2018 Honda CR-V Long Termer Part Three - Family Friend

 

At the recent LA Auto Show, Honda had its new Passport on the stand. This is a shorter, five-seater version of the three-row Pilot, and both share a platform with Honda’s smart Ridgeline pick-up.

Words: Kyle Cassidy   |   Photos KC
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At the recent LA Auto Show, Honda had its new Passport on the stand. This is a shorter, five-seater version of the three-row Pilot, and both share a platform with Honda’s smart Ridgeline pick-up.

Honda also sells the CR-V in the US, so just why they’d need another five-seater SUV in the line-up is a strange one. Yeah it’s wider, with a little more interior space, but that’s the US for you where you can never have too many SUVs. Kind of like here then.

While Honda NZ would likely be keen on a large seven-seater like Pilot, even the Ridgeline, those products are both left-hook only, and so the Passport won’t be here any time soon to confuse SUV buyers. And Kiwis seem happy enough with CR-V, 1550 sold up to November 2018, and almost half have been like ours, the AWD Sensing model. Who doesn’t want to own the top model?

Kiwis seem happy enough with CR-V, 1550 sold up to November 2018, and almost half have been like ours, the AWD Sensing model

And we reckon it’s great value compared with the other top-grade SUVs of this ilk. We’ve found it spacious enough, which is why the Passport is puzzling to us, but then we are not as large as mid-west Americans perhaps.

Along with a wide opening, the boot is broad and well shaped, while the low loading height sees all manner of family-related stuff like mountain buggies and bikes stowed easily.

We’ve hauled a few larger items too with kitchen whiteware and outdoor furniture accepted easily thanks to a clever folding rear seat that sinks down to form a low, flat area with a decent overall load height.


The drawback?

Little people’s precious treasures can disappear down under the seat and it seems Lego Batman is now gone forever. But no need to worry on that count as there are still about 400 others for us to stand on lying around the house. A seven-seat option is now part of the CR-V range but it only accounts for 15 per cent of sales.

From memory, the rear seat space is tight for legs but the additional row might help calm the journey if you’ve got a few too many kids to ferry. We’ve been managing to squeeze our three across the back of the CR-V, and while it’s tight it is doable. Longer journeys, like a trek to Hamilton zoo, make for close family bonding time although they all get on so much better when they are asleep. 

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Hondas are well known for their reliability and this one’s living up to its reputation. This example has now travelled over 18,000km during its life as an evaluation unit, and it still feels just like new.

Well, save for one aspect, a shining of the steering wheel leather making it a little slippery compared with new.

But otherwise all the folding, shutting, powered and sliding trim features are all working fine, the plastics resisting marks and scratches well, and the carpet is easy to vacuum, the leather trim easy to wipe clean.

And it’s reliably returning good economy as well, an average in the low 8L/100km range is the norm for your typical day-to-day driving, making the CR-V a good family companion.

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