Honda CR-V In Details

The new HondaCR-V crossover was revealed in its full production trim at Los Angeles autoshow.

The trendy crossover tries to offer a cool new design and sorta pulls it off, but better than that is the amount of space if provides for the passengers. The 2012 Honda CR-V rides on a 103.1-inch wheelbase and measures 178.3 inches in length, 0.8-inches shorter than the previous-generation CR-V. At 71.6 inches, overall width is the same as the previous CR-V, and at 61.6 inches front/61.6 inches rear, the track is also the same. But the most significant departure is in height: at 65.1 inches tall, the 2012 CR-V is a noticeable 1.0-inch lower on AWD models and 1.4 inches lower on FWD models.

Engine-wise, 2012 CR-V is powered by a dual overhead cam (DOHC), all-aluminum, 2.4-liter inline four-cylinder design that features 16 valves and a high-volume intake manifold. The K24Z7 engine produces 185 horsepower at 7000 rpm and torque is rated 163 lb-ft. at 4400 rpm.

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Details and equipments of the car in the press release below:


The Honda CR-V uses clean and simple analog instrumentation with a sophisticated and technical appearance. The centrally positioned speedometer is the largest feature on the instrument panel. It is complemented by a central LED screen that is controlled using the Select/Reset knob positioned just above and to the right of the speedometer. The display provides a range of information and trip computer functions.

Progressive Instrument Illumination

The CR-V’s instrument system uses progressive illumination sequence when the driver enters the vehicle. When the door is opened, the instrument brightness turns on at 10 percent. When the key is put in the ignition (encircled with an illuminated ring), the instrument illumination ramps up to 100 percent in one second. When the ignition is turned on, the illuminated instrument needles and enunciator lights come on, indicating all systems are go.

Intelligent Multi-Information Display (i-MID)

All CR-V models include a new intelligent Multi-Information Display (i-MID) that allows for convenient, line-of-sight access to vehicle information, audio track titles, personal wallpaper and more via simple steering wheel-mounted controls and a 5-inch color screen. Positioned in the upper center portion of the instrument panel, this bright, full-TFT LCD display is easy to see and interpret. The i-MID serves as the audio system display and features on-screen icons and prompts to make navigation through a range of screens intuitive. In addition to audio information, the i-MID also includes an SMS text messaging function and a Pandora internet radio compatibility. It also displays fuel-economy information, as well as Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink® information. Turn-by-turn navigation directions also appear on the i-MID on the CR-V EX-L Navi. User-support features include customizable settings and a customizable wallpaper display. Recommended wallpaper pixel dimensions are 234×480, 468×960, 702×1440 or 936×1920. The i-MID also displays warnings such as door ajar, parking brake and TPMS.

Multi-Angle Rearview Camera with Guidelines

All CR-V models are equipped with a rearview camera that offers multiple perspectives from behind the vehicle. The image appears on the i-MID, or on the navigation display in vehicles equipped with navigation. When in reverse, the driver can select from among three views by pushing the audio select knob, or with soft keys on the navigation screen in vehicles equipped with navigation. The primary view is “Normal View,” which delivers 130-degrees of rearward visibility. Additionally, there is the “Wide View,” which delivers 180-degrees of rearward visibility. Finally, the “Top Down View” generates a straight-down perspective.

Maintenance Minder Display

All CR-V models have a Maintenance Minder system that tracks service related items based on vehicle usage. The Maintenance Minder system automatically indicates when to have standard service performed based on actual driving conditions (tracked by the ECU) and minimizes the guesswork related to whether the vehicle is being used in standard or severe use conditions for maintenance interval purposes. The display indicates when to change the oil, air cleaner, transmission fluid, spark plugs or coolant, as well as when to rotate the tires. Maintenance Minder information appears in the i-MID display.

Eco Assist

All CR-V models come with Eco Assist™. Located in the upper instrument panel located on either side of the speedometer, the CR-V’s Eco Assist has illuminated arcs that show if the vehicle is being driven in an efficient style. The system operates in essentially the same manner as on Insight, CR-Z and Civic, in this case with white and green “coaching” bars that illuminate. A white color signifies inefficient driving, while green means a more efficient driving style is being used. The color changes gradually in response to driving style.


