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2012 Honda CR-V

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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

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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

New for 2012

  • The SE trim has been discontinued for 2012.
  • Full Roof Rack and Tow Hitch features are now available as options on select trims.
  • 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.

Explore Honda CR-V details

EX 2WD 4D Sport Utility

Standard Features

  • ABS Brakes
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alloy Wheels
  • AM/FM Stereo
  • Automatic Transmission
  • Auxiliary Audio Input
  • Bluetooth Technology
  • CD Audio
  • Cloth Seats
  • Cruise Control
  • Overhead Airbags
  • Power Locks
  • Power Mirrors
  • Power Windows
  • Rear Defroster
  • Rear View Camera
  • Side Airbags
  • Sunroof(s)
  • Traction Control

Optional Features

  • Bluetooth Technology
  • Full Roof Rack
  • Parking Sensors
  • Remote Start
  • Running Boards
  • Tow Hitch

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Overall length






Leg room

F 41.3"/R 38.3"

Head room

F 38"/R 38.6"

Front tires


Rear tires


Seating capacity


Max towing capacity

225/1500 lbs.



5 reasons to buy the 2012 Honda CR-V

Ratings & reliability

Customer ratings

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 27 among Compact SUVs.

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