The all-new 2012 Honda Civic hit the market last week, and despite the hubbub surrounding its debut, the automotive press was not impressed. The majority agrees that the 2012 Civic is still a good car, but its bland exterior styling, high price and decent performance may not stand if competitors like the Hyundai Elantra and Chevrolet Cruze continue to push the envelope with their upscale features and lower prices. With the 2012 Honda CR-V scheduled to go on sale later this year, the question is, can the CR-V continue to compete in a competitive compact SUV market?
Honda says it can. “With a new design—both inside and out, new features and new possibilities, the 2012 CR-V will set a new standard for the class. As a top-selling crossover for over five years, expectations for the 2012 CR-V are high, and we're confident they will not only be met, but exceeded.”
Aside from that statement, Honda won’t provide specific details until later, but automotive journalists are already making predictions. Leftlane News says Honda will probably drop the 2011 CR-V’s 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine into the 2012 model, but thinks “Honda should be able to squeeze and extra mile or two out of the CR-V’s current 21/28 mpg ratings.” Honda set that example with the 2012 Honda Civic, which kept its 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine and increased its fuel economy ratings from 25/36 mpg city/highway to 28/39 mpg city/highway.
Car and Driver adds, “Honda typically doesn’t jack up horsepower from generation to generation, and the brand-new Civic just launched with a five-speed automatic—not a six, like many of its competitors now pack—so don’t expect the CR-V’s power rating to leap beyond its present 180, either.”
The 2012 Honda CR-V should hit the market later this year, and it’s likely that it will debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show in November.
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