2017 Honda CR-V: Monthly Update for August 2017
by Will Kaufman, Associate Automotive Editor
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.
What Kind of Fuel Economy Did It Get?
We put about 800 miles on the CR-V in August and burned just over 32 gallons of gas, averaging around 25 mpg for the month. That dragged down our lifetime average a few tenths to 27 mpg.
While 25 mpg falls below even the city estimate, it's still well above our all-time low of 18.6 mpg. Almost all of the CR-V's miles this month were spent sitting in L.A. traffic during a heat wave — far from ideal conditions for hypermiling.
Average lifetime mpg: 27.0 mpg
EPA mpg rating: 30 combined (28 city/34 highway)
Best fill mpg: 38.9 mpg
Best range: 425.5 miles
Current odometer: 10,483 miles
Maintenance and Upkeep
"I was happy to get in the CR-V this week because it gave me the opportunity to try out the newest addition to Android Auto: Waze. Waze's best feature is its community-sourced roadside alert system, letting drivers pinpoint stopped or emergency vehicles as they drive. You receive a notification when you're near one of these alerts, and Waze asks if the alert is accurate. It's an excellent system that promotes attentive driving. Adding an alert is easy too, with simple clearly marked buttons. Annoyances? It doesn't look as nice as Google Maps, and I haven't found a way to change map orientation. Still, it's not enough to stop me from defaulting to Waze every time I start the CR-V. " — Carlos Lago, road test editor
"I was driving along, running errands and listening to a podcast through Android Auto. And then I wasn't. The screen just went black. I tapped a few of the switches, hoping I could get back to the main screen, but they did nothing. The entertainment system was unresponsive. It had simply crashed. I ended up restarting the car twice to get the screen back on, even unbuckling and getting out on the second try. After restarting a second time, the screen starting booting up again. The process took a few minutes, but, hey, at least it was working again." — Carlos Lago
"Apple CarPlay stopped working on my way home. The audio cut off and the screen went black, except for a 'No device connected' message at the bottom. I tried disconnecting the lightning cable, waiting a few minutes and retrying. No dice. The following morning I tried it again, and instead I got a blank screen plus the audio from a podcast I was listening to.
"This seems to be the same issue that Carlos noted when he hooked up his Android phone, so my guess the problem lies with Honda's software, not Apple's. I did a quick search online and it appears that other CR-V and even Civic owners are experiencing the same thing. Let's hope Honda issues a software update soon." — Ron Montoya, senior consumer advice editor
"I could always think of many rational arguments for buying the two prior generations of the Honda CR-V, but the emotion meter typically registered close to zero. This 2017 CR-V, though, is something that sparks some interest. It's got real power now, and the styling is sharp and distinctive. It's just the right amount of flair to complement the CR-V's crowd-pleasing utility." — Brent Romans, senior editor