Long-Term Test —2017 Honda CR-V

Posted on Feb 17, 2018 by

Week 3: Our long-term continues to impress, however, some exterior design cues have us scratching our heads. Text and Images: Amit Benjamin

2017 Honda CR-V

With another 500-plus kilometres trod under its wheels, our long-term 2017 Honda CR-V is going strong with nary a complaint when it comes to dependability, driving dynamics and every day usability. In fact, in terms of drivability it feels remarkably like a family sedan; there isn’t much in the way of body roll and the ride is really good while cruising on the highway.

Although Honda has evidently made quite an effort when it comes to the exterior design, and at a glance it is nice and aggressive, if you look a little closer there are several design details that do not necessarily complement each other.

Up front, the grille sports a honeycomb pattern, but right underneath it is a faux chrome element that assumes geometrically divergent shape. The Daytime Running Lights surround, meanwhile, has a completely different design. And it’s one of those things that you can’t unsee. Every time I look at the front all that’s glaring back at me is styling cacophony. The rear is relatively more resolved and the upright taillights give it a visual height, for an authoritative SUV stance.

2017 Honda CR-V

Fuel economy is still great and AED50 worth of special fuel lasts for nearly a week, even with higher than average daily-driving distances. It is currently clocking 8.9 litres per 100km — that’s rather agreeable for a crossover of this size.

Thus far, the 2017 Honda CR-V has been a great family car, however, there are still three more weeks to go before the end of this test. And trust me, a lot can go wrong within that time.

Date acquired: 15/1/2018
Total mileage: 7,257
Mileage this week: 520
Costs this week: AED50 (Fuel)
Average fuel consumption: 8.9 litres per 100km

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