2017 Honda CR-V: Monthly Update for November 2017
by Kurt Niebuhr, Photo Editor
Where Did We Drive It?
There's really nothing extraordinary to report about our 2017 Honda CR-V as it dawdled through November. We managed to put a little over 1,500 miles on its odometer, never breaking 30 mpg but never dipping below 20 mpg either. Though the drivability of our little cute ute continues to shine, the tech is beginning to tarnish a bit around the edges.
What Kind of Fuel Economy Did It Get?
With a month of mainly city driving, we didn't expect to see any records broken with regard to the CR-V's fuel economy. That said, we kept the status quo, including our not-up-to-the-EPA-rating 27.4 mpg combined rating.
Average lifetime mpg: 27.4
EPA mpg rating: 30 combined (28 city/34 highway)
Best-fill mpg: 38.9
Best range: 425.5 miles
Current odometer: 15,512 miles
Maintenance and Upkeep
"In a lot of cars, Eco mode just sort of numbs the throttle to the point that you feel like you're driving through molasses, and you use less fuel because it goes against your instincts (well, most people's instincts) to floor it everywhere. But the CR-V takes advantage of Honda's solid CVT: It lets the engine get up to about 2,100 or 2,200 rpm before it gets aggressive with the throttle, and it manages acceleration with the gear ratio from there. This strategy means that off the line and in low-speed traffic, where low-end torque is what you're primarily feeling, Eco mode doesn't make the CR-V feel monstrously sluggish or totally disconnected from the throttle. At speeds under 35-45 mph, it's actually a perfectly acceptable driving mode, though you do start to get that molasses feeling past that speed or if you're in enough of a hurry to go past maybe a quarter to a third throttle." — Will Kaufman, associate automotive editor
"I continue to be impressed by our CR-V's brakes. I've been driving Hondas for a couple decades now, and let's just say that the brand's enviable reputation was not built on braking performance. But the new CR-V's binders always inspire confidence, even with a few passengers aboard. The pedal is pleasantly firm, and it doesn't take much leg effort to scrub speed. I'm glad that Honda has finally turned its engineers' attention to this crucial area." — Josh Sadlier, senior manager, content strategy
"I've said it before and feel compelled to say it again: Honda dropped the ball with the new CR-V's shift lever. As you slide it down, there's no tangible difference between the D, S and L positions, all of which drive the car forward — so you have to look at the lever itself or the gear indicator in the gauge cluster to make sure you got the one you wanted. What's more, the whole mechanism just feels cheap and sounds hollow from slot to slot. It's a clunky thing. I don't recall feeling this way about the previous-generation CR-V's shifter, but in any case, I'd like to see Honda install an intuitive, slick-moving lever that matches the general excellence of this vehicle." — Josh Sadlier
"On most cars, unplug a phone that was running Apple CarPlay, and the system kicks you back into the audio screen. Not so for this Honda system. You get an unattractive black screen, with a message that reads 'No Device Connected.' What it takes to get the stereo back on feels needlessly complicated. Hit the Audio button on the left side. This gets you back into the Honda interface, but you still don't have sound. Next you have to press a small Source button that then brings up another menu to choose the radio band. Hit AM or FM and you're done." — Ron Montoya, consumer advice editor
"There are WAY too many lock settings." — Kurt Niebuhr, photo editor