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2012 Honda CR-V Interior Review: Dimensions, Seating, Colors, Infotainment, and Interior Features

Updated on: April 6, 2022

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Nathan Dyer 

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If you're looking for a compact crossover SUV for family use, you'll definitely want to put the 2012 Honda CR-V on the list. This is mainly because, the CR-V has the best rear seat-folding arrangement in the class, along with impressive seating comfort. Overall, the new CR-V model offers good seating comfort and interior space, and good versatility, but doesn't have a third-row option. Although the 2012 CR-V’s overall interior dimensions are mostly unchanged from the previous model, its best-in-class cargo area now offers a bit more space than before. Cargo capacity with the rear seatbacks up is an impressive 37.2 cubic feet. Unlike the CR-V’s exterior which has evolved lightly, the interior styling is all-new, marking the desired departure from previous models.

Inside, the 2012 CR-V gets a simplified instrument panel and a two-layered streamlined dashboard. The switchgear is straightforward while the climate controls are placed just below the audio controls with a five-inch ‘i-MID’ trip-computer and audio screen. The 2012 Honda CR-V has plenty of thoughtful features. Though the base LX model is well-equipped but to get the premium items you'll need to step up to top EX-L trims.

2012 Honda CR-V Dashboard

Further, the top version EX-L is available with a Navigation package and rear entertainment system. We are elated to see Bluetooth hands-free connectivity and Bluetooth streaming audio are finally standard across the lineup. You will also get customizable interior light settings that create a premium cabin environment. The EX-L models upgrade the standard cloth upholstery to leather upholstery, a ten-way driver’s seat with heating function, a higher-power (328-watt) audio system with subwoofer, automatic climate control, heated mirrors, and upgraded interior trim. The interior color options include Vanilla / Blue and Gray. The 2012 Honda CR-V rivals the likes of the 2012 Toyota RAV4, 2012 Subaru Forester, and 2012 Chevrolet Equinox

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"The 2012 Honda CR-V is a great family vehicle, with a thoughtfully designed and comfortable interior, and improved refinement, but it lacks the confident, sprightly feel present in past CR-Vs." - TheCarConnection.com

2012 Honda CR-V Interior Design, Dimensions, and Comfort

A quick glance at the new CR-V, and you will see that it is more carlike and not a minivan. Like most redesigned vehicles, the 2012 Honda CR-V is better than the outgoing model with a classier feel overall. Though inside there's a good deal of plastic, the textured trim looks pleasant and promises durability.

Upfront, you can find a sophisticated two-layered dashboard with all the buttons and switches neatly arranged. The placement of the gearshift lever is a bit odd though; placed a bit higher than you’d normally like it to be. We’re also not big fans of the cabin’s updated color scheme; the gray and beige combination looks a little dull. 

2012 Honda CR-V Rear Seats

As standard, the 2012 CR-V seats 5 people in two rows. It is quite spacious on the inside and the legroom on both rows is pretty decent. Front seats are buckets that are on the soft side, but supportive enough for a long haul. At the back, the split-bench seat has more generous dimensions and better padding than most in this class to fit three adults happily. There's plenty of thigh support, as well as legroom and headroom, to keep everyone happy.

You get cloth upholstery and manually adjustable front seats as standard but you can also opt for leather upholstery, a 10-way power driver's seat, and heated front seats. 


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2012 Toyota RAV4

2012 Subaru Forester

2012 Chevrolet Equinox

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The 2021 Toyota RAV4 is the most spacious crossover in the competition. It offers ample space on both rows. The Subaru Forester has the next best passenger space on offer. The Chevy Equinox on the other hand has the lowest amount of passenger space in the segment. Honda CR-V sits somewhere in the middle when it comes to seating space but when it comes to interior quality there are no compromises. You get what you paid for.

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2012 Honda CR-V Cargo Space

The CR-V's cargo room behind the rear seat has increased 1.5 cubic feet to 37.2 cubic feet. On contrary, the maximum cargo capacity with the rear seats folded is down 2 cubic feet to 70.9. This best-in-class- cargo space makes the CR-V a top-ranking compact SUV in the class. A side cargo net is included, and EX and above trims get a removable and retractable cargo cover. The liftover height has dropped this year, - to 23.6 inches.

2012 Honda CR-V Cargo Space

For convenience, the new CR-V comes equipped with a lever on either side of the cargo area to fold the seats flat. This ease of use is such a great improvement. The RAV4 is rated at 36.4 cubic feet with the second row in place and 73 cubic feet with it down.


2012 Honda CR-V

2012 Toyota RAV4

2012 Subaru Forester

2012 Chevrolet Equinox

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The 2012 Honda CR-V has the highest cargo space on offer in the segment with the second-row seats up. The Subaru Forester, at 33.5 and 68.3 cubic feet, and the Chevy Equinox, at 31.5 and 63.7 cubic feet, respectively, are both smaller.

Additional Interior Small Storage Options

At the front, there’s an average-sized glove box and then you have 2 cupholders in the center console. There’s also a deep storage cubby in the center console and all 4 doors have large pockets. The rear center seat also folds down as an armrest and then you have 2 cup holders for the rear seat passengers to store their drinks.

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2012 Honda CR-V Interior Features

Considering the affordable pricing structure of the new CR-V, Honda offers plenty of the desired convenience and interior features as standard. Trims include the base LX, EX, EX-L, EX-L Navi, and EX-L RES. 

As standard, the 2012 CR-V is well-equipped with high-tech new standard features such as a 5-inch information screen, a backup camera, Bluetooth, a USB input, Pandora internet radio capability, cruise control, power windows, and manually adjustable seats, manual air conditioning, and fabric upholstery. There are also standard text messaging functions.

The Honda CR-V EX adds a six-speaker stereo, a moonroof, a one-touch up/down driver’s window, and power door locks. The Honda CR-V EX-L AWD adds leather seating, a 10-way power driver’s seat, dual-zone climate control, a seven-speaker stereo with satellite radio, and heated side mirrors.

If you opt for the EX-L Navi, it adds a navigation system with a 6.5-inch screen, voice recognition, and live traffic information. The EX-L Res adds a 7-inch screen to the ceiling for the backseat.

2012 Honda CR-V Infotainment System

All 2012 Honda CR-V models come with a new, 5.0-inch LCD color screen in the center of the dash. Standard features in the 2012 CR-V include a four-speaker audio system, a CD player, Bluetooth, a USB port, and an auxiliary audio input. The standard music system is pretty decent and delivers a crisp sound and entertainment experience. 

2012 Honda CR-V Infotainment System

Higher trims of the CR-V get features like 328-watt 6-speaker audio system with subwoofer, navigation system, SiriusXM satellite radio, and speed-sensitive volume control. You can also opt for a 7-speaker upgraded sound system and a rear DVD entertainment system

Key Infotainment Features

  • 160-watt, 4-speaker audio system
  • Satellite radio
  • Navigation
  • Rear seat DVD entertainment system
  • Bluetooth smartphone integration
  • Pandora internet radio

2012 Honda CR-V Interior Verdict

The CR-V's interior prefers practicality above style, but there are also some notable convenience and tech features for 2012. For shoppers looking for a crossover SUV or family use, the 2012 Honda CR-V has a good amount of passenger and cargo space on offer at an affordable price. On the other hand, for those looking for creature comforts, the top trim levels come with a lot of equipment. Long story short, the interior is well-crafted and so, if you’re in the market looking for a comfortable, practical, and feature-rich crossover SUV, then the CR-V should certainly be on top of your list.

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