May 7, 2013
Sometimes, a vehicle is so good that you struggle to find faults with it. The 2012 Honda CR-V falls into that category.
I'll admit there are times I wish its little four-cylinder engine had more power, especially at higher speeds, like when you're trying to pass a line of cars on a two-lane road. But then it wouldn't get such respectable fuel mileage.
And sure, the rear-end styling is a bit odd. At least in my opinion.
May 2, 2013
In the month of April our 2012 Honda CR-V traveled 1,530 miles on 87-octane fuel. We averaged 24.3 mpg for the month, just shy of the EPA rating of 25 mpg in combined driving.
April 2, 2013
During March, we put about 1,200 miles on our Honda CR-V and we're closing in quick on 20,000 miles. Despite only average four-cylinder sauce (especially on long grades), this versatile crossover remains a staff favorite and a go-to road tripper. In March, we used the CR-V mainly in and around town, except for a ski run to the Sierra Nevada mountains which accounted for about 700 miles.
March 8, 2013
Here's something kinda cool about the 2012 Honda CR-V: An average fuel economy readout not just for Trip A, but also a separate one for Trip B.
I found this particularly handy on my road trip to Mammoth because it meant I could let Trip B keep a running tally of both miles covered and average mpg for the entire trip, while Trip A took care of each fuel fill-up segment.
March 7, 2013
The 2012 Honda CR-V served as transportation for my recent road trip to Mammoth for a ski weekend.
It was a good choice. We didn't really need the all-wheel drive, as only a smidge of new snow fell while we were there. But it's nice to have that bit of confidence in your back pocket when you're five hours from home.
With just two of us onboard, there was plenty of room for our skis and stuff. The CR-V is a comfortable and relatively quiet place to spend a five hour drive, although road noise was a bit higher than expected.
While the CR-V has always seemed to have adequate enough oomph for getting around the general L.A. slog, out on the two-lane sections of U.S. 395, where power is required to pull out and pass 18-wheelers, the CR-V proved a bit of a dud.
March 4, 2013
Our long-term 2012 Honda CR-V continued to rack up mileage at a brisk pace in February. We drove 1,892 miles in our compact crossover, and with three months left in our year-long test, we might just hit 25,000 miles before all is said and done.
February 27, 2013
I've driven a lot of crossover SUVs, ranging from small ones like the Kia Sportage to biggies like the Chevy Traverse. Of them all, the Honda CR-V seems to strike the best balance between being small enough to be fuel efficient and easy to park, while being large enough to provide a spacious rear seat and generously sized cargo area.
February 25, 2013
My daily commute is 37 miles each direction, and typically includes several stretches of stop-and-go freeway driving.
One way I entertain myself is trying to better the instant average fuel economy. Today I took the 2012 Honda CR-V from 19.5 mpg to 23.5 mpg.
February 6, 2013
I'm 40 years old, married, have two kids and live in suburbia. I'm guessing that's close to Honda's target demographic for its CR-V. So it's with some interest that I've been observing how the CR-V fits into my life. For the span of 24 hours, I figured I'd jot down what I did with the Honda. In hindsight, it was all pretty mundane and could have really used some Kiefer Sutherland-style cliffhangers. But it did show off the CR-V's suite of strengths.
February 4, 2013
We continue to rack up miles in our 2012 Honda CR-V, adding about another 1,400 in January. These were largely miles commuting around Los Angeles, unlike in December when Dan Edmunds used the CR-V for a trip to Arizona.
January 16, 2013
The goal for cars in the Edmunds long-term test fleet is to accumulate 20,000 miles during their 12-month stay. As of the New Year our 2012 Honda CR-V is comfortably ahead of schedule. It entered service last June 25th, which means it took just over six months to cross the 15,000-mile mark. At this rate 25,000 miles looks to be a cakewalk, and 30,000 miles isn't out of the question. Clearly, it's a popular choice.
Why? Anyone who has owned a CR-V will know the answer. It's practical, versatile, efficient and affordable, and the new generation ushered in with the 2012 model year may be the best example of the species to date. It also helps that the CR-V is a good road trip vehicle, as numerous road test editors in the office can attest.
We're pretty diligent about our fuel consumption records during the entire test period, and so far the CR-V has not let us down. The EPA's combined fuel economy rating for the 2012 Honda CR-V AWD is 25 mpg, and our 15,000-mile average is right on the money at 25.1 mpg.
Of course, carmakers have gotten into the habit of talking almost exclusively about highway fuel economy, as if all any of us ever did was criss-cross the country on the interstate highway system. We know better, but we'll play along.
