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2018 Honda CR-V Driving Impressions


Honda engineers carefully blended composed handling with a refined ride. The CR-V is intended for the core of the compact crossover market, so its driving behavior is slanted more toward a premium feel than aggressive or sporty. Steering is accurate and responsive, and the car feels secure and confident when moving briskly on curvy two-lanes.

The suspension subdues flawed pavement. The frame was stiffened as part of the 2017 redesign, enabling a softer suspension to be used without affecting the overall stability. It might not handle better in corners than the athletic Mazda CX-5, but the ride is more comfortable.

Performance is adequate in the LX with the base 2.4-liter engine, but considerably stronger in models using the 1.5-liter turbo, whose acceleration and passing power are helped by torque that is fully there at a low 2000 rpm. The turbo CR-V can reach 60 mph about 1.5 seconds quicker than a 2.4-liter LX, although the engine sounds harsh when accelerating hard.

The continuously variable transmission is the weakest link in CR-V, sluggish when accelerating at highway speeds. Pushing harder on the throttle to compensate causes it to jump to a lower ratio, not what the driver intended, an annoying trait.

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**Based on 2014 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on driving conditions, how you drive and maintain your vehicle, battery-pack age/condition and other factors.

For 2014 Honda Accord Plug-In Hybrid, 115 combined miles per gallon of gasoline-equivalent (MPGe) electric rating; 47 city/46 highway/46 combined MPG gasoline only rating. 13 mile maximum EV mode driving range rating. 570 mile combined gas-electric driving range rating. Based on 2014 EPA mileage and driving range ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your MPGe/MPG and driving range will vary depending on driving conditions, how you drive and maintain your vehicle, lithium-ion battery age/condition, and other factors. For additional information about EPA ratings, visit http://www.fueleconomy.gov/feg/label/learn-more-PHEV-label.shtml.

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