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Review of the 2012 Honda CR-V
IntroductionThe Honda CR-V is completely redesigned for the year 2012 and now features spruced up sheet metal, a new cabin design , performance upgrades and a host of other new advanced features. The 2012 Honda CR-V has always been a crowd favorite and with the new design, the Honda CR-V reaches to the expectations of the family-focused audience. The 2012 Honda CR-V is a compact crossover SUV and is now available in LX, EX, EX-L, EX-L with Navigation and EX-L with Rear Entertainment System trim levels, and each can be equipped with front- or all-wheel drive.
Exterior Design and Special FeaturesThe 2012 Honda CR-V now comes in LX, EX, EX-L, EX-L with Navigation and EX-L with Rear Entertainment System trim levels, and each can be equipped with front- or all-wheel drive. Compared to the 2011 model, the 2012 body design is more aerodynamically efficient with a 1.0-inch lower roofline and numerous refinements. The 2012 CR-V front-wheel-drive model has a ground clearance of 6.3 inches. The overall packaging approach creates the largest, most functional interior possible for a vehicle of this exterior size and proportion. A revised doorsill design with an improved step-over angle allows for easier ingress and egress. The well-equipped LX comes standard with 16-inch steel wheels, automatic headlights, keyless entry, full power accessories, air-conditioning, cruise control, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, driver-seat height adjustment, 60/40-split rear seats, a rearview camera, a full-color multi-information display, steering wheel audio controls, and Bluetooth phone and streaming audio. All LX models also have a four-speaker sound system with a CD player, a Pandora interface, an auxiliary audio jack and a USB/iPod interface. EX models add 17-inch alloy wheels, fog lights, a sunroof, rear privacy glass, a retractable cargo cover and six speakers for the sound system. Going with the EX-L gets you roof rails, heated side mirrors, dual-zone automatic climate control, an eight-way power driver seat with power lumbar, leather upholstery, heated front seats and an upgraded sound system with seven speakers and satellite radio. As you'd expect, the EX-L with Navigation adds a navigation system (with voice controls and real-time traffic), while the EX-L with Rear Entertainment System adds a rear DVD entertainment system. A multi-angle rearview camera, included on all models, provides a choice of three different views on the i-MID or navigation screen, providing more visual information for the driver when backing up.
EngineThe 2012 Honda CR-V is featured with a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 185 horsepower and 163 pound-feet of torque. A five-speed automatic and front-wheel drive are standard, while all-wheel drive is optional. The 2012 Honda CR-V now boasts of having a more efficient engine design with improved horsepower and torque which translates into a better mileage. *The 2012 Honda CR-V is quite a fuel-efficient SUV returning with a mileage of 23/31/26 mpg (city/highway/combined) (2WD), while the AWD CR-V now claims a mileage of 22/30/25 (city/highway/combined). These ratings make it one of the most fuel-efficient choices in its segment.
SafetyThe 2012 CR-V exemplifies the Honda approach to safety. Every CR-V incorporates as standard equipment: VSA electronic stability control system; ABS with Brake Assist; side-curtain airbags; front-side airbags with a passenger-side Occupant Position Detection System (OPDS); and a front seat design that can help reduce the severity of neck injury in the event of a rear collision. Similar to the previous-generation CR-V, an ACE body structure in the front of the vehicle helps make the vehicle highly effective at absorbing and dispersing the energy of a frontal crash. A pedestrian injury mitigation design in the front of the vehicle is also included, as are daytime running lights (DRL). Driver- and front-passenger seatbelt reminders are standard, as is Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children (LATCH), a child-seat mounting system for the outboard locations of the rear seats.