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Honda CR-V Real World MPG

Karen_CMKaren_CM Posts: 5,020
edited December 2013 in Honda
This topic is for CR-V owners to report their actual MPG. Please be sure to include the year, automatic or manual, and whether it is FWD or AWD.

"Real World" Fuel Economy vs. EPA Estimates

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  • varmintvarmint Posts: 6,326
    Been tracking MPG since September 1999. Overall average is 25. I'd have to check my chart to see what the highs and lows have been.
  • stevedebistevedebi LAPosts: 3,786
    2003 CR-V EX AT. At 75 Mph, 26-27 MPG on the freeway. At 55-65 on secondary roads at high altitude, I have gotten just under 31 MPG.

    Normal in-town is around 22, mixed 23-24.

    Note that I drive carefully (but not slowly). If I stomp on the accelerator all the time, I have gotten as low as 18.5 for all city driving. The I4 engine will support rapid starts and acceleration, but you pay the price at the pump.

    My mileage got better at around 2000 miles.
  • Just got it, first tankfull was 21.5 mpg,2nd tank went up to 23.6 mpg mostly backroads,very little highway miles seems to be a very good car!!!!
  • blueiedgodblueiedgod Posts: 2,803
    2005 EX manual. First recorded tank was 22 mpg 95% city driving (BJ's fuel, regular). Second tank was 24 mpg 80% city driving (Mobil fuel, regular). Looking forward to some highway driving to see what the mileage is going to be.

    I think it would be a good idea for people to post their mileage and the brand and grade of fuel used. I see greater difference in fuel economy (based on observations in my other cars) from brands than driving style.
  • stevedebistevedebi LAPosts: 3,786
    Good idea to post the fuel. I use only regular unleaded, Exxon/Mobile, Shell, Texaco, or Chevron. Won't touch the other brands...
  • On my third recorded tank now, my 05 LX Fwd is at 22.4 mpg. At the previous fill-up it was 21.6 mpg. This is almost all short trips, city driving.
  • bob05bob05 Posts: 27
    Location: Boston (where Spring never comes)

    05 LX FWD automatic

    Purchased 12/17/04
    Current mileage 5700; no oil change yet; OEM tires--29 psi all around.

    Driving: 80% inter-suburban; 20% highway
    Vendors: Shell, Mobil, occasionally Exxon
    Driving style: Stevedebi; gentle all around

    Lifetime mileage: 23.3 mpg

    Winter MPG (thru 3/31/05): 22.8
    Spring (sic) MPG (from 4/1/05): 24.2

    Best tank: 27.5 (all highway ending 3/19/05)
    Worst tank: 20.8 (all suburban driving ending 3/11/05)
  • Karen_CMKaren_CM Posts: 5,020

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  • glm3glm3 Posts: 1
    2005 CRV LX auto, 2WD, 9,000 miles:
    Have not checked city driving, but getting 27 mpg on highway (75-80 mph) using regular unleaded.
  • nornenorne Posts: 136
    2002 LX FWD AUTO

    22-23 mpg with A/C running all the time. The MPG was higher when I lived in mainland around 24-26 MPG.
  • asmith2asmith2 Posts: 1
    I just bought 2000 CRV, even though this model's engine is 2.0 I am getting 20-21 MPG. I drive 60% in city and around 40% on freeway (70-75mph). I checked with mechanic, he says every thing looks ok. I will appreciate any comments or suggestions. Thanx.
  • chochchoch Posts: 3
    I have had my 2005 CRV 5 speed auto 4 cyl AWD since the end of november. My mileage in US Gal/mi average is about 21. This consisted of 50/50 hwy city driving as I drive to the city to work. This is dissapointing as my 2003 Accord gets an average of 29 doing the same thing. The accord has a much larger tank. I almost ran out of gas last weekend at less than 400 k (240 miles) on a full tank. The CRV needs a larger tank. Does anyone know of a retrofit???
  • bshelbshel Posts: 232
    I have a 2004 CR-V EX MT. I fuel up with regular unleaded (87 octane) nearly every time -- at either Exxon/Mobil or Sunoco.

    My mpg seems quite similar to stevedebi in post#4. At 75 Mph, 26-27 MPG on the freeway. When I keep my highway speed under 70, I have improved to 28 mpg.

    Average city is around 22, mixed 23-24.
  • I bought a used 2003 EX about 2 months ago with 53,000 miles. Here in East Texas, we run the A/C pretty much all the time May-September. With about 50/50 city and highway miles we average 18-19mpg. Our best so far is 22mpg on an all-highway trip, running the A/C.

    I called the dealership, asking if this kind of mileage was typical. He said it was because we run the A/C a lot, and that it should get better in the Fall. I know that A/C affects fuel economy, but I'm getting 4-5 mpg less that I should.

    Has anyone else had this experience?
  • saabgirlsaabgirl Posts: 184
    2005 CR-V EX auto with factory roof rack -- avg 21.8 mpg for the first 1000 miles.

    Used Shell 87. The missus likes to run the AC full bore anytime the temp is above 85, which it has been quite a bit here in the Northeast. Most of the driving has been suburban stop and go, with some city and a fair amount of blue highways.

    We expect to take a trip to Maine soon, and I'm looking forward to seeing what I get with 300 interstate highway miles.

    But so far, I'm getting pretty much what Honda promised.
  • theracoontheracoon Posts: 666
    With about 50/50 city and highway miles we average 18-19mpg. Our best so far is 22mpg on an all-highway trip, running the A/C.

    A lot depends on your driving style.Is the highway mileage driving at 80 MPH? Or at 65 MPH? Faster highway speeds mean lower fuel mileage. City fuel mileage is affected by how fast you accelerate. Slow and steady wins the fuel mileage race.
  • The highway miles we put on are right at 65mph, and the city driving isn't just stop and go, either. Most of the stretches in town we drive are 40mph+. As far as heavy/light acceleration goes, we don't hot rod it, but sometimes it feels so sluggish that it requires a heavier foot to get moving. When we kick off the A/C, it seems to do much better, which I'm used to with 4 cylinders, but this seems pretty extreme.
  • theracoontheracoon Posts: 666
    As far as heavy/light acceleration goes, we don't hot rod it, but sometimes it feels so sluggish that it requires a heavier foot to get moving.

    Is this your first SUV? You need to remember that it's heavier than a sedan and is not going to accelerate as quickly. If you try to "push" it to accelerate like a sedan, your mileage will be poor.

    JM2C
  • sky23213sky23213 Posts: 296
    With a 05 CR-V SE at about 2600 miles, apparently running the A/C makes more of a difference than I thought, but still pretty good MPG. On highway commute with some stop & go and A/C all the time its 23.5 MPG. With no or very little A/C is 26.5. So far I avoid flooring it, even when merging. And always put the mid fuel - Plus 90.
  • wife's '98 2L 4s auto awd gets 25 hwy consistently, any regular 87O unleaded. loves Mobil 1 full synthetic 0w20, improved performance, smoother running, faster accel.
    also loves the Bosch 4 platinum plugs, noticible improvement in performance over NGK and NipponDenso. long life 100k plugs.
    noticeable acceleration improvement and hill climbing after breakin around 5 to 10k.
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