Honda Dealership of Houston knows that making over a vehicle that’s already one of the best-selling, most popular players in its segment is no easy task, and doing it for two vehicles in the same year is twice as hard—which must make the recent news from Kelley Blue Book’s KBB.com twice as nice for Honda: The next-generation models of both the CR-V and the Civic were named to the website’s list of 10 Best Redesigned Vehicles for 2012.
Of the former, KBB.com lauded Honda engineers for “adding far more style and improving every functional area in the process,” with the result that the 2012 CR-V now “boasts greater comfort, improved fuel economy and enhanced dynamics across the range.” Also on the checklist for the new CR-V is standard equipment like:
- Improved 60/40 rear seats that fold flat in a single step
- Pandora Internet radio and SMS text messaging capabilities
- Honda’s “intelligent Multi-Information Display” (i-MID) with a five-inch color screen
- A multi-angle rearview camera system with guidelines for parking assistance
The 2012 Honda CR-V went on sale December 15 at Honda Dallas and other dealers across the nation, with an MSRP that starts at $22,295.
The Civic, which launched earlier this year, has reclaimed its position as the top-selling compact in the U.S., and the experts at KBB.com are unlikely to be surprised. After all, the website indicated that, despite an “uninspired interior,” the new Civic earned its place on the Best Redesigned list because it was “so good in every other area. … turning in a well-rounded performance highlighted by notably superior daily driving dynamics.”
All of which bodes well for the next Honda vehicle slated for a complete redesign: The new 2013 Honda Accord, scheduled to make its premiere in January at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. For more information on the Honda CR-V, visit Honda of Columbia CR-V Dealer or your local Honda dealer.