2012 Honda CR-V AWD: Not-So-Dry Lakebed
October 16, 2012
Our three-vehicle convoy, consisting of our 2012 Honda CR-V, a Toyota FJ Cruiser and an Isuzu Rodeo, was following a trail headed due north out of Rachel, Nevada. Within a couple miles we'd encounter a nameless, medium-sized dry lakebed and motor straight across.
That was the plan, but nature had other ideas. The rains of the previous day had rehydrated the ancient lake, if only to a depth of a half-inch or so. That was all we could tell from shore as we all posed for walking-on-water photos, at any rate -- it could have been deeper and softer farther out.
To find out if we could continue on our intended route we sent the FJ Cruiser on ahead, with its knobbly wide-footprint tires and low range transfer case. He stayed close to "shore" as he crept around the perimeter, looking for a way around, but ended up aborting the trip when his front end suddenly hit softer ground and began to sink to the axle. After he extracated himself it was clear as mud we'd have to give up on this trail and go find another.
But that wasn't the end of it. We did what any of you would do: we hung around and splashed about in this most massive of puddles, making sure to stay close to shore and within range of the FJ's winch on our relatively hard-packed end of the lakebed.
Dan Edmunds, Director of Vehicle Testing @ 9,583 miles
Thanks to Terry for manning my camera while I went splashing about.