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2012 Honda CR-V Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2012 Honda CR-V was new.


Interior: 8.3

According to test drivers, the 2012 CR-V’s cabin is much improved over the outgoing model. Aside from its outdated navigation system, the CR-V’s standard features, interior space and quality are spot-on for the class.

  • "The CR-V's cabin looks more refined than before, with richer, softer materials and a marked increase in bins and other storage areas." -- Automobile Magazine
  • "A highlight of the new CR-V is the wealth of tech features that has been added." -- Edmunds
  • "Compared with the rest of the class - and certainly with the outgoing CR-V - the 2012 is modern and sophisticated. While it isn't a significant step up from the Chevy Equinox or Hyundai Tucson, it shares head-of-the-class status with those two in terms of quality." -- Cars.com


Unlike the previous model, the 2012 CR-V doesn’t have rear seats that slide forward and back, but reviewers don’t mind because rear-seat comfort isn’t compromised. In fact, they say it’s even more comfortable than before.

The front seats receive just as much praise for having plenty of leg- and headroom. While most reviewers think forward and rear visibility is great, one thinks rear visibility is poor. There is, however, a standard multi-angle rearview camera that may help remedy this problem. 

Overall, the majority of reviewers find the CR-V’s cabin a comfortable place for five, especially because the cabin is quieter now that Honda added more insulation.

  • "The back seat of the outgoing vehicle could be adjusted fore-and-aft and offered four different seat-back angles; the new one has no fore-and-aft adjustment and only two seatback angles. Even so, we found it much easier to get comfortable in the back of the new car than in its predecessor." -- Car and Driver 
  • "It's also very quiet inside the cabin, even over concrete freeways." -- Cars.com
  • "(Front seats) Headroom and legroom are plentiful. A comfortable, take-charge driving stance is aided by a standard tilt and telescopic steering wheel and generous seat travel. The seats are well bolstered and furnish long-distance comfort. Entry and exit are very easy. Visibility to the rear corners is hindered by thick C pillars. Large side mirrors with an expanded view panel help, though." -- Consumer Guide 
  • "The CR-V pilot sits slightly high and with an open view to the side and forward. This command position is reinforced by the CR-V's light-on-its-feet manners." -- Road and Track

Interior Features

While reviewers like that the 2012 CR-V has a tech-savvy appeal, they’re disappointed that much of the CR-V’s technology has limitations. The optional navigation system is pretty much the same one reviewers complain about every year. Its graphics are outdated, the buttons are tiny and difficult to use, and overall, the system is confusing.

The CR-V now has a Pandora Internet radio interface and can read text messages aloud. Both of these features are impressive for the class, but they have drawbacks. Pandora is only accessible through the iPhone, and voice text messaging is only compatible with some Blackberry and Android phones. Reviewers want the best of both worlds.

Still, the CR-V does have a good list of standard features. Bluetooth, a tilt and telescopic steering wheel and USB and auxiliary jacks are all standard. Every model also has a multi-information display (i-MID) that is located on the instrument panel. It integrates audio, fuel economy, Bluetooth and navigation information on a screen behind the steering wheel. This screen is separate from the one in the middle of the dashboard.

  • "The touch-screen nav's graphics are not up-to-date, its digital buttons are too small, and its interface is far from intuitive. Even though the CR-V offers cool functions like cell-phone/Pandora integration and the ability to read text messages aloud, there is no mobile phone that's compatible with both features: Pandora works only with iPhones, and the texting feature works with four BlackBerries and the Droid X." -- Automobile Magazine 
  • "Climate controls are large, clear, and easy to reach. An ‘ECO Assist’ light-bar readout glows green when the vehicle is being driven efficiently, but it's too soft of a color and difficult to see in most lights." -- Consumer Guide


The CR-V is well-liked for its large, easy-to-load cargo bay and handy storage areas, and with a few updates like a standard center console that stretches lengthwise between the front seats and rear seats that are very easy to fold, reviewers say the Honda CR-V’s storage system is fantastic. This year, however, there is no center tray table that was available on the 2011 model, but reviewers don’t seem to miss it.

With the rear seats in use, there is 37.2 cubic feet of cargo space, and with the rear seats folded, there is 70.9. The CR-V’s total cargo capacity isn’t the highest in the class, but it’s just behind the Toyota RAV4, which has 73 cubic feet. The RAV4 and CR-V have the same amount of cargo space behind the second row.    

  • "Versatility is also enhanced this year with a new folding mechanism for the rear seats that's easier and quicker to use." -- Edmunds
  • "The new CR-V continues its heritage of excellent interior volume for its size; the rear cargo volume is class leading and accessed via a blessedly low cargo floor." -- Road and Track
  • "Another major change for the better is a center console that runs from the armrest all the way to the dashboard. The outgoing CR-V wasted the space between the console and dash with an open floor. This new console has a large storage compartment (it could fit a small shopping bag from Starbucks and then some) and two cupholders below the shifter." -- Cars.com 

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