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Honda CR-V Gas Mileage: 1998 – 2013

First introduced in 1998, the Honda CR-V has become one of America’s most popular compact crossover SUVs. The CR-V was redesigned in 2007 and again in 2012, with fuel-efficiency a key consideration. Solid gas mileage figures have been one of the CR-V’s key selling points over the years, with the 2WD CR-V’s gas mileage ratings flirting with the 30 miles per gallon (MPG) mark on the highway. Today’s sleek CRV bears little resemblance to the earliest models (where aerodynamics and exterior design were not a priority).

The 2013 CR-V’s 2.4 liter 4-cylinder engine produces 185 horsepower (up from 156) and continues to be equipped with a five-speed automatic transmission. (2006 was the last year for the manual transmission in America.) The CR-V diesel’s 2.2 liter i-CTDi turbo diesel engine would a game-changer for the US market, with remarkable fuel mileage ratings.

Over the years, we’ve had the opportunity to test drive the 2012 and 2008 Honda CR-V and have been impressed with the vehicle’s ride and comfort. While a good number of folks have commented negatively about the CR-V’s real-world MPGs, we had no problem hitting the numbers testing both models. If you drive Honda’s little SUV with a heavy foot, however, you’re likely to be disappointed with its fuel-efficiency. Driving technique makes a significant amount of difference.

Be sure to check out our unbiased reviews of the 2012 Honda CR-V EX-L and 2008 Honda CR-V

We have some very specific ideas on how to improve the CR-V’s fuel-efficiency and will be exploring the topic in our Ain’t Fuelin’ video series in the coming months. We’re aiming for an average improvement of ten percent through mindful maintenance. Stay tuned!

Basic CRV Fuel Economy Improvement Tactics

  • If your CR-V is equipped with an Instant MPG display, use it to learn when you can lighten up your right foot. If you do not have an Instant MPG gauge, add an aftermarket unit.
  • Switch to high-quality synthetic fluids (oil, transmission, transfer case).
  • Switch to low-rolling-resistance tires.
  • Minimize idling and time spent in stop-and-go traffic whenever possible.
  • Hold the line on highway speeds and minimize lane changes.


Honda CR-V Gas Mileage – 1998-2013

Year Manf. Model Engine Disp. Trans. City Hwy. Comb. Fuel
2013HondaCR-V 4WD4 cyl.2.4 literAuto 5-spd223025Regular
2013HondaCR-V 2WD4 cyl.2.4 literAuto 5-spd233126Regular
2012HondaCR-V 4WD4 cyl.2.4 literAuto 5-spd223025Regular
2012HondaCR-V 2WD4 cyl.2.4 literAuto 5-spd233126Regular
2011HondaCR-V 4WD4 cyl.2.4 literAuto 5-spd212723Regular
2011HondaCR-V 2WD4 cyl.2.4 literAuto 5-spd212824Regular
2010HondaCR-V 4WD4 cyl.2.4 literAuto 5-spd212723Regular
2010HondaCR-V 2WD4 cyl.2.4 literAuto 5-spd212824Regular
2009HondaCR-V 4WD4 cyl.2.4 literAuto 5-spd202622Regular
2009HondaCR-V 2WD4 cyl.2.4 literAuto 5-spd202723Regular
2008HondaCR-V 4WD4 cyl.2.4 literAuto 5-spd202622Regular
2008HondaCR-V 2WD4 cyl.2.4 literAuto 5-spd202723Regular
2007HondaCR-V 4WD4 cyl.2.4 literAuto 5-spd192622Regular
2007HondaCR-V 2WD4 cyl.2.4 literAuto 5-spd202723Regular
2006HondaCR-V 4WD4 cyl.2.4 literAuto 5-spd202522Regular
2006HondaCR-V 4WD4 cyl.2.4 literManual 5-spd192421Regular
2006HondaCR-V 2WD4 cyl.2.4 literAuto 5-spd202623Regular
2005HondaCR-V 4WD4 cyl.2.4 literAuto 5-spd202522Regular
2005HondaCR-V 4WD4 cyl.2.4 literManual 5-spd192421Regular
2005HondaCR-V 2WD4 cyl.2.4 literAuto 5-spd202623Regular
2004HondaCR-V 4WD4 cyl.2.4 literAuto 4-spd192421Regular
2004HondaCR-V 4WD4 cyl.2.4 literManual 5-spd192321Regular
2004HondaCR-V 2WD4 cyl.2.4 literAuto 4-spd202622Regular
2003HondaCR-V 4WD4 cyl.2.4 literAuto 4-spd192421Regular
2003HondaCR-V 4WD4 cyl.2.4 literManual 5-spd192321Regular
2003HondaCR-V 2WD4 cyl.2.4 literAuto 4-spd202622Regular
2002HondaCR-V 4WD4 cyl.2.4 literAuto 4-spd202421Regular
2002HondaCR-V 4WD4 cyl.2.4 literManual 5-spd192321Regular
2002HondaCR-V 2WD4 cyl.2.4 literAuto 4-spd202623Regular
2001HondaCR-V 4WD4 cyl.2 literAuto 4-spd192321Regular
2001HondaCR-V 4WD4 cyl.2 literManual 5-spd192321Regular
2001HondaCR-V 2WD4 cyl.2 literAuto 4-spd202321Regular
2000HondaCR-V 4WD4 cyl.2 literAuto 4-spd192321Regular
2000HondaCR-V 4WD4 cyl.2 literManual 5-spd192321Regular
2000HondaCR-V 2WD4 cyl.2 literAuto 4-spd202321Regular
1999HondaCR-V 4WD4 cyl.2 literAuto 4-spd192321Regular
1999HondaCR-V 4WD4 cyl.2 literManual 5-spd192321Regular
1999HondaCR-V 4WD4 cyl.2 literManual 5-spd192321Regular
1999HondaCR-V 4WD4 cyl.2 literAuto 4-spd192321Regular
1999HondaCR-V 2WD4 cyl.2 literAuto 4-spd202321Regular
1999HondaCR-V 2WD4 cyl.2 literAuto 4-spd202321Regular
1998HondaCR-V 4WD4 cyl.2 literAuto 4-spd192320Regular
1998HondaCR-V 2WD4 cyl.2 literAuto 4-spd192321Regular
1998HondaCR-V 2WD4 cyl.2 literManual 5-spd192321Regular
1997HondaCR-V 4WD4 cyl.2 literAuto 4-spd192321Regular

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