Monthly Update for April 2018 - 2017 Honda CR-V Long-Term Road Test

2017 Honda CR-V: Monthly Update for April 2018

by Josh Sadlier, Senior Manager of Content Strategy

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?

What Kind of Fuel Economy Did It Get?
Thanks to Brent's highway-heavy driving regimen, the CR-V set an all-time record for April with an average of 30.2 mpg. It's also the first time we've exceeded the EPA's rating of 30 mpg in combined driving, although we came close back in April 2017 with a 29.9-mpg effort.

Overall, the CR-V has fallen far short of that EPA projection — in fact, our lifetime average is still a few tenths below the EPA's cityrating. One takeaway is that while today's turbocharged engines may do well in the EPA testing cycle, street use often involves more turbo boost, which can take a big bite out of those gaudy numbers.

Average lifetime mpg: 27.6
EPA mpg rating: 30 combined (28 city/34 highway)
Best fill mpg: 38.9
Best range: 425.5 miles
Current odometer: 22,381 miles

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Maintenance and Upkeep
We took the CR-V in for service after the in-dash indicator showed it needed an A1 service. According to the owner's manual, A1 means an oil change and tire rotation. The service adviser at Clawson Honda of Fresno was friendly, and we were in and out in about an hour. The final cost was $82.57.

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Logbook Highlights

"I saw that Carlos was having trouble with the touchscreen's auto-dimming capability in last month's update. So I paid particular attention to the screen as I drove the CR-V for two weeks straight this month. I didn't notice any malfunctions. Weird. Maybe it fixed itself?" — Brent Romans, senior editor

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"Not impressed with the A/C in this Honda. It's a sunny 67 right now and I'm not feeling much of a chill inside, even with the temp set on 'Lo.' Seems like this could be an issue in the summer as it's only just adequate right now." — Josh Sadlier, senior manager of content strategy

"We've got more than 20,000 miles on our Honda CR-V now. It would seem the seats and leather are holding up well. No abnormal wear or discoloration. I'm sure 20,000 miles isn't long enough of a test, but nonetheless the durability is promising." — Brent Romans

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"The CR-V's center console area sure is great for holding stuff. From front to back, there's the front open tray that's below the gear shifter, the two cupholders (with spring-based tabs to keep smaller bottles tight) and then the semi-covered console bin. The console bin is pretty big and has a mid-height tray that you can slide back and forth. Whether it's keys, a phone, a wallet, snacks, tissues or whatever other personal item you're looking to throw in here, the CR-V can likely handle it." — Brent Romans

"OK, so the following is both embarrassing and illuminating. I needed to swap into a different vehicle in our long-term test fleet. Our manager of vehicle testing operations, Mike Schmidt, said he'd hook me up with the Honda CR-V. At the time, I thought: 'Oh, cool, we must have gotten a new CR-V in.' Only later, when I got in to drive, did I realize that: 1) It had more than 20,000 miles on it, meaning it was very much not new, and 2) I had likely driven the CR-V previously but had no recollection of doing so.

"Sure enough, I checked our logbooks and realized I drove our CR-V back in September 2017. But I couldn't remember driving it or what I did with it. Now, I'm in my mid-40s, so maybe my memory is prematurely fading. But I also think that the CR-V is somewhat at fault here. It's competently good to the point of forgettable blandness." — Brent Romans

Cargo Space
"I used our CR-V for some weekend home-improvement runs recently. I needed some stuff for my backyard: bags of potting soil, some new plants, etc. Nothing huge, but even this modest load showed the expansiveness of the CR-V's cargo hold. The low liftover height makes it easier to throw in those bags of soil, too." — Brent Romans

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