2012 Honda CR-V AWD: Oregon Trip Likes
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.
What's more, the CR-V's cargo loading height is way down there at just 25.75 inches. Little chance of back strain here.
When all is said and done the CR-V has no trouble supporting our family of four on the road for a week with no loss of visibility, no loss of security.
Up front, Tracy and I really like the roll-top center console. It holds a lot of stuff, including the full-size digital SLR that snapped this picture. And the act of opening or closing it doesn't disturb anyone's comfort because Honda has not pressed the console lid into service as a center armrest like so many other consoles we could name.
Beyond its cargo and storage prowess, our 2012 Honda CR-V is living up to its advertised fuel economy. So far we've averaged 28.4 mpg over the 1,483 miles we've drivien to this point and just today it churned out 31.3 mpg, its best highway tank to date. These compare favorably to our AWD model's 25 mpg EPA combined rating and 30 mpg EPA highway rating. In an advertising climate where over-promising seems to run rampant, the CR-V's fuel economy ratings seem refreshingly conservative and achieveable.
Dan Edmunds, Director of Vehicle Testing @ 4,269 miles