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Finally got to take this baby out and play with some of the gizmos. Few impressions and thoughts below.

Adaptive Cruise- This is really cool. It was hard to trust it to come to a complete stop behind a giant yellow school bus that was making a left hand turn but it did great. Also another noteworthy incident that i probably shouldnt admit too was coming up on a concrete truck that was doing well under the 65mph speed limit. It was doing maybe 25-30 mph while i was going 70'ish. I had my foot hovering over the brake in case needed and also ready to change lanes. It flashed the "Brake now" yellow light and pulled my speed way down. I dont think I'll test it quite like that again knowingly but it did react in time. I also find the distance pacing fine set on long, that may change as i get more used to it but for now its fine lol.

Lane Keep Assist w ACC- I didnt find this one until the last 100 miles back home. What a neat feature! It legit analyzes the road and keeps you between the lines reducing effort. I did notice some issues of it not registering me holding the steering wheel which was odd but not a deal breaker by a long shot.

Road Departure- Worked great on interstates, sucked ass on 2-lane country roads. I need to read up on this feature because i had read that it even registers grass on the side of the roads when there isnt a line present. I wish if the system couldnt read the road it would let you know its disabled. Maybe it does and I dont know yet. Regardless it was a huge letdown if everything is apples to apples. Clearly marked roads with white line it would allow me to cross with no feedback.

AWD- I have never had a vehicle with All-Wheel-Drive. When we went looking at these it wasnt even a question in my mind, i wanted it! My parents have a small cabin on 100 acres that have a steep hill covered with creek gravel to get to it. I was letting my mom drive it (because she wants a Rav4 and showing her other options) and she was very impressed it went straight up the hill with no slippage. Loving AWD, i dont think i will ever pass on this option in the future if i can avoid it.

MPG- Before leaving St. Louis i filled the tank up. I then proceeded to drive down to my parents at roughly 65-75 mph speeds the whole time. A 190 miles later i filled up and hand calculated the mpg (I have yet to find a screen that shows mpg on the CR-V) and came up with slightly over 29 mpg. Very impressed with this number! Even in my 2013 Ford C-max hybrid i get roughly 33-35 mpg on this same trek, although my speeds are closer to 70-80 mph. I told my parents with these kinds of numbers the Rav4 hybrid is less compelling. On the return home i got 27 mpg but it was raining 70% of the time and the total miles included a lot of short trips to pick up lunches / dinners and heading out to parents cabin a bunch of times.

Apple Carplay- Love it. I especially like how i can plug my phone in and it automatically starts playing Pandora. I had the 60's station loaded for my mom (again trying to pull her over to the Honda side) while she was driving it. Toyota really has to move over to Android Auto/Apple Carplay. Theres no excuse for not. I also enjoy that Honda removed the CD player. Its old fashioned and really cleans up the dash not having it.

Acceleration- Still havent put my foot in its ass (probably 3500 -4000 rpm max) but im confident it will be fine. 0-60 time of 7.5 seconds is bearable. If there was an option to go up to the same motor as Acuras RDX V-6 in this vehicle i would have checked that box.

So far very much enjoying this vehicle.
 

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Thank you!

Thank you for your post. My wife and I are considering a CR-V EX-L. Haven't test driven one yet but sat in one at the Los Angeles Auto Show. Very impressive car.

Happy Holidays!
 

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Thank you for your post. My wife and I are considering a CR-V EX-L. Haven't test driven one yet but sat in one at the Los Angeles Auto Show. Very impressive car.

Happy Holidays!
There are some posts here from some of us who have lived with these cars for about a year now. I would buy aging without hesitation. Its a lovely car, fun to drive and with great safety features that I wouldn't be without now. I got the Touring, but then I am a car guy and wanted it all.
 

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Thank you for your post. My wife and I are considering a CR-V EX-L. Haven't test driven one yet but sat in one at the Los Angeles Auto Show. Very impressive car.

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Happy to help!

Couple other things i forgot to mention

Auto Headlights- I found these to be 80% as smart as a person doing it. I do think people will think that we are crazy at times because the system acts counter intuitively at times but altogether its a neat feature. For instance a few times it would switch to bright when there was someone coming way down the road that a person would recognize but not a machine. It would turn to bright for a few seconds before registering and going back to dim. It also did the same thing coming up behind people that were far ahead of me. It would switch to bright then back to dim when it registered 1-2 seconds later. Porch lights on houses near the road also tricked it into staying on dim. The biggest thing i noticed was that a lot of vehicles bright lighted me even when headlights were on low (Im looking mainly at you semi truck drivers). Seemingly the headlights even on low are very bright to other drivers. They were great for me, I thought i had good visibility at night but I havent had a car with HID lights either.

Apple Carplay- wish there was a way to load Waze. Apple maps are fine but i prefer my Waze.

Auto Lock / Unlock= Finding the system great but sometimes glitchy. I feel like sometime it does or does not auto lock or unlock. Sometimes im inundated with random beeps when leaving with the key but nothing left on. One night it would not let me open the hatch by hand or even with the key fob. I found that strange but havent been able to replicate since thankfully.

Floor mats= installed the mats from College Hills Honda (the ones with blue CR-V logo). They were pricey but i love them. They fit perfectly and even have a lip that comes up the sides i guess for extra dirty shoes.

Tint= got the side driver and passenger window tinted at 35% and a dark 5% strip across the sun visor. No issues there since the camera isnt blocked and looks great. Also did the sunroof in 5%.

Body side molding panels (ding protection)= got these off College Hills Honda and they were super easy to install and feel much more comfortable parking by other people now.

Pep Boys exhaust tip= Look great, easy to install and only cost $11 each.

Radar detector= I have a Passport Escort 9500ix. I was afraid with all the safety sensors it would drive my radar detector crazy. For maybe the first 5 minutes i would get some low level beeps but after that it either learned to filter them or Im crazy and was picking up something unrelated to my car.

Backup Camera= Very handy, i love that it beeps if it senses an object moving behind you and youre reversing. Very handy. I do wish ours had the integrated chime that increases the beeping the closer you get to the back of garage etc. Im used to it in my old car but ill get used to it.

Conclusion= Its the wifes car and I love it. I told her i feel like im being punished going back to my 2013 Ford C-max. So far no regrets and i hope we got one that holds true to Honda quality. Near the end of the 3 year bumper to bumper warranty we may pick up a Honda warranty just for piece of mind.
 

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I told her i feel like im being punished going back to my 2013 Ford C-max.
The CR-V is "my" car, and I had to upgrade the stereo in my wife's '06 Solara (and add a rear-view cam) to prevent open revolt! I can't get her adaptive cruise, but at least I could hook her up with Android Auto and a way to use her iPod without a cassette-tape adapter!
 

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The CR-V is "my" car, and I had to upgrade the stereo in my wife's '06 Solara (and add a rear-view cam) to prevent open revolt! I can't get her adaptive cruise, but at least I could hook her up with Android Auto and a way to use her iPod without a cassette-tape adapter!
Ha! Yeah its a treat for sure. We both work at the same place and Ive already put in a request to take her car to work tomorrow. I still plan on testing the emergency braking by getting a large cardboard box and having her try to run into it at 5 mph. Outta make for interesting subdivision gossip...........
 
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