2012 Honda CR-V makes a Los Angeles debut

Andross Moonah - CAP staff
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The new fourth-generation 2012 Honda CR-V was recently introduced at the Los Angeles Auto Show and is ready to take on the latest and greatest of the compact crossover SUV market.

For 2012, the CR-V exhibits a "more dynamic and sophisticated appearance" than before according to Honda. There's also more practicality with a lower cargo floor height and a standard Easy Fold-Down 60/40 split rear seat. Also standard is a Bluetooth HandsFreeLink phone system, an intelligent multi-information display (i-MID) and a multi-angle rearview camera. As well, the 2012 CR-V includes an SMS text messaging feature that can announce text messages over the vehicle's audio system.

A retuned version of the previous-generation's 2.4-litre i-VTEC 4-cylinder engine comes mated to a 5-speed automatic transmission and now produces slightly more power - 185 horsepower and 163 lb-ft of torque - while also returning improved fuel economy.

The 2012 CR-V comes with front-wheel-drive in its base configuration, and is also available with a new Real Time All-Wheel-Drive system with Intelligent Control. Unlike the previous Real Time All-Wheel-Drive systems, which engaged only after the front wheels started slipping, the new system uses electronic control to seamlessly feed power to the back wheels before slipping is noticed. As with the previous system, the vehicle remains in front-wheel-drive mode during normal driving for better fuel economy.

Estimated city/highway fuel economy ratings provided by Honda are a class-leading 9.0 / 6.4 L/100km with front-wheel drive, and 9.2 / 6.6 L/100km city/highway with all-wheel drive.

In base LX trim the 2012 CR-V offers air conditioning, cruise control, i-MID, Bluetooth capability and a four-speaker, 160-watt audio system among other things. The higher spec EX version features a power moonroof, 17-inch alloy wheels and an upgraded six-speaker audio system. In top-range EX-L trim, the 2012 CR-V comes equipped with leather-trimmed interior, automatic dual-zone climate control, a 10-way power driver seat and a seven-speaker, 328-watt audio system with XM Satellite radio.

Other features include a DVD Rear Entertainment System or a Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System with Voice Recognition and FM Traffic. Surprisingly, the DVD entertainment system is not available together with the navigation system. A Canadian-exclusive CR-V Touring model includes a bilingual navigation system, roof rails, chrome door handles, auto-dimming rearview mirror and "Touring" badge.

The 2012 Honda CR-V is due to arrive in Canadian dealerships in mid-January 2012 and will compete with Toyota's RAV-4, Hyundai's Tucson, Volkswagen's Tiguan and Jeep's Compass among many other competitors in the vast compact crossover SUV segment.

©(Copyright Canadian Auto Press)

Topics: Crossover, Honda, 2012, CR-V, Compact,

Geographic location: Los Angeles

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