2017 Honda CR-V: Monthly Update for May 2017
by Jason Kavanagh, Engineering Editor
Where Did We Drive It?
Our long-term 2017 Honda CR-V spent most of the May tooling around the Los Angeles basin, primarily serving duty as a commuter. That means lots of city driving, with no long trips to balance things out. Nevertheless, it racked up nearly 1,700 miles in the process.
This month, we found several impressive things about the CR-V and a few other details that made us scratch our heads. No vehicle is perfect, after all.
What Kind of Fuel Economy Did It Get?
It's still early days with the CR-V, so its long-term fuel economy has yet to plateau. Due to all of the commuter slogs it endured this month, the observed fuel economy dipped significantly compared to April, dropping from 29.9 mpg last month to 26.4 mpg for May. This was enough to drop its running lifetime average fuel economy to 27.6 mpg.
We expect that the next couple of months' results will solidify the CR-V's lifetime fuel economy, with subsequent months only barely altering the trend.
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: 6,456 miles
Maintenance and Upkeep
"It is hard to describe how impressed I am by the new 2017 Honda CR-V. As a guy who has driven countless CR-Vs over the last 16 years, this iteration, by far, is my favorite. The acceleration is smoother and quieter, the ride is more compliant and the tech seamless. Combine that with an upscale interior, and you have an absolute win in my book.
"I've always suggested shoppers hoping to get into the Honda brand get the Accord if they were looking for comfort and the CR-V for utility. Now, I think the CR-V can make a case as being every bit as comfortable as the Accord, but still have the space and ride height many of today's shoppers clamor for. Well done." — Matt Jones, senior editor, retail experience
"The CR-V's console bin lid makes a loud squeak/click when you lift your elbow off it. Every time. Sounds chintzy. Our Ford Escape does a very similar thing. Has center console bin lid technology regressed in recent years? Is this the first domino to fall in humankind's backslide to life as ocean-dwelling single-celled organisms? Stay tuned. ..." — Jason Kavanagh, engineering editor
"I was greeted with a 'Maintenance Due Soon' alert when I started up the CR-V this morning. The meter says we have 15 percent oil life remaining before it is due for an A1 service (A: change oil, B: rotate tires). So we'll be calling for an appointment soon." — Mike Schmidt, senior manager of vehicle testing
"My daughter has a second-generation CR-V, so getting into the newest version is quite an eye opener. It feels huge compared to the earlier model even though it's not really that much bigger. Obviously, the control layout is much different and there are way more features in the new CR-V, but after I was behind the wheel for a couple hours it started to feel very familiar. Everything is still laid out so it's right at hand without stretching. There's great visibility in all directions, and it handles exactly the way you would expect. These are all the things that make my daughter love her 'old' CR-V so much, and they are no doubt the things that make current buyers flock to the latest version." — Ed Hellwig, executive editor
"It's pretty sad that a so-called utility vehicle can be flummoxed by grass. When I open the CR-V's passenger front door while parked along the curb near my house, the corner of the door scrapes the grass on the road verge. This limits how far you can open the door, sure. Since the CR-V's door lower edge is plastic, at least paint isn't being scraped off.
"But things get worse when you attempt to close this door. That same piece of plastic doesn't simply reverse direction smoothly. Instead, thanks to its flexible nature, it levers itself more forcefully into the grass, attempting to stand upright. Basically, it digs in farther. The door is stuck. This is when you apply cursing and pull up on the door handle in an attempt to ease the door away from the grass. All this, just to load a passenger when parked on a street that has a standard-height curb with grass planted nearby. Sheesh." — Jason Kavanagh