Missing a Blind-Spot Monitor - 2012 Honda CR-V Long-Term Road Test

2012 Honda CR-V Long Term Road Test

2012 Honda CR-V: Missing a Blind-Spot Monitor

February 11, 2013

2012 Honda CR-V

We've previously written a couple of entries about our long-term 2012 Honda CR-V's blind-spot driver-side mirror. Neither was favorable. Kelly Toepke wrote that it reminded her of bifocal glasses, while James Riswick observed that Ford's blind-spot mirror design works a lot better. You can add me in to the mix as an editor who's unmoved by our CR-V's mirror design.

This would seem to be a fairly minor thing, and perhaps it is. But I was also thinking recently how my 67-year-old mom really likes the blind-spot detection system on her Ford Fusion. For a lot of drivers, I think blind-spot detection systems are great. But you can't get one on the CR-V. And that, I think, is important.

You can get such systems on a few other top small crossover SUVs, including the new Ford Escape, Mazda CX-5 and Toyota RAV4. While all of these models are excellent, your final shopping decision could come down to something like blind-spot monitoring feature availability.

Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor @ 16,472 miles


  • fsunole fsunole Posts:

    I'm in the market for a new compact SUV and test drove both the CX-5 and the CR-V yesterday. I really disliked the CR-V's concave mirror. It doesn't give any meaningful blind spot coverage and just annoyed me with the distorted edge. If the car doesn't have BSM, then I'd rather have no built in blind spot mirror and just properly adjust my mirrors. The problem is everyone wants to be able to see the sides of their car in the mirror as opposed to adjusting them correctly. As my driving instructor said back in the day, "There is no need to see the doors of your car in your side mirrors. Don't worry, they'll follow you around even if you don't check on them."

  • fordson1 fordson1 Posts:

    "While all of these models are excellent, your final shopping decision could come down to something like blind-spot monitoring feature availability." Final shopping decision? You mean, like the FINAL one? Of the last car I ever buy? Well, maybe then...not at any time in the near future.

  • stovt001_ stovt001_ Posts:

    There is no such thing as blind spots in a regular production passenger car with properly adjusted mirrors and a check over the shoulder. "Blind spot" is just an excuse for when someone doesn't actually look before swerving over.

  • quadricycle quadricycle Posts:

    ^Ha! Reminds me of some of the accounts people have with "Black Ice" You'd think they were driving along peacefully in the summer and BAM, Black Ice got them!

  • samster231 samster231 Posts:

    While these blind spot indicators are convenient, how many people will stop shoulder checking if they have these? If my son were to learn on such a car, what bad habits might he develop as a result? Given the choice, I would pass on such a feature.

  • guillesh guillesh Posts:

    I hate the mirror on my '13. I bought one of those round fisheye stick-ons, as I have on every other car I own, and love it this way.

  • nadia2 nadia2 Posts:

    I've always been interested in honda cr-v; good, insightful article.

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