The Honda CR-V carries over to 2013 with no changes after its overhaul for the 2012 model year. That's not a complaint. While the CR-V isn't exceptional in any one area, its combination of qualities creates a very appealing whole. Whether you're looking for solid EPA-estimated fuel economy, plentiful space, decent levels of standard equipment, or affordable pricing, you'll get them all with the CR-V. Indeed, the CR-V's only deficit against some rivals is its single engine and transmission choice. Under its hood is a 185-hp 2.4-liter four-cylinder, which feels a little overwhelmed at low rpm if you need a speedy response, but does the job for those who are happy to take it easy. The CR-V comes with an automatic transmission and front-wheel drive, but all-wheel drive is an option.
Trim choices start with the LX, which includes automatic headlights, keyless entry, air conditioning, cruise control, a useful rearview camera, and more. Unless you really want alloy wheels, the LX is a fine choice. The EX above it adds those alloy wheels, as well as a sunroof and rear privacy glass, and the EX-L supplies some luxury with leather upholstery, heated front seats, and power adjustment for the driver's seat. With the EX-L, you can also add either an optional navigation or rear-seat DVD player. The CR-V has a large trunk and its passenger space is good, but some rivals offer the option to increase seating to seven. Nice to drive, with a smooth suspension and agile handling, the CR-V is a solid all-rounder when compared to rivals like the Ford Escape, Hyundai Santa Fe, Mazda CX-5, and a host of other compact crossover SUVs.