Every 2012 CR-V is equipped with a green ECON button to the left of the steering wheel, a feature that recently appeared on the 2012 Civic. This button engages ECON mode, in which several operating characteristics of the vehicle are modified for enhancing fuel efficiency. The Drive-by-Wire throttle system provides more gradual response, and to save additional energy, the climate control’s upper fan speeds are lowered incrementally and other climate control system characteristics are altered based on the conditions. See the Powertrain section for more information on ECON Mode.

Steering Wheel

The 2012 CR-V’s new 3-spoke steering wheel features an expanded range of manual tilt and telescope steering wheel adjustment in order to better accommodate drivers of various sizes. All CR-V models now include audio controls on the left side of the steering wheel, with four controls arranged on one ring – rather like the four points on a compass – to simplify the layout and provide for intuitive toggling between functions. All controls are positioned ergonomically where they are easy to reach and operate. They also offer a pleasing tactile feel that reduces the need for the driver to confirm operation visually. The left-side steering wheel controls also include i-MID functionality, while cruise control buttons are positioned on the right. Bluetooth HandsFreeLink control buttons are positioned on the lower left side of the steering wheel.

Climate Control

All CR-V models provide air conditioning as standard equipment. The front climate controls on the CR-V are mounted centrally on the instrument panel for easy accessibility and feature rotary knobs for temperature settings and fan control. Push buttons allow control of airflow through the various vents inside the vehicle (i.e. defrost, heater, split level, etc.). The Honda CR-V LX and CR-V EX have a manual climate control system; the CR-V EX-L and above have an automatic dual-zone system.

The CR-V’s micron air-filtration system is capable of filtering nearly 100 percent of particulates over 8 microns in size (the size of most pollen). It can also filter out approximately 40 percent of particulates down to 0.3 microns (about the size of diesel emissions). To improve cooling capacity, the high capacity condenser with integrated receiver drier runs the liquid refrigerant through a sub-cooling condenser, after the main condenser.

Interior Materials

Inside the CR-V, every tactile surface, from the interior door handles to the seat controls to the instrument panel, steering wheel, and controls are designed to be pleasing to the touch—and easy to operate. Cloth velour upholstery is standard in the CR-V LX, while the CR-V EX has upgraded fabric with a suede-like feel. The CR-V EX-L has standard leather seating surfaces.

Front Seats

For 2012, the front seats of the CR-V have been completely redesigned with a more supportive seat construction, structure and padding. The seats are now wider with more supportive side bolsters that give the seats a secure feel particularly when cornering. The driver’s seat height adjustability range has been increased by 0.4-inch and the driving position now has a more car-like orientation, even though the driver’s vantage point above the road and commanding view is essentially unchanged.

Easy Fold-Down 60/40 Split Rear Seat

To enhance the CR-V’s rear passenger comfort and cargo carrying versatility, the CR-V has a newly designed One-Motion 60/40 Split Rear Seat. With supportive padding, reclining seatbacks and a flat floor with plenty of legroom, the backseat offers a high level of passenger comfort. But if cargo carrying is a priority, the seats can be quickly lowered to provide a large cargo deck. Each side of the split-folding seat is operated independently via an easily accessible release handle, one on each side of the cargo area. There is also a release strap for each seat that’s accessible from each rear door. A single pull on either the handle or strap stows the seat completely, by automatically tilting the seat base forward, lowering the outboard headrest and folding the seatback forward. The process only takes seconds. To put the seats up, simply raise the backrest, flip up the headrest and swing the seat base back into position.

Interior Storage

To maximize convenience and utility, the CR-V’s interior has a wide range of storage features. The generously sized front console has a large 10.8-liter central storage compartment that’s roomy enough to hold a typical purse or laptop, and the sliding cover keeps contents out of view. Two beverage holders and a small storage tray are positioned at the front of the console within easy reach. Compartments in the side of the console and dual storage compartments in each door panel provide additional space for small items. The front doors also include bottle holders. In the rear seating area, a flip-down center armrest includes two beverage holders.

Cargo Capability

The CR-V is designed to offer cargo capability to suit the needs of active owners. Even though it is slightly shorter bumper-to-bumper and lower in overall height, the CR-V has gained cargo space behind the rear seats (up from 35.7 cubic ft. to 37.2 cubic ft.). Total cargo volume with the seats down is now 70.9 cu-ft. compared to 72.9 cu-ft. for the previous model. The negligible decrease is attributable to the new One-Motion 60/40 Split Rear Seat design, which creates a nearly flat floor surface when folded forward.

For easier loading, the CR-V’s lift-in height has been lowered by 0.8-inch. The cargo floor has also been lowered by 0.8-inch, making it among the lowest cargo floors in the class.

