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2012 Honda CR-V Review

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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 226 Ratings for the 2012 - 2015 models.

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  • Value
    7.9/10
    Quality
    7.7/10
  • Reliability
    8.5/10
    Performance
    7.5/10
  • Comfort
    7.6/10
    Styling
    7.8/10

Totally noisy and uncomfortable

By on Friday, July 03, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 14,000

10 6.0
overall rating 6 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
6/10
Value
6/10
Reliability
8/10
Quality
5/10
Performance
6/10
Styling
1/10
Comfort
1/10

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

"Sounds like a tin can going down the road. Drivers seat is totally uncomfortable due to "mechanics in the seat" I am told by a regional service manager. They say it is leather but it is more like cheap plastic. Made a huge mistake when I purchased this vehicle."

4 people out of 6 found this review helpful

The 2015 comes with some nice surprises

By on Wednesday, July 01, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 8,500

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
Not Rated
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Handling, acceleration, hauling room, gas mileage"

Cons: "Rear exterior appearance"

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

"I had driven a couple older CR-Vs but after test driving the 2015 CR-V LX AWD, I liked the handling and responsiveness of the car. On the older models there was considerable lag with acceleration and the steering was a bit cumbersome. Both those issues were resolved with the 2015 with the added bonus of better gas mileage. I don't like the rear exterior of the CR-V. The front redesigned headlights and grill look nicer but nothing sleek about it. The interior of the car is worth noting though - it has a more refined look. Even if you do not opt for the leather interior, there are new options for the seats and extra embellishments. The LX and EX-L differ in technology. I didn't pay the $2000+ for the extra tech package and I am happy with it (I have the LX). Engine noise is minimal. Vibration does occur but this is normal with a lot of 4-cyl engines."

4 people out of 8 found this review helpful

Great Improvements

By on Sunday, June 21, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 1,500

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Gas mileage ,backup and side mirror camera,"

Cons: "Radio tuning, center console arm rest too low."

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

"This is my second CR-V, They have made some great improvements over the 2010.I have not experience any vibrations. The cabin noise has improved,and the ride is better. I am averaging 28 MPG,I have taken it on a 500 mile trip, the rest of the miles were country and city driving. Couple of things I don't like the radio is hard to tune,small storage area in the center console,I miss my captain chairs. HVT transmission takes getting used too,"

3 people out of 4 found this review helpful

Very good SUV, no vibrations going on here

By on Wednesday, June 17, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 400

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Neat features at an affordable price, great MPG's"

Cons: "Driver seat could support legs better"

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

"I had a Venza that I really liked, but was looking for something new. I had looked at the CRV a few years ago, but the vehicle lacked features and the acceleration was slow. 2015 came and it ushered in a newer CRV with a Touring trim. Kudos to Honda to make an affordable luxury vehicle that is also good on gas mileage. I also enjoy the CVT, I think its neat that there is no shifts. It makes acceleration smooth and quick. I drove the vehicle on the expressway and it accelerated up to 70 mph very quickly. When I hit the gas about halfway down at 70 it jumped up to 75 mph with ease. I was very pleased with this as I have only owned and driven V6's or V8's in the past. This was a concern when I was looking at the CRV, no problems here. I test drove several CRV's because of the vibration issue that I read about on-line. I have not experienced anything like the issue some have described. I have tried to create the vibration in my current CRV and I have found that at a stopped light, the RPM's will drop to 500-600 range and there is a slight (very slight) vibration. Nothing I would consider being an issue. I don't like rattles, squeaks, humming or other annoying noises. I have not had any of those issues and I drive a lot. We purchased a used 2011 CRV for our children to learn to drive last fall. It's a basic vehicle, nothing on it. It has a few vibrations, but at 71k miles and the low cost of ownership and great gas milage, we can over look those issues. 4 cylinders are going to vibrate more than a V6 or V8. It's either gas milage or performance, however the 2015 CRV is a vast improvement in engine technology over the 2011 CRV. Also, I read about the air conditioner not being all that good. I wear a suite and tie all summer long and through the winter for work. I have had no problems with this vehicle cooling. In fact its been rather comfortable. There have been some very warm and humid days since I purchased it last week and again no problems. I gave the comfort & convenience an 8 because the driver seat is a little short for my legs. I now understand what reviewers mean when the say a seat could use more leg support. I haven't had any problems with it, but the seat could have a little more support for my legs. I don't see this as a big problem, but again look into it for yourself. I have gotten 29 mpg on this vehicle so far, as compared to my 22.5 on my V6 AWD Venza I consider this to be a wonderful upgrade. Great job Honda, keep making great cars!"

4 people out of 9 found this review helpful

Good in snow,ride a bit rough, a bit noisy

By on Tuesday, June 16, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 22,900

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
6/10
Comfort
6/10

Pros: "I think it is easily a 150K to 200K mile car"

Cons: "Noise and rough ride"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"The tailgate once opened is extremely difficult to lower due to very stiff gas springs. Honda has changed them out twice but it hasn't helped. The CRV is much noisier than I had hoped."

3 people out of 3 found this review helpful

Excellent Downgrade

By on Saturday, June 13, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 5,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Great price for a great suv"

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

"Downgraded from a 2014 Pilot because wife felt Pilot was too big, hard to park. I thought I would miss the Big Pilot but to my amazement I don't. The 2015 CRV is an awesome SUV. Handles like a charm,has many safety features like backup mirror and lane watch. CVT transmission is smooth and AWD works week when needed. I have 5000 miles on it and have been averaging 31.5 mpg. A big step up from the Pilot. New engine has lots of power in reg. mode and a little less power in environmental mode. I drive mostly in E Mode. Heated seat are great for lower back on long trips, Blutooth lets me stream Pandora from my IPHONE without any cost. All in All a great Buy."

9 people out of 10 found this review helpful

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