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

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2017 Honda CR-V: Monthly Update for June 2018

by Cameron Rogers, Staff Writer

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.

What Kind of Fuel Economy Did It Get?
The CR-V's average of 26.9 mpg in June was lower than its lifetime average, which remained at 27.6 mpg for the third month in a row. Overall, our fuel economy is underperforming relative to the EPA estimates, but I think the CR-V still displays remarkable efficiency for a crossover with such a peppy motor underhood. (It's more than 1.5 seconds quicker to 60 mph than the thirstier Mazda CX-5.) Still, I'd like to see another CR-V road trip. Maybe we can beat the single-tank fuel economy record we set all the way back in April last year.

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: 24,301 miles

Maintenance and Upkeep
None.

Logbook Highlights
Interior
"The CR-V is an incredibly easy vehicle to recommend. By the numbers it's a clear class leader and it'll do everything you want a compact SUV to do without any fuss. That said, the more time I spend in the CR-V and its competitors — especially the Mazda CX-5 — the more I'm struck by how cheap the CR-V's interior feels.

"It's a lot more plasticky, the shifter feels a bit loose and light, and every time I press my knee against an interior door panel, it flexes — a lot. Honda is back to making some great cars after a period of making some pretty chintzy-feeling and lackluster stuff (2012-2016 Civic, anybody?) and this CR-V feels stuck in the middle. It's a great SUV that also feels pretty chintzy." — Will Kaufman, associate staff writer

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Technology-Audio
"I don't know when the CR-V is getting a refresh (it's only been on sale for one model year, after all), but when it does, I hope Honda changes out the touchscreen system with the one in our new 2018 Accord. The Accord's touchscreen — with tile-based iconography, quick responses and physical buttons for high-level functions — is much easier to use than the one in the CR-V.

"The current-generation CR-V's touchscreen was adopted from the Civic. In the Civic, the system was so infuriating that journalists oohed and aahed when the CR-V debuted and introduced a volume knob. Imagine how happy people would be with a CR-V infotainment system that worked." — Cameron Rogers, staff writer

Miscellaneous
"If you haven't heard, watching movies in a park has become a thing here in Los Angeles. Imagine a regular park picnic, add some live bands to keep the crowd entertained and a slew of food trucks to keep them fed, and you'd have a fair idea of how these things play out. When the sun goes down, a 1980s movie gets plastered on a 30-foot inflatable screen, and all is good.

"But since good enough never is, these movies in the park can just as easily be movies on the beach. I don't know about you and your friends, but me and mine don't want to just sit in sand all night, so it's important to bring along chairs. And all the other crap you'd want to have if you're stranded on a beach for five hours.

"Since it was my time to drive, I took the Honda CR-V for the weekend. It's hard to beat the CR-V's cavernous storage area. But the low tailgate entry point is what sealed the deal for me. When tasked with moving beach chairs, a water cooler, and whatever else deemed needed, that low tailgate comes in handy. Combine all that with seating for five, a compliant ride, and a small-ish footprint, and the CR-V is a no-brainer." — Matt Jones, senior consumer advice editor

Maintenance
"As far as I know, every car's touchscreen has the ability to automatically adjust the brightness depending on how bright it is outside. This morning, the CR-V's randomly started switching between full bright, dim and a completely black screen. It was overcast and I wasn't driving under any trees, so whichever sensor the screen uses to determine optimal brightness shouldn't have gotten any strange readings.

"After I tried to interact with the screen to rewind my podcast and got no initial response from the screen, the problem stopped. I didn't have another issue with the screen for the remainder of my drive. A strange issue, and one we'll get checked out next time we take it in for service." — Cameron Rogers

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