For maximum cargo capacity, the Easy Fold-Down 60/40 Split Rear Seat can be quickly lowered, creating a nearly flat load floor. The load area is sized to accept large suitcases stored vertically, four golf bags or a stroller (rear seats upright), or two mountain bikes (rear seats folded).

The ease of converting the cargo area to its maximum-possible cargo mode has improved for 2012 with a simpler one-touch fold-down mechanism for the left- and right-side rear seats. The release levers make it possible to quickly and conveniently flip and fold the rear seats forward while standing at the tailgate opening. Pulling a release first flips the seat base forward, then lowers the head restraint, and finally lowers the seatback forward.

A generously sized elastic storage net and well is located on the left side of the cargo area for holding small items securely. In addition, four “D” rings for tying down cargo are located on the cargo area floor. The front “D” rings are chromed for an attractive finished appearance.

The CR-V also includes a retractable cargo cover that can hide items stored in the cargo area behind the second-row seats. The cover and mechanism can be quickly removed and stowed on the floor. Located underneath the cargo floor is a temporary spare tire and vehicle jack.

Audio Systems

The Honda CR-V LX is equipped with a 160-watt AM/FM/CD audio system with four speakers. The CD player can also read CD-Rs loaded with Windows Media Audio (WMA)4 or MP3 audio files. The system also includes Bluetooth®2 streaming audio and Pandora internet radio compatibility (with compatible iPhones). Audio information is displayed on the color i-MID screen positioned high in the center section of the instrument panel. An auxiliary input jack is standard, along with the USB Audio Interface that can allow an iPod, iPhone or flash drive to be connected to the system.

The system features Speed-Sensitive Volume Control (SVC). With SVC, as the vehicle speeds up and exterior noise increases, the audio system automatically raises the music’s volume, and then lowers it as the vehicle slows down. If desired, SVC can be deactivated at any time.

The CR-V EX has an upgraded AM/FM/CD audio system with six speakers. CR-V EX-L and CR-V EX-L Navi models provide an even more impressive 328-watt, 7-speaker premium audio system including subwoofer and XM® Radio.

USB Audio Interface

A USB Audio Interface is located in the center console of all models. It can read flash drives and compatible digital music devices, such as iPods, that contain MP3 or WMA music files. It is important to note that only the iPod video, iPod nano and other 5th-generation or later iPods are compatible with this system. The iPod shuffle, mini, and older iPod models are not compatible. When an iPod is connected, the Honda logo will appear on the screen of the compatible iPod showing it is ready for use. The iPod or flash drive can then be controlled using the steering wheel-mounted or radio controls. Information such as song title, artist, album art and other information will appear on the CR-V’s i-MID screen. The system will also charge the iPod while it is connected.

XM Radio

XM® Radio is a standard feature for the CR-V EX-L and EX-L with Navigation and provides more than 130 digital channels of programming with near CD-quality sound. With XM Radio, CR-V owners can listen to their choice of music anywhere in the contiguous 48 states along with select areas of Canada.

XM programming includes channels devoted to music, sports, talk, traffic, weather, children’s programming and entertainment. Of the 130 XM channels, 69 are commercial-free. When the CR-V’s audio system plays XM, the i-MID display screen shows the current station, song title, and artist’s name.

Pandora Internet Radio Compatibility

The CR-V incorporates a wide range of entertainment features to accommodate the ever-changing preferences of customers. A first for Honda, all CR-V models are designed to provide a convenient interface for Pandora internet radio. Pandora is a free music service that allows users to open an account online and create up to 100 personalized internet “radio stations” that are based on favorite songs or artists. Users can choose among their stations and listen via computer, and can also download a free smartphone Pandora app, which allows users listen to the same list of personalized stations via their compatible phone. Though Pandora is free, phone data charges apply.

At this time, the Pandora Audio interface in the CR-V is supported only on the iPhone. To use Pandora in the CR-V, an iPhone is connected via the USB port located in the center console. The vehicle’s audio source is set to iPod, and using the phone, the Pandora app is launched. (If the Pandora app is not launched, the phone will function as an iPod.) The i-MID (or navigation display in vehicles with navigation) displays Pandora information and album art, and the audio controls allow listeners to choose from among existing stations, pause, resume, skip forward, and mark a track with “like” or “dislike” ratings. To ease driver use, some functionality of the Pandora iPhone app is locked out when using the CR-V’s Pandora interface. On all CR-V models, Pandora operation is controlled by the up, down and skip buttons on the audio system head unit, and by the buttons on the left side of the steering wheel. When equipped with navigation, Pandora is controlled by the left-side steering wheel buttons, and the touch-screen navigation display.

