2012 Honda CR-V

Rating7.7

Ranked #7 in Compact Suv

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$22,495 - $29,995

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Key Spec of 2012 Honda CR-V
fuel economy

23/27/31

fuel type

Regular Unleaded

horsepower

185 hp @ 7000 rpm

basic warranty

3 yr./ 36000 mi.

2012 Honda CR-V Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: May 9, 2022

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The 2012 Honda CR-V for sale gets a full redesign, making this best-selling compact SUV even more competitive. This fourth-generation 2012 CR-V has high safety ratings, a roomy interior with a good number of standard tech features, and generous cargo space. The Honda's five-passenger hauler continues to offer some of the best fuel economies estimates in the compact SUV class, with ample interior room for its size, and carlike handling. As before, the redesigned 2012 CR-V is available for sale in three trim levels: LX, EX, and EX-L, all powered by a decent 4-cylinder engine with a choice of standard front-drive or optional all-wheel-drive (AWD) configurations.


2012 Honda CR-V For Sale

The 2012 Honda CR-V starts at an MSRP of $22,945 for the base LX which comes with a decent number of standard features including keyless entry, cloth seats, Bluetooth, a USB port, and more. The used 2012 Honda CR-V's prices range from about $11,900 to roughly $18,300. The $24,595 EX trim adds a six-speaker audio system and a moonroof. However, the $27,245 EX-L trim has the most features and leads the resale value index thus is the best choice for many buyers.

2012 Honda CR-V Buying Advice

The redesigned 2012 Honda CR-V marks the start of the fourth-gen model, with pricing near to 2011 levels. The 2013 model, and 2014 model years received no major changes. However, for the 2015 model year, Honda replaced the CR-V's five-speed automatic with a more efficient continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT), saving almost $200 in annual fuel costs over previous models. Sticking with a 2012 model is a good choice, considering its lower pricing. The used compact SUV shoppers on average pay around $15,000 for the 2012 CR-V, with list prices ranging from $11,900 to roughly $18,300, depending on the trim, condition, mileage, features, and location.

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The Honda CR-V is a good compact SUV that meets the daily needs of most buyers, however, the engine can be sluggish. The current key rivals including the Chevrolet Equinox, Toyota RAV4, and fully-redesign Ford Escape offers more engine choices and gives the 2012 CR-V a tough fight. However, the CR-V has a mix of family-friendly features and must be on the shopper's test list.


ProsConsWhat's New

Lots of room for passengers and cargo

No stronger engine option available

Fully redesigned for 2012

Nimble handling

High fuel economy

Lots of standard features

Over All Rating

7.7

Out of 10

Pricing and Features6.00
Pricing and Feature7.00
Engine and Performance7.90
Fuel Economy9.00
Interior8.60
Exterior8.50
Safety8.20
Competition6.00
Notable Rankings

#7 in Compact Suv

#9 in Suv


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Trims

LX$22,495 onwards

  • 16-inch silver styled steel Wheels
  • 1St row LCD monitor
  • ABS and driveline Traction control
  • AM/FM stereo
  • Cloth Seat trim
  • Front manual air conditioning
  • Parking assist
  • Remote keyless entry
  • Seek-Scan Radio

EX$24,595 onwards

  • 17-inch silver aluminum Wheels
  • Front Fog/driving lights
  • Premium cloth Seat trim
  • Sliding and tilting glass Sunroof

EX-L$27,245 onwards

  • Driver Lumbar support
  • Dual zone automatic front air conditioning
  • Heated mirrors
  • Leather Seat trim

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Used 2012 Honda CR-V For Sale

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2011 Honda CR-V26
Price Drop, $700
Previous Price: $919924 May 2022

2011 Honda CR-V SE

SE 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl 5A)

$8,499
Est. $115/mo
Excellent Deal
$2,684 Below market
RMV: $11,183
Opa Locka, FL
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2011 Honda CR-V20
Price Drop, $1000
Previous Price: $890002 Mar 2022

2011 Honda CR-V LX

LX 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl 5A)

$7,900
Est. $107/mo
Excellent Deal
$2,439 Below market
RMV: $10,339
North Charleston, SC
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2011 Honda CR-V26
Price Drop, $1177
Previous Price: $914307 Dec 2021

2011 Honda CR-V SE

SE 4dr SUV AWD (2.4L 4cyl 5A)

