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2012 Honda CR-V Review

2012 Honda CR-V 2.2 i-DTEC Executive AUTO 4WD Review. The normal road SUV has become a reality today. One of the evidences is the rich offer in this segment. Almost all the self-respecting manufacturers have to offer such a model. The SUV is used for 80% of the time on the regular road and rarely leaves the asphalt. And when it does, it prefer the unpaved roads without too many bumps. It is a car that offers safety and it is preferred by those with a large family, especially since many models offers seven-seater versions.

2012 Honda CR-V

2012 Honda CR-V 2.2 i-DTEC Executive AUTO 4WD Review

Honda is committed to this type of SUV since 1995, when it launched the first generation of CR-V model. Initially it was a model dedicated to Japanese and American markets, where it was rapidly successful. Later it came to Europe, where it endured for three generations. Today, we review the fourth-generation of Honda CR-V, a model that’s more mature than ever: 2012 Honda CR-V 2.2 i-DTEC Executive AUTO 4WD.

2012 Honda CR-V 2.2 i-DTEC Executive AUTO 4WD Full Review

2012 Honda CR-V Engine / Transmission 4/5

Only two engine types are available for the new generation of Honda CR-V. For the petrol fans we have a 2.0-liter engine of 155 hp. But we preferred the diesel engine. The only one on offer, otherwise: a 2.2 i-DTEC of 150 hp. It’s basically the same engine that was used by the previous generation of this model. A 2.2-liter turbodiesel that develops 150 hp at 4,000 rpm, while the maximum torque of 350 Nm ( 258 lb-ft ) is developed at 2,000 rpm. The figures are impressive on paper, but in day-by-day life this engine is more than enough. It is refined and provides enough torque to give the 2012 Honda CR-V a slender character. And let’s not forget that the new CR-V weighs more than 1.7 tons (3,747 lbs).

The 2012 Honda CR-V 2.2 i-DTEC Executive AUTO 4WD model that we received for the test came equipped with a five-speed automatic gearbox, a rarity in the multitude of six-speed automatic gearboxes. I didn’t felt the need of a further gear-change, such a presence would anyway only allowing to reduce revolutions at highway speeds. The gear changes are fast enough, and if we want we can manually change the speeds by using the steering wheel paddle shift.

2012 Honda CR-V Fuel Efficiency 3/5

In terms of fuel consumption, the 2012 Honda CR-V is not a champion. The official numbers for the mixed fuel economy is  6.8 l/100 km (34.59 mpg US; 41.54 mpg imperial), while urban mixed fuel economy is 8.2 litres/100 km (28.68 mpg US; 34.45 mpg imperial). During our test, the urban consumption ranged between 8.5 and 10.5 litres/100 km (27.67 mpg US; 33.23 mpg imperial / 22.40 mpg US; 26.90 mpg imperial), depending on the driving conditions and the approached driving style.

If we compare the fuel efficiency numbers with the competition, we see that the new 2012 Honda CR-V is somewhere in the second half of the league. There are many new SUVs of similar engines and power consumption reported average of 5.2 or 5.3 l/100 km (44.38 mpg US; 53.30 mpg imperial). Mazda CX-5 and the new 2013 Mitsubishi Outlander are just two of them.

2012 Honda CR-V ECO

2012 Honda CR-V Performance 3.5/5

2012 Honda CR-V 2.2 i-DTEC is not impressive either in terms of performance. The numbers are absolutely normal, the sprint from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) is performed in 10.6 seconds and the maximum speed that can be achieved is 190 km/h (117 mph). Since we are dealing with a 4×4 SUV with automatic gearbox, the figures are ok. But competition offers alternatives for those who want a slightly faster SUV. Jeep Compass and Mazda CX-5 provides acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 10 seconds, while the top speed is just about the same.

2012 Honda CR-V Interior 4.5/5

Honda always had a quality interior. And the 2012 Honda CR-V leads the materials quality to a new level. You instantly feel like you use a high quality product. Compared to the previous generation, the space “grew” and it has now a very large interior for both passengers in front and on the back. In front, the automatic transmission lever is located on top of the center console, thereby releasing more useful space between the two seats.

2012 Honda CR-V Review

There is no seven-seater version for the 2012 Honda CR-V, but it has instead a huge trunk, electric tailgate and a a very clever folding seat system. The back seats can be folded both trough the trunk and from the inside by operation of flaps. The trunk has a volume of 589 liters (20.8 ft³), or 1,146 liters (40.5 ft³) with the seats folded.

