2012 Honda CR-V: An exercise in moderation

Although an eminently practical vehicle, Honda seems loath to push many boundaries for the CR-V's 2012 update.

2012 Honda CR-V
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Honda's new CR-V model keeps many of the values intact that have made it such a popular small SUV, but also does not take advantage of new opportunities to make it an even better car. The engine and transmission are a complete hold-over from the previous generation. Honda is developing more efficient engines with its Earth Dreams initiative , but that won't affect the CR-V until the next update.

The cabin sees a mish-mash of updates. Positive moves by Honda are a new Bluetooth phone system that can receive text messages, Pandora integration with the stereo, and a new colorful LCD sitting at the top of the dashboard. But the available navigation system looks like an aftermarket add-on from 2005, and does not match the rest of the car's technology.

Borrowed from the Honda Fit is a fold-flat rear-seat system that works at the pull of a lever. It more than doubles the cargo area.

Click here to read the full review of the 2012 Honda CR-V.

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Wayne Cunningham reviews cars and writes about automotive technology for CNET. Prior to the Car Tech beat, he covered spyware, Web building technologies, and computer hardware. He began covering technology and the Web in 1994 as an editor of The Net magazine. He's also the author of "Vaporware," a novel that's available as a Nook e-book.

 

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