The Honda CR-V has been a class-leader in the compact SUV market for quite some time. For 2012, the folks at Honda have delivered a full redesign that helps the vehicle stay relevant in the face of new competition. Keep reading to learn what's new on the 2012 Honda CR-V, and review specs, pricing and mileage.
Styling: 2012 Honda CR-V
While many of the styling changes to the 2012 CR-V are fairly tame, overall the vehicle has been tweaked to exude a slightly sportier and more upscale appeal. Width and wheelbase figures carry over from last year – a fact that serves to maintain the same leg room dimensions as the 2011 model. Despite a reduction of the vehicle's height and length by one inch, the CR-V also manages to eke out more cargo room with the seats up (37.2 cubic feet compared to the out-going 35.7 cubic feet).
Fit and finish of the vehicle have been bolstered to help increase the feeling of luxury. A better list of standard features also does well to complement the new interior. Finally, efforts were made to reduce the amount of road noise heard while driving (a major complaint for last year's model).
Performance: 2012 Honda CR-V
The Honda CR-V returns with the same 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that was available for the 2011 model. However, minor tweaks to the powertrain serve to increase both horsepower and gas mileage. Base models manage 185 horsepower and 163 lb-ft. of torque (last year's models delivered 180 horsepower). According to the EPA, the Honda CR-V now offers 23 mpg in the city and 31 mpg on the highway (26 mpg combined). In comparison, the out-going model mustered 21 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway.
Some shoppers may be disappointed to learn that the 2012 CR-V is not available with a V6 engine. However, if fuel economy is a chief concern, then you'll likely find the four-cylinder engine peppy enough for everyday driving. Four-wheel drive models are available for those who want a little extra power.
Safety: 2012 Honda CR-V
For 2012, the Honda CR-V comes standard with antilock disc brakes, front airbags, front side airbags, side curtain airbags, stability control, traction control and active front head restraints. The vehicle has yet to be tested by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. However, Honda has a pretty good track record when it comes to safety.
Pricing and Features: 2012 Honda CR-V
Honda's initial asking price for the 2012 CR-V is listed at $21,895. While this number is the same as last year's base MSRP, Honda adds a number of standard features to help sweeten the deal. These features include air conditioning, automatic headlights, keyless entry, full power accessories, cruise control, driver-seat height adjustment, rearview camera, color display panel, Bluetooth, steering-wheel audio controls, four-speaker stereo, CD, player, Pandora music interface, auxiliary input and USB /iPod connections.
Upgrade to the EX, and you'll also get rear privacy glass, foglights, sunroof, retractable cargo cover, 17-inch wheels and a six-speaker stereo. Top-of-the-line EX-L models further add roof rails, dual-zone automatic climate controls, heated side mirrors, power driver's seat, leather upholstery, heated front seats, satellite radio and a seven-speaker stereo. Navigation and rear DVD entertainment system are available as options.
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