2012 Honda CR V

2012 Honda CR V Review

2012 Honda CR V Reviews

Several weeks ago, I headed to California to check out the newly re-designed Honda CR-V for 2012. Now I have previously owned a Honda. Back in the 80's, I had an Accord for a while and loved it. I have seen the CR-V's (stands for Comfortable, Runabout Vehicle) for years and never driven one. I never even knew anyone who had a CR-V but I have to say that after spending the day with Honda and driving a CR-V, it is a nice car. It handles well and for the price point, I think that it is a solid vehicle that I would be proud to own. We hope that this 2012 Honda CR V Reviews post inspires you. 

2012 Honda CR V Review

2012 Honda CR V Review

2012 Honda CR V Reviews

The Newly Redesigned Honda CR-V

The 2012 Honda CR-V was a compact SUV that entered the market as a refined and well-rounded option in its segment. The Honda CR V SUV 2012 has gotten quite a few upgrades this year to keep it competitive in the family SUV/crossover market. The exterior styling has been completely redone with special attention paid to the front grille and bumper. This new face also improves aerodynamics and fuel efficiency to bring in MPG numbers closer to a large luxury car than an SUV. It's 23-city/31 Highway MPG rating keeps it in the top tier of its class for fuel economy. 

New For 2012

  • More efficient engine design with improved horsepower and torque
  • Available Real Time AWD with Intelligent Control System
  • Standard features include an Easy Fold-Down 60/40 Split Rear Seat, Eco Assist™, Expanded View Driver’s Mirror and Motion-Adaptive Electric Power Steering (EPS)
  • Intelligent Multi-Information Display (i-MID), Pandora internet radio interface, SMS text messaging function, and available DVD Rear Entertainment System and FM Traffic

The engine has been retuned along the same lines, delivering slightly more power and increased fuel efficiency over last year. An Eco Assist system has also been added to increase MPG and give you up-to-the-minute information about how driving habits affect fuel economy.

2012 Honda CR V Reviewinterior cabin


  • Engine: Offered a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine generating 180 horsepower and 161 lb-ft of torque, providing a balance between performance and fuel efficiency.
  • Transmission: Equipped with a five-speed automatic transmission for smooth gear changes.
  • Drivetrain: Front-wheel drive (FWD) was standard, with all-wheel drive (AWD) available for enhanced traction in various weather conditions.
  • Fuel Economy: Achieved an EPA-estimated fuel economy of 22 mpg city and 31 mpg highway for FWD models and slightly lower figures for AWD versions.
  • Interior: Provided a comfortable and spacious cabin with seating for five adults. The interior design prioritized functionality and offered ample storage compartments.
  • Safety: Earned a “Top Safety Pick” rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) and a four-star overall safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).


Moving inside, the Honda CR V SUV 2012 features an intelligent Multi-Information Display (i-MID) to help manage all the new, high-tech features. The digital display does everything from showing your current MPG numbers to turn-by-turn navigation directions. It can read text messages for you and connect to an iPhone or iPod to allow music to be streamed over Pandora or directly from the hard drive. It also has a hardwired USB interface for the same purpose and can be controlled with a voice-activated Bluetooth device to keep eyes on the road and hands on the wheel.

The new center console runs from the dashboard to the rear of the passenger area. The interior has been rearranged for maximum comfort for passengers and an impressive number of bins and storage options for whatever might need to be close at hand. It's easy to get comfortable and a treat to stay that way for long trips. The cargo area maintains its leading size and ease of access. The more than 70 cubic feet of space is arranged for easy access and sensible organization. Raw space is only useful when it's easy to get to and organize.

2012 Honda CR V Review


  • 2012 Best Affordable Compact SUV by U.S. News & World Report: This award recognized the Honda CR V SUV 2012 combination of affordability, practicality, and overall value proposition compared to its competitors.
  • AutoPacific's 2012 Vehicle Satisfaction Awards: This award, based on owner surveys, highlighted the CR-V's ability to satisfy its owners in terms of features, performance, and reliability.
  • Total Car Score's 2012 Top Scoring Car Awards: This award, based on aggregated ratings from various automotive publications, acknowledged the CR-V's strong performance across various review criteria.

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2012 Honda CR V Reviews

The updates keep the Honda CR V SUV 2012 at the top of its class and offer numerous features standard that one might generally associate with a more luxury-oriented model. What was good is now great and no sacrifices have been made to make it that way. While the Honda CR V SUV 2012 may not have been the most powerful or feature-rich option in its class, it garnered recognition for its well-rounded qualities, offering a practical and reliable choice for everyday driving needs. We hope that this 2012 Honda CR V review post inspires you. 

Disclosure: I was invited by Honda to test drive the 2012 Honda CR-V in California.  While my travel and accommodations were covered by Honda, I was not provided financial compensation for this review.  All opinions here are 100% my own and were not influenced in any way.

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