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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
2013 Honda CR-V 4WD 4 cyl. 2.4 liter Auto 5-spd 22 30 25 Regular
2013 Honda CR-V 2WD 4 cyl. 2.4 liter Auto 5-spd 23 31 26 Regular
2012 Honda CR-V 4WD 4 cyl. 2.4 liter Auto 5-spd 22 30 25 Regular
2012 Honda CR-V 2WD 4 cyl. 2.4 liter Auto 5-spd 23 31 26 Regular
2011 Honda CR-V 4WD 4 cyl. 2.4 liter Auto 5-spd 21 27 23 Regular
2011 Honda CR-V 2WD 4 cyl. 2.4 liter Auto 5-spd 21 28 24 Regular
2010 Honda CR-V 4WD 4 cyl. 2.4 liter Auto 5-spd 21 27 23 Regular
2010 Honda CR-V 2WD 4 cyl. 2.4 liter Auto 5-spd 21 28 24 Regular
2009 Honda CR-V 4WD 4 cyl. 2.4 liter Auto 5-spd 20 26 22 Regular
2009 Honda CR-V 2WD 4 cyl. 2.4 liter Auto 5-spd 20 27 23 Regular
2008 Honda CR-V 4WD 4 cyl. 2.4 liter Auto 5-spd 20 26 22 Regular
2008 Honda CR-V 2WD 4 cyl. 2.4 liter Auto 5-spd 20 27 23 Regular
2007 Honda CR-V 4WD 4 cyl. 2.4 liter Auto 5-spd 19 26 22 Regular
2007 Honda CR-V 2WD 4 cyl. 2.4 liter Auto 5-spd 20 27 23 Regular
2006 Honda CR-V 4WD 4 cyl. 2.4 liter Auto 5-spd 20 25 22 Regular
2006 Honda CR-V 4WD 4 cyl. 2.4 liter Manual 5-spd 19 24 21 Regular
2006 Honda CR-V 2WD 4 cyl. 2.4 liter Auto 5-spd 20 26 23 Regular
2005 Honda CR-V 4WD 4 cyl. 2.4 liter Auto 5-spd 20 25 22 Regular
2005 Honda CR-V 4WD 4 cyl. 2.4 liter Manual 5-spd 19 24 21 Regular
2005 Honda CR-V 2WD 4 cyl. 2.4 liter Auto 5-spd 20 26 23 Regular
2004 Honda CR-V 4WD 4 cyl. 2.4 liter Auto 4-spd 19 24 21 Regular
2004 Honda CR-V 4WD 4 cyl. 2.4 liter Manual 5-spd 19 23 21 Regular
2004 Honda CR-V 2WD 4 cyl. 2.4 liter Auto 4-spd 20 26 22 Regular
2003 Honda CR-V 4WD 4 cyl. 2.4 liter Auto 4-spd 19 24 21 Regular
2003 Honda CR-V 4WD 4 cyl. 2.4 liter Manual 5-spd 19 23 21 Regular
2003 Honda CR-V 2WD 4 cyl. 2.4 liter Auto 4-spd 20 26 22 Regular
2002 Honda CR-V 4WD 4 cyl. 2.4 liter Auto 4-spd 20 24 21 Regular
2002 Honda CR-V 4WD 4 cyl. 2.4 liter Manual 5-spd 19 23 21 Regular
2002 Honda CR-V 2WD 4 cyl. 2.4 liter Auto 4-spd 20 26 23 Regular
2001 Honda CR-V 4WD 4 cyl. 2 liter Auto 4-spd 19 23 21 Regular
2001 Honda CR-V 4WD 4 cyl. 2 liter Manual 5-spd 19 23 21 Regular
2001 Honda CR-V 2WD 4 cyl. 2 liter Auto 4-spd 20 23 21 Regular
2000 Honda CR-V 4WD 4 cyl. 2 liter Auto 4-spd 19 23 21 Regular
2000 Honda CR-V 4WD 4 cyl. 2 liter Manual 5-spd 19 23 21 Regular
2000 Honda CR-V 2WD 4 cyl. 2 liter Auto 4-spd 20 23 21 Regular
1999 Honda CR-V 4WD 4 cyl. 2 liter Auto 4-spd 19 23 21 Regular
1999 Honda CR-V 4WD 4 cyl. 2 liter Manual 5-spd 19 23 21 Regular
1999 Honda CR-V 4WD 4 cyl. 2 liter Manual 5-spd 19 23 21 Regular
1999 Honda CR-V 4WD 4 cyl. 2 liter Auto 4-spd 19 23 21 Regular
1999 Honda CR-V 2WD 4 cyl. 2 liter Auto 4-spd 20 23 21 Regular
1999 Honda CR-V 2WD 4 cyl. 2 liter Auto 4-spd 20 23 21 Regular
1998 Honda CR-V 4WD 4 cyl. 2 liter Auto 4-spd 19 23 20 Regular
1998 Honda CR-V 2WD 4 cyl. 2 liter Auto 4-spd 19 23 21 Regular
1998 Honda CR-V 2WD 4 cyl. 2 liter Manual 5-spd 19 23 21 Regular
1997 Honda CR-V 4WD 4 cyl. 2 liter Auto 4-spd 19 23 21 Regular

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