This 2012 Honda CR-V video review talks about price, fuel economy, comfort, space and technology features like Bluetooth and Pandora. We also compare it to other compact crossover SUVs.
The Honda CR-V is among the very best-selling SUVs every year. It's not because it's the fastest or the best looking. It's just a spacious, fuel-efficient crossover with exactly the features most buyers are looking for.
Pricing starts around $23,000 and tops out around $31,000. The EX model with cloth upholstery featured in the video is right in the middle at $26,500. Look around this cabin, and you'll see why people like it. There's a lot of room up front, the materials are good quality and everything's put together well. There's plenty of room to get a car seat in back, and a lot of cargo room.
However, the current Honda CR-V lacks a couple of conveniences we liked in previous models. This front console area used to be open so you'd have a spot for a purse and the rear seats used to slide forward to provide more cargo space or bring the kids a little closer. However, Honda has added a handy auto-folding feature to get the rear seats down in a hurry.
Barebones electronics are a hallmark of older CR-Vs. Now they all come with a back-up camera, a USB input, Bluetooth and Pandora integration if you have that app on your smartphone. We don't love the i-MID interface, but setting up your phone is easy.
Fuel economy is also a big deal, and that's the main reason Honda offers only a four-cylinder engine on the CR-V. This AWD model is rated at 22 city/30 highway mpg, which are above average numbers for this class.
Acceleration is adequate, and the engine is a lot quieter than in years past. Many competitors offer better acceleration, but usually at the expense of mpg.
Still, there's a lot to like. The steering feels very precise as you're going around a corner, and the ride is smoother and quieter in this generation. And as in the past, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named the Honda CR-V a Top Safety Pick.
As a total package, the Honda CR-V remains one of our favorite compact crossovers.