2017 Honda CR-V: Monthly Update for March 2018
by Carlos Lago, Senior Writer
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.
What Kind of Fuel Economy Did It Get?
The CR-V put on 1,603 miles this month and consumed 58.3 gallons of fuel, making for a monthly average fuel economy of 27.5 mpg. That's a decent number of miles, but we weren't able to beat the best mpg or range results we achieved last April. After a year of driving, our lifetime fuel economy has settled at 27.5 mpg, matching the EPA's city fuel economy rating after rounding.
Average lifetime mpg: 27.5
EPA mpg rating: 30 combined (28 city/34 highway)
Best fill mpg: 38.9
Best range: 425.5 miles
Current odometer: 20,518 miles
Maintenance and Upkeep
"I used the CR-V this weekend to support my fiancée's sister's wedding, chauffeuring the bride and groom to their photo location and performing getaway duties at the end of the night. We made good use of the CR-V's rear seats, packing the maid of honor, the groom and the bride (and her dress) as we went to the photo shoot location. Considering the size of your typical wedding dress, this was quite a feat. They took photos as the sun set and the temperatures dropped rapidly, and I left the CR-V running with the heater on full blast so it could be a refuge from the cold. While we didn't attach cans and streamers to the CR-V, we made a smooth escape once the night was over. This is the kind of work you expect from a compact SUV, and our CR-V was an excellent tool for the task." — Carlos Lago, senior writer
"Had a few frustrating issues with the CR-V's entertainment system last week. On one drive home from work, the screen kept switching between the off, day and night auto-dimming presets every few seconds. This rendered the screen useless because not only do two of those settings make the screen hard to read in daylight, the brightness notification blocks all inputs while it's showing. Restarting the CR-V seemed to fix things, but a similar problem occurred later in the weekend. I fired up the car and found the display stuck in the night auto-dimming setting — never mind that it was the early afternoon and sunny. The dimming button on the left of the screen didn't change anything, but another restart brought the system back to normal. Unfortunately, this seems like it's one of those frustrating intermittent problems that a dealer won't be able to reproduce." — Carlos Lago