Honda CR-V

The Honda CR-V is a compact sport utility vehicle (SUV) that was initially introduced in the late-1990s. Honda’s main intention with the CR-V was to provide a fuel-efficient alternative to the larger mid and full-size SUVs, which had already been dominating the market for years. With its affordable price and abundance of passenger and cargo room, the CR-V caught on immediately with drivers. It has remained a strong seller for more than a decade, despite increasing competition on the more compact side of the compact SUV market segment.

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About the Honda CR-V

While there may be other models that can provide more in the way of power, performance, luxury, and off-road ability, the CR-V is still one of the most practical options when it comes to choosing a compact SUV. Reliable, fuel-efficient, and fun to drive, the CR-V has remained one of the best-selling compact crossover SUVs on the market ever since it debuted.

Like many past versions of the CR-V, the 2012 model lacks power to a certain degree. While many of Honda’s competitors in the compact SUV market offer the option of a V-6 engine, the CR-V is solely available with a four-cylinder engine that is not quite up to what it might be, in terms of power and acceleration.

But what the 2012 CR-V lacks in power and acceleration, it more than makes up for in safety features. Standard safety equipment on the CR-V includes anti-lock disc brakes, traction control, stability control, active front head restraints, front side airbags, side curtain airbags, and a back-up camera.

Honda CR-V Features

Honda completely redesigned the CR-V for 2012. As the inaugural model of the CR-V’s forth generation, the 2012 edition boasts an improved cabin, restyled sheet metal, improved fuel economy, and many other additional standard features. While still technically a compact crossover SUV, the 2012 CR-V grew in size and now verges on being reclassified as a midsize.

The 2012 CR-V is available in five trim levels: LX, EX, EX-L with Navigation, and EX-L with Rear Entertainment System. The base model LX features 16-inch steel wheels, automatic headlamps, keyless entry, power accessories, cruise control, adjustable driver seat, air-conditioning, a rearview camera, steering wheel audio controls, Bluetooth connectivity, and streaming audio. The standard sound system for the LX model comes equipped with four speakers, a CD player, Pandora interface, auxiliary audio jack, and USB/iPod interface.

The EX model features 17-inch alloy wheels, a sunroof, foglights, a retractable cargo cover, rear privacy glass, and a six-speaker sound system. The EX-L boasts additional features that include roof rails, heated side mirrors, dual-zone climate control, eight-way power driver seat, leather upholstery, front seat heating, and a seven-speaker sound system equipped with satellite radio. The EX-L with Navigation features the addition of a navigation system with voice-control capability and real-time traffic updates. The Rear Entertainment System version features the addition of a rear DVD entertainment system.

All versions of the 2012 Honda CR-V are equipped with a 2.4-liter, four-cylinder engine that’s rated at 185 horsepower and produces 163 lb-ft of torque. Front-wheel drive is standard on all models but all-wheel-drive versions are also available. Transmission-wise, the 2012 CR-V comes equipped with a five-speed automatic. Gas mileage for the front-wheel-drive version of the 2012 CR-V is 23/31 mpg city/highway and 26 mpg combined. The AWD version provides 22/30 mpg city/highway and 25 combined.

Honda CR-V Evolution

The first generation of the Honda CR-V appeared in 1997 and was produced until 2001. The vehicle was an immediate hit thanks in part to its affordable price, and ample passenger and cargo space. In 1998, Honda introduced the option of a manual transmission, and in 1999, the CR-V’s horsepower increased by 20. 2000 saw the introduction of the leather trimmed SE model.

The second-generation of the CR-V was produced between 2002 and 2006. Improvements to the CR-V made during this period included added power, an increase in interior room and improved safety features. The second generation of the CR-V also saw the introduction of the more upscale EX version, which included additional features such as anti-lock brakes and side airbags.

The third generation Honda CR-V was introduced in 2007 and lasted until 2011. Third-generation versions featured new liftgates, better handling, and available navigation systems. Trim levels for third generation versions of the CR-V included LX, EX, and EX-L. The EX-L version offered leather upholstery along with heated front seats. In 2008 the CR-V EX-L was equipped with additional accessories including a power driver seat, automatic climate control, and a premium stereo system.

The 2012 Honda CR-V features a quieter cabin than many recent models of the vehicle. Honda has also recalibrated the suspension of the CR-V in order to help facilitate a smoother ride. The inaugural model of the fourth generation of the CR-V also features an abundance of technological features such as Pandora and Bluetooth connectivity, a rearview camera, and an SMS text message function.

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