$7,966
Est. $108/mo
Excellent Deal
$2,441 Below market
RMV: $10,407
Marysville, OH
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2011 Honda CR-V36
Price Drop, $1000
Previous Price: $990027 Apr 2022

2011 Honda CR-V SE

SE 4dr SUV AWD (2.4L 4cyl 5A)

$8,900
Est. $120/mo
Excellent Deal
$2,486 Below market
RMV: $11,386
Plainfield, NJ
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2011 Honda CR-V19

2011 Honda CR-V EX

EX 4dr SUV AWD (2.4L 4cyl 5A)

$7,999
Est. $108/mo
Excellent Deal
$2,196 Below market
RMV: $10,195
Wilmington, NC
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2011 Honda CR-V11
Price Drop, $500
Previous Price: $949528 Apr 2022

2011 Honda CR-V LX

LX 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl 5A)

$8,995
Est. $122/mo
Excellent Deal
$2,466 Below market
RMV: $11,461
Alameda, CA
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2013 Honda CR-V6
Price Rise, $245
Previous Price: $983609 Jun 2022

2013 Honda CR-V LX

LX 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl 5A)

$10,081
Est. $136/mo
Excellent Deal
$2,684 Below market
RMV: $12,765
Mesa, AZ
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2013 Honda CR-V18

2013 Honda CR-V EX-L

EX-L 4dr SUV AWD w/Navigation (2.4L 4cyl 5A)

$10,499
Est. $142/mo
Excellent Deal
$2,719 Below market
RMV: $13,218
Sterling, VA
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2013 Honda CR-V26
Price Drop, $499
Previous Price: $999920 Nov 2021

2013 Honda CR-V LX

LX 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl 5A)

$9,500
Est. $128/mo
Excellent Deal
$2,467 Below market
RMV: $11,967
Daytona Beach, FL
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Colors and Styles

2012 Honda CR-V in Atomic Silver color
Atomic Silver

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

The 2012 Honda CR-V has been completely redesigned. The small crossover offers high safety ratings, a roomy interior with a good number of standard tech features, and generous cargo space. Though the CR-V's powertrain now puts out 5 hp and 2 lb-ft more power and torque which is not a significant increase. the redesigned CR-V also sees a major weight reduction, the engine and transmission have been tuned to deliver slightly higher fuel efficiency. Pricing starts at $22,495 for the entry-level model.

For used car buyers, the redesigned 2012 Honda CR-V is a great compact SUV. The five-year ownership cost including costs for gas, insurance, maintenance, and repairs for the 2012 CR-V is estimated at around $20,489. That's below average in the class. Also, as per the J.D. Power reliability report, the 2012 CR-V gets three out of five stars, which is about average.


Buying Advice

The $27,245 CR-V EX-L would be the best option for many shoppers as it has the most features. It builds on lower trims and adds desired amenities such as dual-zone automatic climate control, leather upholstery, heated front seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, a 10-way power driver’s seat, a seven-speaker audio system, and satellite radio. All 2012 CR-V models come with the same engine and FWD/AWD drivetrain options to choose from. 

Features

Like before, the 2012 Honda CR-V is available for sale in three trim options namely LX, EX, and EX-L. The pricing of the all-new 2012 CR-V is in line with the previous model, making a strong value statement. The base CR-V LX starts just below $23,000 and the top-spec EX-L opens for just under $28,000. 

The EX-L trim is further offered with two packages, EX-L with Navigation which costs $1500 extra and the Rear Entertainment System adds $700. All CR-V models are powered by the familiar 2.4 L Inline-4 mated to a 5-speed automatic transmission. FWD is standard while AWD is a $1,250 option.

Trim

LX

EX

EX-L

MSRP (FWD)

$22,945

$24,595 $27,245

MSRP (AWD)

$23,745

$25,845

$28,495

Key Features

Full-color information display

Adds to the LX

Adds to the EX

 

Steering wheel audio controls

Fog lights

Dual-zone automatic climate control

 

16” wheels

Sunroof

8-way power driver seat

 

Air conditioning

Rear privacy glass

Leather upholstery

 

Cruise control

6-speaker sound system

Heated front seats

 

Pandora interface

 

7-speaker sound system

 

Bluetooth connectivity

 

Satellite radio

For comparison, used 2012 CR-V prices are slightly higher than its chief rival the Toyota RAV4 which starts at around $22,500 for the FWD model. However, the Honda CR-V outshines the RAV4 for a higher resale value in the compact SUV segment.

