20,000 Miles and We Barely Noticed - 2012 Honda CR-V Long-Term Road Test

2012 Honda CR-V Long-Term Road Test

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.

2012 Honda CR-V

2012 Honda CR-V

Over the weekend, I took it to an Angels game. The CR-V is a great vehicle to take to an Angels game. It's easy to park and reasonably sized. And you just don't worry about it when a bunch of kids get out of the BMW 7 Series on your left. After the game, my spouse and I relaxed in the comfy front seats and listened to the post-game show while waiting for traffic to die down. I still can't get over how roomy this cabin feels. No other automaker, it seems, can create a sense of space the way Honda does, at least not in this class. (This was the best game the Angels have played all year, by the way. The stadium erupted when Pujols hit a double in the bottom of the ninth inning and Trout scored the winning run.)

The next day, I made a doughnut run in our Honda. I couldn't have picked a less sensible food option, but I was happy with my vehicle choice. The suspension calibration and wheel/tire package on this crossover are close to perfect for life in Southern California. The 2012 CR-V smothers all the ruts and uneven pavement around here, yet it's not so soft that it flops all over the place when you're rounding a corner. It's absolutely not sporty, of course, and although that might bug me in a small sedan or hatchback, I never can seem to hold it against the CR-V.

Erin Riches, Senior Editor @ 20,399 miles


  • my question is: If it were your actual car that you owned, and by owned I mean still had 53 or so more payments to go, would you have still not worried about the carload of kids swinging the back door open into your CRV? I know it isn't a Jag but if it is a decent sized chunk coming out of your paycheck every month for the next 4+ years wouldn't a big ol' door ding still be a downer?

  • agentorange agentorange Posts:

    Sometimes a car that just does what is says on the tin is exactly what you need. Many Americans think this way if you look at the top sellers.

  • noburgers noburgers Posts:

    ao--you are so right. that's what made Hondas and Toyotas such big sellers for years, although Toyota rested on it's laurels. The new Accord is a good example of getting back to Hond'a strengths. The CR-V has enjoyed great popularity for doing the basics very well.

  • schen72 schen72 Posts:

    Regardless of how much money my cars cost, I always worry about someone dinging the doors. But if I worked at Edmunds, even if I was driving the SL, I wouldn't worry about dings either! I also never finance depreciating assets, so I don't think in terms of payments. Every car I've owned was purchased outright with a check.

  • stovt001_ stovt001_ Posts:

    Regardless of how much money my car costs, I don't like the idea of door dings but I don't obsess about it either. Unless it is a limited edition classic, you just need to realize you're moving your big hunk of iron all over the place and things will inevitably happen. Just like your own body, you take care of it as best you can, but a few little scars here and there aren't anything to lose your mind over. I almost forgot this car was in the fleet. And I was just a few miles from you during that game. Driving home from Disneyland I almost woke the kiddo up cheering for Trout's game winner.

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