By on October 31, 2011

Honda has shown off its CR-V in “concept” form already, so today’s leak of the first production-spec images from Japan ahead of the reveal in Los Angeles isn’t a huge revelation. On the other hand, it does come at a bad time, as the leak comes just as Automotive News [sub] reports that flooding in Thailand means

Honda will cut its North American output by 50 percent, starting Wednesday. All six North American plants will be affected through Nov. 10… Production likely will be affected for at least “the next several weeks,” Honda said. More cuts could be announced later. In addition, the December on-sale date of the redesigned 2012 Honda CR-V may be delayed by several weeks. (emphasis added)

So, if you’re jonesing for your fix of frumpy new CUV hotness, you’re just going to have to be patient. Speaking of which, while we patiently wait for October sales, Honda is telling Bloomberg that its sales went up in the last month, its first such gain since April. But between the ongoing problems in Thailand, a 50% production cut in North America, and the awkward looks of this CR-V, it looks like Honda had better enjoy this moment of good news while it can.



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38 Comments on “2012 Honda CR-V: See It Now, Buy It… Later...”

  • avatar

    “Awkward looks” shouldn’t be a problem. The previous CR-V’s hideous front end, with redundant double-grinning chins, ties with the Lincoln “white whale” models for the Worst First Impression on a Modern Car. Now that’s a face that sold a million 4Runners…

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    Like the new Civic, this one looks a lot like its predecessor.

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    This site is nothing but propaganda from the motor city. You midwest people are not capable of building a car that can compete with the CRV or the RAV4.

    If I were you guys, I would buy one, and try to copy it, because your engineers can never do better since they are C students at second class universities.

    • 0 avatar

      Could somebody call for help? We seem to have a troll in the dungeon, and one that is sadly ignorant of the GM Deathwatch history of this site at that. I pity the sad, sad fate of the poor myopic troll. Fated to always love the same brand of car no matter what the actual product is like.

    • 0 avatar

      Ha ha ha!

    • 0 avatar
      Vance Torino

      Ha Ha Ha.
      “You midwest people are not capable of building a car that can compete with the CRV”

      Tell that to the people in East Liberty, OHIO who BUILD the CR-V.

      Major D-bagging happening here.

    • 0 avatar

      lol. Isn’t the CRV built in Ohio and the RAV4 built in Canada?

      My Camry was built in kentucky and has about 250k miles and outside of some belts, hoses and a head gasket, it’s still ticking along nicely.

      Thank you midwesterners! Great job on this one!

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    It looks like the head of ‘Alien’. Alas, another mediocre design effort by Honda. Oh yeah, throw a V6 into it and you ‘might’ have something.

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    From the looks of the photo, does it appear that the CR-V is turning into something it maybe shouldn’t be?

    I always regarded it as superior to the RAV4 in size and refinement (I’m comparing our 2002 to a similar RAV4 and have never ridden in the next-gen version, but have checked them out at auto ahows and even offered my wife to trade hers for a new one, but fortunately said “no”. Whew! No payments!

    This new version? Of course we’ll check it out, but ours only has 95,000 miles on it and my Impala will overtake that in the coming weeks due to my commute, so I’ll need a car before she will, so we have lots of time.

    Me? I have no use for a CUV as I don’t like them as a rule, but they sure come in handy at times. This leads to a question: The increasing swoopiness of style on CUV’s – it appears to hamper the “utility” by cutting down interior volume, does it not?

    I’m sure a new Honda CR-V will remain at the top of the heap, as no one appears able to match its reliability – although I have heard stories, but who knows? Honda probably has a winner here.

    • 0 avatar

      Zack – the current RAV4 and the CRV are equal [75 cu. ft.] in interior volume; the CRV has the edge in interior niceties but lags in mpg and hp [esp. vs the V6]. Equally noisy [but, not too] inside. And, of course, the Honda handily outsells the Toyota, probably on the reliability issue. The Toyota is just as trusty, IMO, and is almost fun to drive, unlike the CRV. Both are getting old, and both sell a lot less than the current Escape. Those “cute utes” are very versatile and handy, albeit with an mpg penalty over a similar sized sedan.

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    My youngest daughter has a great education. Paid for by my GM overtime,and her summer job on the line at GM.

    So now that she makes big bucks, she can swing the coin to buy a loaded CRV. Loaded with leather, and every option,you can think of.

    Its not a bad little CUV. IMHO, for the money,you should be able to do a lot better.

    • 0 avatar


      I (sarcastically) affectionately refer to our CR-V as our “$22,500 picnic table”, because of the folding camp table that served as the rear flooring! But hey, wifey likes it, so if she’s happy…you know the rest!

    • 0 avatar

      Women sure do love the CR-V. My wife looked at them in 2008 and also the Pilot but decided she liked the Highlander best of all. The CR-V was too small and the Pilot too big and cumbersome. The Highlander was the best fit for her.

      But here is a surprise! Now that we have over 60K on the Highlander and it is time to look for a replacement, my wife has decided that she likes the styling of the 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee even better.

