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Honda's CR-V has been redesigned for 2012. The five-seat compact crossover has new styling inside and out, and it gets better gas mileage than its predecessor. Offered with either front- or all-wheel drive, all CR-Vs are powered by a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine. The CR-V is offered in LX, EX and EX-L trim levels. Competitors include the Ford Escape, Toyota RAV4 and Hyundai Tucson.
The 2012 CR-V's styling revisions eliminate one of its more controversial design features — the prior generation's underbite front end has been ditched in favor of a more conventional grille that's bounded at its upper edges by new headlights.
The CR-V's profile looks different thanks to changes in the crossover's greenhouse. Whereas the prior model's side glass arced gracefully lower at the rear, there's now a kink in the window line that draws attention to the rear roof pillars and the restyled taillights that climb them. There's a new liftgate, too, which has a modern look. Exterior features include:
Like the exterior, the CR-V's cabin is an evolution of the former design. The door panels, steering wheel and dashboard sport a new look, but materials quality doesn't seem nice enough in places for an all-new model. Honda did, however, significantly simplify the folding procedure for the backseat. Interior features include:
Under the Hood
All CR-V trim levels are powered by a 185-horsepower, 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that teams with a five-speed automatic transmission. Gas mileage has improved, with front-wheel-drive models rated at an EPA-estimated 23/31 mpg city/highway while all-wheel-drive versions get 22/30 mpg. Mechanical features include:
Standard safety features include:
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