Manual Shifting - 2012 Honda CR-V Long-Term Road Test

2012 Honda CR-V Long Term Road Test

2012 Honda CR-V: Manual Shifting

January 28, 2013

2012 Honda CR-V

That Honda's CR-V uses a five-speed automatic transmission while its primary rivals, the Ford Escape and Toyota RAV4, use six-speeds isn't ideal. That the five-speed lacks a manual gate, shift paddles and rev-matching abilities is inexcusable.

Here you can see that the only way to lock the transmission in a gear is to pull it down into 2 or 1 or use the D3 button. None of these options is as elegant or as easy as a rev-matched downshift would be using a paddle or a manual gate.

Josh Jacquot, Senior editor @ 16,062 miles


  • emajor emajor Posts:

    This is a very old school design for toggling between gears, and it largely worked with 4-speed autos. You could manually access every gear, even if it was kind of dumb to have to lock out 4th gear overdrive with a button and run the shifter through the gate to lock out 3rd and 2nd. With a five speed, this is just stupid; you can only access 4 of those gears. Not as bad as Ford's stubborn insistence on only providing an "L" setting for some of their 6-speed autos, though. That this comes from a car maker formerly known for its ingenuity and driver involvement shows how different of a company Honda is now. The CRV is meant for an audience who is not expected to ever want to change their own gears.

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