Loving The Easy-Drop Folding Rear Seat - 2012 Honda CR-V Long-Term Road Test

2012 Honda CR-V Long Term Road Test

2012 Honda CR-V: Loving The Easy-Drop Folding Rear Seat

January 9, 2013

2012 Honda CR-V

I got a nice surprise when I grabbed the 2012 Honda CR-V's rear-seat release lever from the cargo area. One pull and the folding rear seat made a big commotion: The seat cushion instantly tilted forward, the headrest dropped and the seatback folded down. Handy.

Okay, in truth you have to pull the left and right levers, since it's a split/folding rear seat, but man, this is easy. It's a true one-touch operation.

On the downside, the CR-V's load floor isn't completely flat. But there's plenty of usable room regardless. Also, putting the rear seats back in place is a two-step operation: First, drop the cushion back to the floor, then raise the seatback and slam it into its upright position.

One other high point of the CR-V's luggage area: The cargo cover sits unusually high, which allowed me to load a mountain bike in the back without having to remove the cover. Easy.

2012 Honda CR-V

2012 Honda CR-V

2012 Honda CR-V

2012 Honda CR-V

Mike Monticello, Road Test Editor @ 15,278 miles


  • schen72 schen72 Posts:

    It's like a ghost town here.

  • usa1fan_ usa1fan_ Posts:

    Good info, but I think you have the steps for returning the seats to their upright positions backwards. Looking at your pictures, it appears that you'd have to put the seatbacks up first, then put the cushion back. This type of fold-down mechanism isn't uncommon, and has both good and bad points to it. The good- with the seat cushion flipping forward, the seatback lays flatter, allowing for more useable area, seats down, and a flatter load floor. The bad- most of the vehicles I've owned or driven that had the seat cushion flip forward have inevitably resulted in a limit to how far back the front seats could be positioned when the rear seats were down. Taller drivers, or paranoid (of the airbag) types, such as my wife, who might have the seat positioned further to the rear, have to move their seat forward to accommodate the folded back seats. I like the one pull lever for either side in the rear hatch a lot though!

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