Our AWD example's best tank so far was 31.3 mpg, compared to a highway rating of 30 mpg. Its best observed range to date has been 388.9 miles, but that was a 29.3 mpg run in which we pumped 13.3 gallons into its 15.3-gallon tank. The magic 400-mile barrier is clearly attainable on the right sort of trip.
Dan Edmunds, Director of Vehicle Testing @ 15,073 miles
December 24, 2012
My road trip to Arizona saw our long-term 2012 Honda CR-V amass over 900 miles, nearly all highway, and maybe three percent of them in heavy traffic (a welcome home gift from Southern California).
So I knew my fuel economy was going to be good. But I didn't think it would be outstanding, because once you're past Palm Springs, the speed limit goes up to 70 mph on California's Interstate 10. And not long after you cross into Arizona, it goes up to 75 mph and doesn't drop back until you're pretty much on top of Phoenix. I didn't have time for a serious fuel economy run, so I stayed with the flow, passed the trucks when I had the opportunity and didn't go especially easy on the 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine.
So I was pretty stoked when I crunched the numbers: The CR-V averaged 27.9 mpg over 919 miles. I got 27 mpg on the outbound leg, but aided by some downhill grades, managed 29 mpg on the trip back. Given that the all-wheel-drive CR-V is rated 22 city/30 highway/25 combined by the EPA, I count my results as pretty impressive. I could own this vehicle and drive it in my usual manner without getting terrible mpg.
Erin Riches, Senior Editor @ 12,746 miles
October 18, 2012
Our 2012 Honda CR-V quietly rolled past the 10,000-mile mark on the way to work after a few eventful days under gorgeous skies in Nevada. This trip alone accounted for 1,100 of those miles, but with all the dirt roads and the start-stop driving we did they weren't particularly efficient ones.
At one point we had to buy gas priced at $5.89 per gallon at the Nipton Road exit on our way back from Las Vegas. Unlike the nearby bustling metropolis of Baker, there's only one station at Nipton Road, so they've got no price competiton. Yikes! Keep on going to Baker if you can make it. Compared to this mugging you'll save a ton.
Still, the tank of gas we bought there resulted in 30 mpg, our best mileage of the trip. This matches the CR-V AWD's 30-mpg EPA highway rating despite our load of 4 adults and their luggage and a general desire to get home without wasting any time.
Our worst tanks, achieved for the most part while poking around in the dirt, were 20.5 and 21.1 mpg. These crummy but understandable results were largely responsible dragging our trip average down to 24.2 mpg, slightly below the CRV AWD's 25 mpg EPA combined rating.
Dan Edmunds, Director of Vehicle Testing @ 10,000 miles
October 09, 2012
There's nothing wrong really with the five-speed automatic transmission in our long-term 2012 Honda CR-V. You can pick on it for only having five forward gears instead of six like many rivals, but it shifts smoothly and so far has helped us to a 25 mpg average (which also happens to be the CR-V's EPA combined rating).
But now I've experienced Honda's continuously variable transmission as paired with a new, direct-injected 2.4-liter engine in the 2013 Accord, and it's really good. Not only is it quite tolerable for a CVT, as it's programmed to mimic conventional upshifts when you lift off the gas so that engine rpm drop back in a more "natural" way, it's far more responsive in passing situations on the freeway. And the 2013 Accord is a second quicker to 60 mph than last year's model.
There were several instances over the weekend in which I wished the CR-V could respond more quickly to throttle inputs. Acceleration is adequate in the Honda but no more, and its track numbers (9.4-second 0-60, 16.8-second quarter-mile at 83.0 mph) reflect that.
In the broader context of the CR-V as a sensible small family hauler, the current drivetrain is livable, but I can't help thinking I might prefer it with the new CVT. I would guess I'll eventually get my wish but probably not until the next generation of the Honda CR-V.
Erin Riches, Senior Editor @ 8,405 miles
September 18, 2012
Yesterday, I posted a quick infographic on the Prius lineup. Today, it's crossover SUVs that include our Honda CR-V. You can read the whole story here.
On the numbers alone, the Honda CR-V nabbed the top spot among its competitors. For a family CUV, it makes a lot of sense, but for me?
I'm in the minority that would pick the Kia Sportage. I don't need a ton of space and the fuel economy is only off by 1 mpg. In terms of TCO, it's pretty bad, but those who know me would understand my problem with money and sensibility.
