Used SUV Guide: 2017+ Honda CR-V


5 Tips for Finding a First-Class Example of a Used Honda CR-V

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In 2016, Honda’s Ohio plant began building the fifth-generation Honda CR-V: the latest iteration of one of the most popular and longest-lasting crossover nameplates on the road. When launched for the 2017 model year, the fifth-generation CR-V built on the success of over 450,000 cumulative sales in Canada since the model’s introduction.

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The new 1.5-litre turbo engine has been brought in line with it, alongside the latest Honda Sensing technology suite for added safety and peace of mind.

Look for the LX, EX, EX-L and Touring trims from least to most loaded, with this 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder making 190 horsepower and 179 lb-ft of torque. Front-wheel drive models were available, although models equipped with all-wheel drive will be more commonly available on the Canadian used market.

Flexible seating and storage, Honda’s strong reputation for reliability, and combined fuel economy of around 8 L/100 km make the fifth-generation CR-V a solid buy for family buyers after much confidence — provided they take certain steps to help confirm that the used CR-V they are considering is a good one.

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Check out the related links and stories for more Honda CR-V reviews, news, specs and other info, and read on for 5 tips to make sure you find the best Honda CR-V out there. possible opportunity for the dollar.

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Tip 1: Transmission and Engine Health

For a trouble-free ownership experience with a used CR-V, perform a few simple checks on its transmission before you buy.

First, check the engine oil following the instructions in the owner’s manual. Confirm an acceptable oil level and condition using the dipstick and while doing so, be on the lookout for a strong smell of gasoline which may be more apparent when the dipstick is removed. This could be a sign of a troublesome problem called oil dilution. If you smell gas or notice an overly full reading on the gauge, proceed with caution and have the vehicle inspected at a dealership before purchasing.

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Next, make sure you are familiar with the transmission’s service history in the past, as well as its service requirements in the future. Most Honda CR-V owners have reported no transmission problems, but consistent and timely maintenance at a dealership is essential for long, healthy transmission life.

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2020 Honda CR-V Photo by Al Charest/Postmedia

Tip 2: Fuel System

There’s a second reason to try out a used Honda CR-V while on the lookout for a strong gas smell.

Honda has recalled thousands of CR-V models to fix issues with fuel pumps and fuel lines. Recall work is performed free of charge at a dealership to remedy latent safety defects, including those faulty fuel system components that could leak or fail, resulting in a fire or accident.

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Speak to a service advisor at your dealership or visit Honda’s website to determine whether or not the CR-V you are considering is affected by these recalls, or others. Here is a full list.

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2021 Honda CR-V Black Edition Photo by Renita Naraine

Tip 3: diagnostic analysis

Some Honda CR-V owners have reported bad or faulty fuel injectors, which can cause multiple system warnings and engine and emissions related trouble codes. These warnings may cause a Check Engine Light (CEL) to illuminate and the vehicle may malfunction.

A diagnostic scan can reveal trouble codes hidden in the CR-V’s computer brain, giving technicians insight into any potential problems that may be waiting to surface. A pre-purchase diagnostic scan is a smart idea and should be considered mandatory if you see a CEL on your test drive.

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Ask for a diagnostic analysis as part of a pre-purchase inspection (PPI) as the last step before buying. This professional inspection can confirm the condition of the vehicle, uncover easy-to-miss issues, and build confidence in your buying decision. Usually, a PPI is done at the expense of the buyer. You may need to make an appointment. A PPI usually costs less than $175.

About those fuel injectors? Affected owners report success in having faulty injectors replaced by dealers, usually under warranty.

2021 Honda CR-V Black Edition
2021 Honda CR-V Black Edition Photo by Renita Naraine

Tip 4: Vibrations and clicks

During your test drive, be sure to quiet the CR-V’s cabin and open your ears.

Some owners have reported excessive road noise which could be the result of overinflated tires, loose stabilizer bar linkages or brake rotor backing plates which may slap or rattle, or vibration and noise at high speeds. highway that could be the result of improperly manufactured drive shafts that may require replacement. Most did not.

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Still, if something doesn’t sound or feel right when you’re driving down the highway or down a rough road, it probably isn’t. To avoid potentially costly headaches, have a professional investigate before you buy. Do not accept delivery of a used CR-V with undiagnosed vibrations.

2020 Honda CR-V Touring
2020 Honda CR-V Touring Photo by Jil McIntosh

Tip 5: Safety sensors and electronics

The Honda CR-V you’re considering is likely equipped with an impressive array of safety technologies that use cameras and sensors to gather information about the world around it, to help keep you and your loved ones safe. occupants.

To minimize the risk of problems with advanced safety systems, focus on two things: battery health and the condition of the vehicle’s body.

Using a fresh, healthy battery is a great way to keep your modern vehicle’s electronic systems, including security systems, running as reliably as possible. Low battery can cause several system errors and other sporadic issues.

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The solution? Have the battery tested and replace if necessary. Your new CR-V’s electronics will thank you.

Also, remember to carefully inspect the exterior of the vehicle for any damage to the bumpers, windshield, and grille. Damage to these areas can lead to problems with the security system sensors and the cameras hidden behind them. So make sure that the body of the CR-V is in good condition and has no damage or signs of poor accident repair.

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2020 Honda CR-V Photo by Brian Harper /Conduct

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These tips are designed to help tester buyers more easily identify potential issues reported by some owners. A careful test drive and buying process focused on the above areas can help you find a first-class example of a used Honda CR-V.


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