2012 Honda CR-V Long Term Road Test


2012 Honda CR-V: The Replacement for the Lack of a Basement

February 12, 2013

2012 Honda CR-V

The home I live in doesn't have a basement. Actually, few California homes (where Edmunds is based) do. So when it comes time to store my, err, stuff, I have to rent a storage unit. And this is where vehicles like our 2012 Honda CR-V are so great for me.

I'm often shuttling bins and boxes between the storage unit and my house, and the CR-V makes it easy. The spring-loaded fold-down rear seats are there for a quick transition from people to cargo hauler. There's also the low load floor and 70 cubic feet of space, which is among the roomiest you'll find in a small crossover (and more than enough for what I'm typically moving back-and-forth).

Yet when I'm done using the CR-V as a beast of burden, it easily transitions back to being a daily-use vehicle. It's not the most exciting vehicle in our long-term fleet, but for me our CR-V offers excellent utility and practicality.

Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor @ 16,557 miles

Comments

  • stovt001_ stovt001_ Posts:

    A true Californian would store his $30,000+ car outside while filling the garage with useless junk.

  • bankerdanny bankerdanny Posts:

    Alternatively you could have less crap.

  • vizcarmb vizcarmb Posts:

    Lucky for me I can actually put both my cars in a my garage and I live in San Jose. So suck it!!!

  • vizcarmb vizcarmb Posts:

    Lucky for me I can actually put both my cars in a my garage and I live in San Jose. So suck it!!!

  • emajor emajor Posts:

    stovt, Oh man, isn't that the truth. But it isn't just California, people in cold weather climates do this too. You would think the first time they have to clear snow & ice off their car because the garage has an old treadmill, sofa, and Christmas decorations in it would put them on a massive cleaning spree.

  • emajor emajor Posts:

    stovt, Oh man, isn't that the truth. But it isn't just California, people in cold weather climates do this too. You would think the first time they have to clear snow & ice off their car because the garage has an old treadmill, sofa, and Christmas decorations in it would put them on a massive cleaning spree.

  • noburgers_ noburgers_ Posts:

    if the plethora of "storage locker reality" shows is any indication, you guys are right.

  • stovt001_ stovt001_ Posts:

    @emajor: Wow, that makes no sense at all. OK here we barely get any rain and never any snow. You're only dealing with dust, sun damage, and theft risk. At my complex there's one single car garage per apartment. All other cars were supposed to park on the

  • fordson1 fordson1 Posts:

    Um, so why don't houses in California have basements? They're warmer in winter, cooler in summer, cheaper to heat and to cool, and have more storage space. They're just better. Going back and forth to a storage unit facility for the stuff that I conveniently keep in my basement...that sounds to me on par with not having indoor plumbing or central heating.

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