2012 Honda CR-V vs. Its Competition

2012 Honda CR-V
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Deputy Editor

The 2012 Honda CR-V is one of the more refined vehicles in its class, but especially in its latest iteration, it isn't quite as enjoyable to drive, or nicely trimmed, as some of its competition.

The Toyota RAV4 is a longtime rival, and it comes with a choice of four-cylinder or V-6 engines, plus an available third-row seat; especially with the V-6, it feels sprightly compared to the CR-V, though its styling is dated.

The also-dated Ford Escape is also due to be replaced by an all-new 2013 model, but the 2012 Escape manages to carry over with a pretty well laid-out interior and decent comfort.

The Chevrolet Equinox comes with a fuel-efficient direct-injection engine and six-speed automatic transmission, and its interior is quiet and refined, but its seating and packaging isn't as versatile as that of the CR-V.

The Hyundai Tucson and Kia Sportage are somewhat smaller than the CR-V but also have a gas-stingy direct-injection four-cylinder engine and six-speed automatic; they're simply not as spacious inside, though.

The somewhat larger Kia Sorento and related Hyundai Santa Fe are other alternatives.

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Quick Specs
7.8
The 2012 Honda CR-V is a great family vehicle, with a thoughtfully designed and comfortable interior, and improved refinement, but it lacks the confident, sprightly feel present in past CR-Vs.
8.0
A versatile layout, impressive performance, good ride comfort, and reasonable pricing all add up to make the 2012 Chevrolet Equinox a strong value—and a good pick for small families.
7.2
The 2012 Ford Escape still antes up solid crossover bona fides, but its sluggish handling and plasticky interior are ready for retirement
8.0
One of the most improved crossovers, the 2012 Hyundai Tucson has size and value in its corner.
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With the right size, the right gas-mileage numbers, and the right standard features, the 2012 Kia Sorento is an easy recommendation in the crossover class.
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The 2012 Toyota RAV4 remains a strong, refined choice for families, even though some of its design might be a blast from the past.
MSRP From     
$22,495$23,530$21,440$19,145$21,250$22,650
Gas Mileage     
22 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy
Engine     
Gas I4Gas/Ethanol I4Gas I4Gas I4Gas I4Gas I4
EPA Class     
2WD Sport Utility2WD Sport Utility Vehicle2WD Sport Utility Vehicles2WD Sport UtilitySport Utility Vehicle - 2WDSport Utility Vehicle
Style Name     
2WD 5-Door LXFWD 4-Door LSFWD 4-Door XLSFWD 4-Door Manual GL2WD 4-Door I4 BaseFWD 4-Door I4 (GS)
Drivetrain     
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
555555
Passenger Doors     
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style     
Sport Utility Vehicle4 Door4 Door4 Door Sport Utility4 Door4 Door
Transmission     
AutomaticAutomaticManualManualManualAutomatic w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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