Pandora internet radio audio can also be streamed wirelessly to the CR-V by a compatible cell phone (not only the iPhone) via the HandsFreeLink Bluetooth connection. With this type of connection, however, Pandora must be controlled directly with the phone. Though the CR-V’s volume control can be used to set the sound level, the other features of the CR-V’s Pandora interface are not available.


The 103.1-inch wheelbase, wide front and rear track dimensions, fully independent suspension design, and features such as VSA® and new Motion-Adaptive EPS all contribute to the CR-V’s objective to provide a premium driving experience. The CR-V’s suspension system uses a MacPherson strut design in the front and a precise multi-link rear suspension. The compact multi-link suspension helps maximize second-row seating and cargo space, while also providing outstanding handling characteristics and ride quality.

Front MacPherson Strut Suspension

The front suspension is specially designed and tuned for compact packaging, supple ride comfort and the long wheel travel and ruggedness necessary to meet harsh roads. Primary components of the front MacPherson strut suspension consist of a subframe-attached lower control arm and heavy-duty wheel hub connected to a shock absorber and coil spring assembly. The damper and coil spring assembly acts as one unit and is attached to the wheel hub at its base and a reinforced portion of the of the vehicle body at its top.

The front suspension geometry incorporates a high caster angle along with inversely wound springs for confident straight-line tracking and excellent toe-control dynamics for sharp and responsive steering. When cornering, the inner wheel is designed to remain close to perpendicular (relative to the ground plane) throughout a wide range of travel, which improves tire adhesion. To improve ride comfort, the compliance angle on the lower control arm is tuned to transmit minimal harshness. Specially tuned bushings and precisely calibrated suspension geometry ensure optimal ride, handling and steering feel in a wide variety of road conditions.

Rear Multi-Link Suspension

The CR-V is equipped with a rear multi-link suspension that helps provide a smoother ride, improved handling and additional cargo space. The dynamics offered by the three-link suspension create excellent stability under cornering and braking. The rear independent multi-link suspension system with aluminum knuckle fits compactly underneath the rear seating and storage areas while providing excellent ride and handling characteristics, with low NVH. The suspension uses large-diameter trailing-arm bushings to reduce harshness and improve ride comfort. Front and rear stays increase the subframe mounting point rigidity, to the benefit of stability and steering feel.

Front and Rear Stabilizer Bars

All models feature front and rear stabilizer bars to reduce body roll during cornering. The diameter of the tubular front stabilizer bar measures 20 mm, and the solid rear stabilizer bar measures 19 mm.

Motion-Adaptive Electric Power Steering (EPS)

Following the 2012 Civic, the new CR-V is the second Honda in the North American market to use Motion-Adaptive Electric Power Steering (EPS). Standard on all 2012 Honda CR-V models, this sophisticated new system incorporates driving stability technology which initiates steering inputs that prompt the driver to steer in the correct direction during cornering and in slippery road conditions.

Using vehicle speed and steering angle data, Motion-Adaptive EPS works with Honda’s Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA®) and Electric Power Steering to detect instability in slippery road conditions both during cornering and under braking and automatically initiates steering inputs aimed at prompting the driver to steer in the correct direction. This new advanced technology supports the driver’s action in operating the vehicle more safely and comfortably.

Three examples of how Motion-Adaptive Electric Power Steering (EPS) functions in conjunction with VSA are:

  • Stabilizes Braking — Corrects the driver’s steering input to reduce vehicle instability when the driver is braking hard on road surfaces with different friction coefficients (such as pavement that is only partially covered with dirt or snow)
  • Mitigates Understeer — Corrects the steering inputs to mitigate understeer and help the driver trace the curve
  • Mitigates Oversteer — Corrects the steering inputs to mitigate oversteer and help the driver trace the curve

With Motion-Adaptive EPS, a sophisticated electric power-assisted rack-and-pinion steering system takes the place of a conventional hydraulic power steering system. EPS responds instantly to steering input and automatically changes the amount of power assist appropriate to the vehicle’s speed.

The Motion-Adaptive EPS system consists of a rack-and-pinion steering gear with an electric motor installed concentrically around the steering rack. To control the level of assist the Powertrain Control Module receives signals from a speed sensor and, coupled with a steering sensor for torque and rotation, then calculates the optimal amount of assist and sends a signal to the electric motor.