I attended the media launch for the Sportage, and maybe what they said resonated with me. It was aimed at single- or single-minded males. Zing! Now, that wasn't enough for me to drink the Kia Kool-Aid, but it certainly pointed me in that direction. Sharp styling and a tighter suspension had me sold, but I know most would pick something else.
What is your choice?
Mark Takahashi, Automotive Editor
September 17, 2012
As far as trip computers go, I'm just interested in knowing what my fuel economy average is and how many miles I can still drive before needing to refuel. I don't need distracting, minute video game graphics that tell me the fuel mileage every nanosecond or that act as a "coach" to promote more fuel efficient driving. Let me guess -- If I go easy on the gas I'll get more miles per gallon?
The CR-V provides all I want in large, clear font that's located up high where it's easy to see at a glance. And don't be alarmed by the 17.0 mpg average I was getting over the weekend -- the CR-V saw virtually all city driving (with plenty of traffic as seen above). The CR-V is averaging 25.7 mpg overall with us thus far.
John DiPietro, Automotive Editor @ 7,740 miles
August 31, 2012
I recently bought a new chair for my computer desk at home. Staples had a nice one on sale, and for just $8 more they assemble it for you. I opted for that and was glad I had the CR-V the next day when I picked it up.
Stowing the chair in the CR-V's cargo hold took all of three seconds. I forgot the bungee cords but it was a non-issue as the load floor carpet and going smooth and easy when turning at the lights kept it from sliding around during the brief (two-mile) trip to my house.
Even though a compact hatchback would've likely been adequate for this particular task, it reminded me how convenient an SUV's cavernous cargo hold can be. Were I to get an SUV, this compact, easy to park, good on gas (26 mpg in traffic-ridden L.A.) crossover with its 71 cubic feet of maximum cargo space would suit my needs just fine.
John DiPietro, Automotive Editor
August 24, 2012
The green 'Econ' button in our longterm 2012 Honda CR-V is for people who probably don't need it in the first place. Pressing it simply remaps the throttle calibration, deadening its response, and reduces the occurrence of the air conditioning compressor kicking on and allows the cruise control greater speed variation.
Engaging 'econ' won't provide a free lunch to a leadfoot since if you want to accelerate at a given rate you'll simply press the pedal further to achieve it. Plus, wide-open throttle is still wide-open throttle. The aircon thing still applies, sure, but it is possible its fuel economy upside would be lost in the noise.
Those who are truly interested in extracting the most fuel economy out of their car would likely already be driving in a fuel-efficient manner -- gentle acceleration, using engine braking to slow, anticipate traffic signals, turning off the a/c, etc. -- so pressing Econ won't do anything they're not already doing.
It may even be the case that people think that pressing Econ is a license to treat the throttle even more aggressively than they would have otherwise. Therefore I declare the green Econ button little more than show, especially when you consider the showy 'Econ' stickers on the rear-most side windows...
Jason Kavanagh, Engineering Editor
August 01, 2012
You didn't think all of my comments on the 2012 Honda CR-V would be negative, did you? Yesterday's gripes aside, the CR-V does do a lot of things right.
Cargo management is its forte. The CR-V swallows more stuff than it's outside appearance would suggest -- 37.2 cubic feet behind the rear seats -- and that volume presents a very usable shape because a typical carry-on roller bag fits under the cargo cover standing up. This made it ridiculously easy to fit all four of our bags with plenty of room to spare for laptop bags, a camera bag, makeup totes and whatnot.
Should you need more space (which we didn't,) the handle visible to the left is the release for the rear seatback.
July 26, 2012
It's not often that you get to watch someone you don't know drive off in your car without getting freaked out...unless, of course, there's valet parking involved. Here our 2012 Honda CR-V is being wisked away to some unseen parking structure just off Cannery Row as my wife and I look on from our third floor balcony.
This year's Moto GP weekend at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca coincides with our 20th anniversary, and since Monterey is halfway to Mom and Dad's place on the Oregon coast it only makes sense to keep heading north once the final checkered flag falls on Sunday.
Saturday night will prove interesting because the street below is to be closed and turned into a huge motorcycle parking lot. I hear alcohol consumption, whooping and hollering, gratuitous rev throwing and in-place burnouts will feature heavily. Whatever transpires, we'll have a bird's eye view.
As for the CR-V, all I know so far is this: a) it managed just 27.7 mpg during our semi-liesurely cruise up highway 101 and; b) I'm not in love with the laggy response of the touchscreen that controls the iPod/audio interface.
Dan Edmunds, Director of Vehicle Testing @ 3,487 miles