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2017 Honda CR-V: Monthly Update for January 2018

by Will Kaufman, Associate Staff Writer

2017 Honda CR-V

Where Did We Drive It?
Another month, another month of commuting. I haven't asked our long-term 2017 Honda CR-V what its New Year's resolution was, but hopefully it wasn't "go new places" because it spent January going to all the same places. It did get rained on, which made for a nice change, even if it also made for some blurry backup camera views.

This month we have some dissenting comments from our nearly universal praise parade, as Senior Consumer Advice Editor Ron Montoya decides that maybe the CR-V isn't the compact crossover for him. Otherwise, the CR-V's space and easy drivability continued to win it points.

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2017 Honda CR-V: Monthly Update for December 2017

by Mike Schmidt, Senior Manager, Vehicle Testing Operations

2017 Honda CR-V

Where Did We Drive It?
Our 2017 Honda CR-V spent December running about town. When we weren't using the Honda as a single-occupant daily commuter, we leaned on it to fill the role of the family shuttle. It didn't venture all that far from home, resulting in lower-than-average mileage accumulation this month. Still, we spent enough time with the car in the settings for which it was designed to generate new, and mostly positive, impressions.

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2017 Honda CR-V: Monthly Update for November 2017

by Kurt Niebuhr, Photo Editor

2017 Honda CR-V

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.

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2017 Honda CR-V: Monthly Update for October 2017

by Dan Frio, Automotive Editor

2017 Honda CR-V

Where Did We Drive It?
It was a banner month for our 2017 Honda CR-V. Usually we might add 1,300 to 1,600 miles to its odometer (we always aim for about 1,700 miles), but with road trips to Las Vegas and loads of local commuting miles in October, we exceeded 2,000 miles. This rare chance to stretch its legs didn't improve the CR-V's lifetime average mpg, so we're still stuck somewhat below the EPA rating. Given the stop-and-go traffic this crossover SUV normally endures, however, we consider it acceptable.

Along the way we had some mixed episodes with the CR-V's connected tech, and we're really trying to come to terms with the car's transmission. Can the continuously variable transmission (CVT) really be that much more fuel-efficient than a traditional six- or eight-speed automatic?

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2017 Honda CR-V: Update for September 2017

by Mark Takahashi, Senior Writer

2017 Honda CR-V

Where Did We Drive It?
We're halfway through our yearlong long-term test of the 2017 Honda CR-V, and it's looking as if we'll easily reach our 20,000-mile goal by March. For a good chunk of September, it was on family duty with Senior Automotive Editor Brent Romans in central California. For the rest of the time, it was tackling the daily commute in L.A.

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2017 Honda CR-V: Monthly Update for July 2017

by Mark Takahashi, Senior Writer

2017 Honda CR-V

Where Did We Drive It?
In addition to the usual commuting duties, our long-term 2017 Honda CR-V took a trip down to San Diego for the July Fourth weekend. In the process, some of the usual complaints and praises surfaced. We also spent a few days filming a model review video, which will eventually show up on our YouTube channel.

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2017 Honda CR-V: Monthly Update for June 2017

by Josh Sadlier, Senior Manager of Content Strategy

2017 Honda CR-V

Where Did We Drive It?
Is the shine starting to wear off? Maybe that's a bit strong, but our long-term 2017 Honda CR-V drew some criticism this month after a couple months of generally positive first impressions. We mostly used the CR-V for commuting, and its cabin noise, transmission performance and automatic emergency braking system all garnered less than favorable comments.

It wasn't all bad, though, as the CR-V's undeniably superb versatility and clever interior design continued to earn praise. Still, it'll be interesting to chart our feelings about this Honda as time goes on and familiarity deepens. Speaking for myself, I got out of the CR-V and into our long-term Ford Escape for a night, and I was struck by how quiet and refined the Ford seemed by comparison. Honda's got some great fundamentals here, but we're finding some foibles, too.

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2017 Honda CR-V: Monthly Update for April 2017

by Cameron Rogers, Associate Editor

2017 Honda CR-V

Where Did We Drive It?
The redesigned 2017 Honda CR-V has been in our long-term fleet for a month and a half now, and our editors wasted no time adding nearly 5,000 miles to its odometer. Its early days were spent commuting and prepping the Introduction post, which included a photo shoot along the coastline.

After it passed the engine break-in period, Director of Vehicle Testing Dan Edmunds drove it to Oregon to visit family. Finally, we took it to the track for a standard round of performance testing (look for results in an upcoming post). Sometime in between all that, I disabled the driver-seat memory settings before negative comments popped up in the logbook.

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2017 Honda CR-V: Introduction

by Dan Frio, Automotive Editor

2017 Honda CR-V

Twenty years ago when SUVs like the Chevy Tahoe and Ford Explorer began to overrun American roads, the Honda CR-V cut a niche for itself as a smaller alternative to the large fuel chuggers. Smart interior design atop a Civic chassis let the CR-V tackle most tasks demanded by a family of four while maintaining a lively driving experience and a reasonable fuel bill.

That the CR-V has remained in production for 20 years with only minimal changes to the formula is a testament to how well Honda nailed the original design. Buyers have responded by making the CR-V the reigning best-seller among compact crossovers.

There are a few new tricks up the 2017 Honda CR-V's sleeve for this fifth-generation model. An optional turbocharged engine is the big one. Previous generations offered just one four-cylinder engine. Now there's a choice between either the base 2.4-liter four-cylinder or the optional 1.5-liter turbocharged engine.

Less obvious is all the new hardware underneath. It's still based on the Civic, but it's a larger chassis that rides slightly higher. Revised styling keeps it modern-looking on the outside while upgraded connectivity technology assures that it feels modern on the inside.

All of which makes the new CR-V a formidable competitor. Where we might've expected Honda to make only modest updates to an already hot-selling vehicle, the automaker responded with an Olympian long jump to get in front of its rivals.

How far in front? That's what we hope to find out over the next 12 months and 20,000 miles.

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