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2012 Honda CR-V: Strong Sales

October 10, 2013

2012 Honda CR-V

Last month, the Ford Escape was the best-selling SUV in the land, with sales of 22,607 units. The Honda CR-V was very close behind, selling 21,439 units.

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2012 Honda CR-V: Go Ahead Sis, Get It.

July 29, 2013

2012 Honda CR-V

My sister Maria has almost exclusively driven Honda Civics since the mid-1980s, when her younger, car nut brother (yes, that's me) told her to get one when she was looking for a well-built compact sedan.

She's always bought them new, kept 'em for about 8 years and put over 100k on each with nary a problem. Now she's looking at replacing her 2006 Civic EX coupe with a compact crossover.

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2012 Honda CR-V: Comparison Test

July 15, 2013

2012 Honda CR-V

Just before our long-term 2012 Honda CR-V left our test fleet, it had the toughest job of its time with us. It faced off against the 2013 Toyota RAV4 and the 2014 Mazda CX-5.

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2012 Honda CR-V: Fuel Economy Update for June

July 2, 2013

2012 Honda CR-V

Here is the fuel economy update for our long-term 2012 Honda CR-V during the month of June. We added 1,100 miles to the Honda since last month. This is a bit shy of our monthly goal of 1,700 miles. June marks the final month of our one-year test of the CR-V. Expect a wrap-up published in the near future.

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2012 Honda CR-V: No-Fumble Buckle

June 26, 2013

2012 Honda CR-V

In this gig, you're always looking for details. After you get a feel for a vehicle's fundamental dynamic character, how it accelerates, steers, brakes and shifts its weight, you start noticing the details. Are the seats comfortable? How's the wheel feel? Can I see out of this thing? Then it starts breaking down to a car's purpose.

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2012 Honda CR-V: Ready for Roadtripping

June 13, 2013

2012 Honda CR-V

The wife and I just took a "let's get the heck out of L.A." road trip. We were looking for something relaxing, so we went with San Luis Obispo for an overnighter. It was about a 400-mile round trip, as it included a side trip to Solvang. The latter is a quaint Danish town located in the wine country of Santa Ynez valley. It's only about 130 miles north of L.A. The CR-V was available, and as expected was an amiable ally during our journey.

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2012 Honda CR-V: Third Row Jump Seat?

June 11, 2013

2012 Honda CR-V

I purchased a set of Honda S2000 seats for my personal car last week, and the job of transporting them fell to our 2012 Honda CR-V.

Fully assembled, with the rails attached, the seats are pretty bulky and I didn't want to damage them. I didn't have the tools on me to take them apart either. So did they fit?

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2012 Honda CR-V: Size Is Just Right

June 5, 2013

2012 Honda CR-V

Nowadays, the lines between vehicular size segments are becoming increasingly blurred. Modern "compact" cars are about the same size as yesteryear's midsizers. And even within a current segment, size classification can be murky. Witness the compact crossover SUV segment, where the truly compact Hyundai Tucson (173.2 inches long) rubs fenders with the Chevy Equinox (187.8 inches long). At 178 inches long, the Honda CR-V sits between these two, and is about the same length as a Ford Escape.

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2012 Honda CR-V: Fuel Economy Update for May

June 3, 2013

2012 Honda CR-V

Our long-term 2012 Honda CR-V's lifetime fuel economy dipped by 0.1 mpg over the course of 1,353 miles in May. Still, at 24.9 mpg, that still rounds up to equal the EPA's combined rating of 25 mpg. That's pretty good since many of our long-term cars now fall under EPA combined.

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2012 Honda CR-V: The Organ Fits

May 31, 2013

2012 Honda CR-V

After much Craigslist and local eBay searching, Da Wife finally found an organ that she wanted. Stop with your gutter-minded innuendo, dear reader. This organ I speak of is of the musical instrument genus, specifically a Yamaha Electone.

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2012 Honda CR-V: It's Good at Everything

May 15, 2013

2012 Honda CR-V

I remember when we were still talking about adding a 2012 Honda CR-V to our long-term test fleet. I was a proponent of it. The CR-V excels at being ordinary, and since most of us lead ordinary lives most of the time, this Honda is nearly impossible to dislike.

