Honda recently launched the fourth-generation of the machine that helped start the entire compact SUV segment: The legendary, best-selling CR-V. For 2012, the CR-V improves in virtually every category to offer buyers more of what has made the CR-V a perennial best seller.
Honda has somehow managed to improve upon a machine that has garnered top dependability awards from J.D. Power and Associates and “Best Retained Value SUV under $25,000” from Edmunds.com by giving the 2012 Honda CR-V a completely new design boasting increased fuel economy, more sophisticated styling, available Real Time AWD with Intelligent Control System™, new standard high-tech features and a more comfortable, more functional interior.
Every all-new 2012 CR-V (MSRP $22,295*) is propelled by a more powerful and efficient 2.4-liter i-VTEC four-cylinder engine boasting 185 hp (up five hp from last year) and 163 lb/ft of torque. Paired with the standard five-speed automatic, the 2012 CR-V with front-wheel drive (FWD) is rated at an impressive 23 mpg city** and 31 mpg highway – a two and three mpg improvement, respectively, over the 2011 CR-V. The 2012 CR-V with new Real Time AWD returns a class-leading 30 mpg highway (also up three mpg over the 2011 model). All CR-V models are also available with Eco-Assist, a new feature that gives the driver visual cues to help operate the CR-V with maximum fuel efficiency.
The all-new Real Time AWD system in the CR-V blends FWD efficiency with AWD capability. Its Intelligent Control System™ replaces the previous, mechanically activated Real Time 4WD™ with an electronically controlled system that’s quicker to respond; it’s also 17 percent lighter and it contributes to increased fuel economy by reducing internal friction by 60 percent. It delivers seamless AWD power with a high degree of sophistication, regardless of road or weather conditions. New for 2012, a Hill-Start Assist feature helps prevent vehicle rollback on steep inclines. Also new for 2012, new chassis technology brings a substantial reduction in the weight of many chassis components, reducing overall weight from 2011 and boosting fuel economy.
Starting with the LX model, standard equipment includes cruise control, air conditioning with air filtration, remote keyless entry and a 160-watt, four-speaker stereo system. What really sets the CR-V apart, however, are all the high-tech features that come as standard equipment on every 2012 CR-V.
Every CR-V is equipped standard with a full-color, intelligent Multi-Information Display (i-MID) with a multi-angle rearview camera. An SMS text-messaging feature is integrated into the Bluetooth HandsFreeLink phone system, so the car can read text messages aloud to you over the audio system, and a Pandora®
Internet Radio interface that integrates with the Apple iPhone is controllable through the stereo system and i-MID.
The LX is also equipped standard with Honda Motion-Adaptive Electric Power Steering (EPS). This innovative system works with the standard Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA®). Using steering angle and vehicle speed data to detect potential instability in slippery conditions, the system then automatically initiates power steering inputs to prompt the driver to steer in the correct direction.
The EX model adds 17-inch alloy wheels, foglamps, a power moonroof and a six-speaker audio system. For those seeking luxury, the EX-L adds leather-trimmed upholstery, a 10-way power driver’s seat and a premium, 328-watt, seven-speaker audio system. Available options on the EX-L include the Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System™ with voice recognition and a DVD Rear Entertainment system.
Additional standard safety features include Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) with Brake Assist, and an Advanced Compatibility Engineering® (ACE™) body structure that helps the CR-V absorb and disperse energy experienced in a frontal crash.
Although the CR-V is considered compact in size, you’d never know it sitting inside. Honda engineers capitalized on an already roomy and spacious interior by designing a new standard center console and a lower cargo floor to make loading easier. Speaking of easy, the new Easy Fold-Down 60/40 Split Rear Seat folds nearly flat with handy release levers on both the front and back of the rear seat.
The Honda CR-V greets 2012 with class-leading fuel economy, high-tech features as standard equipment not found on any other vehicle in its class and an even more spacious interior – it’s a recipe that’s sure to keep the 2012 Honda CR-V on top of the best-seller list.
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*MSRP excluding tax, license, registration, $810.00 destination charge and options. Dealer prices may vary.
**Based on 2012 EPA mileage estimates. Use for comparison purposes only. Do not compare to models before 2008. Your actual mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle