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2012 Honda CR-V Consumer Reviews

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2012 Honda CRV Review From A Unique Perspective

by from Kaneohe, HI on February 25, 2012

I recently purchased a 2012 Honda CRV EX. My perspective may be unusual because I also purchased a 2011 CRV EX a few weeks earlier, so I can compare the differences in both. Both of these vehicles rep...
I recently purchased a 2012 Honda CRV EX. My perspective may be unusual because I also purchased a 2011 CRV EX a few weeks earlier, so I can compare the differences in both. Both of these vehicles replaced my 1999 & 2000 CRV LX, so my take on the differences in CRV’s may be somewhat unique. Honda may have picked areas to improve on that not everyone may agree with. A few points on the good side: 1. I think they did a great job on improving fuel economy with almost no sacrifice for a gasoline powered vehicle. My 2012 isn’t broken in yet, but I’m getting 24 to 25 mpg. I know that doesn’t sound great, but I drive over a mountain every working day & end up in cities on either side. Vehicles here never get good gas mileage. Even hybrids don’t shine in mileage like they do in other areas. My 2000 CRV got about 19-20 mpg driving the same route with its 2 liter engine! The 2012 CRV has a larger 2.4 liter engine with much better torque & the 2012 CRV is a much heavier, more substantial vehicle. I think the way the 2012 CRV is geared, the benefits are greatest on flat open highway driving. I suspect the gear ratios are higher than they used to be to maximize fuel economy. When climbing hills, I deselect the “econ” mode & sometimes use the button on the gear shift to lock out 4th & 5th gears to compensate if needed. A green/white light indicator trains the driver on how to drive economically. All of this worked for me. I do think Honda takes CAFE seriously. 2. Road noise is diminished & ride is improved. 3. Having the standard backup camera is great. 4. The rear seats fold better on the 2012 than the 2011. Actually the 2012 CRV folds flat like a 1999/2000 CRV (the 2011 does not), with the improvement of automatic folding. 5. I think the price had actually decreased for the 2012. This is a great feat considering the weak dollar. I actually spent less buying the 2012 verses the 2011. My old CRV’s were over 20K (for LX), so the prices have not inflated at an unreasonable level even over 12 to 13 years! After all, the 2012 CRV EX is mechanically/technologically much more substantial. A few points on the bad side: 1. To me, the most disturbing development with the 2012 CRV is the steering system. The “Motion Adaptive Electric Power Assisted” steering (I suppose this is a steer by wire system) takes getting used to. My wife frantically called me the first day she drove the 2012 CRV & said she found herself drifting lanes while driving. She turned the car over to me and permanently took over the 2011 CRV. I tried driving the 2012 & did find myself drifting at times. The steering feels strange in comparison to the 1999 & 2000 CRV. The feedback/road feel is different. I did not think that there was anything wrong with conventional power steering of earlier Hondas. After researching how this new system is designed to work (originally on the Acura NSX years ago), I had to relearn how to steer the 2012 CRV. After a few weeks I don’t have to consciously force the steering wheel anymore. I can even easily handle the local winding roads without problems. It was a matter of relearning how to steer- but it was disturbing at first. 2. The rear visibility on Honda CRVs has gradually been getting worse since 2000 & the 2012 is no exception! The swooping back that mimics a Volvo cuts into the rear view and storage space. The RAV4 does have a more sensible rear compartment. The owner’s manual recommends not relying on mirrors only & to briefly look back before changing lanes or backing up- but this can be dangerous with limited rear side visibility. This makes the back up camera a necessity & I am forced to rely a lot on the mirrors. Misc. comments: Overall, I think the 2012 CRV is a great vehicle. The new 2012 CRV is much more substantial/complex over the 1999/2000 CRV & I do hope that reliability is not affected by the added complexity. They could have added turn signals on the mirrors- available on CRV’s elsewhere, but not in the U.S.. I wish they would bring back the Honda picnic table that would fit over the spare tire compartment :)
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Best Allround Compact SUV

by from Seattle, WA on January 31, 2012

I downsized from my well equipped Yukon XL to the 2012 CRV EX-L w/Nav. I extensively (obsessively) researched the competition and cost of ownership before selecting this car. The exterior styling is s...
I downsized from my well equipped Yukon XL to the 2012 CRV EX-L w/Nav. I extensively (obsessively) researched the competition and cost of ownership before selecting this car. The exterior styling is sleek and a bit tougher looking than the old model. The interior is exceptional with extensive tech features and a luxury feel. Two features, I greatly appreciate and wouldn't have noticed prior to using the car are: 1) the center console makes an excellent, secure handbag rest, a small detail that matters in daily use; and 2) the lower cargo area makes the loading/unloading of backpacks, sports gear, musical instruments, etc. much easier for my teens - so much so that they comment on it!
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one of the best buys for everyday use

