Honda gave its CR-V small SUV an update for 2012, refreshing the exterior and including some updated cabin tech.

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Honda does not have a set design language among its models, but the CR-V's floating grille is a nice cue that should be picked up on other cars bearing the H badge.

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Unchanged is the 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine, mated to a five-speed transmission. Honda is developing more efficient engines, but the CR-V won't benefit until its next update.

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The CR-V is a very practical car, a five-seat SUV with easy access and plenty of headroom.

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CNET's CR-V came with the all-wheel-drive option, which can shift torque to the rear wheels when the front wheels lose traction.

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With the rear seats up, the CR-V boasts 37.2 cubic feet of cargo space, down slightly from the previous generation.

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The rear seats fold flat very easily, opening up 70.9 cubic feet of cargo space.

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In EX-L trim, the CR-V has leather seats with power adjustment for the driver.

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The rear bench features adequate leg room.

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Many of the CR-V's udpates come in the form of slight cabin-tech advances.

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Honda went to an electrically boosted power-steering system for this generation of CR-V, which helps its fuel economy.

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The instrument cluster serves as an efficient driving coach, lighting up a green ring around the speedometer when you are driving economically.

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The CR-V uses a five-speed automatic transmission. Rather than manual gear selection, it has two low ranges.

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The new I-MID screen sits at the top of the dashboard, showing vehicle information with nice color graphics.

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The navigation system has been somewhat improved, but still looks rough.

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The CR-V gets its traffic data through satellite radio.

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Honda provides a few different options for destination entry.

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Predictive text on the onscreen keyboard shows only the next possible letters, making it easier to use while driving.

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The phone system now includes the ability to receive text messages, but it only works with a handful of phones.

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The Bluetooth audio streaming interface shows full track data.

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The satellite radio interface puts its six presets right up front.

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The iPod library interface shows the usual categories for album, artist, and genre. The USB drive interface only shows folder names.

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The I-MID can show audio information, including album art, and uses a more attractive design.

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The I-MID also shows the current track when Pandora is selected.

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The audio system in the CR-V only has seven speakers, but it produces a pleasant, full sound.

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The rear-view camera includes some different options, such as wide-angle and top-down.

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