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2017 Honda CR-V Owner's Manual ➜ 5. Driving

Before Driving  
Driving Preparation  
Check the following items before you start driving.  
Exterior Checks  
1Exterior Checks  
Make sure there are no obstructions on the windows, door mirrors, exterior  
lights, or other parts of the vehicle.  
u Remove any frost, snow, or ice.  
u Remove any snow on the roof, as this can slip down and obstruct your field of  
vision while driving. If frozen solid, remove ice once it has softened.  
u When removing ice from around the wheels, be sure not to damage the wheel  
or wheel components.  
Make sure the bonnet is securely closed.  
u If the bonnet opens while driving, your front view will be blocked.  
Make sure the tyres are in good condition.  
u Check air pressures, check for damage and excessive wear.  
2 Checking and Maintaining Tyres P. 580  
NOTICE  
When doors are frozen shut, use warm water around  
the door edges to melt any ice. Do not try to force  
them open, as this can damage the rubber trim  
around the doors. When done, wipe dry to avoid  
further freezing.  
Do not pour warm water into the key cylinder.  
You will be unable to insert the key if the water  
freezes in the hole.  
Heat from the engine and exhaust can ignite  
flammable materials left under the bonnet, causing a  
fire. If you’ve parked your vehicle for an extended  
period, inspect and remove any debris that may have  
collected, such as dried grass and leaves that have  
fallen or have been carried in for use as a nest by a  
small animal. Also check under the bonnet for  
leftover flammable materials after you or someone  
else has performed maintenance on your vehicle.  
Make sure there are no people or objects behind or around the vehicle.  
u There are blind spots from the inside.  
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uuBefore DrivinguDriving Preparation  
1Interior Checks  
Interior Checks  
The headlight aim is set by the factory, and does not  
need to be adjusted. However, if you regularly carry  
heavy items in the luggage area or tow a trailer, have  
the aiming readjusted at a dealer or by a qualified  
technician.  
Store or secure all items on board properly.  
u Carrying too much luggage, or improperly storing it, can affect your vehicle’s  
handling, stability, stopping distance, and tyres, and make it unsafe.  
2 Load Limit P. 387  
Do not pile items higher than the seat height.  
u They can block your view and may be thrown forward in the event of sudden  
braking.  
Do not place anything in the front seat footwells. Make sure to secure the floor  
mat*.  
Models with headlight adjuster  
You can adjust the low beam headlight angle by your  
self.  
2 Headlight Adjuster* P. 193  
Models with high voltage discharge tube bulbs  
Your vehicle is equipped with the automatic  
headlight adjusting system that automatically adjusts  
the vertical angle of the low beam headlights.  
u An object or unsecured floor mat can interfere with your brake and accelerator  
pedal operation while driving.  
If you have any animals on board, do not let them move around in the vehicle.  
u They may interfere with driving and a crash could occur.  
Securely close and lock all doors and the tailgate.  
Adjust your seating position properly.  
u Adjust the head restraint, too.  
2 Adjusting the Seats P. 210  
2 Adjusting the Head Restraints P. 213  
Adjust the mirrors and steering wheel properly for your driving.  
u Adjust them while sitting in the proper driving position.  
2 Adjusting the Mirrors P. 206  
2 Adjusting the Steering Wheel P. 205  
* Not available on all models  
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uuBefore DrivinguDriving Preparation  
Be sure items placed on the floor behind the front seats cannot roll under the  
seats.  
u They can interfere with the driver’s ability to operate the pedals, or the  
operation of the seats.  
Everyone in the vehicle must fasten their seat belt.  
2 Fastening a Seat Belt P. 43  
Make sure that the indicators in the instrument panel come on when you start the  
vehicle, and go off soon after.  
u Always have a dealer check the vehicle if a problem is indicated.  
2 Indicators P. 84  
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uuBefore DrivinguLoad Limit  
Load Limit  
When you load luggage, the total weight of the vehicle, all passengers, and luggage  
must not exceed the maximum permissible weight.  
1Load Limit  
3WARNING  
2 Specifications P. 652 655  
,
Overloading or improper loading can affect  
handling and stability and cause a crash in  
which you can be hurt or killed.  
The load for the front and rear axles also must not exceed the maximum permissible  
axle weight.  
2 Specifications P. 652 655  
,
Follow all load limits and other loading  
guidelines in this manual.  
