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Honda CR-V Real World MPG

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  • I drive our 2005 CR-V EX most of the time , it has around 500 mil on it now ,the next tank full I am going set the odometer and check the MPG, I have been told the MPG will get better when I get more miles on it. we will see
  • stevedebistevedebi LAPosts: 4,098
    "We use Amoco 87 by the way."

    Yikes! Switch to a better fuel. Aamco makes good octane fuels, but I always use one of the following, who put better cleaning addatives in their gas: Texaco, Exxon, Mobil, Shell, Chevron. Over time, the fuel cleaners will help your MPG and engine longevity.
  • Hello,

    We just came home from a road trip to Nova Scotia from Ontario. It was about 80%highway. Total distance was 5440Kms. We used 509.71 Liters of regular 87 octane.
    I figure we have about 9.36 L / 100 KM.
    I think this translates to about 25 MPG for US gallons, or 30 MPG for Imp Gal.

    The car is 2003 CR-V LX, a/c was on about half the time. Speed between 110-120 KPH.

    My .02c worth.
  • saabgirlsaabgirl Posts: 184
    2005 CR-V EX auto, 5000 miles on odometer
    Drove from central CT to Western PA and back -- 1177 miles
    People, luggage etc weighed approx 600 lbs
    Tires at 32 psi

    Avg mpg for entire trip was 27.18
    Best stretch was 335 all-highway miles with cruise control set at 65 in which we avg 31.6 mpg.

    Minor note:
    The only thing that bugs me about this car, and it shows up more on a long trip, is the storage pockets in the door. The top "pocket" is annoying because it has no bottom and interferes with access to the second pocket under it. I find it hard to dig stuff out of the second pocket, because it seems too narrow/deep. Good thing the little center tray is handy and there's a separate cranny for the cell phone..
  • We bought an '05 CRV-SE back in July. It now has a little over 4,000 miles on it, but I'm still a bit frustrated with the mileage. I was thinking it would improve over time, but so far it's remained pretty much the same.

    We've been getting 22mpg ever since we got it wavering only a mpg difference either way occasionally. My wife is the primary driver and she is most definitely NOT a heavy-footed driver. Our driving is mostly suburbs/highway. Her daily commute in particularl is mostly interstate and rural roads so I was expecting her mileage to be closer to the highway rating than the city rating.

    We love the vehicle overall. I'm actually thinking about getting an older used one for myself. But I have been a bit frustrated with the mileage aspect as this was a major consideration when we bought the vehicle.
  • blueiedgodblueiedgod Posts: 2,798
    The only thing that bugs me about this car, and it shows up more on a long trip, is the storage pockets in the door. The top "pocket" is annoying because it has no bottom and interferes with access to the second pocket under it.

    I think it is a door handle, not pocket. I have 2005 EX and I only have a pocket on the bottom, no pocket with no bottom.
  • saabgirlsaabgirl Posts: 184
    I think it is a door handle, not pocket.

    ... except the door handle is right above the bottomless "pocket". I just wonder what the designers had in mind. Granted it's a pretty picayune concern, far outweighed by the very favorable mpg I've been consistently getting..
  • me3me3 Posts: 30
    Taller map books and the like...

    Taller papers don't bend over and yet you can reach into the lower part of the pocket if you need to.
  • planning to buy a 2WD LX.
    Did you noticed an improvement in MPG since you bought the car?
    Listed is 22-29 MPG....far from real life driving...
  • I have about 2800 miles on my CR-V (EX AWD), and it's been pretty consistent. I get about 21/22 mpg in city driving. It's hard for me to give a figure for highway driving, since I've done so little, and what I did was in the mountains, but it looks like about 25-28 mpg based on my records.
  • First tank, mixed driving, 60% Highway/40% Suburbs - 25mpg.
  • rrrrbrrrrb Posts: 5
    I have a 2002 CR-v EX with Automatic and 64k miles. I have taken several trips from Dallas to Colorado Springs, and on these trips, have averaged 28-33 mpg with A/C on.
    Around Dallas, I average 19-23 mpg with A/C.

