Skip to main content

2012 Honda CR-V

Research, photos, specs, and expertise
2012 Honda CR-V

Honda CR-V highlights

Customer reviews

4.7 out of 5

RepairPal reliability rating**

4.5 out of 5


  • 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)

23 city, 31 highway, 26 combined

Pricing for current inventory

(no current inventory)

Distance from

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

Ratings & reliability

Customer ratings

Based on customer reviews, the 2012 Honda CR-V has a smooth ride, spacious interior, and gets excellent gas mileage.
5 Stars31
4 Stars10
3 Stars1
2 Stars0
1 Star0

RepairPal reliability rating**

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 4th out of 26 among Compact SUVs.
View RepairPal's full rating of the Honda CR-V

**RepairPal Reliability Ratings are based on the actual cost, frequency, and severity of unscheduled repairs and maintenance on make/model data for select 2006-2020 vehicles. The reliability of a specific vehicle may vary depending on its maintenance and driving history, model year, trim, and features. RepairPal Reliability Ratings are provided by RepairPal and CarMax is not responsible for their accuracy. These ratings are based on RepairPal Reliability data as of 09/01/2021. Learn more about RepairPal reliability ratings

Explore Honda CR-V details

EX-L 2WD 4D Sport Utility

Engine type


Drive type





185 @ 7000


163 @ 4400

Seating capacity


Towing capacity

225/1500 lbs.

* Price excludes taxes, title, registration, and fees. Applicable transfer fees are due in advance of vehicle delivery and are separate from sales transactions.