My 2012 CRV EX-L has the poorest headlights I have used since my dad's 1937 Ford. The CRV's low beams are average and acceptable. However, the hi-beams have you driving in your own shadow. Close in light does not exist. Distance is in the trees.
I would say the system turns off the low beam filament when you select hi-beams. I drove my wife's 2002 Outback tonight to compare visibility. Amazing difference. The outback provides bright illumination from the front bumper out several hundred feet. The CRV provides no close in illumination.
Does Honda have a fix? If not do any owners have a fix.