Space efficiency is the CR-V's greatest asset. It feels hugely spacious on the inside, and you're sitting in comfy seats with simple controls and useful storage slots all around you. Yet on the outside, it's not huge at all, and so it fits just about anywhere. It's a better fit in most garages than Honda's Accord.

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2012 Honda CR-V: More Cargo Space

May 9, 2013

2012 Honda CR-V

It's no secret that the Honda CR-V compact SUV has grown in size since it first hit the market in the late '90s. As I was vacuuming out the rear cargo area this morning, I decided to see how much more room the rear area offered in the current model compared to a 10-year-old CR-V.

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2012 Honda CR-V: Few Faults

May 7, 2013

2012 Honda CR-V

Sometimes, a vehicle is so good that you struggle to find faults with it. The 2012 Honda CR-V falls into that category.

I'll admit there are times I wish its little four-cylinder engine had more power, especially at higher speeds, like when you're trying to pass a line of cars on a two-lane road. But then it wouldn't get such respectable fuel mileage.

And sure, the rear-end styling is a bit odd. At least in my opinion.

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2012 Honda CR-V: Livin' the SUV Life

May 6, 2013

2012 Honda CR-V

I don't really consider myself an SUV guy. To be honest, I'd much rather be driving a sports car or a sport sedan. But there's no denying the inherent utility of an SUV. Hey, it's in its name.

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2012 Honda CR-V: Is It Still Special?

May 3, 2013

2012 Honda CR-V

The Honda CR-V has been a best-seller in the U.S. since it was introduced in 1997. Back in the day it was a practical if scrappy vehicle that appealed to people who wanted an SUV but didn't want to go off-roading and didn't want something the size of Montana.

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2012 Honda CR-V: Fuel Economy Update for April

May 2, 2013

2012 Honda CR-V

In the month of April our 2012 Honda CR-V traveled 1,530 miles on 87-octane fuel. We averaged 24.3 mpg for the month, just shy of the EPA rating of 25 mpg in combined driving.

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2012 Honda CR-V: 20,000-Mile B1 Service Complete

April 23, 2013

2012 Honda CR-V

Earlier this week, I took our long-term 2012 Honda CR-V to the dealership to address the B1 service reminder that popped up just before it hit 20,000 miles. I showed up at Honda of Santa Monica just before 11 on Monday morning. I didn't have an appointment, so I pulled right in to the service department's dedicated lane for customers without appointments.

Within 30 seconds, a porter approached and asked what I wanted.

"I'd like to get a B1 service if I can," I said.

"Sure, I'll get a service advisor for you," she replied.

Sure enough, a friendly advisor appeared at my door with his own iPad about 30 seconds after that.

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2012 Honda CR-V: 20,000 Miles and We Barely Noticed

April 19, 2013

2012 Honda CR-V

Our long-term 2012 Honda CR-V recently hit 20,000 miles, and we drove another 400 miles before we even noticed. Of course, the CR-V isn't really a milestone kind of car. It just goes about its business and doesn't make a fuss about anything. That's probably why I like it.

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2012 Honda CR-V: Oil Change

April 11, 2013

2012 Honda CR-V

Before our 2012 Honda CR-V turned over 20,000 miles, I noticed it telling us that its oil life was down to 20 percent. Shortly after it ticked over 20,000, oil life dropped to 15 percent and the CR-V also tells us it wants a B1 scheduled service: replace engine oil and filter, check front and rear brakes, rotate tires, and inspect a grip of the essentials like brake hoses and lines, tie rod ends, suspension components and more.

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2012 Honda CR-V: Icons, Redux

April 10, 2013

2012 Honda CR-V

A couple of weeks ago, I mentioned that I liked how the Beetle mixes icons with text buttons in its center stack. But I'm not so sure how well icons explain the file structure in this example of the CR-V's media display.

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2012 Honda CR-V: Nooks, Crannies

April 9, 2013

2012 Honda CR-V

Whatever grief Honda has taken, and the harvest it now reaps, for letting bean counters strong-arm the engineering corps over the past decade, the company still knows how to package.