by from Madill, OK on May 12, 2012

For me this is one of the best available vehicles for the everyday use. It really offers a lot for the money (I bought my EX-L with RES for just over 25k in Northern Texas). For the same money you won...
For me this is one of the best available vehicles for the everyday use. It really offers a lot for the money (I bought my EX-L with RES for just over 25k in Northern Texas). For the same money you won't get as much Toyota RAV4 etc. The driving experience, handling, steering, comfort are very good. The brakes could be a bit stronger. The performance of the 4 cyl engine is also more than sufficient (acceleration is more than appropriate if one shifts the automatic gears) and it gets great gas mileage (I can get 26-28 mpg in town and 34-36 mpg on the freeway). The finish and feeling inside are also very good and in my opinion close to the quality offered by German manufacturers in the compact/mid-size segment. I definately recommend the 2012 CRV. A Diesel engine (6 manual gears with ~180hp and AWD) similar to what Mazda will soon offer for the CX5, would also be an ideal option for the CRV.
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Quite happy!

by from Orlando, FL on April 3, 2012

I've had the CR-V EX-L navi for two weeks. 300 miles. I keep it in econ mode all the time and I think it does help mpg. I drove about 20 miles on mostly highway for the first time today and got 36mpg ...
I've had the CR-V EX-L navi for two weeks. 300 miles. I keep it in econ mode all the time and I think it does help mpg. I drove about 20 miles on mostly highway for the first time today and got 36mpg on that trip. I have gotten 26-28mpg on shorter in town trips with light traffic. I'm thrilled with the gas mileage. I had considered getting the prius v but couldn't get past the station wagon look of it. I had a pilot previously and it was just too big for me. It's taken me a bit to get used to the smaller size but I'm really liking how easy it is to judge and drive this car. Navi works well, voice commands are not always intuitive, but I imagine I'll remember them after a while or if you have a passenger with you, they can help read the book while you're driving. I love being able to play music through my jump drive or android phone. Even an untechy person like myself has figured out how to do this. Overall, I'm very pleased with the car.
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Perfect vehicle

by from Oklahoma City on June 1, 2012

I've driven my CR-V EX-L now for ~2700 miles, and my enthusiasm for this little SUV keeps growing. In the beginning (Jan 2012) I was merely looking for something that makes a lot of sense, so the new ...
I've driven my CR-V EX-L now for ~2700 miles, and my enthusiasm for this little SUV keeps growing. In the beginning (Jan 2012) I was merely looking for something that makes a lot of sense, so the new CR-V model, which is offered at very low prices (my EX-L for little over 25k) was one of the obvious candidates: resale value is good, reliability scores are at the max., interior finish is nice, storage compartment is huge. When I test-drove the CR-V I was also impressed by the little road noise, the good handling and the direct steering. It drives like a sedan (or wagon) rather than a SUV. The only characteristic I wasn't really happy with in the beginning was the acceleration, BUT this changed A LOT, actually much more than with any other car I ever owned. After 1500 miles there was already a very clear improvement of the acceleration from the stand, and after 2500 miles I honestly don't know why a 6 cylinder engine would be necessary for this SUV. If you read something else in car reviews then this is probably because those professional test-drivers had a brand-new engine that was as sluggish as mine in the beginning. The 185 hp engine is more than adequate for this vehicle ! Another very impressive feature of the new CR-V is the fuel efficiency. 26-27 mpg around town and 33-35 mpg on the freeway are no problem. These numbers decrease by 2-3 mpg when the A/C is turned on. Conclusion: I'm extremely happy with this new Honda CR-V and I think I will keep it for a long time. This vehicle is perfect for >90% of the rides one needs to do. For the other 10% I have a little German sports car and the truck from a friend of mine :-)
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CR-V=Crave! Awesome SUV-Crossover

