2018 Honda CR-V LX FWD
The gray cloth seats of our CR-V are showing a little wear. The center armrest and back seat have minor stains from accidental spills.
“I do miss a better infotainment system and privacy glass, but the base CR-V is tough to beat for $25,000.” Miguel Cortina
Service life 4 mo/5,293 mi
Avg CO2 0.74 lb/mi
Energy cons 128 kw-hr/100 mi
Unresolved problems None
Maintenance cost $94.22
Normal-wear cost $0
Base price $25,125 As tested $25,125 Avg Fuel Econ: 26.3 mpg
Just a couple hundred miles after the odometer hit 5,000, the A-1 light on our long-term CR-V came on. My schedule didn’t allow me to go to the dealer right away, so after hitting 5,500 miles, intern and test analytics expert JC Anne Hancock took our CR-V to its first dealer visit.
The A-1 service required an oil and filter change and a tire rotation. As with every service, there was a multipoint inspection that covers the tire and brake condition, an interior and exterior check, a battery test, and a look under the hood and under the vehicle. Even though the CR-V had a green checkmark on every category of the inspection, the service cost us a hefty $94.22. The entire service was completed in just over two hours.
Aside from the pricey visit to the dealer, the CR-V LX is starting to show normal wear and tear. It has a couple of minor stains on the gray cloth seats from accidental liquid spills, and the center armrest is showing some use. Otherwise, the CR-V continues to be a staff favorite and is constantly booked for road trips.
Those road trips helped reveal some of the base model’s drawbacks. You’re inherently making sacrifices when you get the cheapest trim level, and in the CR-V’S case, it means no tinted windows or cargo cover. Last summer was a hot one by Socal standards, and the CR-V’S greenhouse didn’t handle all that sunshine very well. The black plastics inside only add to the inconvenience.
The untinted windows also leave any belongings exposed in the cabin and cargo area. To counteract that issue, I ordered a cargo cover, which is standard on the EX trims and above but a $160 extra on the base LX.
In the next update we’ll talk about my recent road trip to Las Vegas and how well the CR-V handles baby seats.