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2012 Honda CR-V

The Honda CR-V’s fuel interior, and standard equipment are than ever. Too bad it’s so

The Bad: Still only with a small, four-cylinder and five-speed automatic.

The Bottom Honda loyalists will the new CR-V; others should out the new Ford Escape and Toyota before buying.


Model Year: 2012

Type: Four-door, five-passenger

Class: Mid-Range

Product Honda CR-V

You have to how long Honda (HMC ) can riding on its laurels. Each the company redesigns one of its top-selling you have the feeling that were on the defensive, making as few as they could get away just to avoid falling faster-moving rivals. That’s Honda did with the new Civic. lukewarm reviews and prompting Reports to drop the model its Recommended list. Now there are that Honda will the Civic again for 2013 to some of the criticisms. (The has no comment.)

I have the same about Honda’s redesign of its CR-V compact SUV as I did about the new It isn’t quite bold Honda loyalists will the new model. But the 2012 CR-V, is due out Dec.

15, comes up short in some especially if you don’t exactly fit the buyer profile Honda is at. My advice is to wait and check out the 2012 Toyota Toyota (TM ) (due out Dec. 20) and the upcoming Ford (F ) Escape (due out spring) before buying a

The Escape has already overtaken the as the top-selling SUV in America this and the new Escape promises to be much than the current one.

To be the new CR-V is an improvement over the old too. It’s better-looking, and has a nicer interior, slightly luggage space, more equipment, and a better all-wheel-drive than the previous model’s. economy is up, too. With drive, the 2012 CR-V is at 23 miles per gallon in the city, 31 on the and 26 on average (2 mpg more than the CR-V).

With all-wheel it’s rated at 22/30/25 up 2 mpg).

However, the new CR-V some of the weaknesses of the previous Notably, it only comes one engine, a 2.4-liter, 185-horsepower engine. That’s an increase of a 5 hp, and the engine still provides adequate oomph.

The RAV4 is available with a V6 makes it as quick as some coupes. The 2013 Escape be offered with three choices, a basic 2.5-liter and two turbocharged four-cylinder versions of the marvelous EcoBoost engine, one a and the other a 2.0-liter. With the EcoBoost engine, the new Escape promises to be much quicker the Honda.

With the smaller engine, Ford says, the new will beat the fuel of competitors, including the CR-V. that version of the Escape is to be so efficient that it’s the Escape Hybrid for 2013. A of General Motors’ (GM ) Chevy already matches the CR-V, 32 mpg on the highway and 26 mpg on average.

One reason the isn’t the clear fuel leader, I suspect, is that skimped on technology. The company to stick with a five-speed as the only choice of transmission, Chevy, Ford, Hyundai and Kia all moved to more efficient automatics (the Escape, Tucson, and Kia Sorento also are with a stick shift). also didn’t go with efficient direct fuel in the new CR-V’s engine, as Ford has in its EcoBoost engines.

Pricing hasn’t been yet but Honda says the new CR-V continue to sell in the same range as the previous model, means it will probably to be slightly more expensive its competitors. (Keeping the price 30 grand is one reason you can get a new CR-V a rear-seat entertainment system or a system—but not with both.)

remains a strong selling Honda expects the new CR-V to top five-star government safety and to be a Top Safety Pick of the Insurance for Highway Safety. Standard includes stability control, assist, and front-side and head-protecting curtain air bags.

The CR-V has to sell well, despite disruptions in Asia. U.S. of the CR-V were up 11.1 to 180,361, in the first 10 months of year compared with the period last year. the Ford Escape’s sales 31.4 percent, to 206,896, the first 10 months of this

Other rivals also are ground on the CR-V: Chevy sales were up 43.2 to 160,143, and Kia Sorento sales 22.7 percent, to 109,903, October.

Toyota has been the big RAV4 sales fell percent, to 106,800, during the 10 months of this year. But the new could suffer, too, if don’t cotton to the redesign and the makes a comeback.

Behind the Wheel

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The CR-V has been much fun to drive. you punch the gas to, say, accelerate a freeway, the engine really and fuel economy plunges. Of the same is true of rival powered by the base engine, but you sometimes have the choice of a powerful engine if you want

In the test drives I did at a Honda event, I wasn’t able to the 2012 model, but I’d guess it from zero to 60 about as as the outgoing CR-V—in about 10 With six-cylinder power, the RAV4 jumps from to 60 in about 6.5 seconds. The 2013 Escape may offer similar when powered by the 2.0-liter engine.

The CR-V’s new motion-adaptive steering system doesn’t much feedback to the driver, but great for maneuvering in tight Honda also has upgraded the all-wheel drive to an electronically system designed to respond to even slight wheel The suspension has been softened and more car-like, too.

A feature I really like is Eco You push a button on the dash and the goes into a fuel-saving that doesn’t seem to acceleration much. Numerous help the driver conserve Among other things, a around the right side of the glows green when driving efficiently.

I found I easily achieve the CR-V’s mileage.

The CR-V’s cabin more upscale than The center stack is nicer-looking, and leather upholstery continues to be on the high-end trim levels. there’s still too much plastic on the dash and doors, and are too many seams in the dash, as if it cobbled together from

The dash in the new Ford Focus, for is less busy-looking and more

Bluetooth connectivity is standard on the new as are both a Pandora Internet interface and SMS text-messaging. A backup and hands-free phone capability now come standard.

Luggage behind the CR-V’s rear is up 1.5 cu. ft. to a voluminous 37.2 cu. ft. expanding to cu. ft. with the rear seats down. One of the CR-V’s handiest new allows the rear seats to down nearly (but not flat in a 60/40 pattern at the of a lever. There had been speculation in the automotive press Honda would offer a seat in the CR-V, to match the one in the RAV4, but that didn’t

Buy It or Bag It?

The CR-V remains an excellent Honda loyalists who simply go out and buy one be happy with their However, the Kia Sorento is cheaper, and the new and RAV4 offer options the doesn’t.

In short, like the the CR-V is no longer the clear top in its segment.

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