2012 Honda CR-V: Smooth for a Four-Cylinder
December 20, 2012
Am I surprised that our CR-V isn't the fastest vehicle in the fleet? Hardly. Its normally aspirated four-cylinder can only do so much. What does impress me is how smoothly it works in nearly every situation.
Whether it's winding up near its redline or just cruising along on the highway, the CR-V's 2.4-liter engine always delivers refined power. It runs out of juice pretty quickly on the highway, but the quick-shifting automatic does a good job of grabbing another gear when it's required. At slower speeds the shifts are a little less predictable, so it's not perfect.
Overall, it's a solid setup that matches the personality of this SUV. In other words, it's a typical Honda.
Ed Hellwig, Editor @ 11,811 miles