Unlike Pilot, Drives Like a Honda - 2012 Honda CR-V Long-Term Road Test

2012 Honda CR-V Long Term Road Test

2012 Honda CR-V: Unlike Pilot, Drives Like a Honda

January 15, 2013

2012 Honda CR-V

I spent a great deal of time over the holidays in a Honda Pilot and discovered that it perfectly embodies the Honda tradition of vehicle packaging excellence. It's actually much shorter in length than a Mazda CX-9, for instance, but has more useable interior space, along with an abundance of little cubbies, bins and other clever storage solutions.

However, the Pilot drives absolutely nothing like a Honda. It feels more like an Expedition, with monumentally slow steering, roly poly body motions and a center of gravity that feels located a good three feet above the roof.

The CR-V, on the other hand, definitely feels like a Honda. Perhaps not like those hallowed Hondas of old that make certain folks weep at the thought of CRXs and mid-90s Civics with those funky one-armed headrests. But it definitely has that dynamic DNA — responsive steering, a relatively nimble handling feel — while also having an interior that's quite cleverly packaged.

James Riswick, Automotive Editor @ 15,363 miles


  • bankerdanny bankerdanny Posts:

    The Pilot's almost verticle rear hatch is a thing of beauty. Imagine, a form the maximizes space in an SUV instead of a wildly sloping rear hatch that compromises utility in an effort to make the S more important than the U in SUV. Well done Honda.

  • usa1fan_ usa1fan_ Posts:

    I'm fairly sure that the sloping rear hatch has less to do with the S in SUV than with the E in FE (fuel economy). The boxier shape of the Pilot probably creates a larger area of low pressure behind the vehicle, which creates additional drag, and lower fuel economy numbers. I'm not really all that enamored of the rear ends of either of them, but the box will be much better for utility, while the roundrump will be better for those wanting good mileage.

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