CVT is great for mpg but takes getting used to wish it had shift point built in. For the size /segment this is a pretty good car otherwise. Most cars in this class have seats that are in my opinion, too small. Great packaging though. Very spacious, and little touches, like rear seat vents for heat and air. Had a 2016 GMC Sierra crew cab SLT that didn’t even have those! We don’t use this car for trips longer than 2 hours but it’s great for shorter jaunts. Fuel economy I think is as good as the RAV4 Hybrid that I considered but this car was somewhat less money which was a big factor in my decision to purchase the CR-V. The Apple Car Play is great when it works. Dealer tells me that Apple is coming with an update that should clear it up.
2018 Honda CR-V EX 4dr SUV AWD (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT)
The CR-V EX, with its Honda Sensing suite of active safety features, is a great lease value: roomy, comfortable for driver and passengers alike, with ample cargo space for transporting everything from groceries to pets to grandchildren and their gear. The wide-angle and cross-traffic warning features of the Honda Sensing system are an especially welcome addition for drivers who frequent parking lots or need frequently to back out into heavily trafficked streets. Similarly, the blind spot warning feature is an excellent addition. Front collision warning and braking proved their worth the second day after I took delivery on the car, when a truck stopped abruptly in front of my at a construction site. The 2018 info/entertainment system link are intuitive and reliable for simple needs and a joy to visiting granchildren with more ambitious demands. The speakers are perhaps the weakest element of the entertainment functions, but Bluetooth and Android interfaces are easy. Controls and settings for the Honda Sensing features are straightforward, and dashboard controls are easy to use. The glove box seems larger than on previous years' models, and the design of the front center console has been significantly improved. The EX touch screen is intuitive but continues to tempt the driver momentarily to take eyes off the road -- an obvious danger of all such systems. Interior finishes may be a weakness over the long term: Honda has used lighter colored fabrics in door trim and on the center console cover; it remains to be seen whether repeated Scotchgard treatments can provide protection against dirt and stains. As a lessor, I use relatively inexpensive seatcovers on both front and rear and custom brand-name floor mats in both front and rear seats and the cargo area. Honda has included as standard on the EX trim the cargo cover which was formerly a pricey add-on. Driver-side seat adjustments offer ample options, and front driver visibility is excellent. Rear seat headrests do compromise the driver's rear vision to the degree that it is tempting to pull especially the rear center headrest. All in all, I'm delighted with my decision to lease the 2018 EX. Down the road, I wish Honda offered a longer basic warranty; a longer warranty would likely influence my decision about purchasing the vehicle at the end of my three year lease