2012 Honda CR-V Long-Term Road Test

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.

Its first full redesign in 2002 improved its power, added interior room and safety features without compromising the original feel of the CR-V. It grew somewhat in size but the 2002 model was probably the best CR-V ever made. There was something endearing about it.

Its special features have come and gone over the years. Remember when this little Honda came with a picnic table in the back? Or the versions that had cargo shelves?

Well, 10 years later, we again have a Honda CR-V in our long-term fleet. It has a new look and includes modern tech features to keep up with the times. Several issues have been taken care of, like the huge amount of road noise it used to have.

But have its improvement taken away what made it special? Yes, it's still wonderfully practical but I can't help think it is a bit bland now. Maybe this happens to all vehicles that have been around a while.

What do you think?

Donna DeRosa, Managing Editor @, 21, 250 miles

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