Honda announces pricing for 2012 CR-V

Andross Moonah - CAP staff
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Honda's CR-V has been redesigned for the 2012 model year and is now in its fourth generation since its introduction in 1995. With the 2012 CR-V due to arrive in Canadian dealerships on January 4, Honda has recently announced the pricing of its redesigned compact crossover.

The two-wheel-drive CR-V LX will start at a manufacturer's suggested retail price of $25,990, while the the all-wheel-drive LX will start at an MSRP of $27,990. The 2012 CR-V in LX trim is equipped with features such as 16-inch steel wheels, a 5-speed automatic transmission, heated front seats, a rear-view camera and Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA).

In higher-specification EX trim, the CR-V will cost $28,790 for the two-wheel-drive model and $30,790 for the all-wheel-drive model. Notable features of the EX trim line include an upgraded audio system with six speakers instead of four, dual-zone automatic climate control, 17-inch alloy wheels, fog lights and a one-touch power moonroof. EX-L trim is also available for the 2012 CR-V at an MSRP of $33,090. It includes all-wheel-drive as well as leather trimmed seats and a 360-watt, seven-speaker audio system with a subwoofer.

A Canadian exclusive CR-V Touring model is also available for $34,990 and comes standard with Honda's electronic Real Time All-Wheel-Drive (AWD) system, navigation system, chrome door handles, roof rails and an auto-dimming rearview mirror.

"The new CR-V represents excellent value for Canadian buyers of popular compact SUVs, from top-of-class fuel economy to the largest cargo capacity of any vehicle in its segment," said Jerry Chenkin, executive vice president of Honda Canada. "The new Canadian-built CR-V adds up to $2,500 in additional value in standard features and technologies compared to the outgoing model."

Honda's 2012 CR-V is powered by a 2.4-litre 4-cylinder iVTEC engine that develops 185 horsepower and 163 pound-feet of torque. Estimated city / highway fuel economy ratings for the two-wheel drive models are 9.0 L/100 km and 6.4 L/100 km respectively. In all-wheel-drive guise, the city / highway fuel consumption is only slightly higher at 9.2 L/100 km and 6.6 L/100 km respectively.

The 2012 CR-V also features a new Econ driving mode that helps to increase fuel efficiency with the push of a button. The Econ mode reduces the drive-by-wire throttle response, remaps the transmission shift mapping and adjusts the air-conditioning control system. It also provides driver "coaching" via a speedometer-mounted green feedback display. According to Honda this "super-efficient mode" can provide an additional 10 percent in fuel savings.

The redesigned 2012 Honda's CR-V competes in a crowded segment with the likes of the Kia Sportage, Mazda CX-5, Nissan Rogue, Jeep Compass, Toyota Rav4, Volkswagen Tiguan and many others.

©(Copyright Canadian Auto Press)

Topics: Crossover, Honda, 2012, CR-V, $20,000 - $29,999, $30,000 - $39,999, Compact,

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