Automaker Honda unveiled its completely redesigned fourth-generation 2012 CR-V at the Los Angeles Auto Show. The new CR-V will go on-sale at Honda dealerships nationwide Dec. 15.

The crossover features a 2.4-liter i-VTEC 4-cylinder engine with 185 horsepower and 163 lb-ft of torque paired with a standard 5-speed automatic transmission. EPA-estimated fuel economy is rated at 23/31/26 mile per gallon (mpg) city/highway/combined.

Eco Assist, a new feature on the CR-V for 2012, indicates to the driver when the vehicle is being operated in an efficient style via green visual cues surrounding the speedometer, and a selectable ECON Mode alters operating characteristics of the vehicle to support an efficient driving style.

The new CR-V, which starts with the CR-V LX model, has Bluetooth2 HandsFreeLink phone interface, a full-color intelligent Multi-Information Display (i-MID) and a multi-angle rearview camera with guidelines. The 2012 CR-V includes an SMS text messaging function, which can read received texts from compatible cell phones aloud over the audio system. The car also has a Pandora Internet Radio interface3, compatible with the Apple iPhone, which works with the vehicle's audio controls and i-MID.

The CR-V lineup starts with the CR-V LX model, has Bluetooth HandsFreeLink, i-MID, remote entry, a 160-watt, a 4-speaker audio system, Motion-Adaptive Electric Power Steering (EPS). The CR-V EX adds an upgraded six-speaker audio system, power moonroof, 17-inch alloy wheels and more.

Meanwhile, the CR-V EX-L model builds on the rich features of the CR-V EX and adds a leather-trimmed interior, 10-way power driver's seat, automatic dual-zone climate control, 328-watt 7-speaker audio system with XM4 Radio and much more. Available features for the CR-V EX-L include the Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System5 with Voice Recognition and FM Traffic, or a DVD Rear Entertainment System (not available with Navigation).

The 2012 CR-V has an Easy Fold-Down 60/40 Split Rear Seat that makes accessing the full capability of the cargo area much more convenient than traditional folding seats. Each side of the rear seat can fold nearly flat into the front of the cargo area using one of the release levers located near the tailgate, or a pull-strap positioned on the seat side.

On the safety side, CR-V sports an Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) with Brake Assist; side-curtain airbags; front-side airbags with a passenger-side Occupant Position Detection System (OPDS); and a front seat design that can help reduce the severity of neck injury in the event of a rear collision.

The 2012 Honda CR-V comes with a 3-year/36,000-mile new-car limited warranty, a 5-year/60,000-mile powertrain limited warranty, and a 5-year/unlimited-mile corrosion limited warranty.

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