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The NADA Guide, which is published by the National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA), estimates 5-year auto insurance rates for drivers with various levels of on-road experience.

According to the NADA, a 2011 Honda CR-V owner with over six years’ experience behind the wheel will pay approximately $4,705 for auto insurance during the initial five years of vehicle ownership. That means an annual payment of $941, or a monthly bill of about $78.

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If you’re a new driver, though, you should anticipate paying higher rates to insure your 2011 Honda CR-V, the NADA says. The organization projects monthly auto insurance bills of about $146 for owners with between three and six years of on-road experience, and $225 for owners with under three years’ on-road experience.

These rate estimates are for the base model CR-V, which has 2-wheel drive and an entry-level MSRP of $21,895. An owner with more than six years of on-road experience who buys the 4-wheel drive CR-V with the highest-level trim and an optional navigation system can expect a monthly auto insurance bill of about $227.

By way of comparison, the base model Toyota RAV4 has a starting MSRP about $1,000 higher than the CR-V’s, and the NADA says that auto insurance rates for this compact SUV average about $87 per month for experienced drivers.

Like the RAV4, the Chevrolet Equinox is another top-ranked compact SUV similar to the CR-V. It starts at $22,995, and the NADA projects that its average auto insurance costs will be $89 per month for experienced drivers.

Honda CR-V Safety Ratings

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), which conducts safety testing for the insurance industry, gave the 2011 Honda CR-V the highest possible scores on rear, side, and head-on impact collision tests.

The CR-V only earned a “Marginal” rating in the IIHS’ roof strength test, though. This test measures how well a vehicle protects passengers and the driver in rollovers.

If you’re looking for a compact SUV with higher safety ratings, take a look at Volkswagen’s Tiguan, Hyundai’s Tucson, Kia’s Sportage or the Honda Element. All of these were rated “Top Safety Picks” among small SUVs by the IIHS.

The CR-V was also tested by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which gave it overall ratings of four out of five stars for front impact and lateral impact collision tests, as well as the rollover test.

The Honda CR-V’s most notable weaknesses in the testing were protection of a front-seat female passenger in the front barrier crash test, for which it received only three stars, and protection of a female driver in the side pole impact test, for which it received just two stars.

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Honda CR-V Safety Features

The CR-V’s safety equipment includes Vehicle Stability Assist, which is supplemented by a traction control feature. These two systems work together to apply brake pressure selectively when a skid occurs. This is intended to counter driver error and restore the CR-V to its intended course.

You’ll find this feature on most compact SUVs, including the Chevy Equinox, the Toyota RAV4, and the GMC Terrain.

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The CR-V also protects the driver and front passenger from experiencing whiplash in rear-end collisions with its active head restraints. When the Honda CR-V is involved in certain types of crashes, its front headrests angle themselves forward to support its occupants’ necks and heads.

Honda also equips the CR-V with these features:

  • Seat belt pre-tensioners on front seats
  • Dual stage front airbags
  • Tire pressure monitoring
  • Anti-lock brakes

Fuel Costs for the Honda CR-V

Drivers of the Honda CR-V should expect fuel economy of 21 mpg around town and 28 mpg on the freeway, reports the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). This rating is only about average for a small SUV like the CR-V.

If fuel efficiency is a major concern for you, take a look at the Mitsubishi Outlander and the Outlander Sport. The former gets 23 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway, while the latter boasts an estimated 24 city mpg/31 highway mpg.

The Ford Escape Hybrid offers the best fuel economy in the compact SUV class, but its starting MSRP of $32,320 is high relative to the base prices of its gasoline-powered competitors.

Honda CR-V Warranty

Honda warrants its vehicles for 36 months or 36,000 miles, and the CR-V’s powertrain is warranted for 60 months or 60,000 miles. General Motors SUVs, such as the GMC Terrain and the Chevrolet Equinox, have a very similar warranty, but their powertrains are warranted for 100,000 miles.

If a warranty is an important consideration for your family, check out the Hyundai Tucson.

Hyundai’s limited warranty is as long as many of its competitors’ powertrain warranties, at five years or 60,000 miles, and the company guarantees its vehicles’ powertrains for ten years or until the odometer hits 100,000 miles.

Reliability for the Honda CR-V

Using data from its Initial Quality Study and its Vehicle Dependability Study, J.D. Power and Associates calculates Predicted Reliability scores for many vehicles.

The two compact SUVs from Honda, the CR-V and the Element, both have scores of 9.0 on J.D. Power’s 10-point scale. This is the best rating of any small SUV. Toyota’s RAV4 earned a score of 8.0, and the following four small SUVs earned scores of 7.0:

Hyundai Tucson

Kia Sportage

Subaru Forester

Ford Escape

Honda CR-V Resale Value

Hondas are known for retaining their value, and the CR-V is no exception. Kelley Blue Book placed the 2011 CR-V on its “Best Resale Value Top 10” list, alongside the Audi A5 sedan, the BMW X5 and X6 SUVs, the Jeep Wrangler, and the Toyota Tacoma, among others.

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