Day 2 & Day 3

Day by Day Review: 2012 Honda CR V Touring car test drives honda daily car reviews
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What a wonderful long weekend we had here in Ottawa — and I believe most of the province of Ontario; sorry westerners and easterners, it was too nice here to check out your weather. With good weather comes good driving and one would think that with great conditions like we had I would be out and about in the latest sports cruiser.

But for me it was the Honda CR-V this weekend, and truth be told in the 30 degree-plus sun I would rather be inside, windows shut and A/C blasting than cruising top down thinking I look cool while I’m baking my skin off.

Day by Day Review: 2012 Honda CR V Touring car test drives honda daily car reviews
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And thankfully the interior of my CR-V Touring tester is not black leather but a nice tan that doesn’t fry you in the sun. Comfort is king in the CR-V and it really is a comfortable cruiser that is also easy to drive. All the buttons and switch gear are in the right place and the seat-mounted armrests are perfect for a long cruise.

The interior of the CR-V offers up comfort and utility in a package that is about the right size for most urban dwellers. The cargo area easily fits four 17-inch tires, as I found out, and the rear seats flip and fold in a flash. The only “complaint” I would put forth is the lack of squishy dash and door panel materials — in a vehicle over $30,000, I seem to expect it now.

Day by Day Review: 2012 Honda CR V Touring car test drives honda daily car reviews
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The key fob could also use a button to automatically pop the rear hatch open. As us auto journalists and wives get used to the convenience and ease of automatic tailgates, we come to expect them in fully loaded models.

Out on the road, though, I do have a few gripes despite the fact that the CR-V drives like a car, is easy as pie to manoeuvre and is comfortable.

Day by Day Review: 2012 Honda CR V Touring car test drives honda daily car reviews

Road noise seems intrusive at this price range. The noise is hard to pinpoint in the CR-V and is not excessive but it seems like a lot of tire noise makes it into the cabin. Perhaps this is due to the lack of any other noises, including very little engine and wind noise, which results in me focussing on the road noise but at this price I expect a little better. Of course, in a base CR-V with a starting price of just $25,990 I’d forgive it.

Power is sufficient and the five-speed automatic transmission shifts smoothly and at the right moments, keeping the engine in the power band when needed, despite its urge to get up to high gear to improve fuel efficiency.

The CR-V is no sports car, though, for the summer cruising weather — it is a utilitarian vehicle and drives like one. Although it seems to hold its own when pushed, I cannot remember a vehicle that I have driven recently that has as much nose dive on braking as the CR-V. It rides soft and vaguely on the highway — the perfect cruiser, as I said, but I like something with a little more sport.

It seems like offering up a fully loaded tester has proven to be a double-edged sword in this case: the comfort, features and quality wowed me, but at the same time the sophistication suffers relative to the higher price.




About James Bergeron

James Bergeron is an Ottawa-based automotive journalist. He is also a member of the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC).