2012 Honda CR-V: Headlights
March 14, 2013
Sometimes we get emails from disgruntled car buyers calling us out for not addressing certain shortcomings in X, Y or Z's road test or model review. The most recent of these emails concerns the Honda CR-V. Here's what this reader had to say:
"I almost bought a 2013 Honda CR-V this week, but luckily drove it first at night. The headlights were so poor that they should be recalled as a safety issue. I then saw on the CR-V owners' forum on line that many CR-V owners have this problem. How could Edmunds not see and report this problem in their reviews?"
At first, I found this email surprising, since I've driven the CR-V and have never had a problem with its headlights (but I should point out that I've traveled in areas with ample street lighting).
However, a quick look at the long-term updates for our Honda uncovered this nugget from our very own Erin Riches:
"These reflector-type halogen headlights are dim. And they are as good as it gets, even on this $30,825 EX-L model. HIDs, or at least projector-beam headlights, need to happen."
After exchanging a few emails with this reader, I learned that she lives in a rural part of the country, and frequently travels down surface roads and highways that are bereft of street-lamp illumination. So I get why she'd consider the CR-V's headlights a significant safety issue.
Any CR-V owners out there? What has your experience been with the headlights?
Warren Clarke, Automotive Content Editor