Honda CRV 2012 model- any thoughts?

<p>With D1 safely launched in college and D2 almost driving, it is time to retire the minivan. Test drove the new CRV and liked it. Anyone already own one? Feedback appreciated. Looked at the Acura RDX, but reluctant to buy as a new model is coming out in the spring.</p>

<p>I own a honda crv which is the car that we got when my teenagers first got their license. It has been a good little car with little to no maintenance other than the regular tune ups. It is comfortable and my kids really like it. I think they have redesigned the new CRV (which they seem to do every few years). I drive an Acura MDX and I have to say that it is the best car I have ever owned. Love, Love, Love it. So comfortable but a bit of a gas hog. I think my next car with be a RDX as it is smaller. Acura makes a great automobile. I have almost 99,000 miles on mine and it drives like new. I love our local acura dealer also so that is a plus also. I highly recommend either car although the Acura is a smoother ride (and higher $$$ price).</p>

<p>I’m curious if they improved the mileage on the new CRV. For me…it’s either going to be a CRV or the Subaru Forester. I’m a little reluctant to buy the CRV in the first year of the redesign. Would love to hear feedback from anyone who has gotten this 2012 model.</p>

<p>Still driving a 1999 CRV. It starts every morning, it drives, it needs oil changes and new tires every once in awhile. Idiotproof. I like the looks of that new Chevrolet that looks similar (can’t remember what it is called) but I am spoiled from a vehicle that never has “car problems.”</p>

<p>Sorry no idea about the 2012 which is what you are looking for. But I just want to say though that I LOVED my 2000 CRV! I never had to fix a thing on it, it could always fit into a small parking spot (yet not once in 10 years did I have to carry something that couldn’t fit into it!). I was able to sell it for a great price, it really held its value. I actually regret selling it as it had been so good to me. At the time I had looked at a few other brands and was so glad I stuck to Honda.</p>

<p>I’m glad you asked this question - I’m also thinking this will be what I get when I retire my 8 1/2 year old Acura MDX. I have over 140,000 miles on it and it has a few age-related quirks (don’t we all? :slight_smile: ) but I have LOVED it and it is still going strong, knock wood. If I weren’t paying two tuitions, I would likely go back to another Acura. My main complaint about both the MDX and RDX is that they require premium gas. With gas prices what they are (and where they’re heading), it’s hard to justify that.</p>

<p>I’ve looked at the CR-V and really like the size and reliability; also, they’re kind of cute. I’ve heard that it doesn’t have Homelink, though, which kind of bugs me (to open garage door); also wish it had a feature to open the liftgate using the keyfob. Oh well, still seems to be a good one.</p>

<p>sunz. Never even asked about the garage door opened. My husband’s Audi has this, I have always just had a remote on my passenger visor- doesn’t bother me. The auto lift gate would be nice, but since i am no longer slepping back bags in and out of the car - again this doesn’t worry me. </p>

<p>Thumper- there is a “econ” button to help with fuel economy. Not quite sure the technical details of it. I noticed last night on a car commercial, I think for Mazda, they ridiculed the concept. My minivan only gets about 16mpg- mostly in town driving. Any better than that is a plus. I drive low miles about 10,000 per year.</p>

<p>We had an 06 MDX and now drive an 09 CRV. MDX was twice as big, lousy mileage on premium gas. CRV has been great. Wife doesn’t like the look of the 2012 redesign.</p>

<p>To the OP: this month’s Motor Trend mag has an article about the 2012 CRV and the recently released Consumer Reports did not pick it as a top one this year…</p>

<p>I think MPG is up +1/+3 on the new one, but road noise is still an issue…</p>

<p>FYI, Subaru was the winner in the new CR surveys; all models…</p>

<p>We keep going back and forth about a CRV or a Rav-4 but we are concerned about the gas mileage as this vehicle will have a lot of miles put on it. We like that they sit up higher but is that worth 10+ mpg over a Corolla or Civic? What kind of milage, highway, do you get on your CRV’s?</p>

<p>The newest Civic model got HORRIBLE reviews overall…by a variety of folks. It would not be at or near the top of my list at all.</p>

<p>We are looking at a 4 wheel/all wheel drive vehicle here. The mileage for those isn’t going to be outstanding regardless. I like the size of the CRV and Forester. The Rav4 is about 9 inches longer…feels like a school bus.</p>

