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2012 Honda CR-V Review and Prices

About 2012 Honda CR-V

Honda CR-V Competitors
Toyota RAV-4
Nissan Rogue
Ford Escape
Subaru Forester

The CR-V series from Honda has been in the market for a long time. So, when they decided to release the 2012 Honda CR-V model, the engineers were hard at work to recapture the attention of its customer base and regain its position as one of the sales leaders in the market. In these times of dour economy, the challenge is much tougher than it looks, so make sure to see more details about this new edition below.

Thankfully, the 2012 Honda CR-V will feature a more flamboyant and fashionable visual style as part of the third-generation standard. In doing so, it has not sacrificed interior space to accommodate a swoop style and a mid-pack exterior dimension. This unibody design will improve the handling capacity and deliver a more lightweight body. On the inside, there are several new features that you can expect such as power monroof, returning backup camera, automatic parallel parking, lane departure warning, and a host of infotainment features.

When it comes to the powertrain aspect, the 2012 Honda CR-V will reprise the 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that offers up to 180 horsepower and 161 lb-ft torque. Therefore, this model remains competitive within its class that combines well with the improved handling system. However, the five-speed automatic transmission is the sole transmission option available, which could eventually turn out to be one of the model’s major drawbacks. Thankfully, the fuel economy rating is quite impressive with an average of 21 mpg on the city and 28 mpg on the highway for those equipped with a front-wheel drive. Such rating is indeed among the best in its class.

Pro’s of 2012 Honda CR-V

*Class-leading fuel economy rating;

*Improved handling system;

*Unibody design contribute to better mileage;

*Competitive pricing.

Con’s of 2012 Honda CR-V

*There is only one transmission option available.

Pricing Details

Although the manufacturers have been quite tight-lipped when it comes to the pricing details for the 2012 Honda CR-V, a lot of estimates are going on about the industry to give potential buyers an idea on how much they need to shell out to drive this one. It is expected to reflect the trend of the past vehicles to come out off the CR-V roster.

The base price will start at an estimated $23,000 price tag for the ones equipped with a front-wheel drive system. But upgrading into an all-wheel drive can raise the base price to $24,000. The EX model, on the other hand, will kick off at $25,200 and $26,400 for the front-drive and AWD, respectively. The most expensive model in the range is the EX-L, which starts at a $28,000 price tag or you can opt for the ones with a navigation system that is priced at $30,100.

The Bottom Line

If you are shopping around for the best option for a crossover vehicle, then you might want to seriously consider the 2012 Honda CR-V. This is a modern version of the benchmark compact SUV, so you know that you can really squeeze out a lot of value for this price point when you buy this vehicle.

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  1. Mike
    September 6th, 2010 at 19:56 | #1

    I think we should wait for the launch of the vehicle before we start making any assumption about the car.

    The CRV as such is a decent car and there is no doubt that this is going to be a great hit when launched.

  2. Zipcar
    September 7th, 2010 at 16:34 | #2


    I think your comment makes sense. It is more meaningful to read about the reviews of the 2010 Honda CR-V or the 2011 Honda CR-V. The best we can think is that there are minimal changes between the 2011 Honda CR-V and 2012 Honda CR-V and the reviews stay valid, though, we will know for sure only after the launch of the Honda CR-V.

  3. PulSamsara
    October 1st, 2010 at 21:52 | #3


    You read my mind.

    These are generic wanna-be crystal statements anyway.
    I’m just guessing (and I say it up-front) that Honda is planning some interesting new elements to the CR-V line. Hybrid-plug in, improved AWD options (please!) and maybe even a 3row 6 cyl version.

    First and foremost – I need some hardcore snow driving AWD !
    (VTD will do)

  4. Obera_G
    November 3rd, 2010 at 05:20 | #4

    I think next CR-V will be the FOURTH generation, not third-gen as is stated in the article.


  5. Dudly
    January 27th, 2011 at 21:16 | #5

    I have been driving Honda CRV for 13 years and by now fully realized the rather conservative culture at the company towards an inferrior CRV. Why can’t the CRV have everything the Accord has? Here in Australia we have the most inferior versions of the CRV. The article refers to USB port, Navigation system and rear view camera (not sure about integrated Bluetooth). Well Honda, this is a standard feature in all competitive vehicles!!! I own the CRV EX-L (top of the range) and wished for some of the more practical features.

    Honda, please be more innovative and surprise us all. I don’t think the article reveal anything new that we are not aware of.

  6. ESW
    December 12th, 2011 at 21:34 | #6

    My dealer called tonight and offered me his first 2012 CR-V with Nav fro just under $29,000 although I can not get it until Friday, i will keep you posted.

  7. ESW
    December 12th, 2011 at 21:35 | #7

    My dealer called tonight and offered me his first 2012 CR-V with Nav for just under $29,000 although I can not get it until Friday, I will keep you posted.

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