The fourth generation Honda CR-V has flown under the radar so far, but given that the hot-selling crossover hits dealers on December 15, the Los Angeles Auto Show is as good an opportunity as any for Honda to play show-and-tell. The 2012 CR-V receives all-new sheetmetal, and the result is a more refined look that should give Honda fans some hope for the future. The interior has also been greatly improved, with a more contemporary layout, quick-stow rear seats and gobs of storage, though the top of the instrument panel and door caps are still rendered in hard plastic.

Power comes from Honda's faithful 2.4-liver i-VTEC four-cylinder, with 185 horsepower and 163 pound-feet of torque – thats five more horsepower and two additional lb-ft compared to the outgoing CR-V. The transmission continues to be Honda's tried and true five-speed automatic, which is a bit of a disappointment given the competition's flurry of next-generation gearboxes offering more ratios. Still, Honda promises very competitive fuel economy numbers of 31 miles per gallon on the highway and 23 mpg in the city for the front-wheel drive model. The all-wheel drive variant should deliver an estimated 22 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway.

Honda also pledges to offer more bang for the buck for customers with a range of new standard features. The 2012 CR-V will include standard Bluetooth HandsFreeLink, a multi-angle rearview camera and a full-color information display. The CR-V will also receive SMS text messaging capability, which reads incoming text messages over the audio system.

Honda is also very confident that the CR-V will perform extremely well in safety testing, as the automaker proclaimed during its press conference that this new model will achieve IIHS Top Safety Pick status and net a Five-Star rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Hit the jump to read over the official press release, but check out our photos first.
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All-New, Completely Redesigned 2012 Honda CR-V Debuts at LA Auto Show

Popular SUV introduces innovative features for music and SMS texting, new Real Time AWD system debuts, and FWD model achieves 31 mpg highway EPA rating

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 16, 2011 – The all-new, the fourth-generation Honda CR-V debuted today at the Los Angeles Auto Show. The 2012 CR-V introduces an upscale styling direction, greater fuel efficiency, and added features and functionality. The CR-V will go on-sale at Honda dealerships nationwide on December 15th.

With the previous-generation CR-V recognized as a "Top Recommended Vehicle" and having the "Best Retained Value SUV under $25,000" by, and named top compact crossover SUV in dependability by J.D. Power and Associates, the all-new 2012 model introduces the latest evolution of Honda's successful CR-V formula. Compact on the outside and roomy inside, the CR-V represents an ideal balance for size and capability in the entry SUV segment. The all-new five-passenger CR-V offers improved car-like interior comfort, a smoother and quieter ride, and even more innovative features than the previous model.

Powerful and Efficient 4-Cylinder Engine
Leading the changes are a more efficient engine design with improved horsepower and torque, along with an all-new Real Time All-Wheel-Drive (AWD) with Intelligent Control System™. All CR-Vs are powered by a 2.4-liter i-VTEC 4-cylinder engine with 185 horsepower and 163 lb-ft. of torque paired with a standard 5-speed automatic transmission. EPA-estimated fuel economy is rated at 23/31/26 mpg city/highway/combined (FWD) (an increase of +2/+3/+2 mpg compared to the 2011 CR-V), and a compact SUV-class leading 22/30/25 mpg city/highway/combined (AWD) (an increase of +1/+3/+2 mpg compared to the 2011 CR-V). Eco Assist, a new feature on the CR-V for 2012, indicates to the driver when the vehicle is being operated in an efficient style via "green" visual cues surrounding the speedometer, and a selectable ECON Mode alters operating characteristics of the vehicle to support an efficient driving style.

New Standard Features
New for 2012 standard features include an Easy Fold-Down 60/40 Split Rear Seat and a range of standard technology features. New high-tech features on all models include a Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink® phone interface (previously an available feature), a full-color intelligent Multi-Information Display (i-MID) and a multi-angle rearview camera with guidelines. As a first for Honda, every 2012 CR-V includes an SMS text messaging function, which can read received texts from compatible cell phones aloud over the audio system. Another first is the introduction of a Pandora® Internet Radio interface , compatible with the Apple® iPhone®, which works with the vehicle's audio controls and i-MID.

Model Range
The CR-V lineup starts with the CR-V LX model, now with more standard equipment for 2012. The CR-V LX is equipped with air conditioning, cruise control, Bluetooth HandsFreeLink, i-MID, remote entry, a 160-watt, a 4-speaker audio system, Motion-Adaptive Electric Power Steering (EPS). The CR-V EX adds an upgraded six-speaker audio system, power moonroof, 17-inch alloy wheels and more. The CR-V EX-L builds on the rich features of the CR-V EX and adds a leather-trimmed interior, 10-way power driver's seat, automatic dual-zone climate control, 328-watt 7-speaker audio system with XM® Radio and much more. Available features for the CR-V EX-L include the Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System with Voice Recognition™ and FM Traffic, or a DVD Rear Entertainment System (not available with Navigation). Real Time AWD with Intelligent Control System™ is an available feature on each model.

