Honda CR-V

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The Good

The 2012 Honda CR-V has dramatically improved styling and offers excellent comfort for an affordable price. It also comes with a number of new and innovative technology features which greatly enhance its practicality. It also offers a new “Econ” mode, allowing you to conserve fuel at the push of a button.

The Bad

Many Honda CR-V reviews classify this vehicle as a “jack of all trades, but a master of none.”

The Bottom Line

The new model is a significant improvement over the 2011 Honda CR-V, providing reliable, practical transportation, especially for families.


The 2012 Honda CR-V is available in three trim packages: the LX, the EX and the Touring model. The LX package has two variations: the standard LX 2WD and the LX. Similarly, the EX is available in several variations: the EX 2WD, the EX and the higher-end EX-L. The Touring package represents the top-of-the-line model, with Honda CR-V price levels varying according to the trim package you select.                                                                                                                                                                     

MSRP: $25,990 to $35,090

Average paid: $23,000 (base LX 2WD trim package)


Acceleration and power

The 2012 Honda CR-V has only one available engine, which posted the following test results:

  • 0 to 60 mph: 8.5 seconds
  • 0 to 100 mph: 24.7 seconds
  • Quarter mile: 16.6 seconds @ 85 miles per hour
  • Top speed: 118 miles per hour

Street start tests saw the 2012 Honda CR-V accelerate from 5 miles per hour to 60 miles per hour in 9.3 seconds, while moving from 30 to 50 miles per hour in top gear in 4.8 seconds. Top gear acceleration from 50 to 70 miles per hour clocked in at 5.9 seconds.

Handling and braking

Reviewers note that the 2012 Honda CR-V handles exceptionally well, with very little body lean during higher-speed cornering. It overcomes irregularities in road surfaces with aplomb, and has a high-performing stability control system. The vehicle also offers corrective steering input, and it has one of the tightest turning ratios in its class.

Braking tests showed that the vehicle's speed reduces from 70 to 0 miles per hour in 175 feet. All trim packages come standard with power-assisted anti-lock brakes and traction control, one of the vehicle's numerous active safety features which have won over scores of reviewers.



The 2012 Honda CR-V offers seating that most reviewers describe as "comfortable," with above-average hip and thigh support. While Honda has shaved an inch off the roof of the vehicle, reducing headroom, the interior is still spacious. Seating is made of cloth upholstery in the lower-level trim packages, with leather coming standard in the Touring edition. The 2012 CR-V is a five-passenger vehicle, and the rear seats are retractable.


Honda has loaded the 2012 CR-V with standard features, including voice-activated SMS messaging and a built-in Bluetooth hands-free communication system. Other major accessories include Honda's patented intelligent Multi-System Display (i-MSD), a rear-view camera capable of showing multiple angles, heated front seats and a handy “Econ" feature that allows you to switch to fuel conservation mode if you're low on gas or don't mind sacrificing some power and performance in exchange for boosted fuel economy. The Touring edition comes standard with a satellite-assisted navigation system, though you can also upgrade lower-level trim packages to include this feature.

Cargo space

Honda's engineers have done a remarkable job with the cargo space design. The retractable rear seats create ample cargo and storage space, with only Toyota's RAV-4 outranking it in terms of total cargo square footage. A cargo cover comes standard with the CR-V, which can be handily stored in a built-in bracket near the floor.


In addition to the rear-view camera, all CR-V models come standard with electronic traction control, vehicle stability assistance and airbags for every passenger. It has scored well in front impact, rear impact, rollover and overall safety tests, and also offers standard rear tinted privacy glass to discourage thieves and obscure stored cargo while parked.


The Honda CR-V underwent a significant redesign for the 2012 model year, improving what many previous Honda CR-V reviews felt was a rather ugly exterior. There were many minor changes, which add up to a major difference; the vehicle has evolved into a sleeker, more aerodynamic form.

  • Transmission: 5-speed automatic
  • Drivetrain: Front-wheel drive (all-wheel drive is optional)
  • Engine Type: Double overhead camshaft (DOHC) fuel-injected 16-valve 4-cylinder
  • Displacement: 144 cubic inches, 2354 cc
  • Horsepower: 185 @ 7000 RPM
  • Torque: 163 pounds per foot @ 4400 RMP
  • 2012 Honda CR-V MPG, City: 22 to 23 MPG
  • 2012 Honda CR-V MPG, Highway: 30 to 31 MPG
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