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2017 Honda CR-V: Monthly Update for June 2018

by Cameron Rogers, Staff Writer

2017 Honda CR-V

Where Did We Drive It?
We've owned our 2017 Honda CR-V for more than a year now and the red-purple utility vehicle still proves to be darn popular with our staff. You wouldn't know it by looking at the fuel log, though: We added just 593 miles to the odometer in June. If you could peruse our signout sheets, however, you'd see that the CR-V went home with editors 25 days out of the month.

The short distances we traveled didn't do anything to boost overall fuel economy, but with so few miles added, they didn't hurt it much either. We didn't embark on any trips in June, but with summer about to hit full swing, expect to see the useful CR-V escaping the L.A. area soon.

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2017 Honda CR-V: Monthly Update for May 2018

by Dan Frio, Staff Writer

2017 Honda CR-V

Where Did We Drive It?
The clock is winding down on our long-term 2017 Honda CR-V. We've had it longer than our typical 12 months and we've exceeded the 20,000-mile quota we aim for with all of our long-term cars. Whatever our impressions of any of our long-termers, whatever we write about them — good, bad or indifferent — the odometer tells the true tale of our test cars. With nearly 24,000 miles on the CR-V, it's clear we like it.

And what's not to like? The CR-V is the automotive equal of a five-tool player in baseball. It's roomy, practical, efficient, quick (enough) and reliable, and does everything with shocking competence. We'll miss it when it's gone.

May was a pretty routine month of commuting and driving the CR-V on daily errands. We found a couple of new nitpicks, as you do, but none we'd consider deal-breakers.

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2017 Honda CR-V: Monthly Update for April 2018

by Josh Sadlier, Senior Manager of Content Strategy

2017 Honda CR-V

Where Did We Drive It?
The long-term 2017 Honda CR-V has motored well past its 20,000-mile quota, rolling up 2,091 miles in April to end the month with 22,381 on the clock. No surprise there since the CR-V is a good fit for just about any driving scenario. It's big enough for families, small enough to park in the city, and athletic enough to give the driver a sense of confidence. Rare is the night that it sits idle in the Edmunds garage.

This month the CR-V spent most of its miles in the capable hands of Editor "Fresno Brent" Romans, who took the Honda home with him for an eventful extended stay in California's Central Valley. How did our CR-V handle the challenge?

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2017 Honda CR-V: Monthly Update for March 2018

by Carlos Lago, Senior Writer

2017 Honda CR-V

Where Did We Drive It?
Last month saw two big life events for our 2017 Honda CR-V. Not only did it pass the coveted 20,000-mile mark, it also played a major role in a wedding — and quite successfully, too. That's not a bad way to celebrate our one-year anniversary with this solid compact SUV.

The celebration ended quickly when the service reminder appeared. We'll take it in for service soon, which will give us a chance to also ask about some quite annoying intermittent auto-dimming issues that have cropped up on the entertainment display.

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2017 Honda CR-V: Monthly Update for January 2018

by Will Kaufman, Associate Staff Writer

2017 Honda CR-V

Where Did We Drive It?
Another month, another month of commuting. I haven't asked our long-term 2017 Honda CR-V what its New Year's resolution was, but hopefully it wasn't "go new places" because it spent January going to all the same places. It did get rained on, which made for a nice change, even if it also made for some blurry backup camera views.

This month we have some dissenting comments from our nearly universal praise parade, as Senior Consumer Advice Editor Ron Montoya decides that maybe the CR-V isn't the compact crossover for him. Otherwise, the CR-V's space and easy drivability continued to win it points.

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2017 Honda CR-V: Monthly Update for December 2017

by Mike Schmidt, Senior Manager, Vehicle Testing Operations

2017 Honda CR-V

Where Did We Drive It?
Our 2017 Honda CR-V spent December running about town. When we weren't using the Honda as a single-occupant daily commuter, we leaned on it to fill the role of the family shuttle. It didn't venture all that far from home, resulting in lower-than-average mileage accumulation this month. Still, we spent enough time with the car in the settings for which it was designed to generate new, and mostly positive, impressions.

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2017 Honda CR-V: Monthly Update for November 2017

by Kurt Niebuhr, Photo Editor

2017 Honda CR-V

Where Did We Drive It?
There's really nothing extraordinary to report about our 2017 Honda CR-V as it dawdled through November. We managed to put a little over 1,500 miles on its odometer, never breaking 30 mpg but never dipping below 20 mpg either. Though the drivability of our little cute ute continues to shine, the tech is beginning to tarnish a bit around the edges.

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2017 Honda CR-V: Monthly Update for October 2017

by Dan Frio, Automotive Editor

2017 Honda CR-V

Where Did We Drive It?
It was a banner month for our 2017 Honda CR-V. Usually we might add 1,300 to 1,600 miles to its odometer (we always aim for about 1,700 miles), but with road trips to Las Vegas and loads of local commuting miles in October, we exceeded 2,000 miles. This rare chance to stretch its legs didn't improve the CR-V's lifetime average mpg, so we're still stuck somewhat below the EPA rating. Given the stop-and-go traffic this crossover SUV normally endures, however, we consider it acceptable.

Along the way we had some mixed episodes with the CR-V's connected tech, and we're really trying to come to terms with the car's transmission. Can the continuously variable transmission (CVT) really be that much more fuel-efficient than a traditional six- or eight-speed automatic?

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2017 Honda CR-V: Update for September 2017

by Mark Takahashi, Senior Writer

2017 Honda CR-V

Where Did We Drive It?
We're halfway through our yearlong long-term test of the 2017 Honda CR-V, and it's looking as if we'll easily reach our 20,000-mile goal by March. For a good chunk of September, it was on family duty with Senior Automotive Editor Brent Romans in central California. For the rest of the time, it was tackling the daily commute in L.A.

