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The redesigned CR-V is a little roomier and quieter, and its 185-hp four-cylinder engine and five-speed automatic powertrain is smooth and responsive. Gas mileage improved by 2 mpg overall in our tests. Despite the slightly vague steering, handling is responsive in ordinary driving but doesn't shine at the limits. Braking is excellent. The ride is absorbent and composed but road noise is still pronounced. The cabin has room for five, but rear visibility is impacted by the small rear windows. The extremely functional interior has large bins and a handy quick-folding lever for the rear seat. A low loading floor and standard rear-view camera also help. Front- and all-wheel drive are offered.

See Reliability page for the latest 2012 Honda CR-V recalls.

Safety Equipment

ABS available, standard from 2005. Side air bags available from 2002, standard from 2005. Head protection air bags and ESC standard from 2005. Forward collision warning and automatic emergency braking available from 2015.

Road Test

Honda's CR-V is affordable and functional. Rear-seat room and cargo space are also generous. Further, its compact dimensions and responsive handling make driving entertaining. Honda made several notable mid-cycle updates to its popular sport utility...

Highs

  • Very spacious interior, with one of the roomiest rear seats in the class
  • Deep cargo area

Lows

  • Infuriating audio system on EX and higher trim levels
  • Stiff riding, especially on broken road surfaces

Best Version to Get

The best overall value is the EX. That said, sticking with the LX skips over the very annoying touch-screen audio system, but you'll give up a lot of niceties.

Specifications

Seating
2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
AWD , Front
Warranty

In most cases, automotive warranties are based on the vehicle identification number (VIN), and the warranty will be valid regardless of ownership. The dealership can tell you exactly how much warranty is left.

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Body Styles
4-door SUV
Transmissions Available
  • 5-speed Automatic
Engines Available
  • 2.4-liter 4 (185 hp)