The CR-V has been completely redesigned for 2012. But to some, its exterior might not even look new. That's because the design has only lightly evolved; front and rear styling has been spruced up a bit, with the front end noticeably more Accord-like.
Honda has essentially taken the same package—same wheelbase, same basic silhouette and proportions—but dropped the roof a little bit and modified the positions of the front seats for a more carlike driving position. Also by changing the angle of the rear pillar somewhat, they freed up just a little more rearward visibility.
Inside, the instrument panel gets a simplified, streamlined look with two layers, and it's more carlike, completely avoiding the chunky, overwrought-and-cluttered look of the larger Pilot SUV’s interior, as well as the odd asymmetries of the Civic and the confusing rotary knob of the high-end Accord models. Climate controls are just below audio controls, with a small, five-inch ‘i-MID’ trip-computer and audio screen just above it all, with simple gauges and straightforward switchgear.