Engine and Performance
7.9/10

"Honda is sticking with the CR-V’s fiver. Lower-friction internals and lower-viscosity transmission fluid boost efficiency, and a wider ratio spread nudges the CR-V’s fuel-economy ratings up." - CarandDriver.com

The 2012 Honda CR-V is powered by a familiar 2.4 L Inline-4 mated to a 5-speed automatic transmission but the engine's output has increased from 180 to 185 horsepower. Honda's effort to reduce friction and other internal tweaks further yield better fuel economy. The engine is plenty powerful around the town but the 2012 CR-V offers a sluggish acceleration. On the bright side, the CR-V offers precise handling, a comfortable ride, and strong brakes.

The CR-V EX-L AWD takes 9.1 seconds to go from zero to 60mph while it covers a quarter-mile in 16.9 seconds. These are average numbers in this segment. The CR-V also handles pretty well and the CR-V tackles corner impressively considering its form factor and segment. The steering is responsive and gives great feedback while the ride is smooth and the suspension overcomes bumps and undulations of the road effectively.

Model

2012 Honda CR-V

2012 Nissan Rogue

2012 Hyundai Tucson

2012 Subaru Forester

MSRP

$22,495

$22,070

$19,145

$21,795

Engine

2.4 L Inline-4

2.5 L Inline-4

2.0 L Inline-4

2.5 L Inline-4

Drivetrain

AWD

AWD

AWD

AWD

Transmission

5-speed automatic

CVT

6-speed shiftable automatic

4-speed shiftable automatic

Power

185 hp @ 7000 RPM

170 hp @ 6000 RPM

165 hp @ 6200 RPM

170 hp @ 5800 RPM

Torque

163 ft-lbs. @ 4400 RPM

175 ft-lbs. @ 4400 RPM

146 ft-lbs. @ 4600 RPM

174 ft-lbs. @ 4100 RPM

0-60 MPH (seconds)

9.1

8.6

9.2

8.6

Quarter mile (mph)

16.9

16.7

17.1

16.6

Top speed (mph)

125

121

119

126

The 2012 Honda CR-V is the most powerful among these while the Nissan Rogue is neck to neck with the CR-V in terms of speed. The Hyundai Tucson is the least powerful one here, but it also comes with a significantly lower price which justifies the lower power output. The CR-V, Rogue and the Tucson are all engaging to drive while the Subaru’s 4-speed automatic limits its capabilities.

Read more about the 2012 Honda CR-V's Performance>>

Check out the 2012 Honda CR-V Towing Capacity >> 

Fuel Economy
9.0/10

The 2012 CR-V's powertrain received minor tweaks to the auto shifter, coupled with a comprehensive ratio revamp for better fuel economy. The CR-V with front-wheel-drive delivers an EPA rating of 23 mpg in the city, and 31 on the highway. The AWD model is estimated at 22/30 mpg. These are among the best efficiency figures in the segment and combined with a 15.3-gallon fuel capacity, the CR-V can go up to just below 400 miles without a refill. 

Model

2012 Honda CR-V

2012 Nissan Rogue

2012 Hyundai Tucson

2012 Subaru Forester

MPG (City)

23

23

22

21

MPG (Highway)

31

28

29

27

MPG (Combined)

26

25

25

23

Fuel Capacity

15.3

15.9

15.3

16.9

Range (City/Highway/Combined)

352/474/398

366/445/397

337/444/382

355/456/389

The Honda CR-V is the most efficient among these machines, closely followed by the Nissan Rogue and Hyundai Tucson. The Subaru Forester, however, lacks in the fuel efficiency department, possibly because of the 4-speed automatic transmission. All the models are similar in terms of range, as Subaru’s larger capacity fuel tank compensates for its lower fuel economy whereas all others come with a similar-sized fuel tank. 

