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2012 Honda CR-V

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2012 Honda CR-V
Available in 6 styles:  2012 Honda CR-V 4dr AWD shown
Asking Price Range
Estimated MPG

22–23 city / 30–31 hwy


    Expert Reviews 2 of 4
2012 Honda CR-V 4.5 116
$ 13,872-22,656
December 20, 2011
Vehicle Overview

Honda's CR-V has been redesigned for 2012. The five-seat compact crossover has new styling inside and out, and it gets better gas mileage than its predecessor. Offered with either front- or all-wheel drive, all CR-Vs are powered by a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine. The CR-V is offered in LX, EX and EX-L trim levels. Competitors include the Ford Escape, Toyota RAV4 and Hyundai Tucson.

The 2012 CR-V's styling revisions eliminate one of its more controversial design features — the prior generation's underbite front end has been ditched in favor of a more conventional grille that's bounded at its upper edges by new headlights.

The CR-V's profile looks different thanks to changes in the crossover's greenhouse. Whereas the prior model's side glass arced gracefully lower at the rear, there's now a kink in the window line that draws attention to the rear roof pillars and the restyled taillights that climb them. There's a new liftgate, too, which has a modern look. Exterior features include:

  • Standard 16-inch steel wheels; optional 17-inch alloy wheels
  • Standard folding power side mirrors
  • Optional power moonroof
  • Optional roof rails
  • Optional fog lights
  • Optional body-colored door handles
  • Optional rear privacy glass

Like the exterior, the CR-V's cabin is an evolution of the former design. The door panels, steering wheel and dashboard sport a new look, but materials quality doesn't seem nice enough in places for an all-new model. Honda did, however, significantly simplify the folding procedure for the backseat. Interior features include:

  • Standard air conditioning; optional dual-zone automatic air conditioning
  • Standard Bluetooth connectivity including streaming audio
  • Standard CD stereo with USB port, MP3 jack and Pandora compatibility
  • Standard cruise control
  • Standard tilt/telescoping steering wheel
  • Standard center console
  • Standard 60/40-split folding backseat
  • Optional power driver's seat
  • Optional leather seats with front seat heaters
  • Optional navigation system
  • Optional backseat entertainment system

Under the Hood
All CR-V trim levels are powered by a 185-horsepower, 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that teams with a five-speed automatic transmission. Gas mileage has improved, with front-wheel-drive models rated at an EPA-estimated 23/31 mpg city/highway while all-wheel-drive versions get 22/30 mpg. Mechanical features include:

  • Engine uses regular gas
  • Hill start assist
  • Electric power steering
  • 1,500-pound towing capacity

Standard safety features include:

  • Side curtain airbags with rollover sensor
  • Four-wheel-disc antilock brakes
  • Electronic stability system with traction control
  • Backup camera

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