2012 Honda CR-V: Have You Seen Me?
July 23, 2012
Of course, the answer is, no, you haven't seen our long-term 2012 Honda CR-V for the last week, because I've been on vacation withit. It wasn't anything like aheroic road trip, rather the week of insanityleading up to my wedding.Honestly, I'velost count ofhow many times we went toTarget.
By the end of it, though, I'd racked up 600 miles of driving, all in Southern California. I hauled everything from family members to cases of wine to my own wedding dress, so yeah, mundane stuff. But I can't think many other vehicles I'd rather usefor constant errand-running.
I've had trouble warming up to small crossover SUVs in the past, so either I'm getting old and soft, or this is a really good one. The ride quality is comfortable -- significantly more so than the previous two CR-Vs -- and the driver seat is well shaped, supportive andsuitable for extended waits in unexpected traffic. The steering is darn good, too, especially for an electric setup. It's stable and unobtrusive on the highway and nice and precise around town.
The only thing I don't like about it is the same thing I didn't love about the previous CR-V...
...the drivetrain. The engine is weak in the grunt department (though at least it's smooth), and the transmission is slow to come up with downshifts (but again, smooth when it does shift). The thing is, the rest of the package is so strong, it's hard to give it much grief for this. Morestoriesof the mundane coming soon!
Erin Riches, Senior Editor @ 2,961 miles