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Real-World Gas Mileage for a Honda CR-V

Written by Nickel - 5 Comments

I’ve written in the past about the accuracy (or not) of EPA gas mileage estimates, and I also chronicled our purchase of a 2005 Honda CR-V (LX, 2WD). Being a bit of a stats freak, I thought that it might be interesting to take a look at how well this car does relative to the EPA estimates.

The EPA numbers for a Honda CR-V LX with 2WD are 29 mpg for highway driving, and 24 mpg in the city. So how do the real world numbers compare?

Well, on a recent roadtrip (ca. 90% highway, 10% city) I averaged around 25.6 mpg. In contrast, my ‘typical’ driving (more like 50%/50%) nets me around 21.1 mpg. Note that these numbers reflect cool-season driving, so there’s little or no air conditioning involved. If we scale the EPA numbers accordingly, I should have gotten somewhere around 28.5 mpg on the roadtrip and 26.5 during typical driving. In other words, my real world experience with this car was around 10% low on the roadtrip, and around 20% low otherwise. Not a huge surprise here, as the EPA numbers often turn out to be over-estimates. But my numbers aren’t nearly as bad as Consumer Reports suggested they would be (CR says to discount conventional car and truck mileage estimates by 30% when shopping for a car). Then again, heavy use of the AC during the summer would certainly have a negative impact on mileage.

Published on March 15th, 2006
Modified on August 6th, 2006 - 5 Comments
Filed under: Automotive, Energy

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5 Responses to “Real-World Gas Mileage for a Honda CR-V”

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    Jeremy Says:

    For what it’s worth, EPA is revising its methods and the new estimates should show up on the 2008 model year. (See EPA proposing new test methods.)

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    Jeremy Says:

    Check out the Your MPG list at FuelEconomy.gov. Drivers can enter their MPG under real-world driving conditions. It appears that 2006 CR-V (4WD) drivers get an average of 24.9 MPG.

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    SavingAdvice Says:

    Always good to keep track of gas mileage becasue a sudden loss can give you the heads up that something is wrong before really doing damage to the car.

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    Boris Says:

    I notice that my 05 CRV EX gets about 300 miles on a totally full tank, doing mostly city driving. I think the tank is 15 gallons. So quite a bit less than I was expecting.

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