Compare Honda CR-V models' gas mileage data >>

Interior
8.6/10

"The 2012 Honda CR-V has a comfortable ride, as well as one of the best rear seat-folding arrangements we've seen; but its materials and trims fall short." - Thecarconnection.com

After the 2012 redesign, the all-new Honda CR-V’s interior has a more sophisticated overall look as compared to the older models. The major interior changes are highlighted by a smartly sculpted dash, restyled gauges, and new switchgear. Though the interior dimensions of the 2012 model are similar to the 2011 model, inside the cabin, updated front seats offer better comfort and support. The accommodating center console now comes with bigger cupholders and a much larger covered center stow bin that houses USB and auxiliary inputs as well as a 12-volt powerpoint. The interior is also roomy and there is an ample amount of space in both rows while the 2012 CR-V boasts the class-leading cargo capacity.

The base CR-V's seats are comfortable, supportive and come covered in cloth upholstery while the top-end trim gets leather upholstery. The dashboard is neat and nicely designed and is nice to look at and feels nice to touch. There is also plenty of cargo space in the CR-V, which is among the most in the segment. There are 37.2 cubic feet of space behind the rear seats which expands to 70.9 with the bench folded.

Model

2012 Honda CR-V

2012 Nissan Rogue

2012 Hyundai Tucson

2012 Subaru Forester

Seating Capacity

5

5

5

5

Front Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

39.9/58.6/41.3

40.4/55.9/42.5

39.4/57.1/41.2

41.6/56.1/43.1

Rear Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

38.6/56.4/38.3

38.3/53.6/35.3

39.1/55.1/38.7

40.4/55.6/38.0

Cargo Capacity (cu-ft)

37.2

28.9

25.7

33.5

The Hyundai Tucson also comes with a high-quality cabin and lots of space while it lacks cargo capacity. The Nissan Rogue has a high-quality interior, but the second-row space is too tight and the Subaru comes with a low-quality interior.

The following are some of the most important interior features of the 2012 Honda CR-V- 

  • Dual-Zone Automatic Climate Control System
  • Driver’s Seat with 10-Way Power Adjustment and Power Lumbar Support 
  • Leather-Trimmed Seats
  • Heated Front Seats
  • Easy Fold-Down 60/40 Split Rear Seatback
  • Driver’s and Front Passenger’s Vanity Mirrors

How intuitive is the 2012 Honda CR-V’s infotainment unit?

The 2012 CR-V comes with a full-color multi-information display in the center console along with 4 speakers as standard. The mid-level trim gets 6 speakers whereas the higher-end EX-L trim comes with a 7-speaker unit along with a subwoofer. Navigation is an available feature for the EX-L trim and it also comes with voice command support when equipped.

The following are the prominent infotainment features of the Honda CR-V-

  • 328-Watt AM/FM/CD Audio System with 7 Speakers, Including a Subwoofer 
  • Bluetooth Streaming Audio
  • Pandora Internet Radio Compatibility
  • XM Radio
  • USB Audio Interface 
  • MP3/Auxiliary Input Jack 
  • MP3/Windows Media Audio (WMA)
  • Playback Capability

Read more about the 2012 Honda CR-V interior >>

Exterior
8.5/10

"Remaining true to the vision previewed in the recent CR-V Concept, the 2012 Honda CR-V maintains the same relative scale as the current model but boasts bolder and more aerodynamic bodywork set off by edgier front and rear fascia treatments." - kbb.com

The 2012 Honda CR-V looks bolder and more aerodynamic in the updated new attire. The new design is almost similar to the recent CR-V Concept. The crossover has become sleeker and looks larger than its predecessor, and has a more steeply raked windshield and slightly lower roofline. The base CR-V LX features 16-inch steel wheels and 215/70 all-season tires, while EX/EX-L trims have 225/65 tires on 17-inch alloy wheels.

the new CR-V adds a large single-piece liftgate, and its significantly lower lift-over height than the previous model eases loading and unloading the cargo. The weird form factor has enabled Honda to provide more space on the inside, especially the increased second-row space and the massive boot are evidently the results of this risky move. 

Model

2012 Honda CR-V

2012 Nissan Rogue

2012 Hyundai Tucson

2012 Subaru Forester

Curb Weight (lbs)

3,305

3,276

3,175

3,300

Length (in.)

178.3

183.3

173.2

179.5

Width (in.)

71.6

70.9

71.7

70.1

Height (in.)

64.7

65.3

65.2

65.9

Ground Clearance (in.)

6.3

8.3

6.7

8.7

Wheelbase (in.)

