2012 Honda CR-V Consumer Review: Where's the "SU" in SUV Crosso

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Where's the "SU" in SUV Crossover?
By ksonnenberg on


2012 Honda CR-V EX 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl 5A)


It is a nice vehicle in that it drives & handles well, comfortable interior & some nice luxury features.
However, Honda removed much the "Sport Utility" and now looks and feels more like a Hatchback/Minivan Crossover.

We needed to replace our '02 CRV but we suppose got spoiled by it.
The '02 w/ the tire on the back door left extra room in the spare tire compartment to store emergency supplies like blankets and tire pump, but not anymore. I miss the table that was a feature of the '02 trunk base handy for camping & picnics.
The new CRV has 2" less of ground clearance & no longer lets you pop open the hatch window which was great for access to our dogs or supplies w/o open whole hatch.

Best Features

We like the comfort, handles and drives well, and improved fuel economy. Nice features like back seat mirror for kids and dogs. Also like the back up camera and eco assist. Nice vehicle for road trips and around the town with kids (basically what minivan are good for w/o technically being a minivan).

Worst Features

Return the ground clearance to at least what it was of 8.1" or greater. Storage compartment for emergency supplies. Return the option to allow the hatch window to open. The fold open table was clever nice feature that would be nice to see comeback. While we're at it a panoramic moonroof would be nice :). An SUV crossover that has the comfort, fuel economy and drive of a Honda but the sport utility of the Subaru Forester would be perfect.
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