2012 Honda CRV Review Car Reviews

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Honda CR-V Hybrid

FAST FACTS

1. An updated 2.4L 4-cyl makes 185-hp and 163 lb-ft, an increase of 5-hp and 2 lb-ft.


2. Front-drive models get a 22/30-mpg rating (up 2/3 mpg) versus 22/31-mpg for AWD (up 1/3 mpg).

3. Rear cargo room is rated at 37.2 cu-ft with 70.9 cu-ft total.

The latest indignity came in the summer of 2011, when the Civic, Honda’s bread and butter product, was panned by a variety of media outlets for being inferior to offerings from Korea and America, an idea that would have been laughable just two years ago.

NEW LOOK, SORT OF

Interior changes are evident, with familiar Honda parts bin bits used for the window switches, while a lovely, thick rimmed steering wheel takes precedence amid a very subdued gauge cluster. Our EX-L tester was equipped with a light grey leather interior and a navigation system, which dominated the center stack. The navigation interface does look a little dated, but the system itself is intuitive and easy to use.

SMALL THINGS THAT MAKE A BIG DIFFERENCE

The navigation system also has a trick, three mode back-up camera with a standard view, wide angle view and a sort of periscope view that displays a downward 90 degree angle that makes it easier to view protruding objects like poles and barriers. Ample storage compartments are located throughout the cabin, including one designed to hold a large purse — clearly, the CR-V is skewed towards those with two X chromosomes.

Honda CR-V Hybrid

Little touches that make life easier seem to be the CR-V’s specialty. Beyond the backup camera and the storage compartments, the CR-V boasts the segment’s lowest loading floor. This may seem like an obscure statistic, but it makes loading everything from luggage to grocery bags to furniture so much easier, since one doesn’t have to propel them upwards, but can merely drop them in from a more natural height.

Should any more space be required, an ingenious single lever need only be pulled to fold the back seats entirely. We found ourselves thoroughly impressed with this bit of engineering, to the point where it almost sells the car itself.

SAME ENGINE, MORE MPGS

On the road, the CR-V is one of the better crossovers to drive. It won’t ever get confused for being remotely sporty, but it avoids feeling like a mushy mess at all times. The 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine makes 185-horsepower, and is able to move the CR-V along at a perfectly acceptable pace. We managed to test out the brakes during a relatively high speed panic stop situation and they performed remarkably well.

The 5-speed automatic transmission is transparent in its operation, and overall we’re impressed with the smooth, quiet nature of the driving experience.

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