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2012 Honda CR-V Review

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KBB Expert Rating: 7.6

A perennial best-seller in the compact SUV field, the Honda CR-V gets a full makeover for 2012 as it seeks to maintain preeminence in a fiercely-competitive market segment. Honda endowed the fourth generation of its versatile five-passenger hauler with an even more sophisticated look, feel and level of standard equipment, while retaining all of the basic character traits that served it so well in the past. As before, the 2012 Honda CR-V is available in LX, EX and leather-lined EX-L trims, all powered by a 4-cylinder engine and offering the choice of standard front-drive or optional all-wheel-drive (AWD) configurations. In addition to current key rivals, headed by the Chevrolet Equinox and Toyota RAV4, the 2012 CR-V will have to fend off challenges from two formidable all-new players: The Mazda CX-5 and the fully-redesigned Ford Escape.

You'll Like This Car If...

While a bounty of changes inside and out endow the 2012 Honda CR-V with a new level of user-friendly appeal, this latest incarnation retains its signature car-like driving feel and superb flexibility while delivering even better fuel economy.

You May Not Like This Car If...

Anyone hoping that Honda would break tradition and finally offer the CR-V with an optional V6 engine and available three-row seating like the Kia Sorento and Toyota RAV4 will be disappointed.

What's New for 2012

A comprehensive redesign brings more contemporary visual flair and greater functionality to the entire 2012 Honda CR-V package, along with even better fuel economy. It also gains a host of new features, including an available rear-seat entertainment system and an upgraded "intelligent" version of the optional Real Time all-wheel drive.

Driving the CR-V

Driving Impressions Building on the Honda CR-V's already-stellar reputation for being easy to drive and easy to live with, changes to the 2012 iteration have raised those benchmarks in modest but genuinely...

meaningful ways. Extensive noise abatement efforts have yielded a quieter, better-isolated passenger compartment, while an even more rigid unit-body structure, coupled with revised suspension tuning, gives the 2012 CR-V improved handling characteristics. Like the 2012 Civic, the new CR-V also is fitted with Honda's new Motion-Adaptive electric power steering system that interfaces with the standard stability control to automatically encourage proper corrective inputs when it senses slippery or uneven road conditions during cornering or braking. For ultimate four-season security, the CR-V also introduces the automaker's new Real Time AWD with Intelligent Control System. Smaller, lighter and quicker to respond than the existing Real Time setup, it smoothes out initial acceleration and can transfer up to 100 percent of torque to the rear wheels if necessary.

Intelligent Multi-Information Display (i-MID)
All 2012 Honda CR-V models come with a new, 5.0-inch LCD color screen in the center of the dash that allows the driver to access and control a range of functions using buttons on the steering wheel.

Easy-fold rear seats
The backs on the 2012 Honda CR-V's new 60/40-split rear bench now flop forward at the pull of a lever conveniently located on either side of the cargo bay to create a near-flat load floor that's over five inches longer than the one in the current CR-V.

2012 Honda CR-V Details
2012 Honda CR-V photo Interior

A complete redesign gives the 2012 Honda CR-V's passenger compartment a more sophisticated overall look and feel, highlighted by a smartly sculpted dash, restyled gauges and new switchgear. Revised front seats that offer greater comfort and support flank a more accommodating center console with bigger cupholders and a much larger covered center stow bin that houses USB and auxiliary inputs as well as a 12-volt power point. Although the 2012 CR-V's overall interior dimensions are largely unchanged from the previous model, its best-in-class cargo area now offers a bit more space than before with the rear seat up, but marginally less when it's folded down.

Exterior
2012 Honda CR-V photo

Remaining true to the vision previewed in the recent CR-V Concept, the 2012 Honda CR-V maintains the same relative scale as the current model but boasts bolder and more aerodynamic bodywork set off by edgier front and rear fascia treatments. A more steeply-raked windshield and slightly lower roofline effectively complement the new CR-V's higher-profile grille and lamp treatments, while a large single-piece liftgate, coupled with a significantly lower lift-over height, eases loading and unloading chores. All LX models are fitted with 16-inch steel wheels and 215/70 all-season tires, while EX/EX-L versions have 225/65 tires on 17-inch alloy wheels.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

The 2012 Honda CR-V LX boasts a full range of power assists, a 160-watt AM/FM/CD audio system with USB/AUX inputs, Bluetooth HandsFree Link, Pandora Internet Radio interface, read-aloud SMS text messaging capability, air conditioning, an intelligent Multi-Information Display, multifunction steering wheel, multi-angle rearview camera, keyless entry, cruise control and a tilt/telescoping steering column. The CR-V EX adds various interior and exterior enhancements, a power moonroof, privacy glass, alloy wheels and a security system, while the EX-L gains leather upholstery, a power driver's seat, heated front seats, automatic dual-zone climate control, XM Radio and more. All CR-Vs feature stability/traction control, anti-lock brakes with Brake Assist, Hill Start Assist and front, front-side and side-curtain airbags.

Optional Equipment

In keeping with its longstanding practice of offering vehicles largely in "mono-spec" trim levels, options for the 2012 Honda CR-V are extremely limited. The LX, EX and EX-L can be fitted with the new Real Time AWD with Intelligent Control System, while CR-V EX-L buyers can opt to add either the Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System with a 6.5-inch dash-mounted touch-screen or the new DVD-based Rear Seat Entertainment system that features a single 7.0-inch hi-resolution LCD screen that flips down from the headliner.

