2012 Honda CR-V First Drive and First Look
Have you ever met someone’s newborn for the first time and found yourself fumbling for a way to describe it, only to eventually settle with, “They broke the mold after they made this one.” Now, verbally descriptive tap dances like this one are sometimes necessary at the launches of new cars, especially with SUVs which so often can only be described as “utilitarian” at best (and "homely" at worst). Too bad you can’t describe a baby as “utilitarian” and get away with it.
Thankfully, this was not the case when Honda pulled the covers off the production-ready 2012 Honda CR-V. Just by looking at the CR-V’s elegant and athletic exterior lines, it’s easy to imagine Home Depot and mall parking lots overrun with these top selling SUVs over the next couple of years. Honda should have no trouble selling the 200,000 plus units it intends to market annually, most of which will be assembled here in the U.S. at their East Liberty, Ohio plant.
Additional assurance of the CR-V's success is a price point anticipated to start at $21,000 and max out at $30,000. No, there won't be any V-6 versions or turbo models at initial launch, but to be quite frank the CR-V has never needed such frippery and really doesn’t now. This SUV is meant to be a reliable, comfortable, fun to drive, and spacious family carry-all. Nothing has changed for 2012, except now it’s brought some sexy into the mix. The new 2012 Honda CR-V hits dealers starting December 15th, 2011.