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2012 Honda CR-V: Fuel Economy Update For March

April 2, 2013

2012 Honda CR-V

During March, we put about 1,200 miles on our Honda CR-V and we're closing in quick on 20,000 miles. Despite only average four-cylinder sauce (especially on long grades), this versatile crossover remains a staff favorite and a go-to road tripper. In March, we used the CR-V mainly in and around town, except for a ski run to the Sierra Nevada mountains which accounted for about 700 miles.

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2012 Honda CR-V: Captain's Seats and Great Armrests

April 1, 2013

2012 Honda CR-V

The seats in our 2012 Honda CR-V are really comfortable. They give great support and the leather isn't bad either. But I think my favorite part about them is the armrest. When I have control over my own folding armrest, I feel like I'm in First Class on a transatlantic flight and there's no one in the seat next to me.

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2012 Honda CR-V: Double-Duty Mirror

March 27, 2013

2012 Honda CR-V

Here's a feature I haven't seen anywhere except in a minivan: The sunglasses holder that doubles as an interior rearview mirror. Sure, Honda probably just stole this thing from the Odyssey. But it's every bit as useful for spotting back-seat hijinx here as it was there.

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2012 Honda CR-V: Headlights

March 14, 2013

2012 Honda CR-V

Sometimes we get emails from disgruntled car buyers calling us out for not addressing certain shortcomings in X, Y or Z's road test or model review. The most recent of these emails concerns the Honda CR-V. Here's what this reader had to say:

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2012 Honda CR-V: Power Rear Hatch

March 13, 2013

2012 Honda CR-V

Here's the thing about our 2012 Honda CR-V's power rear hatch: It doesn't have one.

Sure, the door is lightweight and easy to open and close by hand, but with a spacious 37 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seats, the CR-V can handle a big load o' stuff.

It would be convenient to pop the hatch remotely as you're on the approach.

Kelly Toepke, News Editor @ 19,919 miles

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2012 Honda CR-V: Dropping the Second Row

March 11, 2013

2012 Honda CR-V

By now you know how quickly and efficiently the CR-V's rear seats can be dropped. What you don't know is that the same can be accomplished by pulling this fabric loop which sticks out from both seat bottoms inside each rear door. The tab triggers the same tumble-and-flop scenario that you'll get using the releases inside the hatch.

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2012 Honda CR-V: Trip B Average MPG, Too

March 8, 2013

2012 Honda CR-V

Here's something kinda cool about the 2012 Honda CR-V: An average fuel economy readout not just for Trip A, but also a separate one for Trip B.

I found this particularly handy on my road trip to Mammoth because it meant I could let Trip B keep a running tally of both miles covered and average mpg for the entire trip, while Trip A took care of each fuel fill-up segment.

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2012 Honda CR-V: Mammoth Road Trip

March 7, 2013

2012 Honda CR-V

The 2012 Honda CR-V served as transportation for my recent road trip to Mammoth for a ski weekend.

It was a good choice. We didn't really need the all-wheel drive, as only a smidge of new snow fell while we were there. But it's nice to have that bit of confidence in your back pocket when you're five hours from home.

With just two of us onboard, there was plenty of room for our skis and stuff. The CR-V is a comfortable and relatively quiet place to spend a five hour drive, although road noise was a bit higher than expected.

While the CR-V has always seemed to have adequate enough oomph for getting around the general L.A. slog, out on the two-lane sections of U.S. 395, where power is required to pull out and pass 18-wheelers, the CR-V proved a bit of a dud.

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2012 Honda CR-V: Rear-View Camera Options

March 6, 2013

2012 Honda CR-V

I noticed a few days ago that the CR-V's rear-view camera has three handy modes. The standard view, pictured above, shows a conventional field of view, which works for straight reversing.

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2012 Honda CR-V: Fuel Economy Update for February

March 4, 2013

2012 Honda CR-V

Our long-term 2012 Honda CR-V continued to rack up mileage at a brisk pace in February. We drove 1,892 miles in our compact crossover, and with three months left in our year-long test, we might just hit 25,000 miles before all is said and done.

