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Used Car: 2012 Honda CR-V Review

Review Last Updated: 9/3/14

The 2012 Honda CR-V comes loaded with tech features, and reviewers praised its spacious interior and generous cargo space.

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The redesigned 2012 Honda CR-V is powered by a four-cylinder engine, which some reviewers said produces adequate power. However, others claimed that the CR-V is too sluggish for highway passing. As a result, a few test drivers wished the CR-V was available with a more powerful engine option. With up to 23/31 mpg city/highway, the 2012 Honda CR-V earns some of the best fuel economy estimates in the class. Test drivers reported that the CR-V offers car-like handling and good maneuverability. Its ride quality is firm and smooth, they agreed. While many reviewers were pleased with the CR-V's new power electric steering and said it's light and communicative, others wanted it to be more precise.

Reviewers said that Honda CR-Vs of this model year offer a more refined cabin than those of previous years. They noted that the CR-V is still outfitted with hard plastics, but were pleased with the interior design. With seats for five, reviewers said the 2012 Honda CR-V's cabin is generally comfortable and quiet. Test drivers noted that the CR-V's rear seat no longer slides fore and aft as it did in previous years, but they claimed to have no trouble finding a comfortable back-seat position and said legroom is plentiful. They also reported that a tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel makes it easy to find a comfortable driving position. The Honda CR-V has 70.9 cubic feet of cargo space behind the second row, which is one of the highest capacities in the class. Standard features on the CR-V include a rearview camera, Bluetooth, Pandora Internet radio compatibility, a USB port and an auxiliary input. Optional features when it was new include navigation, satellite radio and a rear-seat DVD entertainment system. Test drivers liked the CR-V's large, accessible climate controls, but said the navigation system has outdated graphics, small virtual buttons and isn't intuitive.

The 2012 Honda CR-V has better safety and reliability scores than many competing 2012 compact SUVs.

Other SUVs to Consider

The 2012 Chevrolet Equinox has an available V6 engine that reviewers said puts out good power for highway passing and merging. They also liked its maneuverability in tight spaces and comfortable seats.

Reviewers were impressed with the 2012 GMC Terrain's spacious and versatile interior, which features high-quality materials. The Terrain also comes loaded with tech features, which include a rearview camera and a touch-screen audio system.

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