It's Good at Everything - 2012 Honda CR-V Long-Term Road Test

2012 Honda CR-V Long-Term Road Test

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.

Meanwhile, the driving experience is just pleasant enough to keep me content. No, the engine's not so powerful, but the transmission shifts in a refined manner. And, no, the handling is not sporty or particularly engaging, but the ride quality is nice and the 2012 CR-V's a lot quieter than in years past.

Of course, I'm not suggesting that everyone else on staff agrees with me on these points, but they've voted with their feet: We've used our long-term CR-V for absolutely everything. Everyone commutes in it, several of us have taken road trips, and lately it has become a favorite of our video team. And indeed, we were out on a video shoot when I snapped this photo and jotted down these thoughts.

Erin Riches, Deputy Editor


  • So if you were spending your own money: CRV or CX5?

  • crxvawd crxvawd Posts:

    When are you going to add 2014 Subaru Forester to your long term fleet?

  • irizer irizer Posts:

    I bought a CX-5, although wishing a considered the CR-V a bit more. More practical, better engineered for day to day activities. CX-5 is a bit more fun to drive and the Xenon headlights are way better than the ones on the CR-V. CR-V audio isn't that great, but the interface is better than the CX-5. CX-5 touchscreen and nav sucks. Look at the long term test for the CX-5, I have all the same issues and then some. The CX-5 I would say has better sound from the 9 speaker Bose system, but it still lacks a dedicated sub. So its not as good as the Infinity system in the Santa Fe or the Sony in the Escape. Both the CR-V and CX-5 are livable. If it is just for you and you like the twisty roads, I would say get a CX-5, if for you and your family, get the CR-V. I've owned honda's up to this point and I was just ready for a change. I will probably be back though.

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