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2012 Honda CR-V EX-L

At a Glance

Pricing $22,945 - $30,445
Drive Types FWD, AWD
Engines 2.4l I4
Transmissions A5
Fuel Economy 22-23 (city), 30-31 (highway)

The CR-V which is in its fourth generation still serves as a benchmark for the segment it helped define. This compact SUV seats five passengers with the comfort of a mid-sized sedan. A cavernous cargo area measures 37 cubic feet with the rear seat up. At just 178 inches in length, the CR-V is almost a foot shorter than your typical family sedan making it easier to get around town and park. The only available engine is a 2.4l four-cylinder engine is rated at 185-bhp. Some competitive vehicles offer V6 power in this segment foregoing fuel economy for power. Fuel economy for the CR-V is a competitive 23/31 on FWD models, but the CR-V is somewhat limited by a five-speed transmission in a market where six-speed units are becoming the norm. Three trim levels are offered: LX, EX and EX-L. The LX model is well-equipped with common power equipment, cloth seats and steel wheels. The upgraded EX model includes upgraded cloth seats and a sunroof. The top EX-L model includes leather heated leather seats, dual zone climate control and a 328-watt audio system for about $28,000 (FWD).

Model/Trim/Package Engine MPG VjI Base Price
CR-V LX 2.4l I4 (185-bhp) A5 FWD 23/31/27 $22,945
CR-V LX 2.4l I4 (185-bhp) A5 AWD 22/30/26 $24,195
CR-V EX 2.4l I4 (185-bhp) A5 FWD 23/31/27 $25,045
CR-V EX 2.4l I4 (185-bhp) A5 AWD 22/30/26 $26,295
CR-V EX-L 2.4l I4 (185-bhp) A5 FWD 23/31/27 $27,695
CR-V EX-L 2.4l I4 (185-bhp) A5 AWD 22/30/26 $28,945
CR-V EX-L Navi 2.4l I4 (185-bhp) A5 FWD 23/31/27 $29,195
CR-V EX-L Navi 2.4l I4 (185-bhp) A5 AWD 22/30/26 $30,445