Although we had the chance to drive the 2012 Honda CR-V back in October, Honda has kept a tight lid on both photos and driving impressions. The car got its official reveal Wednesday at the Los Angeles Auto Show, just as Ford took the wraps off its all-new Escape.
Like its predecessors, the CR-V will be a strong entry in the small crossover market. New features include a lowered cargo floor and one-touch folding rear seats – two innovations that sound unimpressive on paper, but have amazing real-world practicality, so much so that we think Honda will move a lot of CR-V’s based on sales demonstrations of these features alone.
Honda will need to rely on these sort of touches, because the CR-V is very much an evolutionary re-design without much in the way of big numbers or flashy features. The same 2.4L i-VTEC 4-cylinder is carried over, with 185-horsepower and a 5-speed automatic transmission. Front or all-wheel drive is available, and a choice of trim levels, from an economy-minded LX to a fully loaded EX-L with leather, navigation and a rear-seat entertainment system, will also be offered. Pricing has not been announced, but Honda claims it will be between $21,000 and $30,000.
You can check out our review of the 2012 Honda CR-V here