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.

Motor Trend - - LONG-TERM TEST -

“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.

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