2012 Honda CR-V

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Honda CR-V highlights

Customer rating


  • Ample cargo and passenger space
  • Good EPA-estimated fuel economy


  • No option for a more powerful V6 engine
  • Rear seats lack sliding function of many rivals

Mileage (EPA estimate)

22 city, 30 highway, 25 combined

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Refreshed and redesigned, the 2012 Honda CR-V is a solid favorite

The Honda CR-V is something of a mainstay among compact crossovers, having been around in various forms since 1995. It's consistently been a strong seller, for good reason: The CR-V offers ample space, decent standard equipment levels, solid EPA-estimated fuel economy, and car-like driving characteristics in a well-priced package. And the 2012 model is even better. It's been significantly overhauled with sharper looks, more standard equipment in all trim levels, and improvements to the refinement and ride comfort. Power comes from a 185-hp 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine mated to an automatic transmission. Front-wheel drive is standard, but you can option it with all-wheel drive.

The engine is a bit lacking in low-rev power, which is true of many of the CR-V's rivals. But many competitors do offer the option of a more powerful V6, which, sadly, the CR-V does not. The CR-V is available in LX, EX, and EX-L (which can add optional navigation or rear entertainment). The LX covers the basics, with automatic headlights, keyless entry, air conditioning, a rearview camera, Bluetooth® connectivity, and a full-color multi-information display. The EX gains alloy wheels, privacy glass, and more speakers for the audio system. The EX-L gets dual-zone climate control, a power-adjustable driver's seat, and heated front seats as well as satellite radio, leather upholstery, and upgraded audio equipment. All drive nicely enough, with a smooth ride, agile handling, and easy-to-use tech. Combine that with its spacious interior and good fuel economy estimates, and the CR-V is an appealing choice among the tough compact crossover SUV competition.

All Honda CR-V years

What is new for the 2012 Honda CR-V?

  • The SE trim has been discontinued for 2012.
  • CR-V trims have been upgraded with DVD Video System as standard equipment this year.
  • The EX trim now comes with Rear View Camera and Bluetooth Technology as standard equipment.
  • The LX trim now comes with Rear View Camera and Bluetooth Technology as standard equipment.

5 reasons to buy the 2012 Honda CR-V

1. Versatile cargo hold

Whether you're hauling golf clubs, groceries, or instruments, the 2012 Honda CR-V has plenty of cargo space. There's 37 cu-ft of cargo space behind the back seats and a whopping 70.9 cu-ft when those seats are folded flat. The rear seat has a 60/40 folding option, which lets you balance cargo space and passenger seating. Plus, the CR-V has a low cargo area floor, meaning you can fit more into the back without obstructing your view out the rear window.

2. Family friendly

Whether you have tots or teens, the 2012 Honda CR-V allows you to carry the family comfortably. If your kids are in car seats you'll appreciate that you can use LATCH connections to secure car seats in any of the three rear positions. Child-proof locks also come standard on the rear doors. With 38.3 inches of rear legroom, the Honda CR-V can accommodate your family as it grows from having babies in rear-facing car seats to long-legged teenagers.

3. Straightforward tech

Do you always have the perfect playlist at the ready? The 2012 Honda CR-V makes it easy to share your tunes. All trims come standard with Bluetooth® and Pandora® integration, an auxiliary jack, and a USB port. Steering wheel audio controls are also standard, making it easy to control your music without taking your eyes off the road.

4. All-wheel drive

All 2012 Honda CR-V models are available with optional all-wheel drive, making this a great vehicle if you live in a cold or snowy area, or if you just want to do a little light off-roading to get to the campsite. The standard front heated seats are another perk during frigid winters. If you live somewhere a little more mountainous, you'll also appreciate that hill-start assist comes standard.

5. Solid fuel economy

Whether you're commuting to work or running kids around to after-school activities, fewer stops at the gas pump are always a nice thing. The 2012 Honda CR-V can help with that. All 2012 CR-Vs come standard with a 185-hp, 2.4L four-cylinder engine. With that engine, the 2012 CR-V gets an EPA-estimated 26 mpg combined fuel economy with front-wheel drive, and 25 mpg combined fuel economy with all-wheel drive.

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Ratings & reliability

Customer ratings

Based on customer reviews, the 2012 Honda CR-V has a smooth ride, spacious interior, and gets excellent gas mileage.

RepairPal gave the Honda CR-V an overall reliability rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars, which RepairPal describes as Excellent. This rating ranks Honda CR-V 6th out of 29 among Compact SUVs.

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Honda CR-V features and specs

EX-L 2WD 4D Sport Utility

Standard Features

  • ABS Brakes
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alloy Wheels
  • AM/FM Stereo
  • Automatic Transmission
  • Auxiliary Audio Input
  • Bluetooth Technology
  • CD Audio
  • Cruise Control
  • Front Seat Heaters
  • Leather Seats
  • Navigation System
  • Overhead Airbags
  • Power Locks
  • Power Mirrors
  • Power Seat(s)
  • Power Windows
  • Rear Defroster
  • Rear Entertainment System
  • Rear View Camera
  • Satellite Radio Ready
  • Side Airbags
  • Sunroof(s)
  • Traction Control
  • Bluetooth Technology
  • Full Roof Rack
  • Parking Sensors
  • Remote Start
  • Running Boards
  • Tow Hitch

Drive Wheels

Front Wheel Drive (2WD)

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Leg room

F 41.3"/R 38.3"

Head room

F 38"/R 38.6"

Front tires


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Max towing capacity

225/1500 lbs.



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