Also nifty is an all-new flip-and-fold feature for the rear seats that's standard on all CR-Vs. When cargo trumps rear passengers, owners can pull a lever in the cargo area or a strap by the rear seat cushion. In a quick motion with all the choreography of a Russian ballet but none of the blisters, the rear seat cushion flips up, the headrests flip down, and the seat back folds to the floor. The result is an almost flat cargo area that swallows just under 71 cubic feet of gear, a small decrease from the previous CR-V.
Just watch your head as you load that cargo area; the rear hatch opens only so high, and anyone above 6 feet tall will need to duck a little to stand under it. I have a dent in my head to prove it.
Like the interior, the exterior gets a thorough redesign. It too is a more complete, mature look versus the previous CR-V. Both the front and rear have a broader, confident finish to them, which does well to imply that the CR-V costs more than it actually does.
In fact, the $30,605 sticker price of the loaded CR-V EX-L all-wheel-drive model I tested is $300 less than the same model cost for 2011. In addition to the aforementioned features, it included heated leather seats, moon roof, Pandora Internet radio and automatic climate control.