You're watching a WheelsTV Top 200 Video Test Drive on the 2012 Honda CR-V.
INTRO: Sporting a bumper-to-bumper redesign, the all-new 2012 Honda CR-V gets more dynamic on the outside, more sophisticated on the inside and more efficient under the hood while offering improved comfort and versatility. Available in front-wheel and all-wheel drive configurations, the lineup for the 5-passenger compact crossover includes the base LX, EX and top-rated EX-L.
From the bold, new grille and multi-reflector halogen headlights to the striking angles of the new brake lights, the 2012 CR-V displays a well-balanced attitude that suggests fluid motion and straight-as-an-arrow determination.
PERFORMANCE: All CR-Vs receive a 2.4-liter inline 4-cylinder engine sending 185 horsepower and 163 pound-feet of torque through a 5-speed automatic transmission to the front wheels or available all-wheel drive.
FUEL ECONOMY: Here are the highest and lowest EPA estimates for fuel economy:
FEATURES: With added insulation to reduce road noise and a re-tuned suspension to smooth out the ride, the CR-V takes the motoring experience to a higher level. Meanwhile, a new 60/40 split fold-down rear seat and lower cargo floor make it easier to access the cargo area.
Standard features include a full-color intelligent Multi-Information Display and the innovative SMS text messaging function that reads messages aloud over the audio system. Additional technology now standard in all trims, such as Bluetooth, a Pandora Internet radio interface and a rearview camera, give the CR-V features attractive to tech-savvy buyers.
EX models kick it up a notch with a six-speaker sound system, sunroof and rear privacy glass while the EX-L adds heated leather-trimmed seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, a 328-watt 7-speaker audio system and available satellite-linked navigation and DVD rear entertainment systems.
SAFETY: The CR-V comes well-equipped with standard safety features including anti-lock brakes with electronic brake distribution, vehicle stability assist with traction control and front, front side and side curtain airbags with rollover sensor.
PRICING: Base MSRP for the 2012 Honda CR-V is $22,295. A EX-L with all-wheel drive starts at $28,295.
WARRANTY: The CR-V is backed by a 5-year, 60,000-mile powertrain warranty.
CLOSING: The latest evolution of Honda's popular entry-level crossover, the 2012 CR-V presents a well-balanced combination of style, substance and safety that's ideal for young families seeking a compact, versatile, all-weather capable vehicle.