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2017 Honda CR-V: Monthly Update for August 2017

by Will Kaufman, Associate Automotive Editor

2017 Honda CR-V

Where Did We Drive It?

This month our 2017 Honda CR-V handled daily driver duty, lugging tired Edmunds editors back home from the Santa Monica office at the end of a long day. The news this month is all about smartphone integration — a desperately important feature in L.A. traffic. I know for me it's second only to an extendable sun visor. So when it doesn't work, it's a notable problem.

But we also get a reminder this month that the last few generations of CR-V have been easy to recommend, and this new one improves on the formula.

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2017 Honda CR-V: Monthly Update for July 2017

by Mark Takahashi, Senior Writer

2017 Honda CR-V

Where Did We Drive It?
In addition to the usual commuting duties, our long-term 2017 Honda CR-V took a trip down to San Diego for the July Fourth weekend. In the process, some of the usual complaints and praises surfaced. We also spent a few days filming a model review video, which will eventually show up on our YouTube channel.

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2017 Honda CR-V: Monthly Update for June 2017

by Josh Sadlier, Senior Manager of Content Strategy

2017 Honda CR-V

Where Did We Drive It?
Is the shine starting to wear off? Maybe that's a bit strong, but our long-term 2017 Honda CR-V drew some criticism this month after a couple months of generally positive first impressions. We mostly used the CR-V for commuting, and its cabin noise, transmission performance and automatic emergency braking system all garnered less than favorable comments.

It wasn't all bad, though, as the CR-V's undeniably superb versatility and clever interior design continued to earn praise. Still, it'll be interesting to chart our feelings about this Honda as time goes on and familiarity deepens. Speaking for myself, I got out of the CR-V and into our long-term Ford Escape for a night, and I was struck by how quiet and refined the Ford seemed by comparison. Honda's got some great fundamentals here, but we're finding some foibles, too.

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2017 Honda CR-V: Monthly Update for May 2017

by Jason Kavanagh, Engineering Editor

2017 Honda CR-V

Where Did We Drive It?
Our long-term 2017 Honda CR-V spent most of the May tooling around the Los Angeles basin, primarily serving duty as a commuter. That means lots of city driving, with no long trips to balance things out. Nevertheless, it racked up nearly 1,700 miles in the process.

This month, we found several impressive things about the CR-V and a few other details that made us scratch our heads. No vehicle is perfect, after all.

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2017 Honda CR-V: Monthly Update for April 2017

by Cameron Rogers, Associate Editor

2017 Honda CR-V

Where Did We Drive It?
The redesigned 2017 Honda CR-V has been in our long-term fleet for a month and a half now, and our editors wasted no time adding nearly 5,000 miles to its odometer. Its early days were spent commuting and prepping the Introduction post, which included a photo shoot along the coastline.

After it passed the engine break-in period, Director of Vehicle Testing Dan Edmunds drove it to Oregon to visit family. Finally, we took it to the track for a standard round of performance testing (look for results in an upcoming post). Sometime in between all that, I disabled the driver-seat memory settings before negative comments popped up in the logbook.

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2017 Honda CR-V: Altering Memory Settings for Multiple Drivers

by Cameron Rogers, Associate Editor

2017 Honda CR-V

One of the features added to the 2017 Honda CR-V when you upgrade from the EX to the EX-L trim level is seat-position memory settings. It allows you to set the driver seat just right and assign it to one of the two memory buttons for easy recall in the event it gets moved by someone else.

The CR-V also has what it calls "Memory Position Link" enabled by default. This feature ties memory settings to the key fob. In a nutshell, if you use Key 1, the seat settings are tied to memory button 1 and the seat automatically adjusts to those settings when you unlock the car. A secondary driver has Key 2 and does the same thing with memory button 2.

The problem arises when you have a third driver. That person enters the car, gets the driver seat positioned just so and leaves. Upon reentry, the seat moves back to the position tied to the key. With our staff of 20-plus drivers, that means nearly everyone will come back to the CR-V and curse the gods because they forgot to alter the memory settings. I took it upon myself to disable the feature to mitigate future aggravation. Here's how to do it.

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2017 Honda CR-V: Introduction

by Dan Frio, Automotive Editor

2017 Honda CR-V

Twenty years ago when SUVs like the Chevy Tahoe and Ford Explorer began to overrun American roads, the Honda CR-V cut a niche for itself as a smaller alternative to the large fuel chuggers. Smart interior design atop a Civic chassis let the CR-V tackle most tasks demanded by a family of four while maintaining a lively driving experience and a reasonable fuel bill.

That the CR-V has remained in production for 20 years with only minimal changes to the formula is a testament to how well Honda nailed the original design. Buyers have responded by making the CR-V the reigning best-seller among compact crossovers.

There are a few new tricks up the 2017 Honda CR-V's sleeve for this fifth-generation model. An optional turbocharged engine is the big one. Previous generations offered just one four-cylinder engine. Now there's a choice between either the base 2.4-liter four-cylinder or the optional 1.5-liter turbocharged engine.

Less obvious is all the new hardware underneath. It's still based on the Civic, but it's a larger chassis that rides slightly higher. Revised styling keeps it modern-looking on the outside while upgraded connectivity technology assures that it feels modern on the inside.

All of which makes the new CR-V a formidable competitor. Where we might've expected Honda to make only modest updates to an already hot-selling vehicle, the automaker responded with an Olympian long jump to get in front of its rivals.

How far in front? That's what we hope to find out over the next 12 months and 20,000 miles.

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