Interior Comfort and Ergonomics:
The leather interior is surprisingly nice. The driver’s seat has a huge range for adjustments, which would probably make this car suitable for pretty much anyone. Unfortunately, the passenger seat is significantly less adjustable. But it’s all about me, right?
The steering wheel has the little thumb nubs (is this becoming a trend?), and little flat spots on the backside of the steering wheel, which my fingers sat comfortably on.
Loved all of the cubby holes and cup holders! There are EIGHT cup-holders, that’s 4 for the front seats, 4 for the rear. And I’m always in need of at least one more cup holder in my cars for that extra bottle of water. Cubby holes everywhere for cell-phone, change, sunglasses, etc.
The cargo space is huge! I folded the rear seats forward, anchored them with the handy strap which loops over a hook on the B pillar behind the front seats. I was then able to put my road bike, my teammate’s road bike (the handlebars hooked onto the folded up seats nicely), the two fronts bike wheels, two small coolers, floor pump, 2 helmets, shoes, my full-sized backpack, a stationary bike trainer and my teammate’s large exploding bag of clothing. And there was room to spare!
The voice recognition system was good when I could get it to work right. “Show gas stations” works good. “How long to destination” worked good. See also “the bad”.
The volume control for stereo is in a non-intuitive location (at the top left corner of the navigation screen). Where it would ordinarily be located is actually the temperature control knob, so every time I tried to turn the stereo up, I was turning up the cabin temperature.
I did have some trouble with the visors, in that when the sun is low on the horizon, they aren’t adequate for blocking it out. Perhaps if my seat were higher, they’d work better.
Voice recognition quirks: “Show closest restaurant” told me the time. Umm, no. Sometimes I got no response to my “question”. Sometimes it would just ask me to repeat. It got frustrating!
I think the instrument panel is a mess. There are too many gauges, dials, readouts, numbers, etc. I found that it was really distracting to try to find out how much gas I had remaining at a quick glance, how many miles I’d driven, etc. A toggle switch which allows you to see what you want, WHEN you want is much better. I like “less is more”, not “more is more”.
I drove this crossover SUV for a lot of miles, over several days. I drove it in heavy (and sketchy) traffic, into the sunset, over bridges, through toll lanes, basically over the valley and through the dell. The longer I drove the CR-V, the more I became used to it and fond of its zippiness, ability to handle corners at speed, and its ability to stop immediately. I drove it down my favorite, dark, curvy road and the CR-V did not disappoint. I would characterize its handling as: nimble.