2017 Honda CR-V: Monthly Update for July 2018
by Calvin Kim, Road Test Engineer
Where Did We Drive It?
Our 2017 Honda CR-V EX-L remains a favorite around the office, with most editors having no issues or complaints when they're assigned to drive the compact crossover. Its upright seating position and ability to swallow cargo make it a natural for drivers who want to be comfortable while hauling their load. The CR-V's July duty exemplified that thanks to a mix of driving including the typical daily commute duty. But our little red crossover also managed a long highway road trip with Manager of Content Operations Bryn MacKinnon and her family.
What Kind of Fuel Economy Did It Get?
In contrast to a slow June, our CR-V put on 1,766 miles over six fuel stops in July. Our average mpg rating actually increased one-tenth of an mpg thanks to a lot of highway driving. In fact, our monthly average nearly hit 30 mpg, which is much more in line with EPA estimates.
Average lifetime mpg: 27.7
EPA mpg rating: 30 combined (28 city/34 highway)
Best fill mpg: 38.9
Best range: 425.5 miles
Current odometer: 26,067 miles
Maintenance and Upkeep
"Summer road trip with the family! Our first stop is Morro Bay, California, about 200 miles from our home in Southern California. It's me, my husband and our two kids (12-year-old daughter and nearly 8-year-old son).
"My husband takes the first leg of driving and immediately adores the driver's seat in the CR-V. His daily driver is a 2007 CR-V, and its driver's seat has seen better days, so he is stoked! We are taking U.S. 101 and tend to make a lot of stops, so the drive takes a while. But he is crazy-comfortable the whole time.
"He likes how supportive the seat is, the many ways to adjust it (his favorite is the tilting seat bottom because of its thigh support, especially for long drives). He says his body 'feels at rest' thanks to that thigh support. And the backrest is firmer than his car's seat. He feels like he's not driving, in a good way. He really can't stop telling me how much he loves that seat.
"The kids are comfy in the back seat, too. It feels like there's a lot more room back there than in my 2017 Toyota Prius V, our usual road-trip vehicle. There's enough room for them to feel less on top of each other than they usually are, which makes for a lot more sibling harmony. They still brought too much stuff with them, and it's still all over the floor, but they are happy. They also appreciate the tinted windows, which they do not get in our daily drivers.
"I'm not as thrilled as my husband during my stints in the driver's seat, but I am comfortable. Thank goodness I can dial down that thigh support, as I hate it when anything touches the backs of my knees when I'm driving. And I experience very little fatigue. Great start to a California adventure!" — Bryn MacKinnon, manager, content operations
"Day Two of the family trip to Northern California and we're heading about 150 miles north to stay in Carmel, California. But first, we will spend some time watching the drama at the elephant seal rookery in San Simeon and then among the gorgeous redwoods of Limekiln State Park, just south of Big Sur.
"For audio entertainment, we've mostly been plugging in my husband's iPhone to take advantage of Apple CarPlay. We are new to CarPlay and didn't know what to expect. For the most part, it worked pretty well, though every once in a while the system would stop recognizing the phone and we'd have to unplug and replug it. That generally solved the problem.
"A couple times, the screen read 'No phone connected' when his phone was definitely plugged in and was actually playing music through the system, so that was amusing. And it's minor compared to some of the Apple CarPlay issues the rest of the team's been having, so I'm counting myself lucky.
"Tomorrow we are off to the wedding in Point Reyes!" — Bryn MacKinnon
"Had a brief moment while using Android Auto where the entertainment display wouldn't respond to inputs. There were no obvious glitches, no interruptions to the podcast I was listening to or Google Maps navigation. But the screen was unresponsive when I went to change the display. Everything returned to normal after maybe 30 seconds, so file this one under 'Technology Is Weird Sometimes.'" — Carlos Lago, manager, feature content
"The trip to Point Reyes is uneventful and comfy. The wedding is wonderful, and I recommend staying at Point Reyes Hostel if you're ever up there. It's really nice!
"While we took three days to work our way up the coast, we had to make the return trip home (about 430 miles) all in one day. Since we hate Interstate 5, we decided to tough it out and take U.S. 101 for as long as we could. We left at 8:45 a.m. and got home at 8:45 p.m.
"Brutal. But not punishing, thanks to the comfort of the CR-V. And we stopped a handful of times because kids sometimes just need to get out and run, ya know? We arrived tired, of course, but we weren't totally wrecked, and that's impressive.
"It was also this day that I noticed the upholstery on the seats. It's quite nice. I will also say that the ride wasn't very quiet, but I expect that from a Honda.
"Fitting all our stuff was a cinch, too. I tried to force us to pack as light as possible. But we were dealing with a couple of different climates (Morro Bay was pretty warm, and Point Reyes was cloudy and cold), and we needed nicer clothes for the wedding. My husband also had to bring along a pro camera bag to photograph the wedding. So we ended up with plenty to pack into the CR-V's cargo area. I was impressed that we could fit all of our stuff and still have it all below the cargo cover. Yay, us! Yay, CR-V!
"Early on in the trip, we encountered what must have been some higher curbs and parkways, because we had multiple instances of scraping the bottom corners of both passenger-side doors. We learned quickly to be really careful. Could it be that this CR-V has slightly longer doors than average?
"Overall, this was an excellent car for our family's trip. If we took more road trips (and I aspire to be that family), I'd want something slightly larger. But for the way we live now, it was just what we needed.
"Here are my final thoughts. CarPlay: At the end of it all, we experienced a handful of moments when the screen would be unresponsive. I'd whack at it with my finger 15 times and get nothing. Annoying.
"Storage: My husband loved all the different places you could put stuff in the center console. However, I was not a fan. The organization of it didn't make sense to me. The sliding L-shaped tray thing frustrated me to no end. I'd rather have a big bin and some cupholders.
"Performance: The turbocharged engine was GREAT. It was zippy when we needed it to be. We are not used to that as owners of an old four-cylinder CR-V and a Prius V." — Bryn MacKinnon
"If steady competency were more exciting to read about, enthusiast magazines would have the CR-V on their covers every month. Unfortunately, it's not, so it's easy to overlook just how good this SUV is at commuting/workhorse duties. It's consistently my recommendation to shoppers looking for a compact SUV, and it's rightfully one of the best-selling vehicles in its class." — Carlos Lagos