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Honda CR-V Review

The Honda CR-V debuts for with a full redesign, a new exterior look, improved and fuel economy, a new automatic rear seat, and a number of tech features, such as streaming radio and a voice-oriented function.

With a focus on economy rather than the new Honda CR-V can feel at times, especially when at highway speeds, and all CR-Vs a 5-speed transmission, rather a 6-speed shifter utilized by competitive vehicles.

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By most accounts, Honda has a good vehicle even The automaker’s goal when its popular, family-oriented CV-R for was to make the vehicle more and functional, and Honda has succeeded on fronts. Add in a number of new tech sure to keep the competition on its and the 4th-generation CR-V should a hit with buyers of all ages, but those with growing

At a Glance

The redesigned, 4th-generation CR-V compact crossover SUV into 2012 with a exterior design, an updated a new all-wheel-drive system and a number of new features, including class-leading functions. Since its introduction in the the CR-V has been a hit with thanks to its versatility and practicality. For the 4th generation, the automaker focused on the vehicle more efficient, and functional, especially for families, who are the target demographic.

Just as it did redesigning the popular Civic for Honda took a conservative with the CR-V, opting for rather the earth-shattering updates. In the of some early reviewers, puts the CR-V’s class role in jeopardy, especially competitive vehicles from Chevy and Hyundai are nipping at its But Honda seems confident the updates it has made to the CR-V, efficiency and functionality, are those requested by automotive buyers.

Toward that end, touts a number of the CR-V’s new including an Easy Fold-Down split rear seat, the automaker says is the 2012 most significant new interior Offering more convenience manual-folding seats, the new rear automatically folds nearly at the flick of a lever. Honda lowered the height of the rear floor, making it easier to gear, and positioned the entire slightly lower for a more ride.

In addition, Honda a number of new standard features for The 5-passenger CR-V comes in LX, mid-level EX and luxury-oriented EX-L and all now come equipped with and a new multi-angle rear-view camera. All also receive Honda’s new LCD intelligent Multi-Information Display located in the center stack.

The new handles audio, Bluetooth and vehicle information, as well as music streaming and a new SMS text function, which reads texts and allows drivers to vocally using compatible smart phones.

Outside, the CR-V received updated which Honda calls dynamic and sophisticated. A redesigned fascia with a three-bar bold fender flares, a lower roofline, deeper along the sides, and the CR-V’s vertical brake lights the vehicle a sleeker, more appearance. In addition, Honda has the CR-V’s body and window to provide more outward for the driver and passengers. Although the overall length is 1 inch than the previous generation inches vs. 179.3 inches for interior design changes resulted in a slightly more cabin (an additional 0.3 cubic in the LX trim, and an additional 0.6 cubic in the EX and EX-L trims).

Cargo has also increased by 1.5 cubic to 37.2 cubic feet the rear seats up.

Despite its few minor drawbacks, focused on performance issues, the CR-V remains a good vehicle for buyers who are looking for a economic family vehicle. News and World Report the new CR-V its Best Affordable SUV for Families for 2012, and positions it the top of a very competitive and extensive

Similarly, Kelley Blue named the CR-V one of its 10 Best Cars for 2012. The CR-V was tapped as a Top Safety Pick for and was named a Best Resale Award winner, also by Blue Book.


The comes equipped with a single powerplant for 2012, a i-VTEC DOHC 4-cylinder that rolls over the previous year with minor improvements. The engine 185 hp and 163 lb-ft of torque, and links to a automatic transmission. Thanks to improvements, including a reduction in friction and wider shift the powerplant now posts fuel numbers of 23/31 mpg for front-wheel-drive (up 2 mpg city and 3 mpg highway), and 22/30 mpg for equipped with all-wheel (up 1 mpg city and 3 mpg highway).

A new feature for the CR-V, called the Econ mode, helps drivers get the efficient operation out of their Engaged by the driver via a button on the panel, the Econ mode the operation of the throttle, cruise and air conditioning systems to achieve fuel economy. It’s of the vehicle’s Eco Assist system, provides visual cues to the to encourage a more-efficient driving

With an emphasis on economy and the CR-V’s performance does not the expectations of some reviewers, who like to see an optional V6 or turbocharged offered by the automaker. The current drives the CR-V from 0 to 60 in 8.5 but some testers have out that the CR-V’s real issues are evident when from 50 to 70 mph, such as passing situations.

