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2012 Honda CR-V

didn’t invent the compact market, but it often feels the folks behind the stylized H did.

Beaten to the punch by the RAV4 in the heady days of the back when the term meant something entirely the Honda CR-V nonetheless this market by storm. than 15 years on, it still the largest share of the consumer or SUV market (admittedly, the fleet-heavy Escape is the segment’s biggest

Was Honda wise in not dramatically its CR-V for its fourth-generation model, hit the markets not too long ago as a 2012

We decided to find out.

its rather more expressive the 2012 CR-V is much the underneath as it was last year. A four-cylinder sends power a five-speed automatic transmission to the front or, in the case of our tester, all wheels, and the CR-V rides on a passenger car architecture not too distantly to the Honda Civic.

Clever long a CR-V forte, although the integrated picnic included in the first-generation CR-V is gone. Too bad.

Like other Hondas, is available in a relatively wide that starts with wheel-clad LXs, moves up to wheel/moonroof EXs and leather seat before culminating with choice of rear seat or in-dash navigation. Our EX-L was equipped with the latter, made it the most expensive in the lineup.

What’s it up against?

The RAV4 grew a while so it isn’t as natural a CR-V as it might seem.

Instead, square this five-seat-only off against the Mazda CX-5, Escape, Volkswagen Tiguan and Kia among others. Each brings something unique to fast-growing segment.

How does it

Undoubtedly more distinctive its rather mushy predecessor, the finally has a face of its own. A front bumper gives it a pouty look, while black-finished headlamps are aggressively in their execution.

From CR-V retains the rugged also inexpensive) black seen on many rivals, but the side profile feature is its pointy D-pillar. Although it reduces rear visibility, design does give the a flavor of its own that’s carried on the tailgate. Tall tail hark back to the first not to mention the Volvo XC60, but the beltline only succeeds to this crossover an oddly look from the rear isn’t echoed up front.

And on the inside?

Ever since the CR-V, we’ve been impressed with Honda’s attention to detail. This model hardly disappoints. At its wide dashboard with controls and less-than-convincing fake (we think?) trim appears average in its execution, but a few minutes the wheel reveals a myriad of

Consider the high-mounted gear which frees up center space for a gigantic center box a retractable lid), several pockets for maps and nicknacks and cupholders. Further storage adorn the door cards, drivers and passengers plenty of for their must-haves . In comparison to that offer a small bin in the console, the CR-V feels it was designed during a corporate for Container Store employees.

And passengers need not consider contained thanks to excellent and rear space, which most midsize crossovers in of real-world roominess. So too a tall and carpeted cargo area, happily swallowed a pair of bikes after the second row was

All this goodness is, unfortunately, by a number of let-downs. Assembly on our tester felt top notch, nary a rattle nor a creak, but touch plastics were missing. The gathered leather were comfortable, but their could have come a Rubbermaid cow.

And the optional system was quick to reroute us but low-tech in its display quality and its of a tune knob. Skip the nav and buy a portable unit.

But does it go?

took the ultra-conservative (read: route for 2013 by recycling the model’s 2.4-liter four-cylinder and its automatic transmission.

Despite down a gear compared to of its freshest rivals, the CR-V manages to make the best of its 185 (at a high 7,000 rpm) and 163 of torque (at a still rather 4,400 rpm). Thanks to its lithe 3,545 lbs. weight as-tested, the CR-V feels down on power. The shifts quickly and smoothly and rather often at highway when passing requires a or two to find the power band.

To save fuel, an Econ accessible via a green button better fuel economy lights on the gauge cluster and gas pedal resistance. We found it the CR-V feel frustratingly unless we pushed the skinny to the ground; with the mode off, acceleration felt stronger.

We noticed an un-Honda-like at idle in our tester, but noise, and harshness was otherwise kept to levels. A little more roar than was expected did sour our high-speed driving however.

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CR-V uses an steering system clearly set up for over sportiness. Although the is generally precise, the wheel offers little road and an ultra-light level of resistance. So too the which feels taut and but hardly encourages sporting

Grip, thanks to the all-wheel-drive is always there, but the CR-V out of place on our winding road loop.

Clearly, this crossover is set up for the way average drivers use crossovers: Around town, its suspension was comfortably composed, and on the where netting the advertised 30 mpg feasible. We saw 24 mpg combined, which is a tick below the EPA’s Either way, those aren’t at the top of their class, but still pretty good for

Why you would buy it:

The CR-V is brilliantly inside and out and it provides all of the capability people seem to want a small crossover.

Why you wouldn’t:

interested in an engaging driving should look elsewhere.

bottom line

The Honda is the quintessential crossover we’d our neighbors to buy. As car people, left with respect but approaching enthusiasm for this competent of compact crossovers.

But for buyers, that’ll be just We would have liked to see continue its tradition of class-leading economy, but 30 mpg and a tick over for something that puts power to all four wheels and seats a family of four and luggage certainly makes a case for itself.

2012 Honda CR-V AWD (with navigation) base $29,795. As tested, $30,605.


Words and photos by Ganz.

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