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2012 Honda CR-V

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We Lavrincs are Honda CR-V fans. So so that both my wife and have one parked in their garages. When it comes to ideal ride height, economy and ingress and egress, the is hard to beat.

All of which to explain why it’s placed first or second in the compact CUV race since it was first to the U.S. back in 1996.

The to which Honda has reworked the for the 2012 model year immediately apparent until you see models side-by-side. The three-bar originally seen in rather form on the Accord Crosstour. has nicely to the CR-V. We’re than a little relieved, as theme is set to filter through the of the Honda lineup in the coming

Its headlamps, tautly pulled the grill to the fenders have of Acura in their styling, the side window upkick and D-pillar offer a dynamic, if evolution of the outgoing model’s The rear is an attractive amalgamation of Honda design cues a bit of FCX in that sloping hatch and the arching pillar-mounted taillights a of every CR-V have pulled up and over the rear for a decidedly Volvo -esque The only aesthetic issues we are the unusually long overhangs and the trim surrounding the side brushed aluminum to match the new rails would seem to be a fit.

Honda’s interior refreshening things a step further, a new instrument panel featuring a speedometer front-and-center and a multi-information nestled inside to provide details, exterior temperature and a few must-knows. Flanking the oversized are two semi-circular bits of trim glow green the lighter you on the throttle, while traditional for revs, engine temp and level line the sides.

A new wheel comes festooned a host of buttons to change source, adjust volume, control and voice/phone commands, with a small button in the left to cycle through the functions of the new high-mounted display on the Honda calls it an Intelligent Display and it’s standard on all models, acting as a complement to the screen to display clock and duplicate driving instructions, source/album/artist info, fuel and range or a place to show off kiddies by uploading a custom It’s cute and it works, but we the engineering effort was directed at the navigation system Honda to employ.

The navi’s functionality is but compared to nearly everything on the market, both its user and feature count lag far behind the Honda claims the CR-V’s setup has been upgraded, but the graphics are still MapQuest 2005, the audio screens like something out of Windows 3.1 and functionality isn’t nearly as as other modern systems on the

The major additions for 2012 are traffic information provided by Pandora radio functionality a tethered iPhone (no Android for a while) and a new SMS read/respond system only works with a few smartphones. However, Bluetooth and iPod support are standard on all with a USB and auxiliary ports in the massive center storage (perfect for an oversized purse) and a of new cubbies line the doors, with a pair of water slots in the center console.

Our feature of the revised navi is its trio of back-up camera also standard on all models. you shift the transmission stalk Reverse, a standard 180-degree angle is displayed, with an for a narrower 130-degree display or a top that makes reversing to the millimeter massively easy.

The seats are decidedly cushier those in the previous model, felt at best like cardboard, while rear occupants enjoy 38.3 of legroom and 56.4 inches of room. Cargo capacity is up to cubic feet with the seatbacks in place (up from cubes) and when you pull the new levers on either side of the compartment, the 60/40 split seats perform mechanical folding down to provide cubic feet of storage cubes less than the model) and making better use of the cargo floor in its class.

With the fitment of all this kit, you’d expect to grow commensurately. But you’d be Honda engineers claim overall tonnage is down by 40 pounds (depending on spec), and the continued refinement of Honda’s 2.4-liter inline four-cylinder, economy has risen to 23 mpg city and 31 mpg on the front-wheel-drive model and 22 city/30 for all-wheel-drive versions.

Horsepower is up by ponies for a total of 185 hp and 163 pound-feet of the latter of which peaks at rpm and tapers off quickly as you get past the 5K

When the last generation was introduced, the lack of a V6 option to be a sticking point. However, lived with two generations of the power and delivery is more adequate, and Honda seems to be that the additional expense of a turbocharged and direct-injected four-cylinder doesn’t make sense to the bottom line. And neither upgrading the standard five-speed

Engineers have managed to internal friction by around 15 and partnered with a few efficiency and a new Econ mode reducing consumption and limiting power at the press of the dash-mounted button fuel economy and energy is up across the board.

The only to these efforts is the new electronic assisted steering (EPAS), is completely devoid of feedback to its hydraulic forebearers and lacks any amount of weighting. This coming from an enthusiast’s there’s simply no on-center and even less information through the wheel.

And after speaking with a few reps about this we learned that there’s chance of recalibration before the December 15 on-sale date. as it’s the only real low with the CR-V’s driving and it’s one that could be improved by massaging a few ones and in the programming.

For those interested in a engaging experience, look at like the Mazda CX-5 or Kia

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The CR-V’s overall driving is much like the rest of car a predictable evolution of the current Body roll and braking are easily on par with the rest of the competition, with ride and erring on the side of comfort sport. It’s largely so for those interested in a more experience, it’ll probably be to look at a competitor like the CX-5 or Kia Sportage for high-riding

While the engine and transmission are carryovers for 2012, the revamped system stands to be one of the most in its class. Partnered with a MacPherson strut suspension and a multi-link setup, the Real AWD with Intelligent Control takes the old mechanical setup of its and sends it to Acura’s SH-AWD school.

The system, which blends efficiency with full-time functionality, uses the Vehicle Assist (VSA) system to the outgoing setup’s need for the wheels to slip before grunt to the rear. No longer actuated, the new system uses a clutch in the rear differential and an motor driving a single pump to deliver power to the wheels instantaneously.

During a of hard launches both on surfaces and on hills, power to the rear wheels was near with none of the drivetrain experienced in older models. even a new Hill Start feature to make accelerating a stop on inclines easier.

trim levels will be when the 2012 CR-V on sale next month has yet to be announced): LX, EX, EX-L and EX-L RES. LX models come with the aforementioned five-inch along with fold-down seats and Econ button.

The EX privacy glass, 17-inch with all-season rubber, a moonroof, body-color mirrors and handles and other assorted while the EX-L gets leather seats (the is adjustable 10 ways), XM radio, rails, automatic dual-zone control and available navigation. the EX-L RES has all that plus a for rear seat passengers and headphones to keep the kiddies at bay on drives.

Steering issues and aging system aside, the 2012 CR-V remains one of the top picks in the CUV class. More amenities, standard features and boosted economy are sure to keep it the head of the pack, and there’s a sense from both the itself and Honda’s engineers it didn’t take much to this refreshed CR-V And that’s the way it’s been Honda the past few years.

don’t shake things up and in the keep buyers coming for more. While that hasn’t always worked for the lately lately, it’s a play that looks it will pay off here just ask in the Lavrinc clan.


Engine: 2.4L I4 Power: 185 HP / 163 Transmission: 5-Speed Auto All-Wheel Drive Curb 3,545 Towing: 1,500 LBS 2+3 Cargo: 37.2 / 70.9 MPG: 22 City / 30 HWY MSRP: N/A


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