2012 Honda CR-V: Mammoth Road Trip
March 7, 2013
The 2012 Honda CR-V served as transportation for my recent road trip to Mammoth for a ski weekend.
It was a good choice. We didn't really need the all-wheel drive, as only a smidge of new snow fell while we were there. But it's nice to have that bit of confidence in your back pocket when you're five hours from home.
With just two of us onboard, there was plenty of room for our skis and stuff. The CR-V is a comfortable and relatively quiet place to spend a five hour drive, although road noise was a bit higher than expected.
While the CR-V has always seemed to have adequate enough oomph for getting around the general L.A. slog, out on the two-lane sections of U.S. 395, where power is required to pull out and pass 18-wheelers, the CR-V proved a bit of a dud.
My friend took to calling it the gutless wonder after a couple of what seemed like slow-motion passes. Her words, not mine. On the bright side, I guess you could say the CR-V makes passing more exciting...
Once at Mammoth, the CR-V was definitely a good vehicle for trucking us, our two friends and our four pairs of skis from the condo to the slope in the morning. Put the "40" side of the split/folding rear seat down, slide in the skis and pile in. The girls said they were a bit squished in the rear seat, but it was a short drive up the mountain.
Despite my occasional full-throttle (and then some) passing shenanigans, we averaged 28.5 mpg for the 692-mile round trip.
Mike Monticello, Road Test Editor @ 18,352 miles