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November 17, 2011
2012 Honda CR-V - First Drive

2012 Honda CR-V - First Drive

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2012 Honda CR-V

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 Azera

2012 Hyundai Azera

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2012 Hyundai Azera

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.

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