Under the Hood

The sole powertrain combination in all 2012 Honda CR-V models is the familiar 2.4-liter i-VTEC 4-cylinder engine matched with the equally-familiar 5-speed automatic transmission. Friction-reduction efforts have helped bump the engine's output from 180 to 185 horsepower, and similar internal tweaks to the autoshifter, coupled with a comprehensive ratio revamp, collectively yield better fuel economy figures for both front-drive and all-wheel-drive CR-Vs. The former now has an estimate of 23/31 mpg city/highway EPA marks, while the latter is estimated at 22/30 mpg. To help in the mileage-maxing cause, all 2012 CR-Vs feature an energy-efficient multistage alternator and come with Honda's Eco Assist system that includes the green "ECON" button on the dash that can modify throttle mapping as well as operation of the air conditioning and cruise control. Despite its slightly lower curb weight and modest power increase, acceleration on the 2012 CR-V feels very much like its 2011 predecessor. The maximum tow rating also remains unchanged, at 1,500 pounds.


2.5-liter inline-four
185 horsepower @ 7,000 rpm
163 lb-ft of torque @4,300 rpm
EPA City/highway fuel economy: 23/31 mpg (front-wheel drive), 22/30 mpg (AWD)

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2012 Honda CR-V Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
7.6
Out of 10

Based on 241 Ratings for the 2012 - 2015 models.

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  • Value
    7.9/10
    Quality
    7.8/10
  • Reliability
    8.6/10
    Performance
    7.5/10
  • Comfort
    7.6/10
    Styling
    7.8/10

Everyone can use one of these

By on Monday, July 27, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 30,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
7/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "low cost of operation, reliability"

Cons: "can't see tailgaters"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 5

"It doesn't draw a second glance anywhere. It isn't particularly fast, nimble, or otherwise fun to drive. But I can haul pretty much anything I need to move somewhere, it gets great gas mileage, uses regular gas, maintenance is minimal, and has demonstrated no bad habits, unreliable personality traits, or embarrassing tendencies of any kind. If you have a toy in the garage, you need one of these in the driveway."

LOVE THIS CAR

By on Monday, July 27, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 59,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "EASY TO DRIVE AND COMFORTABLE"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"PULLED 1500# TRAILER TO FL FROM OHIO. COULD HARDLY TELL IT WAS THERE. EQUIPED WITH DEALER INSTALLED HITCH. GET 32-33 MPG ON HIGHWAY. NOT WITH TRAILER. 59,000 MILES IN 23 MONTHS. GREAT CAR"

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By on Friday, July 24, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 4,000

10 5.0
overall rating 5 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
5/10
Value
6/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
7/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
5/10

Pros: "Reasonably fun to drive"

Cons: "Short on storage. Very uncomfortable driver seat."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1

"CRV is a good car. Plenty of engine and ride is fair. The one thing that I find very poor is the drivers seat. It is very uncomfortable. I wanted lumbar suppor and this car came with it but it is much too low to give any support to the lumbar. In fact it is so low that it presses on my butt plate not my lumbar. It also allows too much road noise into the cabin. I traded in a 2010 Chrysler Town Coutry- big mistake."

5 people out of 8 found this review helpful

Great SUV for the money

By on Thursday, July 23, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 4,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "excellent value"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"My husband and I bought the LX AWD 3 months ago and so far we are loving it. I was hesitant because I read reviews about the vibration issue but we have had absolutely no problems with it. I'm not even sure what those reviews are all about. We looked at all the other small SUVs on the market and really thought that Honda gives you the most for your money with the CRV. The longer I drive it the more I like it. My only complaints so far are cosmetic. Wish the dash and interior plastic was not black because it gets hot and looks dirty all the time. Really hate that the center console is covered in black fabric as this is where you rest your arm and it looks gross quickly. The touchscreen gets very fingerprinty. I guess I'm just a clean freak :-). I can deal with those small cosmetic issues, though, because everything else about the car has been totally worth the investment."

3 people out of 5 found this review helpful

Very good and reliable

By on Wednesday, July 22, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 60,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Reliable and comfortable."

Cons: "Road noise and poor radio quality."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I have done 60,000 miles on a 2012 EX with no problems at all. I replaced the tires at 54000 miles and the battery shortly afterwards. Nothing else. Unsure if I needed a battery on not because shortly afterwards there was a recall involving the charge rate. This recall did reduce the the gas milage from 26/27 to 25/26 mpg. I guess the energy for charging the battery had to come from the only energy source which is the gas tank. It has been the best car I have ever owned. Only complaints I have are a lousy radio and a lot of road noise."

3 people out of 5 found this review helpful

NOt bad

By on Tuesday, July 21, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 100,000

10 7.0
overall rating 7 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
7/10
Value
7/10
Reliability
7/10
Quality
5/10
Performance
7/10
Styling
6/10
Comfort
6/10

Pros: "Good mileage, semi affordable and lasts long"

Cons: "Air conditioner problems, light brightness at nigh"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 5

"I like Hondas and the car is a decent value. I have a 2010 and the problem is that the interior leather (or fake leather) by driver door wore off quickly and looks bad. The air conditioner went which is brutal in the heat but too expensive to fix. They had problems and avoided a recall by doing a warranty extension but does not cover the really expensive problems. They don't stand behind the car. Its ok but not much power and the seats not very comfortable which is par for the course with Honda. Lights not very good either. Repairs are outrageously expensive at the dealership as well."

1 person out of 2 found this review helpful

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