2012 Honda CR-V Purchase Price 2/5

Honda has premium prices and this is a known fact. The cars quality justifies the price difference, says Honda. The prices for the new generation of Honda CR-V starts at 24,676 Euros, but the tested version came with top equipping – Executive, and a diesel engine of 150 hp. The price for this level of equipment is 39,916 Euros. It’s true, the features list is complete, the only equipment that can be added to the list is the optional metallic paint, for 420 Euros plus VAT. Comparing the prices with those of the competitors for similar models, Honda has about the highest price. The closest is only Toyota Rav4, while models like Volkswagen Tiguan, Renault Koleos, Opel Antara, Mazda CX-5, Ford Kuga have priced situated around 30,000 Euros.

2012 Honda CR-V Safety 5/5

The 2012 Honda CR-V has not yet been tested by EuroNCAP. The previous models were subjected to crash tests in 2002 and 2007, in both sessions, the Honda SUV recording an overall score of four stars. EuroNCAP will also test the new generation that will most likely get an overall score of five stars.

Honda hasn’t made compromises on the list of safety features: ABS, EBD, BA (Brake Assist), VSA (Vehicle Stability Assist  – traction control), TSA (trailer stability control), HSA (Hill-Start Assist), HDC (Hill Descent Control), DWS (tire pressure warning system).

2012 Honda CR-V Drive Test

2012 Honda CR-V Roadholding 3.5/5

2012 Honda CR-V is an SUV designed for asphalt and the Japanese engineers aren’t shy to admit it. The previous generations have excellent suspension for cornering roads and superior dynamic to other SUVs. The new model has the same size, except for the height and it’s lighter with about 70 kg (154 lbs). The suspension is good, but not as good as that used by the previous generation. The new Honda CR-V has a slightly soft dampening structure in favor of comfort. The steering mechanism remained sufficiently precise and offers enough feedback for the driver. Too bad that Honda failed to keep the same dynamic car feeling which was characteristic to the previous model.

2012 Honda CR-V Visibility 4/5

Being an SUV, the driving position is high which gives a good perspective on the surrounding traffic. The visibility for behind and around the car is good, which makes parking maneuvers easy enough. The parking sensors and the reversing camera adds a comfort plus for the driver.

2012 Honda CR-V Technology 4/5

Inside, the new Honda CR-V, has two generously sized displays, one displaying information from the navigation system, while the second, located above, can display information from audio or on-board computer.

2012 Honda CR-V Test Drive

Honda puts great emphasis on the “green” side of its models. Therefore we have a great green Eco button. Once pressed, it reduces the throttle response and set the car for a more economical driving style. Strangely, however, we have no start-stop system, which would have done well especially in terms of fuel efficiency.

2012 Honda CR-V Design 4/5

The previous generation of Honda CR-V design wasn’t highly appreciated by the customers, being considered ugly by many of them. The new generation has a more interesting look, with a little more aggressive front part. The side silhouette, instead, seems very familiar. At a closer look, the profile is almost similar to that of the Swedish Volvo XC60. Even so, we like more the new Honda CR-V, that even if doesn’t turn very many heads on the street, has matured in terms of design.

2012 Honda CR-V 2.2 i-DTEC Executive AUTO 4WD Test Drive

What we liked:

  • The interior
  • The seat folding system
  • The refined diesel engine

What we didn’t liked:

  • The roadholding that’s worse than the previous model

2012 Honda CR-V 2.2 i-DTEC Executive AUTO 4WD Specs

No. doors
Engine type/cylinder
No. seats
Displacement cc
Length mm / in
4570 / 180
Maximum power HP (rpm)
150 (4000)
Width mm / in
1820 / 71.6
Torque Nm / lb-ft (rpm)
350 / 258 (2000)
Height mm / in
1685 / 66.3
Top speed km/h / mph
190 / 118
Weight kg / lbs
1712 / 3774.3
Acceleration: 0-100 km/h / 62 mph
10.6 seconds
Wheelbase mm / in
2630 / 103.5
Fuel tank volume liters / gallons
58 / 15.3 US / 12.7 imperial
Automatic (5-speed)
2012 Honda CR-V 2.2 i-DTEC Executive AUTO 4WD receives in our Review an Overall note of 3.9 out of 5.


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