For 2012, we find a redesigned fourth generation CRV. Honda has given the popular ute some much needed love. A much quieter interior and exterior upgrades, slightly better power, and a few high tech goodies are the story here. Honda wanted an upgrade in 2012, but didn’t want to mess with a good thing.

My test vehicle was the top of the line AWD EX-L version. Like all CRVs, it was powered by Honda’s 185-hp 2.4-liter inline four-cylinder engine, mated to a five-speed automatic transmission. It had extras such as a power sunroof, 17-inch alloy wheels, roof rack, heated leather front seats, a NAV System, dual automatic temperature control, Mp3 player, XM radio, and a rear seat DVD system. Safety wise, the CR-V is everything we expect from a Honda. Anti-lock disc brakes, electronic brake assist, Vehicle Stability and Traction Controls, airbags everywhere, backup camera, hill start assist, and an upgraded intelligent AWD system, just to name a few.

The new CRV looks better than the last generation inside and out. However, I think the interior needs more soft touch materials and less of a plastic look. It drives better than the last one also. However (again) I think Honda should have gone to a 6 speed automatic like most of the competition if not for the sake of fuel economy, then for the sake of performance.

I think that Honda builds good vehicle and always has. I like the new CRV, but I think to compete in the ultra competitive segment like compact CUV, Honda needs to do just a little more.

 

Engine: 185HP 2.4 Liter I-4

Transmission: 5 Spd AT

Highest MPG City/MPG Highway: 22/30

Trim Designations: LX, EX, EX-L

Base Price: $28,995

What I Liked: Honda Quality

What I Would Change: How about an upgraded interior and a 6 speed transmission?

Star Rating: 3.75 out of 5