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The 2012 Honda CR-V is coming, and you can expect the successful compact crossover to continue in its current mold despite being an all-new generation. There's virtually no official information on the next iteration of the popular CUV, but since the current formula outsells even the Toyota RAV-4 and is still among the top finishers in comparison tests, we wouldn't expect any wild departures.

Fuel economy is likely to improve from the current CR-V's figure; front-wheel drive models may even hit 30 mpg on the highway, up from the current 28 mpg. C/D suggests that the current CR-V's 180 horsepower output is probably not subject to change. And while it seems odd to be talking about what's staying the same on a new model, the CR-V's massive sales numbers make it a golden goose for Honda that must be handled very carefully, not unlike the conservatively recrafted 2012 Civic that was just revealed at last week's New York Auto Show.



[Source: Car and Driver]


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      Sportbike
      • 3 Years Ago
      CR-V is still winning comparos against the newer competitors. In this comparison, CR-V wins, an lookie, the Hyundai is last. http://www.vehix.com/articles/reviews/small-suv-comparison-test/5
        NightFlight
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Sportbike
        That's really impressive given that this model has been on the market since mid-2006. I find it funny that the Equinox lost to the five year old Honda even though it had $5,000 more in options. It also came NOWHERE close to its EPA rating of 31MPG on the highway, something I've found myself in two rental Equnioxes I had. The "old technology" 2.4 in the Honda also only has 1HP less than the DI equipped GM LAF 2.4 and it still gets better gas mileage. This also sounded terrible: "Both J.D. Power and Associates and Consumer Reports expect the Equinox to return average reliability over time, and J.D. Power gives the CUV an average rating for initial quality. Similarly, both Consumer Reports and Automotive Lease Guide predict that the Chevrolet will do an average job of holding its value after a few years on the road. Combined with our test vehicle’s unimpressive fuel economy, these ratings don’t look good for the Equinox."
          • 3 Years Ago
          @NightFlight
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      longducdong
      • 3 Years Ago
      I LOVE this CR-V. So attractive looking. Cant wait to see what they do with it next!
      longducdong
      • 3 Years Ago
      CR-V = Conservatively Rehashed Vehicle. I dont expect Honda to toy with it too much.... therefore it will probably be just another funky lookin snoozefest. Im hoping they class it up and not make it look like a nerd's shoe anymore. It is, by far, the ugliest vehicle in its segment.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @longducdong
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        Spies1
        • 3 Years Ago
        @longducdong
        It's the best selling CUV/SUV, so HA. Looks like you are a minority.
          NightFlight
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Spies1
          The CR-V has been the best selling SUV in America for the past 5 years actually. NEWS FLASH!!! The general public aren't hardcore enthusiasts and don't care about 0-60, skidpad figures, braking, or Nurburgring times. They want a well rounded vehicle which the CR-V undoubtedly is. It isn't the best at any one thing, but it is very good at almost everything.
          longducdong
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Spies1
          All youre proving is that the brainless masses enjoy boring, mundane, ugly transportation. And to that Id agree that the CR-V is absolutely perfect for them. Say youre a, I dunno, a wine fan.... a conossieur so to speak. You prefer the finer things in wine like taste, aroma, packaging, exclusivity, etc. Yet the world buys Beringer white zinfandel and proclaims their absolute love for it. Sure, its their personal taste, but wouldnt you scratch your head and wonder WTF is wrong with these people? Thats the CR-V crowd right there. They just want a back-to-basics CUV/whatever that gets them from point A-to-point B reliably. And these same people dont want anything to do with their car, just to be as disconnected as they can possibly be. They dont wanna touch it, they dont wanna fix it, they dont want to know a dang thing about it. Sad, sad, sad.
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Spies1
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      IBx27
      • 3 Years Ago
      That IS the new one, can't you tell? Honda's adapting the Civic strategy to their entire line-up; just keep selling the same car with the same engine and transmission for 15 years. Why change something when all the competition is drastically better than anything Honda has to offer?
        Jaybird36
        • 3 Years Ago
        @IBx27
        Wow, ignorant much. Take for instance the two top selling, the CR-V vs. the Escape. The Escape is still basically the same platform and body that debuted over a decade ago. By comparison, this will be the Fourth generation of the CR-V. Each time we see new platforms, bodies, engines. Keep spewing your ignorance so I can keep pointing it out.
      Zoom
      • 3 Years Ago
      If Honda can't get 30mpg on the highway they're toast.
      MasterAustin
      • 3 Years Ago
      Yeah we have witnessed what happens when Honda says "All new" as evidenced with the new Civic...Don't hold your breathe, it'll be more of the same...
      Al
      • 3 Years Ago
      It's about freakin' time!
      r67bennett
      • 3 Years Ago
      Anything new product from HONDA isn't really worth looking into. They are on a downhill spiral since they launched their new crossbonjour.
      Terry
      • 3 Years Ago
      Despite the dull look and everything on it is boring....... My family have one from 2000 and it's kicking at 170,000 miles & mechanically perfect. It didn't breakdown even once & is always ready for more.
        NightFlight
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Terry
        Yeah, the CR-V is bulletproof. I work with someone who had a '97 that had 330,000 miles before he sold it. The interior and exterior looked great, and he said it didn't have any real major mechanical failures. The only things that failed were wear items and stuff that went bad over time like radiator hoses, belts, etc. He now has a '02 with 220,000 miles on it and it is the exact same way, nothing has failed. He said he'll be replacing it with the upcoming CR-V or a very lightly used 3rd generation when the '02 hits 280K.
          NightFlight
          • 3 Years Ago
          @NightFlight
          @ MattIsFakeBlonde Pick up any copy of Consumer Reports, or reference TrueDelta and JD Power. CR rates Honda as THE MOST RELIABLE manufacturer, as in #1. JD Power rates them very highly, as does TrueDelta. This is for their RECENT vehicles. Guess you don't read much.
          MattIsFakeBlonde
          • 3 Years Ago
          @NightFlight
          I'm glad to hear that both a ten year old and a 15 year old burger are "bulletproof", because 10+ year old vehicles DIRECTLY CORRELATE with the quality of completely different vehicles from the same manufacturer ten years later.
      tenspeeder
      • 3 Years Ago
      I bet it gains some straight lines/edges in the window area and an Odyssey-like front design, and loses a little of the roundness of the current model. Otherwise status quo. Judging by the complaints already about the '12 Civic road noise, I doubt Honda understands that continuous issue.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @tenspeeder
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      Hazdaz
      • 3 Years Ago
      Very curious how they update this model. If the Civic is any indication, its going to visually look a heck of a lot like the current model. In some ways, I can't blame Honda for sticking with the tried-and-true... I mean other car makers would kill for the sales numbers that their Civic and CRV get year-in, year-out.
      sckid213
      • 3 Years Ago
      "Top seller" does not equal "excuse to stop innovating." The Kia Sportage looks 10x better than the CR-V. In fact, almost all Kias in each segment (except the ancient Sedona) look better than their Honda competitors these days...
        • 3 Years Ago
        @sckid213
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