Long a segment leader in terms of fuel efficiency, features and versatility—and sales—the Honda CR-V has been completely redesigned for the new model year to build on that success by offering more of everything.
According to Honda Washington DC, it all starts under the hood, where the CR-V’s redesigned engine, along with notable improvements to the vehicle’s aerodynamics, work together to give the new model a healthy increase in fuel economy: The 2012 CR-V has achieved EPA ratings of 23 mpg city/31 mpg highway/26 mpg in its front-wheel-drive configuration and a particularly impressive 22 mpg city/30 mpg highway/25 mpg combined when fitted with Honda’s all-new “Real Time All-Wheel-Drive with Intelligent Control System.” Stellar fuel-efficiency performance is further enabled by a new Eco Assist feature that provides instant efficiency feedback to help coach more economical driving—and is a standard feature on the CR-V—and a standard, driver-selectable ECON Mode that retunes key vehicle systems for high-efficiency operation.
But even as both versions have seen a more than 10 percent increase in highway fuel-economy alone, they also enjoy a minor bump in power, too. The CR-V’s advanced 2.4-liter I4 engine with Honda’s i-VTEC technology now makes 185 hp and 163 lb.-ft. of torque.
And while those aforementioned aerodynamic enhancements included making the exterior slightly shorter in both height and length—and delivering best-in-class aero performance—Honda engineers were still able to deliver more room for passengers on the inside, as well as best-in-class cargo area. Using that cargo space is easier than ever, too, thanks to the CR-V’s fold/tumble 60/40 second-row seats, which can disappear to create a flat load floor; there are two one-touch release mechanisms, one for folding the seats from the second-row door area and one for doing so via the vehicle’s rear cargo area.
According to Newberg Used Honda, that extra interior space is kitted out with a wide range of new standard features, including Honda’s full-color intelligent Multi-Information Display (i-MID), a multiple-angle rearview camera, SMS text-messaging functionality, a Pandora Internet radio interface and hands-free Bluetooth compatibility (formerly available only as an option on the CR-V). Also making its debut on the 2012 CR-V: An available rear-seat DVD entertainment system that adds to a long list of available content, such as:
- The automaker’s Satellite-Linked Navigation System with Voice Recognition
- Premium audio systems, including a seven-speaker 360-watt setup with XM satellite radio capabilities
- 17-inch alloy wheels
- A power moonroof
- Heated front seats and a 10-way adjustable driver’s seat
- Automatic dual-zone climate control
Now also showcasing a sleeker, more sophisticated exterior that helps create a more premium appearance, the 2012 Honda CR-V is scheduled to go on sale at dealers like Honda Dealer SC in mid-December of this year.