0-60 mph 9.2 seconds vs 10.3 seconds Both have sluggish 0-60 times
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Braking distance at 60mph 123 ft vs 129 ft The CR-V has above average braking ability for this class of vehicle, but the SX4 LE is just OK
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1/4 mile 16.9 s s @ 82.9 mph mph vs 18.0 s s @ 81.0 mph mph Both have pokey 1/4 mile times
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Lateral acceleration 0.77 g vs Unknown
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Top speed Unknown vs 100 mph

Crash Test Ratings

Honda
CR-V
2011 Honda CR-V
2011 Suzuki SX4 LE Suzuki
SX4 LE
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Rollover resistance 4 stars vs 4 stars OK protection, 10% to 20% chance of rolling over during emergency lane change
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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

2011 Honda CR-V EX-L 2011 Honda Accord EX-L CR-V EX-L vs Accord EX-L
2011 Honda CR-V 2011 Nissan Murano LE CR-V vs Murano LE
2011 Honda CR-V 2011 BMW X3 xDrive28i CR-V vs X3 xDrive28i
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 Suzuki SX4 LE 2011 Suzuki Grand Vitara Premium SX4 LE vs Grand Vitara Premium
2011 Suzuki SX4 LE 2011 Honda Fit SX4 LE vs Fit
2011 Suzuki SX4 LE 2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited SX4 LE vs RAV4 Limited
2011 Suzuki SX4 LE 2011 Toyota Yaris SX4 LE vs Yaris
2011 Suzuki SX4 LE 2011 Volkswagen Golf SX4 LE vs Golf

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