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My family currently has two '18 CR-V leases: an EX that I got last March, and an EX-L that I got in January.

Whenever I'm driving the EX for a while and get back into the EX-L, it feels like the EX-L's steering is a bit looser. It's probably just my senses playing tricks with me (the smoothness of the leather steering wheel, perhaps?).

I don't think there's a problem. I'm just wondering if the steering on two different vehicles can be calibrated slightly differently, or if I'm just imagining it.

Does anybody else have experience driving two different Gen 5s? What do you think?
 

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Do the two cars have the same brand of tires?

Are the tires inflated to the same PSI?

Are mileages on both about the same?


All the above could contribute to differences in feel and apparent effort.

I know you didn't think it was a problem, but if it DOES bother you, a front end alignment might make a difference. (Caster angle can increase steering effort a LOT for the power assist.)
 

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Do the two cars have the same brand of tires?

Are the tires inflated to the same PSI?

Are mileages on both about the same?


All the above could contribute to differences in feel and apparent effort.

I know you didn't think it was a problem, but if it DOES bother you, a front end alignment might make a difference. (Caster angle can increase steering effort a LOT for the power assist.)
Both cars have Bridgestone tires.

The EX has about 8000 miles, and the EX-L has about 1000.

How does PSI impact steering feel? I have checked and filled the tires on the older car, but not the newer one.
 

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A high PSI tire turns 'easier', with less resistance.

(You should check the new car... Some dealers forget to reduce the pressure from the factory-applied 'storage' PSI of ~50 to the PSI recommended on the driver's door pillar. Our new HR-V was running 48!)
 

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A high PSI tire turns 'easier', with less resistance.

(You should check the new car... Some dealers forget to reduce the pressure from the factory-applied 'storage' PSI of ~50 to the PSI recommended on the driver's door pillar. Our new HR-V was running 48!)
I just checked the tire pressure in both cars. The pressure in the new car was actually lower than it should be for all four tires (around 25-26 instead of the recommended 33/30). I'll inflate them tomorrow, but if anything, based on what you're saying, it should have the opposite of the desired effect.
 

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You should wear a blindfold and then drive them consecutively to see if you can tell the difference.
I can't tell if you're making a joke (driving blindfolded) or if you're suggesting walking up to the car blindfolded and then driving it. If it's the latter, the interiors are different (cloth vs. leather), so I would know.
 

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Doing a little bit of clicking around on other forums, people mention steering rack adjustments. Does anybody have experience with this? Is this something I should look into doing at the dealership?
 
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