The 2012 Honda CR-V on regular unleaded fuel and has a capacity of 1,500 pounds, is unchanged from the previous

Ride Handling

Although the CR-V doesn’t quite a sedan in its ride and handling, it close, according to many Tuned for a smooth, comfortable the CR-V receives an updated for 2012, with a fully front MacPherson strut and a rear multi-link setup. and more compact than the suspension and chassis, the new configuration good handling while for a lower interior floor and cargo space. The CR-V’s radius is tight for an SUV, and and rear stabilizer bars reduce body roll cornering.

In addition, the chassis a good job of insulating passengers most rough roads.

offers the CR-V as either a or all-wheel-drive vehicle. New for 2012, an controlled Real Time AWD with intelligence, available at all levels, replaces the previous mechanically activated all-wheel-drive which allowed some slippage during activation. The new AWD provides smoother operation the previous setup, according to

In addition, the 2012 CR-V now equipped with a new Hill Assist feature, which rollback when the vehicle is on a hill. Honda also a new Motion-Adaptive Electric Power which works with the stability control system to slippage when cornering or inclement road conditions, and the driver in making steering Overall, however, the new steering gets mixed reviews early testers.

Some say it tight and sharp, especially compared to other vehicles in the while others critics it for limited feedback and some

Owners have always the CR-V high marks for its interior and ample cargo and that remains true for the version. Seats are comfortable for trips, with adequate and legroom in the front and back, and the new rear seat makes it to expand cargo space. pockets come standard on all and seatback storage is standard on the EX and

In addition, a redesigned center provides storage space, as an overhead console.

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Most find the CR-V cabin’s even at highway speeds. The LX receives 16-inch wheels for while the EX and EX-L ride on wheels with all-season

Cabin Comfort

The new CR-V one of the most comfortable, best-looking and cabins in its class, according to The automaker’s goal was to give the redesigned interior an upscale, feel, and most agree the effort has been successful, to high-quality materials and a softer, refined feel. Add in plenty of features and configurable cargo with low lift-over height, and the cabin is a winner.

In redesigning the interior, Honda paid attention to what it calls the driving experience, which everything from the height of the seat, providing good to the new intelligent Multi-Information Display which comes standard on all to the updated center console, storage space large to hold a sizable purse, to the steering wheel with controls, also standard on all The analog instrumentation is simple and with a large speedometer front and center, and reviewers find the controls easy to

In addition, the CR-V’s new cutting-edge features are sure grab the of buyers and competitors alike. All now come standard with a Rear-view Camera with which provides multiple angles behind the vehicle, on the i-MID screen. In addition, the system includes an SMS text-messaging which can read incoming heard through the audio and allows drivers to respond one of six factory-preset text messages. It works with a limited of phones, including the iPhone and high-end Android phones.

The i-MID display also the CR-V’s optional navigation which many reviewers find overly complicated to

The CR-V LX comes standard a 4-speaker, 160-watt audio while the EX and EX-L receive an 7-speaker, 328-watt system. now include Pandora music while the 328-watt system includes XM satellite radio. systems also include and an input jack and are controlled the i-MID system and steering-wheel-mounted

Other standard features the line include cruise power windows and door and a tilt-telescopic steering wheel. The EX and also come equipped dual-zone automatic climate and a leather-wrapped steering wheel, the EX-L receives leather heated front seats and a driver’s seat.


The Honda CR-V received top in all areas from both the and the NHTSA. The IIHS gave the a top rating of Good for front, and rear impact tests, as as for roof strength, earning the a Top Safety Pick designation, the NHTSA gave the CR-V 5 out of 5 in front crash, side and rollover tests.

All CR-V come standard with Stability Assist, Honda’s stability control system, as as antilock brakes with assist and electronic brakeforce Side curtain airbags a rollover sensor, as well as front and front-seat side also come standard on the CR-V.

A Pedestrian Injury Design, which includes fender mounts and supports as as a specially designed hood, improve a pedestrian’s chance of if struck by the vehicle. The CR-V’s seats are also designed to the severity of neck injuries in the the vehicle is struck from the

What Owners Think

In the 2012 CR-V, Honda to have hit its mark, since owners rave about the new look and updated features. find the CR-V’s ride smooth for a compact SUV, and that the vehicle handles the well. In addition, while owners feel the CR-V is others have a different finding plenty of power with good fuel

The cabin’s ergonomics, comfortable easy-to-read instrument panel, quality and overall fit and finish have impressed new owners, as as those who have upgraded older CR-Vs. In addition, owners note they’ve positive comments about the exterior design from and family members.

Road remains an issue with owners, especially when and others would like to see gas mileage. Others note the Econ system works during regular driving but caution against using it climbing hills or under loads. Overall, however, the comes highly recommended by owners, with some it the best CR-V yet, and comparing it in a positive way to similar, expensive vehicles from automakers.

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