2013 Honda CR-V Long-Term Update 4
Our Camera-Mounted Chase Car
Any given day of the week has me expecting lots of versatility from the CR-V. It needs to be a jack-of-all-trades that can adapt its abilities to whatever the task at hand. Many of these chores are within the realm of what most SUVs owners would ask of their vehicles, but a recent need to mount a video camera to the hood, then briskly follow and film a Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG 507 coupe on a closed, very twisty road near Potrero, California, was by any measure abnormal.
Sitting shotgun was video producer Terren Lin, and after securing the camera to the hood with numerous suctions cups, mafer clamps, and tension rods, we both crossed our fingers that the rig would hold while I hustled the CR-V to the edge of its limits while attempting to keep pace with the 507-hp coupe. I am happy to report that both CR-V and camera survived the game of cat and mouse, and the CR-V left me with a positive impression of its ability to be driven beyond its expected means.
There are times when I wish Honda would have added paddle-shifting abilities to the CR-V to allow the driver sharper control over vehicle speed. This would be especially helpful on long downhill grades like the many found on the interstates entering the Los Angeles basin. Instead, shifting gears means fumbling with the gate for second and first, and then tapping the outmoded button to select third. Or keeping it in drive and letting the five-speed find the best gear to match to vehicle speed. And in truth, the transmission knows more often then not when to select a lower gear.
Yet these are the kind of things a driver shouldn't be constantly asking of the CR-V , because doing so likely will prematurely wear down the tires and brakes. And without a doubt the CR-V is happier just meandering around town filled with goods, gear, and groceries. The footprint of the CR-V is just the right size to squeeze in and out of tight curbside parking or those ever-shrinking parking lot slots, and parking is made easier by the rear backup camera. When you're on a hill, the CR-V's standard hill hold prevents the vehicle from rolling backwards when your foot goes from the brake pedal to the gas. Hill hold works in forward or reverse.
Lastly, I'm fond of the steering wheel-mounted controls. They're simple and straightforward to use, and feel smooth and premium to the touch. Changing the music, answering calls, or accessing the navigation system can all be done safely using the wheel controls.
|Service life||11 mo/22,302 mi|
|Average fuel economy||26.4 mpg|
|CO2 emissions||0.73 lb/mi|
|Energy consumption||128 kW-hr/100mi|
|Maintenance cost||$147.35 (2-oil change, tire rotation, inspection)|