    Over the years, my milage has gone down. I think it may have to do with the new tires that I put on the vehicle, the Goodyear TripleTred. Great tires for traction, but noisy.
  • I was getting about 20 mpg. I do 95% city driving with lots of lights. I have used Goodyear Triple Treads since the first week. (Very hard ride but good traction) I recently changed to Mobile 1 synthetic of the right value and a top Purotator (As I remember) filter. At the same time, the change to part Ethanol gas and cold weather hit NJ. Plus my battery was defective and replaced. My mileage has dropped from 20, down to about 16 mpg. Does this make sense or could I have a problem? I don't carry much cargo or people as a rule. Tires are inflated properly. I am at a loss.
  • At the same time, the change to part Ethanol gas and cold weather...

    The change in fuel blend is the cause of your reduced fuel mileage.

    JM2C
  • Thanks for the response. I just don't remember it being that big a difference on my past cars. The last was a Camry 6 cyl. I spoke to a former Exxon chemist who thought the 4 mpg difference was a little too much to be just the fuel, but that was just his guess. I remember about 2 mpg loss on past cars, but if it is 4 mpg now with the CRV, I guess I just have to live with it. I have to wonder if the air stays cleaner burning normal gas and getting 20 mpg or burning the Ethanol mixture and getting only 16 mpg over the same 2000 or 3000 miles. Can using the heater or a different oil filter have any effect?
  • blueiedgodblueiedgod Posts: 2,798
    Thanks for the response. I just don't remember it being that big a difference on my past cars. The last was a Camry 6 cyl. I spoke to a former Exxon chemist who thought the 4 mpg difference was a little too much to be just the fuel, but that was just his guess. I remember about 2 mpg loss on past cars, but if it is 4 mpg now with the CRV, I guess I just have to live with it. I have to wonder if the air stays cleaner burning normal gas and getting 20 mpg or burning the Ethanol mixture and getting only 16 mpg over the same 2000 or 3000 miles. Can using the heater or a different oil filter have any effect?

    It is more likely that 2 mpg came from ethanol and the other 2 mpg from MTBE used in winter gas. Also the grade of oil will make a difference.

    I usually do my own changes with Mobil 1 0W-20, but I had a freebie from the dealer, and went with their change. Supposedly they used 5W-20, and my mileage went from 30 mpg highway (summer) to 25 highway (winter). Combination of winter gas and non-synth oil are probably contributing to my MPG descrease. I will change out to Mobil 1 after 3000 miles on the dyno oil.
  • af1023af1023 Posts: 1
    I own the same car and I do not get near the same mileage.

    Are you using synthetic? What type of tires were you using previously?

    Thanks
  • I noticed that till I hit the 5000 miles mark my CRV drove a bit heavy with some kind of resistance. The pickup was very poor.. I would be afraid to make quick lane changes in a crowded quick stop and go freeway.

    But now it seems to be responding a lot better and feels more lighter to drive.

    I always use Mobile 87 grade and tire pressure is usually 34psi. Till date I was pretty frustrated with the mpg but it seems to have improved now.
    Seems to have improved from 21/22mpg to 24 mpg till date for city traffic.
  • Hi
    I'm looking @ Toyota, thinking Matrix, Corolla, or Prius, mostly to save on gas $$ and have a reliable car. From what I'm reading here, Matrix doesn't sound like a good bet on either count.

    I'm looking at a loaded 2006 XR Automatic.

    Comments/insights are much appreciated!
    Thanks :)
  • bshelbshel Posts: 232
    seahorse1,
    You are on the CR-V forum, which is Honda - do a search for toyota/matrix board. Or XR car.
  • blueiedgodblueiedgod Posts: 2,798
    Hi
    I'm looking Toyota, thinking Matrix, Corolla, or Prius, mostly to save on gas $$ and have a reliable car. From what I'm reading here, Matrix doesn't sound like a good bet on either count.