      All this was brought on by my buddy who just bought a 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee for his wife. Goes to show that women don’t care about reliability or quality. What sells to a woman is styling and color.

      • 0 avatar

        Surprise, surprise! Same with me – two guys got CR-V’s where she works. She decided she wanted one, too. The rest is history! Those guys got rid of theirs ‘way before they turned 100K – issues with the AWD.

        I think ours may need work.

      • 0 avatar

        Time to dump that highlander! It’ll be all worn out in a mere 150-250k miles!

        I love that there are people like you who keep money flowing into the car industry. Seriously. Thank you.

  • avatar

    Tonight I saw a Nissan CUV in they same front-profile — Muriano? It looked almost identical. Japan’s designers are once again busy looking over each others’ shoulders…

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    Volvo XC90 Anyone?

    I like the interior except for one thing. COLUMN SHIFTER, it would be a huge improvement, the dash thing is ugly.

  • avatar
    Robert Schwartz

    I am going to have to see it side by side with a 2011 to see if there is any real difference. I think it might be a skosh less hideous.

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    I’m sure this has already been said on other auto forums but when I take a good look at this new CR-V I can’t help but to think this has more of a Korean style to it.
    It almost looks like a baby Hyundai Santa Fe with a bit of Kia’s designing flare.

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    Dave M.

    It’s allegedly a little larger than the current model, with slightly better mpg. Looks like they funkified (ie Civic’ed) the dash though. WHY CAN’T THEY JUST LEAVE IT HONDA SIMPLE?

    God help Honda if Hyundai ever fully figures out the Honda drivetrain magic.

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    I own a 2003 CR-V, an ’04 TSX, and now a ’12 Odyssey. I won’t feign a non-biased opinion. :)

    But I like the looks of this one. And I’m glad they’re improving the fuel economy–four cylinders shouldn’t have been drinking so much these past few years.

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    Honda ‘trucks’ exist to make Toyota ‘trucks’ look good. Every time I see an Element or Ridgeline, I want to retch. The CR-V is, at least, not offensive looking.
    My 69 year old mother bought one, upon recommendation of her 70 year old cousin. That says about it all……

    • 0 avatar

      I think you need to get past the judge a book by its cover mentality.

      Really – the Element was a quite well pieced together vehicle that though was polarizing to some people by its looks – its functionality , uniqueness, and mpg were laudable.

      The Ridgeline was another matter – its looks were so bland and its mpg was terrible (when you put that v6 inside of it with v6 power and v6 towing capacity, then give it the only attribute of a v8 and that is gas mileage – that is not good). The pickup bed trunk was a neat idea and so where the rear seats.

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    This is the first Honda in recent memory that actually looks BETTER than the model it replaces.

    • 0 avatar

      I agree. We have an ’05 CRV (the slightly boxier version that was the previous gen). To me, and I’m pretty sure my wife (who drives the CRV) this one solves a lot of the issues we have w/the looks of the current gen. Those being the goofy looking front end, the losing some interior room in the back w/ the slope, etc. It almost looks like they took the last 2 versions, melded them together and stretched them a bit. This new one will sell VERY well. I’m betting one will be sitting in my garage in a few years to replace the ’05.

      Totally agree on the comments above too – lots of XC90 in the rear lights and lots of Hyundai/Kia CUV influences. Honda needs to get this one right in the worst way – hope the new interior doesn’t make the same mistakes as the new civic.

      • 0 avatar
        Volt 230

        People dumping on Honda even though the Pilot and Odyssey are still tops in their class, only slipped in the Civic, CRV has been the benchmark for years now. I am curious to see what they do with the upcoming Accord, this is where they go down or stay strong.

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    Based on the advertising copy I think Honda isn’t trying to make any major waves here with this redesign.

    It basically reads as “Inheriting the pride, carrying through the attention to detail.”

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    I actually like it, but I think I may prefer the current generations looks. Although it took me 4 years to get used to it, it really does look awesome. But in a love or hate it kind of way, which is quite unusual for any japanese car maker.OK, so it might not have the incredible space the 2nd gen had (which I own, an ’03) but compared to it’s rivals it sure sticks out, and somehow it still resembles a 1st or 2nd gen car from a distance, which is very well done considering they have more or less nothing in common (It’s also quite impressive how much the two first generations resemble each other, considering the differences)

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    This is actually a pretty good looking CUV, and Honda’s best styling effort in ages.

    It’s supposed to be lighter, bigger, and have a lower load floor and better mpg than the old one, not to mention is much better looking. Looks like a great car for ski and bike trips. I’ll definitely consider one.

    Honda, Toyota, Subaru and MAYBE Mazda are the only cars I’d consider buying new due to resale value.

    A turbo DI version would be nice though.

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    Somewhat of an improvement, unlike the Civic. The front of the present CRV always me of the Predator creature’s face.

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    The newest Beetle is less feminine than the older one. This is the the same as the curve of the side windows/roofline looks less pronounced.

    It’s an evolution of the current, very well-selling, design.

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