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Towing a Trailer  
Towing Preparation  
1Towing Load Limits  
Towing Load Limits  
Your vehicle can tow a trailer if you carefully observe the load limits, use the proper  
equipment, and follow the towing guidelines. Check the load limits before driving.  
3WARNING  
Exceeding any load limit or improperly  
loading your vehicle and trailer can cause a  
crash in which you can be seriously hurt or  
killed.  
Total trailer weight  
Do not exceed the maximum towing weight  
of the trailer and towbar (with/without  
brakes), luggage and everything in or on it.  
Check the loading of your vehicle and  
trailer carefully before starting to drive.  
Towing loads in excess of the maximum  
towing weight can seriously affect vehicle  
handling and performance and can damage  
the engine and drivetrain.  
Check if all loads are within limits at a public scale.  
If a public scale is not available, add the estimated  
weight of your luggage load to the weight of your  
trailer (as quoted by the manufacturer), and the  
trailer nose load.  
Total Load  
Break-in Period  
Avoid towing a trailer during your vehicle’s first 1,000  
km (625 miles).  
If you tow a trailer in mountainous conditions,  
remember to reduce 10% of the combined vehicle  
and trailer weights from the maximum towing  
weight for every 1,000 metres of elevation.  
Never exceed the maximum towing weight and any  
specified load limit.  
2 Specifications P. 654, 657  
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uuTowing a TraileruTowing Preparation  
Trailer Nose load  
The trailer nose load should never exceed 100  
kg (220 lbs). This is the amount of weight the  
trailer puts on the towbar when it is fully-  
loaded. As a rule of thumb for trailer weights  
of less than 1,000 kg (2,205 lbs), the trailer  
nose load should be 10 percent of the total  
trailer package.  
Trailer Nose Load  
Excessive trailer nose load reduces front tyre traction and steering control. Too  
little trailer nose load can make the trailer unstable and cause it to sway.  
To achieve a proper trailer nose load, start by loading 60% of the load toward the  
front of the trailer and 40% toward the rear. Readjust the load as needed.  
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uuTowing a TraileruTowing Preparation  
1Towing Equipment and Accessories  
Towing Equipment and Accessories  
Make sure that all equipment is properly installed and  
maintained, and that it meets the country’s  
regulations where you are driving.  
Towing equipment varies by the size of your trailer, how much load you are towing,  
and where you are towing.  
Towbars  
The towbar must be of an approved type and properly bolted to the underbody.  
Safety chains  
Always use safety chains when you tow a trailer. Leave enough slack to allow the  
trailer to turn corners easily, but do not allow the chains to drag on the ground.  
Trailer brakes  
If you are thinking of getting a trailer that has brakes, be sure they are electronically  
actuated. Do not attempt to tap into your vehicle’s hydraulic system. No matter how  
successful it may seem, any attempt to attach trailer brakes to your vehicle’s  
hydraulic system will lower braking effectiveness and create a potential hazard.  
Additional towing equipment  
Consult your trailer sales or rental agency if any other  
items are recommended or required for your towing  
situation.  
There may be laws requiring special outside mirrors when towing a trailer. Even if  
mirrors are not required in your locale, you should install special mirrors if visibility is  
restricted in any way.  
Trailer light  
The lighting and wiring of trailers can vary by type  
and brand. If a connector is required, it should only  
be installed by a qualified technician.  
Trailer lights and equipment must comply with the regulations of the country where  
you are driving. Check with your local trailer sales or rental agency for the  
requirements in the area where you plan to tow.  
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uuTowing a TraileruTrailer Stability Assist  
Trailer Stability Assist  
Helps to stabilize the vehicle and trailer when the trailer severely sways.  
1Trailer Stability Assist  
Trailer stability assist is not a function that prevents  
the vehicle and trailer from swaying. Avoid high  
speeds, abrupt steering, improper trailer load, and  
sudden braking to keep the trailer from swaying.  
When swayed too severely, the system becomes  
ineffective, and you may loose control of your  
vehicle, causing the trailer to roll over or get  
damaged.  
How trailer stability assist works  
When the vehicle and trailer become unstable while driving, trailer stability assist  
determines the cause. If the trailer oscillation is detected as the cause, and the  
swaying increases, the system applies the brakes or controls engine output to reduce  
vehicle speed.  
