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2012 Honda CR-V

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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 314 Ratings for the 2012 - 2016 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    7.9/10
    Quality
    7.8/10
  • Reliability
    8.5/10
    Performance
    7.5/10
  • Comfort
    7.6/10
    Styling
    7.9/10

Quality dropping

By on Wednesday, April 20, 2016

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

10 4.0
overall rating 4 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
4/10
Value
6/10
Reliability
3/10
Quality
2/10
Performance
4/10
Styling
3/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "Gas mileage"

Cons: "Way to many issues from a quality standpoint"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 2

"I purchased the Crv in Jan 2015. So far its been in the the service shop so many times I cannot even remember.I am in litigation with Honda for breach of warranty. As far as driving it and the ride its ok gas mileage is real good. Whats good about it the fascia and the gas mileage.Whats bad cheap interior, shoddy workmanship, bad quality you would not expect that from Honda."

6 people out of 11 found this review helpful

Honda Touring Not Worth the Extra Dollars

By on Wednesday, April 20, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 7,000

10 6.0
overall rating 6 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
6/10
Value
5/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
1/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "spacious backseat, nice cargo/trunk area, style"

Cons: "poor cruise, poor voice recognition, poor camera"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 2

"I am a fan on Honda. I feel like they hold their value through the years. However, my purchase of the Honda CR-V Touring with the additional features was not worth the extra dollars. The adaptive cruise control is a nice thought; but when passing cars the brakes are applied and the car slows as if I am behind the car rather than passing. This is quite frustrating and once it realizes I am passing, then it accelerates on the gas and not a smooth ride and feel like burning gas needlessly. The hands-free audio system stinks. I try to change states. Let's say I want to change to Kansas. It says, okay, Maine. Or if I try to go to navigation, it tries to call a friend. If I want to change the radio station, it calls a friend. Totally not hands-free. The radio tuning is ridiculous. Since the audio handsfree option does not work, to find a radio station, you have to either scan through all stations or click one by one down the list to get to the station you want to go to. The best solution here is to put a radio station in the saved list....but spending a lot of time to get to your station to make that setting. And if traveling, getting to a particular station is time consuming and not handsfree. The backup camera is totally awkward. There is one; that's a good thing. But when turning, the camera guidelines only shows a straight back line of sight....not that you are turning your car. I backup and watch the camera, the backup guidelines never show that I'm turning. My husband has almost run into buildings and objects as this backup camera doesn't alert when objects are near. The gas mileage on the highway was never more than 28. In town was around 24. I was expecting to get somewhere around 30 on the highway at least. The car is comfortable. The backseat has plenty of room and the cargo area holds a lot of stuff."

5 people out of 7 found this review helpful

Navigation terriable

By on Tuesday, April 19, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 2,800

10 6.0
overall rating 6 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
6/10
Value
7/10
Reliability
Not Rated
Quality
4/10
Performance
7/10
Styling
6/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "Comfortable, nice looking"

Cons: "navigation hard to use, tech is distracting"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 2

"I just recently purchased a 2016 CR-V. The Navigation system is terrible. It is hard to use and is very limited , the maps are outdated. The salesman I purchased it from ,cant even operate it. I wish I never bought it. The service dept at the Honda dealer can't figure it out. They told me Honda would at some point come out with a software upgrade"

7 people out of 10 found this review helpful

2016 Honda CRV EX AWD

By on Sunday, April 17, 2016

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

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
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Handles well. Very stable. Good performace"

Cons: "I wish the driver's seat were manual."

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

"Great vehicle. Good driver. Love the AWD. Lot's of room & comfortable. Descent MPG, about 28 combined. I have had several Honda's and this one will last for many years as they all do. Love the heated seats. I have never been a fan of power seats in any car. I wish they would make manually operated seats an option on the EX model."

2 people out of 7 found this review helpful

Loyal CR-V owner

By on Saturday, April 16, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 49,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Comfortable and fun to drive."

Cons: "Sound system lacking & console too deep."

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

"This is the third CR-V I have owned. The size is just right for my lifestyle of hauling small items, long trips, occasional 4 passengers and trips around the city. I still have a soft spot for the first generation CR-V which I owned for 10 years. The quality and comfort keeps getting better and better with each generation. My big complaint of my 2013 EXL 2wd CR-V is the sound system. The subwoofer is practically non-existent in the sound and is nearly useless. I added a separate, small subwoofer. I don't like booming bass but like rich sound. My Honda accord sound system was MUCH better."

1 person out of 4 found this review helpful

The very best vehicle for winter driving and gas

By on Monday, April 11, 2016

I owned and sold this car
Reason: too many vehicles

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
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "see comments above."

Cons: "none"

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

"The vehicle is without a doubt the best value for money out there. rides very comfortably, handles corners without sway, stops quickly without swerving, it just does everything right. This vehicle is a "keeper.""

2 people out of 5 found this review helpful

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