What is it?
The original Honda CR-V invented the compact crossover 16 years ago. Now, it’s back with a fourth-generation hitting U.S. showrooms before year-end, and due to follow on this side of the Atlantic next year.
Few models are more eagerly anticipated. The segment is among the market’s fastest-growing, but the Honda CR-V is also a critical product for the manufacturer which took a critical drubbing for the latest U.S. version of its mainstay Civic – and which has struggled to maintain momentum as the result of production cuts caused by the March 11 Japanese earthquake and tsunami.
What’s it like?
Honda can crow about the 2012 CR-V’s excellent use of space, front and rear with lots of useful storage nooks. Then there are the elegant new 1-touch fold-down rear seats.
On the downside, the interior mimics the latest Civic with too much hard plastic that suggests over-zealous cost-cutting. The exterior is reasonably attractive – from most angles – though the back of the greenhouse is a bit awkward.
The 2.4-litre inline-four engine is smooth and responsive, delivering excellent fuel economy for a compact crossover, even the all-wheel-drive model reaching 30mpg (US) on the motorway.