2011 Honda
CR-V
vs. 2011 Toyota
Matrix

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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Power locks
Standard
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Keyless entry
Standard
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Cruise control
Standard
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Power windows
Standard
2011 Toyota Matrix

9.2

Runner-up

Toyota Matrix

starting from

$19,605

Reasons to buy the Toyota Matrix

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Good city fuel efficiency
26 mpg
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Good highway fuel efficiency
32 mpg
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Average range in the city
343 miles
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Tighter turning radius
36.0 ft
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 5.5
2011 Honda CR-V Winner: CR-V
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  • The convenience of keyless entry comes standard on the CR-V ; not available on the Matrix
Performance 10.0 vs 9.7
2011 Honda CR-V Winner: CR-V
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  • The CR-V 's automatic transmission is convenient for stop-and-go traffic, Automatic transmission vs Manual transmission
  • The CR-V 's power-to-weight ratio is more than 10% better, providing a sportier ride, 18.8 lb/hp vs 21.7 lb/hp
  • Around 40% more powerful, 180 HP @ 6,800 RPM vs 132 HP @ 6,000 RPM
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 9.7 vs 10.0
2011 Toyota Matrix Winner: Matrix
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  • Gets more than 20% more miles per gallon in the city, 26 mpg vs 21 mpg
  • The best price we've seen is $3,800 cheaper (around 20% less), $19,605 vs $23,405
Safety Features 10.0 vs 10.0
Too close to call
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  • Child door locks come standard
Practicality 10.0 vs 9.9
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  • Both have lots of cupholders
  • Both have a rear seat that folds down for extra storage space
  • Neither offers roof rails
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 10.0 vs 9.2

Luxury Features

Honda
CR-V
2011 Honda CR-V
2011 Toyota Matrix Toyota
Matrix
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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 Not Available The convenience of keyless entry comes standard on the CR-V ; not available on the Matrix
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leather Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers a leather interior

Performance

Honda
CR-V
2011 Honda CR-V
2011 Toyota Matrix Toyota
Matrix
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Horsepower 180 HP @ 6,800 RPM vs 132 HP @ 6,000 RPM Underpowered
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Number of gears 5 vs 5 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 21.7 lb/hp The CR-V has OK performance while the Matrix 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 36.0 ft The Matrix 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 4 The CR-V has an OK number of speakers, while the Matrix 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

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CR-V
2011 Honda CR-V
2011 Toyota Matrix Toyota
Matrix
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MSRP $23,405 vs $19,605 Inexpensive
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In-city gas mileage 21 mpg vs 26 mpg The Matrix 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

Safety Features

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CR-V
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2011 Toyota Matrix Toyota
Matrix
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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 5 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 Standard Child door locks come standard
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Roadside assistance system None vs None

Practicality

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CR-V
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2011 Toyota Matrix Toyota
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Passengers 5 vs 5 Average number of seats
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Highway driving range 428 miles vs 422 miles Very limited highway range
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Cargo space 72.9 ft3 vs 61.5 ft3 Both have OK cargo room
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front seats 55.6 ft3 vs 52.0 ft3 The CR-V has average-sized front seats, while the Matrix 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 8 Both have lots of cupholders
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front air conditioning Standard vs Standard A/C for hot summer days comes standard

Road Tests

Honda
CR-V
2011 Honda CR-V
2011 Toyota Matrix Toyota
Matrix
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0-60 mph 9.2 seconds vs 10.1 seconds Both have sluggish 0-60 times
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Braking distance at 60mph 123 ft vs 139 ft The CR-V has above average braking ability, but the Matrix is quite bad
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1/4 mile 16.9 s @ 82 mph vs 17.7 s @ 79 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 115 mph

Crash Test Ratings

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CR-V
2011 Honda CR-V
2011 Toyota Matrix Toyota
Matrix
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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 EX 2011 Nissan Murano SL CR-V EX vs Murano SL
2011 Honda CR-V 2011 Toyota RAV4 CR-V vs RAV4
2011 Honda CR-V EX-L 2011 Honda Accord Crosstour EX-L CR-V EX-L vs Accord Crosstour EX-L
2011 Honda CR-V EX-L 2011 BMW X3 xDrive28i CR-V EX-L vs X3 xDrive28i
2011 Toyota Matrix 2011 Honda Fit Sport Matrix vs Fit Sport
2011 Toyota Matrix S 2011 Toyota Corolla S Matrix S vs Corolla S
2011 Toyota Matrix 2011 Toyota Yaris Matrix vs Yaris
2011 Toyota Matrix 2011 Toyota RAV4 Matrix vs RAV4
2011 Toyota Matrix 2011 Nissan Versa Matrix vs Versa

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