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2012 Honda CR-V: The Right Size

February 27, 2013

2012 Honda CR-V

I've driven a lot of crossover SUVs, ranging from small ones like the Kia Sportage to biggies like the Chevy Traverse. Of them all, the Honda CR-V seems to strike the best balance between being small enough to be fuel efficient and easy to park, while being large enough to provide a spacious rear seat and generously sized cargo area.

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2012 Honda CR-V: A Real Key

February 26, 2013

2012 Honda CR-V

Look, the 2012 Honda CR-V has a real old-fashioned key. Well, not completely old school as it has buttons to lock/unlock.

But I mean the design. The key itself doesn't fold away into a piece of plastic. And it has a metal key, not just a plastic fob.

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2012 Honda CR-V: Instant Average Fuel Economy

February 25, 2013

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My daily commute is 37 miles each direction, and typically includes several stretches of stop-and-go freeway driving.

One way I entertain myself is trying to better the instant average fuel economy. Today I took the 2012 Honda CR-V from 19.5 mpg to 23.5 mpg.

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2012 Honda CR-V: Expansive View

February 22, 2013

2012 Honda CR-V

It's nice to be able to see out the front of a car. Modern cars are stuffed full of airbags and the pillars can greatly reduce visibility.

I appreciate the added safety features, of course. But it's refreshing to have a wide, expansive view out the windshield, like in our 2012 Honda CR-V.

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2012 Honda CR-V: Writing on the Headliner

February 21, 2013

2012 Honda CR-V

This weekend I noticed there was a long, dark pen mark on our 2012 Honda CR-V's light gray headliner.

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2012 Honda CR-V: Carpool Ready

February 19, 2013

2012 Honda CR-V

There are plenty of minivans and large SUVs filing through the school parking lot, but when it comes to carpooling two middle-schoolers, our 2012 Honda CR-V offers a full range of amenities.

During the six-mile, 20-minute drive, the girls spread out their breakfast fixings, charge their iPhones in the front center console, and loudly read off the name of each song that appears on the CR-V's stereo display.

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2012 Honda CR-V: Midnight Cookie Delivery

February 18, 2013

2012 Honda CR-V

When your daughter's sales goal is 500 boxes, she doesn't care that the call for more Girl Scout cookies comes at 11:00 p.m. She's happy for the order.

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2012 Honda CR-V: I See the Music

February 15, 2013

2012 Honda CR-V

I like that the display in our Honda CR-V shows me the next few songs that are coming up on my iPod. Working in an open floor plan like we do at Edmunds, I have a lot of "writing music" on my iPod. When I'm in the car I like to shuffle all of my songs. So I spend a fair amount of time skipping tracks.

Ocean waves and classical music are great for drowning out noise at the office, but not exactly rocking tunes for the commute home.

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2012 Honda CR-V: The Replacement for the Lack of a Basement

February 12, 2013

2012 Honda CR-V

The home I live in doesn't have a basement. Actually, few California homes (where Edmunds is based) do. So when it comes time to store my, err, stuff, I have to rent a storage unit. And this is where vehicles like our 2012 Honda CR-V are so great for me.

I'm often shuttling bins and boxes between the storage unit and my house, and the CR-V makes it easy. The spring-loaded fold-down rear seats are there for a quick transition from people to cargo hauler. There's also the low load floor and 70 cubic feet of space, which is among the roomiest you'll find in a small crossover (and more than enough for what I'm typically moving back-and-forth).

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2012 Honda CR-V: Missing a Blind-Spot Monitor

February 11, 2013

2012 Honda CR-V

We've previously written a couple of entries about our long-term 2012 Honda CR-V's blind-spot driver-side mirror. Neither was favorable. Kelly Toepke wrote that it reminded her of bifocal glasses, while James Riswick observed that Ford's blind-spot mirror design works a lot better. You can add me in to the mix as an editor who's unmoved by our CR-V's mirror design.

This would seem to be a fairly minor thing, and perhaps it is. But I was also thinking recently how my 67-year-old mom really likes the blind-spot detection system on her Ford Fusion. For a lot of drivers, I think blind-spot detection systems are great. But you can't get one on the CR-V. And that, I think, is important.

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