The 2012 Honda CR-V release date has been set. The model, which made its public debut recently at the L.A. International Auto Show, will go on sale in the U.S. on December 15, 2011.
The much-anticipated 2012 model is very important for Honda as it attempts to rebound from a difficult 2011. The 2012 CR-V, which is a full redesign, was delayed due to production delays stemming from the March 2011 Japan earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear disaster.
2012 CR-V Changes
The 2012 CR-V has sleeker styling, an improved interior, improved fuel economy, lighter weight, and five additional horsepower. The rear of the model is more curved and sloping than the 2011 model. The front end has a new-three-bar grille and more aggressive headlights.
Cargo Room & Interior Space
One of the real strengths of the third generation CR-V was its cargo space. The model had 72.9 cubic feet of cargo room with the rear seats folded flat. This is larger than several midsize SUVs such as the Jeep Grand Cherokee and Ford Edge.
The more curvy body style of the 2012 cuts into the model somewhat, lowering cargo volume to 70.9 cubic feet. However, Honda engineers have repositioned the floor lower in the model and it has an impressive 37.2 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seats, which is 1.5 cubic feet more than the 2011 model. The rear cargo area is also five inches longer than the prior generation and the lower height makes it easier to load groceries, baby gear, and luggage.
The 2012 CR-V is almost an inch shorter and an inch lower than the 2011 model with the same width, but the interior volume is up slightly giving passengers more room.
2012 CR-V buyers get new standard features. Bluetooth, rear-view camera, and in-dash color display are now standard features. The color display screen is also used to display fuel economy, time, and audio information.
The CR-V has also added a new “one touch fold-down” rear seat. There is a lever in the rear cargo area than when pulled, folds the rear seats to an almost completely flat position.
The 2012 CR-V is a great combination of SUV ride height and utility, sculpted design, minivan-like functionality, and good fuel economy. In facts, its EPA-estimated mileage of 23-mpg city and 31-mpg highway is comparable to several midsize sedans. The all-wheel drive fuel economy rating of 22/30 is comparable to the Audi A4 Quattro, a compact luxury sedan.
If you have been holding out for this new model, get set for the December 15, 2011 CR-V release date. It will be interesting to see how the public responds to the changes in the CR-V for the new model year and how it fares against the like of competitors such as the upcoming Mazda CX-5 and new Ford Escape for 2013.