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Honda CR-V Real World MPG

Karen_CMKaren_CM Posts: 5,032
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: 3,863
    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: 2,797
    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: 3,863
    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: 5,032

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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.
  • :cry: The dealership handed me my CRV with an almost full tank and 15 miles in the tach. Currently the tachometer reads 455 miles and I have put $48.00 in gas. Drive 60/40 since I do many errands around my way and don’t like to speed. So let do the math Figure the dealer put $28 to fill up plus my $48 that’s $76. Divide $76 into 455 that 0.167 or 16.7mpg! Is this correct?
  • No, this is not correct. What you need to do is:
    1. Fill up the tank completely
    2. Set your trip meter to zero miles.
    3. When it gets close to empty, fill it up all the way again. When you do this, keep the receipt and write down how many miles are on the trip meter.
    4. Then, your mpg will be equal to the number of miles you wrote down from the trip meter divided by the number of gallons your receipt says you put in.

    I hope this helps!
  • me3me3 Posts: 30
    Miles per Gallon (MPG) is calculated by dividing the number of miles driven by the number of gallons used. If you odometer says you've driven 455 miles, you need to know the exact amount of gas put in to get a correct mileage number. So, if you know that you have burned a total of 20 gallons of gas, you would divide 455 by 20 and find that you are getting 22.75 MPG.
  • blueiedgodblueiedgod Posts: 2,797
    The dealership handed me my CRV with an almost full tank and 15 miles in the tach. Currently the tachometer reads 455 miles and I have put $48.00 in gas. Drive 60/40 since I do many errands around my way and don’t like to speed. So let do the math Figure the dealer put $28 to fill up plus my $48 that’s $76. Divide $76 into 455 that 0.167 or 16.7mpg! Is this correct?

    How can you divide Dollars by Miles and get miles per gallon??????? What you have is 16.7 cents per mile.

    To get miles per gallon you need to divide miles driven by gallons used.
    The simplest way is to:
    1) Wait until your first tank is empty, or until the light comes on.
    2) Go to the station that you know you will be able to return to for the consecutive fill up.
    3) Fill up until the auto shut off clicks. DO NOT TOP OFF.
    4) Reset the trip odometer.
    5) Drive as you normaly do.
    6) When the gas light is on, return to the SAME STATION, SAME PUMP, SAME TIME OF DAY, preferrably SAME WEATHER CONDITONS.
    7) Fill up, until the automatic shut off clicks. DO NOT TOP OFF.
    8) Take the miles driven on the trip odometer and divide by the GASOLINE VOLUME (not price). e.g. Trip odometer says 280 miles, it took 11 gallons to fill. 280/11=25.5 miles per gallon or mpg.
    9) Reset the trip odometer and repeat procedure 5 or more times.
    10) AVERAGE the 5 or more fill ups.
  • stevedebistevedebi LAPosts: 3,863
    Your mileage will improve after about 2500 miles. Also, you need to work out the best acceleration methods for in town driving. Try different styles until you find the one that yields the best MPG. I went from 19 MPG to 22 MPG in town just with driving style.
  • tamarastertamaraster Posts: 107
    [I posted this on the SUV mileage thread too; sorry for the duplication]

    Well, I just got my 6th fill-up or so.

    This tank was completely city-driving - I did not set foot (er, tire) on a road with a speed limit above 35 the entire tank. I got 20.9 mpg (on the lowest grade of fuel), which is about the same as my VW Passat Wagon (4-cyl turbo) got, for a car with a lot more pep and space.

    The previous tank was mostly Rocky Mt highway driving, and I got 25.1 mpg. The previous tank, which was all Rocky Mt highways (including a lot of driving through Rocky Mt National Park), I got 28 mpg.

    Altogether, I've gotten 24.2 mpg to date. I haven't tried mid-grade fuel yet, which is what's recommended in the owner's manual.
  • theracoontheracoon Posts: 666
    I haven't tried mid-grade fuel yet, which is what's recommended in the owner's manual.

    That's odd. The Honda website lists "regular unleaded" as the correct grade of fuel for the 2005 CR-V.
  • blueiedgodblueiedgod Posts: 2,797
    Well, I just got my 6th fill-up or so.

    This tank was completely city-driving - I did not set foot (er, tire) on a road with a speed limit above 35 the entire tank. I got 20.9 mpg (on the lowest grade of fuel), which is about the same as my VW Passat Wagon (4-cyl turbo) got, for a car with a lot more pep and space.

    The previous tank was mostly Rocky Mt highway driving, and I got 25.1 mpg. The previous tank, which was all Rocky Mt highways (including a lot of driving through Rocky Mt National Park), I got 28 mpg.

    Altogether, I've gotten 24.2 mpg to date. I haven't tried mid-grade fuel yet, which is what's recommended in the owner's manual.


    READ THE MANUAL AGAIN!!!! You probably missed the part where it says to use octane 86. Unless you are in Brazil, Eastern Europe, other developing country, or Rocky mountain region still gets 76 octane. The lowest grade sold in most of the US is 87, which is higher than recommended 86.

    By the way, I am getting 26 mpg 95% City driving in a 2005 CR-V EX manual with 3 oz of acetone per 15 gallon tank. 24 mpg without acetone
  • sky23213sky23213 Posts: 296
    Acetone? I guess if you do it, it wouldn't hurt the engine. Care to give some details? Thanks!
  • tamarastertamaraster Posts: 107
    I live in Denver. Our three grades here are typically 85, 89, and 91 octane. So the lowest is lower than the manual recommends, unless I really did misread it.
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