2012 Honda CR-V: Ready for Roadtripping
June 13, 2013
The wife and I just took a "let's get the heck out of L.A." road trip. We were looking for something relaxing, so we went with San Luis Obispo for an overnighter. It was about a 400-mile round trip, as it included a side trip to Solvang. The latter is a quaint Danish town located in the wine country of Santa Ynez valley. It's only about 130 miles north of L.A. The CR-V was available, and as expected was an amiable ally during our journey.
Those front seats, or should I say captain's chairs, provided solid comfort with their well-shaped cushioning, two-stage seat heaters, flip-down armrests and adjustable driver-side lumbar support. My occasionally ornery lower back (compressed disc) didn't complain once. As I require constant feedings, the massive console compartment was clutch, keeping all the road food (including sliced apples, granola bars, M&Ms and some bananas) handy while also keeping the iPod and phone happily charged. The cupholders saw coffee and hot chocolate duty while the door's bottle holders kept water at the ready.
Overall performance was more than adequate. While tackling the winding San Marcos Pass (Route 154), the CR-V felt sure-footed running through the curves and maintained respectable speeds on the steeper uphill sections without the transmission hunting between gears and the engine protesting loudly. Cruising at 70 or so on the open freeway was fairly quiet and relaxed, and we averaged about 27 mpg for the trip. I'll be sorry to see this one leave the fleet.
John DiPietro, Automotive Editor @ 23,506 miles