Consumer Reviews Summary
92 of 104 (88%) customers said they would recommend this vehicle to a friend.
2012 Honda CR-V Overview
For 2012, Honda completely redesigned the CR-V compact crossover taking an already impressive vehicle and improving it even further.
Starting on the outside, the changes to the CR-V are more subtle than groundbreaking. Much like the Civic which was also redesigned this year, the CR-V will look very familiar but there are differences. Up front is a new, larger grille and headlights, while in the back the CR-V loses the rounded rear pillar for a more filled out look with taillights that climb up the sides of the car.
Not much has changed under the hood for 2012; the CR-V keeps essentially the same engine and transmission, but improvement have been made that have increased fuel economy by 2 mpg both city and highway compared to last year. The CR-V marches on without the V-6 option that many of the other crossovers in this segment offer, the only engine option being a 185-horsepower, 2.4-liter four-cylinder that is mated to a five-speed automatic. A re-worked all-wheel drive system is available as an option.
As previously mentioned, efficiency has improved thanks to engine improvements a new “Econ” button on the dash that when activated changes throttle response to make the CR-V more efficient. Fuel economy now sits at 23 mpg in the city and 31 mpg on the highway (22/30 mpg city/highway if you opt for all-wheel drive).
Similar to the exterior, the interior also gets a new look for 2012 and a few new handy features, including rear seats that fold down to open up a large storage space in the rear with one handle pull. We had a chance to test this feature out at the LA Auto Show and it was one of our favorite things about the new CR-V. The standard features list has been expanded and now includes Bluetooth® connectivity, air conditioning, USB/auxiliary audio inputs, and Honda’s intelligent Multi-Information display (or i-MID) which sits above the center console and displays information such as fuel economy, range, music/artist info, or even a custom wallpaper you can upload. Optional features include leather upholstery, heated front seats, navigation system, automatic climate-control, and a backseat entertainment system.
As far as safety is concerned, the 2012 CR-V adds a standard backup camera, a standard feature not usually found in this class, which offers three different views and makes reversing a cinch. The CR-V is an IIHS Top Safety Pick and also offers six airbags, traction control, and antilock brakes all standard.
The 2012 Honda CR-V will compete against a couple of other compact crossovers that will come out of the next few years, including the Ford Escape and the new Mazda CX-5. But the CR-V more than holds its own, with a great mix of practicality, fuel economy, a low base price, and more standard features than ever.