The 2012 Honda CR-V, which underwent a redesign for the 2012 model year, went on sale at Honda dealerships nationwide Thursday. Honda says in a press release that the 2012 CR-V will start at $22,295 for the base LX model with two-wheel drive and $28,295 for the fully-loaded EX-L trim with all-wheel drive, plus $810 for handling and destination. The price of the base CR-V has increased by $400 compared with the 2011 model, while EX-L AWD trims see a price increase of $200. Honda says that 2012 CR-V models equipped with a navigation system are about $300 cheaper than last year.

Though the Honda CR-V is all-new for 2012, the SUV’s exterior styling is still very familiar. On a recent pre-production test drive, Road and Track summarized the new model as being more of an evolution of the CR-V rather than an outright overhaul. They say that although Honda hasn’t updated the CR-V with the mechanicals of its competitors, such as direct injection or a transmission with more than five gears, the CR-V’s powertrain “goes about its work with a pleasant and mechanical zing. …”

While little has changed under the hood, output from the 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that powers the CR-V increases by 5 horsepower, for a total of 185. Fuel economy also increases slightly over the 2011 model. According to the EPA, a front-wheel drive 2012 Honda CR-V achieves 23 mpg in the city and 31 mpg on the highway, while opting for all-wheel drive deducts one mpg from each figure.

The 2012 CR-V comes standard with Bluetooth, USB and auxiliary input jacks and six airbags.

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