As I’ve noted previously, I recently bought a new 2012 Honda CR-V EX with 2WD. This vehicle is rated for 23 mpg in the city and 31 mpg on the highway, and I’ve been very pleased with its real-world performance.
Having owned a CR-V from 2005 onward (a 2005 CR-V LX 2WD, to be exact) I have a pretty good feel for how the older generations performed. That model was actually rated for 20 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway. Based on extensive data tracking (using Fuelly), I averaged around 21.5 mpg on a typical tank of gas.
Yes, I do quite a bit of city (or city-like) driving, but this was still disappointing. Surely Honda could do better. Right?
While I don’t have much data for my new 2012 model, I’ve driven it enough to know that the mileage is far better than what I got with the older model. Based on my first full tank (around 300 miles of very normal driving that would’ve given me 21-22 mpg with the old car) I’ve averaged around 25 mpg with the new CR-V.
In fact, the on-board computer had it pegged at a little better than 25 mpg while my own calculations (miles driven divided by gallons pumped) showed just under 25 mpg. To be fair, however, the “full” tank that I received from the dealer probably wasn’t quite as full as if I had pumped it myself, so the computer estimate is probably more accurate.
All in all, I’m very happy with the purchase. It’s a very nice car and, aside from a minor complaint about the driver’s side mirror, I’ve been enjoying everything about it — including the noticeably better mileage.