When compared to the operation of a conventional hydraulic pump power steering system, the more simple and lightweight Motion-Adaptive EPS increases efficiency because it does not draw a continuous amount of power directly from the engine. Other advantages of electric power-assisted steering include its simplicity and compactness (no hydraulic system is needed to power it) and its lower power consumption, which helps improve fuel efficiency.

The steering ratio on all CR-V models is 16.7:1 (previously 15.7 in 2011), resulting in 3.2 turns lock-to-lock (previously 3.0 in 2011) and a turning diameter of 37.0 ft. (37.3 ft. EX) curb-to-curb (previously 37.8 ft. in 2011). All 2012 CR-V models have a tilt-and-telescope steering wheel.

4-Wheel Disc Brakes with Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)

All CR-V models are equipped with 4-wheel disc brakes (front ventilated disc and rear solid disc) for confident braking. The system incorporates 4-channel ABS, Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist as standard equipment. A power brake booster offers a solid feel with high pedal rigidity. The ventilated front disc brakes are 11.7 inches in diameter and the solid rear disc brakes are 12.0 inches in diameter.

The 4-channel ABS independently modulates braking power at each wheel to help the driver retain steering control during heavy braking. EBD automatically optimizes braking force between the front and rear wheels, helping to ensure that the CR-V stops in the shortest distance possible, regardless of the number of passengers or amount of cargo that it is carrying. Brake Assist recognizes emergency braking situations and almost instantly applies added braking force when appropriate.

For 2012, the CR-V wheel hubs receive improvements. The rear hubs in all models feature low-friction bearing seals, while the rear brakes in AWD models additionally feature low-drag springs. The enhancements contribute to the CR-V’s improved fuel economy.

Hill Start Assist

New for 2012, Hill Start Assist helps to prevent the vehicle from rolling backwards when the driver switches from the brake pedal to the accelerator pedal while the vehicle is stopped on a hill. Hill Start Assist automatically activates when the vehicle senses a certain incline and is fully stopped in any forward or reverse gear. The system uses a longitudinal G-sensor along with a wheel speed sensor and steering angle sensor to control the hydraulic brake modulator. While activated, the brakes are released when the driver depresses the throttle to make the vehicle move.

Wheels and Tires

CR-V EX and EX-L models are equipped with 225/65R17 all-season tires with 17×6.5-inch aluminum alloy wheels. The CR-V LX is equipped with 215/70R16 all-season tires with 16×6.5-inch stamped-steel wheels.

Space-Saving Spare Tire

The spare tire is a space- and weight-saving temporary unit for all CR-V models. Mounted on a steel wheel, it is located under the carpeted floor in the trunk.

Fuel System

The 15.3-gallon fuel tank is molded of high-density polyethylene for low weight, corrosion elimination and impact resistance. It is positioned immediately ahead of the rear wheels to help guard against collision damage. Corners of the tank are rounded and the inside of the tank is baffled to diminish the likelihood of sloshing-fuel noise. A new fuel pump housed inside the fuel tank is lighter and more efficient compared to the previous generation’s fuel pump. The fuel-filter is a lifetime design that never needs replacement. The CR-V’s minimum fuel grade requirement is regular unleaded.


When equipped with a Honda dealer-installed accessory towing package, the new 2012 CR-V can tow up to 1,500 pounds. The available towing package includes a Class II hitch, towing kit, ATF cooler and wiring harness.


The CR-V’s transmission works in conjunction with the engine’s Drive-By-Wire™ throttle control to smoothly shift between gears. Additionally, Honda’s unique Grade Logic Control system can intuitively hold the most appropriate gear on hilly roads, reducing unnecessary shifting. For drivers who desire the four-season confidence of all-wheel drive, the new Real Time AWD with Intelligent Control System debuts on the 2012 CR-V and is available to help provide traction in low-grip driving conditions such as snow, rain and unpaved road surfaces.

The electronically controlled all-wheel-drive system replaces the previous-generation CR-V’s Real Time 4WD™, a hydraulically activated “dual-pump” system. Compared to the prior system, the electronically activated system offers a faster, more intuitive initial response when a loss of traction is detected. It also reduces weight by 17 percent and minimizes internal friction by 60 percent. The advancements help to further minimize the negative impact on fuel economy inherent to virtually all four-wheel-drive systems.

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