2012 Honda CR-V
There are 13 user reviews for the EX AWD trim shown below
- Spacious, Ride, looks, feel, AWD, Gas Mileage
- Some cheap materials, EX Price, Options lacking, Power
Purchased As New
Went with EX versus LX. EX contains the following over LX: Passenger side arm rest, upgraded cloth interior and trim, privacy glass, upgraded Stereo(6 vs. 4 speakers), Sunroof, Tonneau Cover, 17" polished rims, and fog lights. That is really it.
Its a shame Honda makes you pay $2,000 to go from LX to EX and another $2k+ from EX to EX-L. They need to work on their one price fits all options packages in my opinion as not everyone (me inparticular) wanted a sunroof, tonneau cover, or 17" rims. The stereo and privacy glass are a must in my case, and the cloth interior is better in my opinion. But you cannot order an LX with those options only. AND NO SATELLITE RADIO??????? WHY NOT?????
The car rides nice but road noise is pronounced. This may be the tires. It is not annoying but you can definately hear the road. It is not a quiet ride. The CR-V drives like a car, comparable to an Accord in my opinion. Power is adequate but can be better. You are not going to win any speed races and I suspect towing 1,500 lbs(the max weight) you will have issues and have to be extremely careful. My 2004 highlander seems more powerful with less HP under the hood. I am averaging about 26 MPG combined driving which is nice.
The radio is nice although it is basic by todays standards in my opinion. The speakers are adequate. I plugged in a 32GB USB thumb drive and the songs were easily accessible on the screen. It was a little cumbersome to use but interface was OK. There was a lag accessing songs. Perhaps because the USB drive was too big at 32GB. Steering wheel controls for radio are adequate as are phone controls, but you cannot use steering wheel to control most options when using USB or I-Pod. You have to use the knob on the console which may be a reach for some. This is silly given all the safety features Honda has. You have to take your eye off the road to sort through songs quickly or go one by one on the steering wheel. That knob which is like central command, is a far reac for some. The new IMID interface is nice and failry easy to use overall. Screen can be bigger but is adequate. You can even store up to 3 pictures to use as wallpaper if you choose which is nice.
For a phone, pairing a Blackberry to it was easy and overall setup took 3-5 minutes and required no use of a manual. For speed dialing (Dialing by voice commands) you can only store 15 names which is kind of a drag. This may be an issue with some but OK with me overall. Bluetooth works well.
Seats are firm but comfortable. No adjustible lumbar support for driver which is strange. Back seats recline slightly which is real nice and useful for long hauls. Seats in back also fold forward giving lots of room.
Rear camera is more gimicky than useful in my opinion. There is no back up sensor, just a camera with yellow lines indicating distance. A sensor woudl have been more useful. Dont get me wrong, it is a good tool to use in some cases but takes getting used to. I'd rather have better radio features or other features.
The car is constructed well, rides well, and looks great. On the rear bumber and other trim, some things feel "cheap" but I think are OK. On the rear bumber you can feel the plastic go in/out when you close the rear lid for example.
I considered a Toyotal Rav 4, Chevy Equinox, and Kia Sorento as my alternatives. The CR-V in my opinion as of now is the best for the money and resale. One thing to consider is resale. Hondas far beat any other car for resale in any condition. The Rav 4 will be redesigned next year and may be worth waiting for. I needed the room now and thus I went ahead and bought. I am not disappointed but I am picky. Overall I do like the car and will get years of use out of it.
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