2012 Honda CR-V Test drive and Review

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Messing with Success

The generation CR-V will its debut as a 2012 model, to hit dealerships on December 15, 2011. The Honda CR-V will with base prices $21,000 to $30,000, and with a basic warranty, a 5-year/60,000-mile warranty and EPA fuel economy of 23 mpg city/31 mpg highway (front-wheel and 22 mpg city/30 mpg highway (all-wheel

First Glance

The Honda has been an unqualified success. generations of CR-V have Honda showrooms since its in 1997, and the 2011 CR-V is on to sell over 200,000 ranking it in the top three Honda sold in the US for the year (hot on the of Accord and Civic), and in the top three sold in the US, despite periodic chain issues during the

The third generation CR-V tended to be fairly affluent and in late 40’s — Baby Boomers. Honda’s approach for the new CR-V is to attract a new Buyer: an affluent 32 year-old It’s a story we’ve over and over again: young women are the crest of the wave, and will be the driving in the marketplace very soon.

are the Cool Moms who maintain an lifestyle with kids.

I’m not sure that the Department told the Exterior Department about their new CR-V has made a subtle but remains the same attractively compact crossover vehicle it always was. CR-V rides on the same 103.1 and comes in just 0.8 shorter in length and 1.0 shorter in height and in width (71.6) and track

Visually, a new front grill and Halogen headlamps give a sharper face. Out back, signature vertical stack of taillamps has been retained the center high mount lamp is LED), but the roofline has slightly. Instead of standing to the road, the top half of the tailgate toward the front. The changes, slight, have a freshening on CR-V. It’s the same just sharper and more

But CR-V remains unmistakably

Honda being Honda, are other practical upgrades. up the liftgate, and the lift-in height distance from the ground to the top of the bumper) is 0.8 lower than A trick one-touch mechanism the 60/40 Easy Fold-Down seat to flop down, the seat bottom flips up at the time, all operated from the open liftgate for convenience. The don’t leave a completely load floor, but the cargo is substantially unobstructed and quite

Total cargo capacity is by 2.0 cubic feet (from to 70.9), while luggage behind the second row is up by 1.5 cubic (from 35.7 to 37.2).

In the Seat

2012 Honda Dash.

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CR-V’s dash and front have been completely — probably the most change over the third Each CR-V will now get Intelligent Multi-Information Display a 5 color TFT LCD screen that is into the top center of the dashboard. You can through simple information on the via steering wheel-mounted controls, audio track names, economy data and other

You can even import photo via a USB input in the center console and set up own wallpaper for the screen. In a blatant for the Cool Mom Millennials, the i-MID can read SMS text messages and the driver can send simple, preset messages (I’m late, Talk to you later, driving, or I’m running while driving.

Unfortunately for (fortunately for the rest of us on the road), the SMS messaging feature only with a few specific phones and Droid phones right and the feature is hardware dependent, not that will be remedied a software patch. CR-V get standard Bluetooth HandsFreeLink and a Internet Radio interface, with multi-angle rearview — cool, high-tech that will goose the

Below the i-MID in the center is where the navigation and/or controls live. The CR-V LX a 160-watt AM/FM/CD with speakers, while the EX gets a with six speakers. EX-L and Navi models get seven 360 watts and XM Satellite radio. Navi models use a 6.5 touchscreen The system has been updated to Memory instead of DVD-based, makes map upgrades much

Honda uses FM Traffic, does not require a subscription, to continuous traffic data, and you can information into the navigation via the touchscreen, via a joystick near the or via voice recognition commands. screen and joystick inputs are while the vehicle is in motion, but recognition operates fully at all — great for those when you’re on the freeway but no idea where to exit, and is not an option.

A DVD rear entertainment (RES) is available as a factory-installed on EX-L models, with a 7 screen that mounts in the ceiling, and wireless headphones. The entertainment system takes the whole sound system in use — so I’d opt for a pair of portable DVD players or tablet instead.

CR-V’s seats are all new, an enhanced frame design safer and more comfortable. I the fold-down center console that was part of the EX-L Now, all CR-Vs get a big center with 10.8-liter lidded compartment, and clever water storage on the sides.

Honda CR 80 R2
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The gear lever still lives on the stack, minivan style, and no shifters or sport modes are

On the Road

Under the hood, 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine is with an additional 5 hp and 2 lb-ft of bringing the totals to 185 hp and 163 lb-ft of with a five-speed automatic sending power to the front or to all four wheels when with all-wheel drive. The is now operated by an electronic throttle, allows Honda to set up an ECON that alters the drive-by-wire system response curve in situations in order to achieve fuel economy.

You can press the button on the lower left of the dash, and the electronic nanny out response to your throttle as long as those inputs are the range of 10 — 80% of potential movement. If you floor it, or if you barely the throttle, you’re on your Try as I might, I couldn’t detect difference with the ECON on or off, but I didn’t drive enough to track fuel

The CR-V’s instrument panel real-time feedback for green literally illuminating green that flank the speedometer you are driving efficiently. The green is more visible at night, but provide subtle, subliminal for good driving habits unless you’re averse to the green, in which case mash the throttle to get rid of that glow.

CR-V’s aforementioned drive system is all-new for They call it Real AWD with the Intelligent Control Basically, all-wheel drive is engaged, and the vehicle’s systems electric power steering and stability assist — the AWD system when and where is needed for maximum control and In the previous CR-V drive the rear wheels got power when the front wheels to slip.

With the new system, the wheels get power every the vehicle starts up from a even on dry pavement. When is cruising under power, the drive system is disconnected for efficiency and minimal driveline It’s sophisticated, and works without driver interaction. The new power steering has great without the numbing that systems induce.

Four-wheel independent suspension with front and rear bars keep the ride and stable. CR-V drives as you’d expect it to drive confidently, securely and without It doesn’t have enough or pizazz to make it fun to drive — the vehicle kind of in the equation.

It just goes, is just fine for the family and hauler that it is. Honda has sure that CR-V an impressive array of safety and they expect it to be an IIHS Top Pick once all of the crash is complete.

Journey’s End

2012 CR-V.

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