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STYLING | 7 out of 10
the CR-V's styling is handsome and gives the impression the vehicle is bigger than it is
cabin looks more refined than before, with richer, softer materials
the exterior design stands out as being much more interesting than the current model
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.
The 2012 Honda CR-V has been redesigned, but it's so subtle and evolutionary on the outside that you might not even know it.