Unknowingly, I was holding up traffic. I thought I was obeying the posted speed limit - 65 miles per hour on Interstate 66 East in Virginia for about 15 miles from Gainesville to the frequently busy I-495 interchange.
But, whoosh! A late-model Cadillac CTS sedan sped past me on the right, just as I entered the expressway. Whoosh! Another sedan, a 5-Series BMW, ran past. Then, buzz-buzz, a tricked-out Nissan of some sort, apparently owned by a motorist who wanted to go fast on a regular basis but couldn’t afford it, motored onward at the highest speed he could muster.
It was crazy!
Marketers for automakers need to take note of this. They need to stop and think about the messages they are selling. Too many people are buying their dangerous lies.
Have you noticed their television commercials? Typically, there is a car zooming along a completely empty street or highway. (Ha! When have you ever seen one of those in real life?) Or a sport-utility vehicle is trundling through the wilderness; or another vehicle is speed-jamming into a tight space on an otherwise empty street.Advertisement
It is all nonsense - excessive speed, dangerous driving that can be demonstrated safely only on a “closed course” with a “professional driver.”
Trouble is, most of us don’t drive on closed courses. Most of us have state-issued driver’s licenses. We don’t consider ourselves “professional drivers,” as such. We generally drive vehicles such as this week’s subject model - the all-new wfor 2017 Honda CR-V Touring crossover-utility vehicle.
The 2017 model, equipped with a turbocharged (forced air) 1.5-liter gasoline engine, installed in a body widened and heightened a bit over its predecessor models, clearly is built for families and all their stuff. It doesn’t go “whoosh!”
Its little fuel-efficient engine (an estimated combined city/highway 32 miles per gallon) is fast enough for the kind of driving most of us do. It delivers a maximum 195 horsepower and can safely enter expressways or change highway lanes, assuming others among us are at least trying to obey traffic laws and posted speed limits.
But, no, automotive marketers tell us that we really don’t have to comply with the laws. Depending on the vehicle we bought and, apparently, the amount of money we spent for our motorized fantasy, we can go “whoosh!” and hope we don’t crash into someone or something, or run into a law-enforcement official along the way.
Surely, the automobile industry can sell its wares without encouraging potentially injurious or fatal irresponsibility.
The all-wheel-drive CR-V Touring, with its efficient 1.5-liter engine, shows the way. It is for sensible commuting, comfortable non-whoosh driving with more than 74 cubic feet of utility.
No, I do not mean to imply that everyone should drive the same kind of vehicle or at the same speed. But, please, give the rest of us a break. High-horsepower, high-performance vehicles belong on raceways. Interstate 66 is not one of them.
The Honda CR-V Touring, completely redone for 2017, is more aggressively styled (sharper edges, a more muscular and sculpted body) than more-conservative past models. But it still serves well the needs of a family of five. There are four trim levels - base LX, EX, mid-grade EX-L and everything-you-want Touring.
Ride, acceleration and handling: Decent in all respects. This one does well on paved streets. “Off-road” here means light gravel, shallow dirt and wet grass.
Head-turning quotient: It adheres to the CR-V tradition - in this iteration more aggressive and stylish than predecessors, but still friendly and welcoming.
It comes with a turbocharged 1.5-liter, gasoline, 16-valve inline four-cylinder engine with variable valve lift and timing. It has all-wheel-drive, and power is distributed through a continuously variable automatic transmission.
Seating is for five people. Cargo space with all seats in place is 39.2 cubic feet. With seats lowered, it expands to almost 76 cubic feet. The fuel tank holds 14 gallons of gasoline. Regular grade works fine.
I averaged 32 miles per gallon in highway driving.
Standard equipment includes four-wheel disc brakes, ventilated front and solid rear; four-wheel anti-lock brake protection; emergency braking assistance; blind-spot and lane-departure-warning accident avoidance system; traction and stability control; and side and head air bags.
The 2017 Honda CR-V Touring starts at $33,695. The price as tested is $34,595, including a $900 factory-to-dealer charge.
Source : http://www.theoaklandpress.com/article/OP/20170509/BUSINESS/1705094831051