<p>I don’t think the Honda CRV and Acura RDX compare well against each other since they’re different classes of vehicles. They’re similar in size but different in the target audience and price point and the features and materials quality level that goes along with that.</p>

<p>If you’re looking at a CRV you might also want to check out a Hyundai Tucson, Subaru, Toyota Rav4, new upcoming Ford Escape, etc. </p>

<p>If you’re looking at the RDX then you might also want to check the Lexus RX, BMW X3, Audi Q5, Cadillac SRX, etc.</p>

<p>I’ve purchased 1st year models before and haven’t had any real issues in doing so. Sometimes you have a couple more recalls than the 2nd year model but it’s usually not a big deal. You also have the advantages of the newer model which usually translates to newer features, functions, and the general ratcheting up that usually takes place with newer models of a product.</p>

<p>I’m driving a 2008 CR-V and average 28 mpg during warmer months and 24mpg in the winter. I commute 86 miles 5 days/week of which about 80 is all highway (some of it stop-and-go). My husband drives a 1999 CR-V with fewer miles. We love both. And if I do not move to a Prius or Insight, we will likely replace our 1999 CR-V with the newest CR-V this year. Haven’t test-driven it yet, tho.</p>

<p>SteveMA, when I was deciding between the RAV-4 and CR-V in 2008, the CR-V was a clear winner based on rear visibility and driver comfort. Not at all sure what has changed in the intervening years.</p>

<p>I own a 2009 CR-V with 101K on it–I’ve enjoyed it and it was a good value for the price. Only problem has been with the tires. If they are not high quality, are not bi-directional, and are not rotated very often, they will wear unevenly, be loud as heck, and will have to be replaced in as little as 25,000 miles.</p>

<p>Multiple mechanics have told me this is a design flaw with the CR-V & Civic from that time period. I have alleviated the problem somewhat by buying expensive bi-directionals, and have had the alignment altered to offset the uneven wear–seems to be working. Do not know if the problem has been rectified for the newer models.</p>

<p>Just bought a Subaru Outback 2012. AWD and just got 30mpg on the highway!! yahoo!!
we looked at the CRV but read reviews of its engine not being as peppy (they changed the design but not the engine?) Also Subaru wins in safety crash tests and we put 210,000 on the one we had 20 years ago, so that helped us decide.
Though we are Honda people too! Good luck car shopping…it really is a pain, no matter what anyone says!</p>

<p>Test drove the red EX CR-V two weeks ago.I liked it. I drive a 2005 CR-V and D drives my 2000 CR-V.Both have been good cars.They added more insulation to cut down on road noise.Don’t want to pay for the navigation system, not rated well on car sites,needs to be updated. Would have liked a navigation system.Did like back-up camera that is standard.Love my Honda service department.Can’t decide if I want to switch to a car and what one.Want to keep AWD .Decisions,decisions!</p>

<p>We have been looking for car for son.</p>

<p>CRV- nice car, but Son did not like the way the wheel turns back after a turn. I think the windows (from the outside anyway as I did not test drive) look like poor visibility. </p>

<p>Test drove Subaru Forester. Nice car with good features. Similar cost. Better driving, per son. Seems roomier. This is what we are getting him.</p>

<p>I am driving an Acura MDX. Great car in all ways. Poor gas mileage. Will look at RDX next time. Don’t need a 7 seater next time.</p>

<p>I have a 2006 CR-V that I adore. 102,000 miles and only maintenance has been oil changes, tires & just had my brakes done. I have no intention of replacing that car until I have to, and since it’s a Honda that means that mechanically I should be good for a minimum of another 150,000 miles if not more. </p>

<p>I drive 60 miles a day and acceleration on the highway is fine. I get 24 miles/gallon on average.</p>

<p>mablab and crazed - You both mentioned visibility on the new CRV…can you elaborate? I’m a little worried about the rear view window. I haven’t test driven yet, but the back kind of reminds me a little of the Prius, which I did test drive (when DH was buying) and I hated that ‘high’, seemingly smaller rear window.</p>

<p>my2sunz- I didn’t test drive the CRV, but the windows seem small in comparison to other SUV’s. High and narrow. Side too. Son hated the way the steering wheel moved back in place after turning. This engineering kid investigated online and it designed this way. He test drove the Suburu Forester next and liked the fell much better. I thought it was roomier. Also comfy. (I was impressed with the dash, navigation and back up moniter on the CRV though!!!)</p>