Both the vehicle and trailer brake lights come on automatically if you brake to  
reduce vehicle speed.  
2 Driving Safely with a Trailer P. 392  
Trailer towing sway is caused by:  
Crosswinds  
Improper towbar down load  
Excessive Speed  
The VSA system indicator blinks during the trailer  
stability assist operation.  
2 VSA Operation P. 478  
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uuTowing a TraileruDriving Safely with a Trailer  
Driving Safely with a Trailer  
1Driving Safely with a Trailer  
Things You Need To Know Before Towing a Trailer  
Operating speed when towing a trailer is restricted  
up to 100 km/h (62 mph).  
Have the trailer properly serviced and keep it in good condition.  
Make sure that all the weights and load in the vehicle and trailer are within limits.  
2 Towing Load Limits P. 388  
Parking  
In addition to the normal precautions, place wheel  
chocks at each of the trailer’s tyres.  
Securely attach the tow bar, safety chains, and other necessary parts to the trailer.  
Securely store all the items in and on the trailer so that they do not shift while  
driving.  
Check if the lights and brakes on the trailer are working properly.  
Check the pressures of the trailer tyres, including the spare.  
Check regulations concerning the maximum speed or driving restrictions for  
vehicles towing trailers. If you are driving across several countries, check each  
country’s requirements before leaving home, because regulations may vary.  
We recommend you drive uphill of less than 12%  
slope. Follow the trailer association’s  
recommendations for suitable roads.  
Winds caused by passing large vehicles can sway your  
trailer, keep a constant speed and steer straight  
ahead.  
Models with Auto Idle Stop  
Turn off Auto Idle Stop system using Auto Idle Stop OFF button. The trailer  
weight can affect your vehicle’s brake effectiveness if Auto Idle Stop is activated  
on a hill while towing a trailer.  
Always drive slowly and have someone guide you  
when reversing.  
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uuTowing a TraileruDriving Safely with a Trailer  
1Towing Speeds and Gears  
Towing Speeds and Gears  
The shift down indicator will not prompt to  
downshift to 1st gear. It is up to you to downshift to  
1st gear to increase engine braking. Avoid sudden  
engine braking.  
Drive slower than normal.  
Obey posted speed limits for vehicles with trailers.  
Automatic transmission models  
Use the (D position when towing a trailer on level roads.  
Road and traffic conditions may require you to shift  
at times other than those indicated.  
Manual transmission models  
Either shift up or shift down indicator will come on at the best time to shift to a  
higher or lower gear for the better fuel economy.  
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uuTowing a TraileruDriving Safely with a Trailer  
Turning and Braking  
Turn more slowly and with a wider turning arc than normal.  
Allow more time and distance for braking.  
Do not brake or turn suddenly.  
Driving in Hilly Terrain  
Closely watch your temperature gauge. If it nears the red (Hot) mark, turn off the  
climate control system and reduce speed. Pull to the side of the road safely to cool  
down the engine if necessary.  
Automatic transmission models  
Change the gear position to the (S position if the transmission shifts frequently.  
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Off-road Guidelines  
General Information  
Your vehicle has been designed primarily for use on pavement, however, its higher  
ground clearance allows you to occasionally travel on unpaved roads. It is not  
designed for trail-blazing, or other challenging off-road activities.  
1Off-road Guidelines  
3WARNING  
Improperly operating this vehicle on or off  
pavement can cause an accident or rollover  
in which you and your passengers could be  
seriously injured or killed.  
If you decide to drive on unpaved roads, you will find that it requires somewhat  
different driving skills and that your vehicle will handle somewhat differently than it  
does on pavement. Pay attention to the precautions and tips in this section, and get  
acquainted with your vehicle before leaving the pavement.  
Follow all instructions and guidelines in  
this owner’s manual.  
Keep your speed low, and don’t drive  
faster than conditions permit.  
Important Safety Precautions  
To avoid loss of control or rollover, be sure to follow all precautions and  
recommendations:  
Be sure to store luggage properly and do not exceed your luggage load limits.  
2 Specifications P. 652, 655  
Failure to operate your vehicle correctly might result  
in a crash or a rollover.  
2 Important Handling Information P. 36  
2 Precautions While Driving P. 404  
Whenever you drive, make sure you and your passengers always wear seat belts.  
Keep your speed low, and never go faster than the conditions allow.  