The 2012 CR-V body adopts a more dynamic and sophisticated appearance compared to the previous generation. The CR V's spacious interior layout is more accommodating with a roomy new center console (now standard) and an overall lower cargo floor height for easy loading and unloading. The new Easy Fold-Down 60/40 Split Rear Seat makes accessing the full capability of the cargo area much more convenient than traditional folding seats. Each side of the rear seat can fold nearly flat into the front of the cargo area using one of the release levers located near the tailgate, or a pull-strap positioned on the seat side.

Every CR-V incorporates as standard equipment VSA, an electronic stability control system; an Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) with Brake Assist; side-curtain airbags; front-side airbags with a passenger-side Occupant Position Detection System (OPDS); and a front seat design that can help reduce the severity of neck injury in the event of a rear collision. An Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) body structure in the front of the vehicle helps make the vehicle highly effective at absorbing and dispersing the energy of a frontal crash.

The 2012 Honda CR-V is covered by a 3-year/36,000-mile new-car limited warranty, a 5-year/60,000-mile powertrain limited warranty, and a 5-year/unlimited-mile corrosion limited warranty.

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      • 3 Years Ago
      Well, it's certainly better looking than the current CR-V, but that's not saying much.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'm leaning more towards liking it, particularly dashboard & front end. Overall, a 7.5 IMO. It's that big ass though.... why? I feel like they could've done a much better job. I really miss the Honda vibe that their cars had back in the 70's, 80's & 90's; just earlier I drooled over a yellow '88 Prelude Si with a manuai in reeeally nice, stock shape at a red light. First the Crosstour, then the 'meh' new Civic, now this?
      • 3 Years Ago
      CRV has been a class leader for so many years. This may not be a huge improvement, but is enough to stay ahead of the curve. GM and Ford can not match Honda's reliability. I personally would like to see a proximity key entry, more powerful engine (at least 200HP) and an OPTIONAL 3rd row (for short trips and enough space for a 5-6 year old). Interior is a huge improvement. I hope this has more comfortable seats than the previous model. The current model has very uncomfortable seats.
      Dennis Bilyk
      • 3 Years Ago
      2.4-liver? Isn't one enough?
      • 3 Years Ago
      The exterior styling is growing on me, but I'm not entirely convinced. It does sound like the interior is much better, particularly the fold-down rear seats. The outgoing CR-V folding seats are actually a bit of a pain, and not that space-efficient, while the new ones sound like they fold flat making for a more usable cargo area. The other feature and interior upgrades also sound good. I think I'm most disappointed with the engine though - I can't tell what the numbers are for weight and such, but this seems a little longer than the outgoing CR-V so it probably needs about 200 hp to really be able to get up and move at a decent rate. Heck, even the outgoing model needs more hp than it has. Honda could at least offer engine options like Subaru does.
      • 3 Years Ago
      How is this a good looking vehicle? I wouldn't go so far as to say it's offensive, but good looking it is not. It's as boring and as bland as you could hope to make a crossover. As someone who wants to be a Honda fan, this is the opposite of hope. It's very depressing.
      • 3 Years Ago
      That's the definition of good looks to you, Autoblog? I can't possibly disagree more...
      • 3 Years Ago
      What are you smoking? It looks like TRASH!!!!!!
      Leonid Ovchinnikov
      • 3 Years Ago
      Good looks? Seriously? It is still one of the ugliest compact SUVs. New CX-5 looks good, new Ford Escape is cool too.... Honda is true to itself to make quality, reliable and uninspiring cars.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Leonid Ovchinnikov
        You think the new Escape looks cool? Good lord...
          • 3 Years Ago
          Looks better than this generic pile of Honda crap, and that's coming from someone who thinks the new Escape is just eh.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Leonid Ovchinnikov
        The current CR-V is more fun to drive than any other non-luxury small SUV. So I have no idea what you're talking about. This NEW one might drive like crap ('sup Civic) but learn your facts.
      Polly Prissy Pants
      • 3 Years Ago
      Umm, what? Good looks? That's about as bland as they come. I'm sure it'll sell, much like the new (?!) Camry will sell, but don't confuse that with having an attractive design.
      • 3 Years Ago
      still looks horrid... sorry autoblog.
      • 3 Years Ago
      This thing is only attractive after a few glasses of Honda's corporate kool aid...Autoblog has lost all credibility in judging appearance. But the blind Honda followers will say its the pinnacle of automotive engineering, regardless of the dated powertrain, they will sell many.
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