    I'm looking at a loaded 2006 XR Automatic.

    Comments/insights are much appreciated!
    Thanks


    Go with the XRS, 6spd manual version. The engine is made by Yamaha.
  • tcasboytcasboy Posts: 214
    I am just at about 1500 miles on my 2006 CR-V EX with the manual transmission. Thought I would share my gas mileage with the board. I keep a log for all my vehicles where I note the date, mileage, gals and cost of fuel and also for maintenance work. My numbers are thus pretty exact. Most of my driving is mixed about 70% interstate and 30% around town. I bought the vehicle 300 miles away so the first tank was just about all hwy, since then the mix has been about 70/30.

    MPG per fill up
    22.7
    24.0
    22.9
    24.5
    23.4
    25.0

    Overall average 23.98 1221 miles, 50.9 gals used since first full tank.

    I'm pretty happy with the mileage thus far, and I am really happy to not be using premium, which was required for my Audi. Ouch. I'm hoping that it picks up a bit as the car is broken in, but even if I only average 24 I figure I'm doing pretty well. My Audi averaged about 28-30 MPG on the highway, but using the premium was killing me.

    I am very happy with my new CR-V.

    TB
  • Owner manual says to keep tires at 29 psi. Why do you use 34 psi? Seems to me it would be dangerous to deviate from manufacturers reco's. Affects braking distance, traction and your ride is probably more harsh---all to get maybe 1% better mileage?
  • City mileage about 24 mpg. Highway mileage about 30 mpg. I use mobil 1 now, but didn't until 12,400 mile mark. Till then used organic 5W20. Now use synthetic 5W30.
  • blueiedgodblueiedgod Posts: 2,798
    City mileage about 24 mpg. Highway mileage about 30 mpg. I use mobil 1 now, but didn't until 12,400 mile mark. Till then used organic 5W20. Now use synthetic 5W30.

    Switch to 5W-20 and you will get better mileage, I use 0W-20, but it is no longer available from Mobil.
  • I am trying to find out if there is a significant MPG difference between LX 2WD vs EX 4WD CRV ( all auto).
    What edmunds is listing is not that much of a difference ( 2MPG less for the EX AWD), I wonder if real world is the same.
    I heard people being very dissapointed for the EX MPG...
    Thanks to all LX and EX owners!
    Dan
  • Well, I just purchased an 04 EX 4WD CRV, and only two tanks of gas in, I am less than impressed with the mpg. It is a bummer, because other than that, I love the vehicle. There are only 10800 miles on the car. My last tank of gas only netted 250 miles. Granted, that is city driving. But not a whole lot of stop and go - I don't live in a big city. I don't drive fast, don't stomp on the gas. I was just wondering if there was something that I was doing really wrong, because I am seeing nowhere NEAR estimated mpg. :cry:

    I'd love any suggestions, is this something I should discuss with the dealer?
  • kyfdxkyfdx Everywhere, USAPosts: 122,989
    Have you calculated your actual MPG? I ask.. because the low fuel light comes on really early... and even though you are only getting 250 miles.. you may only be using 10-11 gallons.... and that would be 23-25 MPG.. not so bad..

    regards,
    kyfdx

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  • Hi, I haven't calculated actual MPG, and was hoping that something was just weird with the guage. I would be happy with at least 20ish MPG. My guage now shows a little over half a tank, and I have only driven 90 miles! My last fill-up, my dad took it for a test spin and filled up the tank for me, so I didn't get to see how many gallons were actually used. I will check actual MPG with my next fill up and report the results. Thanks for your quick reply!
  • saabgirlsaabgirl Posts: 184
    As kyfdx implied, your problem may be simply that the CR-V has a smallish tank, 13.5 gals, I think. Miles driven divided by gallons used will give you the # you're looking for which should be a gallon or two better than 20ish.
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