It’s up to you to continually assess the situation and drive within the limits.  
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uuOff-road GuidelinesuAvoiding Trouble  
Avoiding Trouble  
Check Out Your Vehicle before you leave the pavement and make sure that all  
scheduled maintenance has been completed. Pay special attention to the  
condition of the tyres, and check the tyre pressures.  
Remember the route you choose presents limits (too steep or bumpy), you have  
limits (driving skill and comfort), and your vehicle has limits (traction, stability, and  
power). Failing to recognize these limits will likely put you and your passengers in  
a hazardous situation.  
Accelerating and Braking should be done slowly and gradually. Trying to start  
or stop too fast can cause a loss of traction and you could lose control.  
Avoiding Obstacles and Debris in the road reduces the likelihood of a rollover  
or damage to your suspension or other components.  
Driving on Slopes increasing your risk of a rollover, particularly if you attempt to  
drive across a slope that is too steep. Going straight or down a slope is usually the  
safest. If you can’t clearly see all conditions or obstacles on a slope, walk it before  
you drive it. If there is any doubt whether you can safely pass, don’t try it. Find  
another route. If you get stuck when climbing, do not try to turn around. Back  
down slowly following the same route you took up the hill.  
Crossing a Stream - Avoid driving through deep water. If you encounter water  
in your route (a small stream or large puddle, for example), evaluate it carefully  
before going ahead. Make sure it is shallow, flowing slowly, and has firm ground  
underneath. If you are not sure of the depth or the ground, turn around and find  
another route. Driving through deep water can also damage your vehicle. The  
water can get into the transmission and differential, diluting the lubricant and  
causing an eventual failure. It can also wash the grease out of the wheel bearings.  
If You Get Stuck, carefully go in the direction that you think will get you  
unstuck. Do not spin the tyres as this will only make things worse and could  
damage the transmission. If you are unable to free yourself, your vehicle will need  
to be towed. Front and rear tow hooks are provided for this purpose.  
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When Driving  
Models without keyless access system  
Starting the Engine  
1Starting the Engine  
1. Make sure the parking brake is applied.  
Keep your foot firmly on the brake pedal when  
starting the engine.  
Petrol models  
The engine is harder to start in cold weather and in  
thinner air found at altitudes above 2,400 metres  
(8,000 feet).  
When starting the engine in cold weather, turn off all  
electrical accessories such as the lights, climate  
control system, and rear demister in order to reduce  
battery drain.  
5-speed automatic transmission models  
2. Check that the shift lever is in (P, then  
depress the brake pedal.  
Brake Pedal  
If the exhaust system sounds abnormal or you can  
smell exhaust gas inside the vehicle, have your vehicle  
checked by a dealer. There may be a problem with  
the engine or exhaust system.  
u Although it is possible to start the vehicle  
in (N, it is safer to start it in (P  
.
The immobilizer system protects your vehicle from  
theft. If an improperly coded key (or other device) is  
used, the engine’s fuel system is disabled.  
2 Immobilizer System P. 176  
9-speed automatic transmission models  
2. Depress the brake pedal.  
u Make sure the transmission is in (P  
.
Brake Pedal  
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uuWhen DrivinguStarting the Engine  
Manual transmission models  
1Starting the Engine  
Clutch Pedal  
2. Check that the shift lever is in (N. Then  
depress the brake pedal with your right  
foot, and the clutch pedal with your left  
foot.  
u The clutch pedal must be fully depressed  
to start the engine.  
Do not hold the key in START (e for more than 10  
seconds.  
If the engine does not start right away, wait for at  
least 30 seconds before trying again.  
If the engine starts, but then immediately stops,  
wait at least 30 seconds before repeating step 3  
while gently depressing the accelerator pedal.  
Release the accelerator pedal once the engine  
starts.  
Brake Pedal  
3. Turn the ignition switch to START (e  
without depressing the accelerator pedal.  
Diesel models  
NOTICE  
For proper lubrication, the engine must not be run  
above fast idle speed until the low oil pressure  
indicator goes off.  
Avoid harsh acceleration or labouring the engine  
before the normal operating temperature has been  
reached.  
Diesel models  
When the engine malfunctions or stalls due to  
insufficient fuel, move the vehicle to a safe place  
immediately and refuel 10 Litres or more.  
When fuel runs out, air enters the fuel system. This  
may cause slow starting of the engine.  