by from Erie County, NY on December 26, 2011

Just took delivery of our Honda dealer's first 2012 Honda CR-V EX-L (with Navigation and entertainment package) and it looks sharp! My wife has had a total of 4 CR-Vs over the years and not a single p...
Just took delivery of our Honda dealer's first 2012 Honda CR-V EX-L (with Navigation and entertainment package) and it looks sharp! My wife has had a total of 4 CR-Vs over the years and not a single problem with vehicles or dealer. She recently moved into a 2011 Acura product, a lavish AWD RDX about the size of the 2012 CR-V. Acura is the luxury division of Honda and my wife moved into one for addition features and luxury touches. Yet, the CR-V cannot be beat for as a highly reasonably priced AWD car/truck alternative. I typically drive large AWD pick-ups being a farmer in the dairy business and running a country store, needing the towing and hauling ability of my 2008 and 2011 Dodge RAM pickups in our fleet of company vehicles. For all other transportation needs, including family vacations and business trips, I decided to purchase a fuel efficient AWD vehicle with Honda durability, reliability, quality and resale; thus, taking delivery of the roomier CR-V for model year '12. There is no better vehicle for the price, in my opinion and that of my wive's via thousands of miles of experience with Honda and Acura products over the years. We have never had even a single issue with any of our Honda/Acura cars, SUVs/Crossovers and a mid-size Honda Ridgeline pick-up that my son and daughter-in-law drive. Not certain how to classify the CR-V (a car? truck? SUV? crossover? wagon?). It does not matter, as I could make a case for each classification after experiencing my 2012 vehicle. Loves include: Volvo XC60-like styling, interior room and comfort, easy of operation, size, ride and handling, exceptional quality inside and out, stellar ride, fit and finish, excelleration. Actually, there are no complaints, except that it would be cool to see some flashier exterior color options, but no issues with the brand's choice of upscale rich colors - expected from Honda and delivered for 2012. I urge anyone looking for superior traction coupled with excellent fuel efficiency to check out the handsome, even brutish looking CR-V for 2012. The '12 VW Tiguan is another outstanding SUV/Crossover-type vehicle, but adding all option and packages to equal that of the priciest CR-V, the Tiguan SEL I test drove (and liked) totaled just under $39,000.00. You could image my reaction to the sticker shock of the VW, even factoring-in its content when the all-optioned-out CR-V I purchased came in at roughly $8,000.00 cheaper. For 2012, the CR-V, especially in EX trim is what I think is the best deal around and I have been driving a very long time.
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Great car - amazing value

by from Los Angeles, CA on September 15, 2012

As new parents, we begrudgingly decided to trade in our reliable (and awesome) 05 Civic Hybrid. We also looked at the Mazda CX5 (we also own a Mazda3 which we love) and the new 13 Ford Escape. The CX5...
As new parents, we begrudgingly decided to trade in our reliable (and awesome) 05 Civic Hybrid. We also looked at the Mazda CX5 (we also own a Mazda3 which we love) and the new 13 Ford Escape. The CX5 and the Escape had some superior features -- the CX5 handles better, the Escape felt much more powerful. But the humble CRV was by far the best "all around." And more important was the fact that the CRV offered the best value. We paid almost $2k below invoice for a base model, which included "extras" like a backup camera and Bluetooth connectivity, both of which would not have come on the base models of the other cars we considered. One more pleasant surprise: real-world gas mileage is true to the stats advertised by Honda. (Shocking, I know.)
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My Second CRV at 2000 Km

by from Toronto, ON on April 8, 2012

Nice refinements from my 2008 CRV EX-L. It is a bit quieter and I like the exterior styling improvements - 2008 looked like it had an over-bite. Love the backup camera, electric steering has positive ...
Nice refinements from my 2008 CRV EX-L. It is a bit quieter and I like the exterior styling improvements - 2008 looked like it had an over-bite. Love the backup camera, electric steering has positive feel, ECON feature is great on shift point adjustments but minimal impact on fuel economy. While new rear seat design is great there are two two interior design negatives: miss the removable rear deck (was great for grocery shopping - new tonneau useless); and, full front console eliminates floor space that was great for my wife's handbag.
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Glad I Bought It

by from St Petersburg, FL on May 26, 2012

I am admittedly a big fan of Honda. This is my first CR-V and I am very pleased with its performance, handling, style and cargo capacity. It is easy and comfortable to drive, including for long distan...
I am admittedly a big fan of Honda. This is my first CR-V and I am very pleased with its performance, handling, style and cargo capacity. It is easy and comfortable to drive, including for long distances, and it's substantial cargo capacity has already saved us a good bit of money in delivery fees since we can fit even fairly large pieces of furniture in the car. I would buy it again without hesitation.
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Life is Gooood!

by from Haysville, KS on February 23, 2012

My wife, Jo, has recently retired and chose the 2012 Honda CRV-EX-L AWD with NAVIGATION for her new car. We have had it for only a few days & love the way it looks and drives. All I can say is I knew ...
My wife, Jo, has recently retired and chose the 2012 Honda CRV-EX-L AWD with NAVIGATION for her new car. We have had it for only a few days & love the way it looks and drives. All I can say is I knew we made the right decision when she was driving it around & called me using the blue-tooth phone and said: "Life is Gooood! :-)
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