103.1

105.9

103.9

103.0

When compared to the competition, you actually realize how beautiful the CR-V is. It is actually the better looking among all of these. The Hyundai Tucson and the Subaru Forester look outdated but okay, and the Nissan Rogue is just ugly and disappointing to look at, making the comparatively better-looking CR-V the actual best option. The Rogue, however, comes with the most ground clearance while also being the longest whereas the CR-V is the heaviest.

The following are the important exterior features of the Honda CR-V-

  • One-Touch Power Moonroof with Tilt Feature
  • Security System with Remote Entry
  • Remote Entry only
  • Roof Rails
  • Fog Lights
  • Heated body-colored folding power side mirrors with expanded view driver’s mirror
  • Rear Privacy Glass
Safety
8.2/10

The 2012 Honda CR-V received an overall safety rating of 5 out of 5-stars from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named the CR-V a 2012 Top Safety Pick. Further, IIHS gave the 2012 CR-V its top score of Good for the moderate overlap front, side, rollover, and rear crash tests. The LX trim comes standard with a rear-view camera.

The following are some of the most important safety features in the 2012 Honda CR-V-

  • Advanced Compatibility Engineering (ACE) Body Structure
  • Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA
  • Traction Control 
  • Brake Assist
  • Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS) with 
  • Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD)
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)
  • Daytime Running Lights (DRL)
  • Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children (LATCH)
Competition
6.0/10

2012 Honda CR-V Vs. 2012 Nissan Rogue

The Honda CR-V and the Nissan Rogue may be neck to neck in terms of performance but with the current redesign, the Honda looks much more premium and modern. It also has slightly better fuel economy figures and being a lot more reliable, it is easier on the pocket.

The changes in the interior also add to the CR-V's appeal and abundant space in the rear makes it a better choice for families. Equipment levels are nearly similar but the Honda comes out on top in almost every other regard.

2012 Honda CR-V Vs. 2012 Hyundai Tucson

One of the trump cards up Hyundai's sleeve is that they price their cars very aggressively. This can be seen from the fact that the Hyundai Tucson manages to undercut the price of the Honda CR-V by $3000 despite offering nearly the same equipment levels.

While the Honda is much more fun to drive and also more powerful, it is also more fuel-efficient and reliable. With the current redesign, it also manages to have better interiors and safety features. Although Tucson manages to come very close in terms of interior space, it does not have the same cargo space as the Honda.

2012 Honda CR-V Vs. 2012 Subaru Forester

Although quite an oddball choice, the Subaru Forester comes with its set of advantages. To begin with, its all-wheel-drive transmission is much superior and shows the difference when you're about to take on a bit of treacherous terrain.

Subaru's automatic transmission dulls it down a bit and its fuel efficiency figures don't help it either. The Honda also manages to come with much better interiors and makes for the overall better pick for families.

Final Verdict

The Honda CR-V is one of the best options in the segment offering a strong engine and capable handling. The 2012 CR-V also comes with impressive fuel economy figures and range along with a high-quality interior that is extremely spacious. Overall it is an amazing crossover to choose from as it offers everything expected from this segment.

Features

vehicle bio
base price

$29995

body style

4dr Crossover

engine type
displacement

144 cu in

horse power

185 hp @ 7000 rpm

torque

163 lb.-ft. @ 4400 rpm

transmission

5 speed Automatic

dimensions
length

178 in

wheelbase

103.1 in

width

72 in

curb weight

3545 lbs

Height

65 in

Ground Clearance

7 lbs

capacity
passenger volume

101.5 cu ft

cargo volume

70.9 cu ft

passenger capacity

5 Seats

fuel economy
city/combined/highway

22/25/30 mpg

highway range

459.00 mi

warranty
basic warranty

3 yr./ 36000 mi.


Honda CR-V 5 year Cost To Own


Cash Price(MSRP)
$28,602
5 Year Cost To Own
$39,686
Total 5 year Cost To Own -  $39,686
Year 1Year 2Year 3Year 4Year 5total
Depreciation$3,364$1,948$1,795$2,136$2,054$11,297
Insurance$1,069$1,094$1,100$1,219$1,183$5,665
Fuel$1,573$1,610$1,677$1,704$1,823$8,387
Maintenance$221$786$537$1,905$1,561$5,010
Repairs$-15$-26$176$328$435$898
Financing Interest$1,739$1,411$1,079$658$266$5,153
Taxes and Fees$2,455$189$242$169$221$3,276
Total Cost-To-Own$10,406$7,012$6,606$8,119$7,543$39,686
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