If the engine does not start on the first try, try again  
a few times. If the engine still does not start, ask a  
dealer.  
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uuWhen DrivinguStarting the Engine  
Starting to Drive  
Automatic transmission models  
1. Keeping your right foot on the brake pedal, release the parking brake. Check that  
the parking brake indicator has gone off.  
2 Parking Brake P. 487  
2. Change the gear position to (D. Select (R when reversing.  
3. Gradually release the brake pedal and gently depress the accelerator pedal to pull  
away.  
1Hill Start Assist System  
Hill Start Assist System  
Hill start assist keeps the brake engaged briefly to help prevent the vehicle from  
rolling on inclines as you move your foot from the brake pedal to the accelerator.  
Hill start assist may not prevent the vehicle from  
rolling downhill on a very steep or slippery slope, and  
will not operate on small inclines.  
Manual transmission models  
Depress the clutch pedal, and shift to one of the forward gears when facing uphill,  
or (R when facing downhill, then release the brake pedal.  
Hill start assist is not a replacement for the parking  
brake.  
Automatic transmission models  
Change the gear position to (D or (S when facing uphill, or (R when facing  
downhill, then release the brake pedal.  
The brakes remain engaged briefly as you release the brake pedal.  
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uuWhen DrivinguStarting the Engine  
Models with keyless access system  
Starting the Engine  
1Starting the Engine  
1. Make sure the parking brake is applied.  
Keep your foot firmly on the brake pedal when  
starting the engine.  
Petrol models  
The engine is harder to start in cold weather and in  
thinner air found at altitudes above 2,400 metres  
(8,000 feet).  
When starting the engine in cold weather, turn off all  
electrical accessories such as the lights, climate  
control system, and rear demister in order to reduce  
battery drain.  
5-speed automatic transmission models  
2. Check that the shift lever is in (P, then  
depress the brake pedal.  
Brake Pedal  
If exhaust system sounds abnormal or you can smell  
exhaust gas inside the vehicle, have your vehicle  
checked by a dealer. There may be a problem with  
the engine or exhaust system.  
u Although it is possible to start the vehicle  
in (N, it is safer to start it in (P  
.
The immobilizer system protects your vehicle from  
theft. If an improperly coded key (or other device) is  
used, the engine’s fuel system is disabled.  
9-speed automatic transmission models  
2
Immobilizer System P. 176  
2. Depress the brake pedal.  
u Make sure the transmission is in (P  
.
Brake Pedal  
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uuWhen DrivinguStarting the Engine  
Manual transmission models  
1Starting the Engine  
Clutch Pedal  
2. Check that the shift lever is in (N. Then  
depress the brake pedal with your right  
foot, and the clutch pedal with your left  
foot.  
Bring the keyless remote close to the ENGINE  
START/STOP button if the battery in the keyless  
remote is weak.  
2
If the Keyless Remote Battery is Weak P. 623  
u The clutch pedal must be fully depressed  
to start the engine.  
The engine may not start if the keyless remote is  
subjected to strong radio waves.  
Brake Pedal  
Do not hold the ENGINE START/STOP button to  
start the engine.  
If the engine does not start, wait at least 30 seconds  
before trying again.  
All models  
3. Press the ENGINE START/STOP button  
without depressing the accelerator pedal.  
Diesel models  
NOTICE  
For proper lubrication, the engine must not be run  
above fast idle speed until the oil pressure warning  
indicator goes off.  
Avoid harsh acceleration or labouring the engine  
before the normal operating temperature has been  
reached.  
Diesel models  
When the engine malfunctions or stalls due to  
insufficient fuel, move the vehicle to a safe place  
immediately and refuel 10 Litres or more.  
When fuel runs out, air enters the fuel system. This  
may cause slow starting of the engine.  
If the engine does not start on the first try, try again  
a few times. If the engine still does not start, ask a  
dealer.  
Continued  
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uuWhen DrivinguStarting the Engine  
Stopping the Engine  
You can turn the engine off when the vehicle is completely stopped.  
Automatic transmission models  
1. Change the gear position to (P  
.
2. Press the ENGINE START/STOP button.  
Manual transmission models  
If the shift lever is in (N, press the ENGINE START/STOP button.  
If the shift lever is in any gear other than (N, depress the clutch pedal, then press  
the ENGINE START/STOP button.  
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