When it comes to challenging winter weather, the all-new 2012 Honda CR-V is a clear champ: In fact, the automotive experts at Kelley Blue Book’s KBB.com website recently named Honda’s next-gen crossover one of the Top 10 Winter Cars for 2012. That’s thanks to an avalanche of upgrades to the CR-V that includes the automaker’s available Real Time AWD with Intelligent Control system.
As explained by KBB.com writers: “This smaller, lighter and quicker-responding upgrade of the previous Real Time AWD setup helps the latest CR-V cope with challenging traction conditions even more effectively.”
And notably, it does so while providing the best fuel-efficiency in its class—in all components of EPA testing. The all-wheel-drive Honda CR-V is capable of ratings of 22 mpg city/30 mpg highway/25 mpg combined, representing gains of 1 mpg/3 mpg/2 mpg over the 2011 model. The 2012 CR-V is as comfortable as it is capable, too, with KBB.com pointing out that: “The people side of the CR-V package benefits from a similarly well-measured upgrade regimen that includes a quieter, more stylish cabin, better ride comfort and a new rear-seat entertainment system option.”
Then, for added peace of mind in potentially slippery driving conditions, the CR-V showcases a wide range of standard safety content, along with a 2012 Top Safety Pick award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Protective equipment on the spec sheet includes electronic stability control, anti-lock brakes with brake assist, a unique front-seat design developed to help reduce the severity of neck injuries during rear collisions, and a plethora of airbags. In addition, the CR-V is underpinned by Honda’s ACE (Advanced Compatibility Engineering) body structure, which is specifically designed to absorb and disperse crash energies in the case of a frontal impact.
All of which means that if you’re looking for a high-quality crossover that excels in winter conditions, the 2012 Honda CR-V is a snow-brainer.