The RAV4 is rated at 36.4 cubic feet with the second row in place and 73 cubic feet with it down. The Subaru Forester, at 33.5 and 68.3 cubic feet, and the Chevy Equinox, at 31.5 and 63.7 cubic feet, respectively, are both smaller.
Features, Trims & Technology
Pricing for the new CR-V hadn't been announced at the time of publication, but Honda says it will range between $21,000 and $30,000. However, we do have complete trim level information and expect pricing among the trims to be similar to the current generation's pricing.
Trims include the base LX, EX, EX-L, EX-L Navi and EX-L RES. Honda categorizes equipment packages like navigation and rear-entertainment systems (that's the EX-L RES version) as separate trim levels, which cuts down on shoppers having to pick confusing option packages.
The LX is well-equipped with high-tech new standard features, including a 5-inch information screen, a backup camera, Bluetooth, a USB input, Pandora internet-radio capability, cruise control, 16-inch steel wheels and power windows.
There's also standard text messaging functions. The system can read incoming messages aloud and send pre-determined messages out, like "I'm running late," as long as you have a compatible smartphone. Most new BlackBerry phones and a few Android phones are compatible with the system, but the iPhone isn't.
The EX adds a six-speaker stereo, a moonroof, 17-inch alloy wheels, a one-touch up/down driver's window, power door locks, body-colored door handles and side mirrors, and a security system.
The EX-L adds leather seating, a 10-way power driver's seat, dual-zone climate control, a seven-speaker stereo with satellite radio, and heated side mirrors.
The EX-L Navi features a navigation system with a 6.5-inch screen, voice recognition and live traffic information.
The EX-L Res doesn't come with the navigation system but adds a 7-inch screen to the ceiling for the backseat. It's a relatively small screen, and the DVD system eats into the center console's generous cargo space. As a parent who is constantly taking an iPad along on road trips, I find built-in systems like this less useful and less flexible than an affordable portable alternative.
The 2012 Honda CR-V has not yet been tested by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration or the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
The CR-V comes with standard front seat-mounted side airbags and side curtain airbags for both rows of seats. Antilock brakes and an electronic stability system are also standard, as is required of all 2012 models.
CR-V in the Market
The current CR-V is one of the best-selling vehicles in the country. The 2012 is an improvement in every way, and if the company can keep prices from escalating, it's sure to continue its successful run.
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