Motor Trend's Carlos Lago, of the Motor Trend Channel's "Ignition" fame, checked back in with us with an update of our long-term 2013 Honda CR-V. Spending some quality, uninterrupted seat time in Honda's best-selling SUV, Lago became familiar with some of the CR-V's ergonomic quirks, specifically regarding its Bluetooth system.

Lago received intermittent connection messages throughout his drive informing him that his phone was connected. Although the CR-V's Bluetooth system officially supports the iPhone 4, turning off Wi-Fi reportedly improves connection stability. But like most customers probably would, he didn't bother to manually disable Wi-Fi each time and learned to live with the minor annoyance.

Slightly more annoying is that the connectivity notification takes up the entire screen, not simply a corner or a discreet one-line notification. Another clunky quirk of the system is an on-screen prompt to end a phone call, even though there are call pick-up and hang-up buttons on the steering wheel which would seem like they would make the screen prompt redundant. However, the upside to all this ergonomic awkwardness is crystal-clear call quality, with many people not even aware Lago was driving when talking to him.

This update also included a service stop of an oil change and tire rotation, in which a nail in the tire was found and patched.


Our Cars
Service life 4 months/7899 miles
Average fuel economy 25.2 mpg
CO2 emissions 0.77 lb/mile
Energy consumption 134 kW-hr/100miles
Unresolved problems None
Maintenance cost $74.04 (oil change, tire rotation)
Normal-wear cost $0