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TorqueNews review of the 2012 Honda CR-V

The Honda CR-V was the 13th bestselling vehicle in the US last year and the second bestselling SUV behind only the Ford Escape and after spending some time in the 2012 CR-V, it is clear why this is one of America’s top selling models.

The 2012 Honda CR-V features an all-new design that is substantially more aggressive than the previous generation of the popular Honda compact SUV. This redesign for 2012 gives the CR-V a sportier look while also helping the new ute to look more like a small SUV and less like a crossover/wagon-type vehicle.

The Exterior
Out front, the 2012 Honda CR-V wears a facelifted nose that protrudes away from the vehicle in the middle with a blade-like 3 bar grille that blends back into the large, angular headlights. Below the centerline of the front fascia is black cladding the angles sharply towards the underside of the vehicle with foglights mounted in the outer edges of this lower fascia area. The hood is longer, lower and wider looking than the bonnet of the outgoing CR-V, with this hood meeting up with a more slippery windshield that improves aerodynamics.

Along the side, the 2012 Honda CR-V gets big, bold wheel arches that are far more pronounced than the outgoing SUV, trimmed with a wide, flat area that gives the CR-V a very proud stance. There is a little more wheel gap than the previous generation but it is an SUV and the amount of wheel gap adds to the sporty feel of the new ute. Where the previous CR-V will more flat sided, the 2012 CR-V has a side that begins with the wheel arches but blends down into the door area only to flow right back out to the rear wheel openings while a sharp body line runs through the exterior door handles.

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