2012 Honda CR-V - First DriveEnlarge Photo
The CR-V is new this year, and Honda's popular crossover gets an entirely new look this year, and it's one of Honda's more cohesive efforts of late. Its four-cylinder engine now makes 185 horsepower, and the rear seats have an innovate folding mechanism that makes flipping the bench down for cargo a one-handed task. The CR-V also has new infotainment features, like compatibility with Pandora in-car audio streaming, as Honda plays catch-up with Ford, Hyundai and others in connectivity.
2012 Hyundai AzeraEnlarge Photo
The Azera comes later to its curvy new styling theme than its Hyundai siblings, the Sonata and Elantra and Accent. A full-size sedan that's sized to compete with the likes of the Ford Taurus, Buick LaCrosse, VW Passat and Toyota Avalon, the new front-drive Azera has a 293-horsepower V-6 that replaces both its former V-6 engine choices, and a six-speed automatic. Also new is Hyundai's Blue Link, a telematics system like GM's OnStar that uses live operators to help drivers find destinations and make reservations, and links to a website where owners can set limits on where the Azera's driven, how loud the stereo can be played, and what times it's allowed to be on the streets.