Go Ahead Sis, Get It - 2012 Honda CR-V Long-Term Road Test

2012 Honda CR-V Long-Term Road Test

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.

Of course, she's leaning towards the Honda CR-V, so I told her my thoughts, stating it's hard to go wrong as the Honda is comfortable, practical and pretty good on gas. In other words, my sentiments echo those of our recent comparison test.

Maria's going to be making her purchase in a few months, and she's already picked out a color, "Basque Red Pearl II." I guess she's all done with black and silver Hondas.

John DiPietro, Automotive Editor


  • dw_fit dw_fit Posts:

    I just bought a 2013 CR-V EX-L for the wife this past Friday...it is Basque Red Pearl. I drive a 2007 Fit Sport that is lowered and I must admit, I really like the CR-V. It is an impressive vehicle.

  • bassrockerx bassrockerx Posts:

    ouch tell her to prepare to take a major hit in fuel economy but the crv is pretty roomy inside for a compact especially the latest version.

  • Since you're a car nut, I'm surprised you didn't recommend the Mazda CX-5. It's not that I no longer recommend Hondas to people, it's just that I want them to know that there are more interesting cars out there that are equally capable.

  • samster231 samster231 Posts:

    Misterfusion, I can understand what you're saying re: the CX-5, but if I had to recommend a car for my sister, I would put the practicality and reliability of the CR-V ahead of it. For most people, a record of reliability and ease of use trump whatever benefits you or I might consider "interesing". I drive what I consider a relatively restrained, but modded RSX and I while I love it, I wouldn't recommend it to anyone who wasn't willing to appreciate it's upside (handling, power) and look beyond its downside (ride, volume).

  • legacygt legacygt Posts:

    misterfusion: I'd agree that Hondas aren't the default/obvious recommendation they used to be. I'd probably sooner recommend an alternative to a Civic, Accord or Pilot. But in the compact CUV segment, it's hard to argue with the CR-V. I'd probably still pick the CX-5 but there's nothing wrong with recommending the CR-V for most buyers. Also, since when do car colors have sequels?

  • banhugh banhugh Posts:

    What is wrong with the CX-5 or any Mazda in terms of reliability? What am I missing here? Why did Consumer Reports name the CX-5 most reliable small SUV and still people assume the CRV is more reliable? Based on what? http://money.cnn.com/gallery/autos/2012/10/29/consumer-reports-most-reliable-cars/7.html

  • duck87 duck87 Posts:

    Guys, let's make it clear- the CX-5 is not a "sports car", ergo for most people it doesn't make a difference that it's slightly faster or handles better. We're talking about crossovers here... what's more important? Slaloms or utility and practicality? @banhugh: The newest Mazdas are probably reliable, but in the 2005-ish area none of them lasted in the midwest or Canada because they all rusted away.

  • @legacygt - I agree that the CR-V and Fit are probably Honda's most competitive vehicles, when compared to their respective classes. But I just don't think that reliability is a significant differentiator anymore, at least in mass-market vehicles. Cars

  • duck87 duck87 Posts:

    @misterfusion: If you knew one of the people who had their Ford Escape 1.6T recalled three times, including being told not to drive it, then you'd understand that reliability isn't guaranteed and that it will GREATLY upset some people. I don't expect cert

  • exnevadan_ exnevadan_ Posts:

    my sister bought a new CX-5 last week after a great MX-5 experience. I also had a great MX-5 ownership experience. we've both had Honda's in the past that we were happy with too, but I'd take a new Mazda over a new Honda just like my sister did.

  • silvia9 silvia9 Posts:

    @banhugh. While the CX-5 looks good looking and may have won the "initial reliable" car status, it means more to me to know that the CRV will still be running with 300,000 miles after 15 years. That's something you couldn't say about the Mazda.

  • stovt001_ stovt001_ Posts:

    On one hand, buying a reliable car brand new, keeping it for 8 years and over 100K miles, then replacing it is a sounds strategy. On the other hand, isn't driving the same grey-scale compact sedan kinda dull? People have no sense of whimsy/adventure.

  • olicoop olicoop Posts:

    Do you think it would be worth it to wait for more details and the release of the Honda Urban SUV? I think it looks very promising.

  • baipidij baipidij Posts:

    I like Crv cause it withstand each and every situation

  • Did your sister buy this particular CR-V? Is that why it hasn't moved in nearly a month?

  • noburgers noburgers Posts:

    They must have sold the CR-V; no updates for 7 weeks now.

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