2012 Honda CR-V: Road Trip Fuel Economy
December 24, 2012
My road trip to Arizona saw our long-term 2012 Honda CR-V amass over 900 miles, nearly all highway, and maybe three percent of them in heavy traffic (a welcome home gift from Southern California).
So I knew my fuel economy was going to be good. But I didn't think it would be outstanding, because once you're past Palm Springs, the speed limit goes up to 70 mph on California's Interstate 10. And not long after you cross into Arizona, it goes up to 75 mph and doesn't drop back until you're pretty much on top of Phoenix. I didn't have time for a serious fuel economy run, so I stayed with the flow, passed the trucks when I had the opportunity and didn't go especially easy on the 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine.
So I was pretty stoked when I crunched the numbers: The CR-V averaged 27.9 mpg over 919 miles. I got 27 mpg on the outbound leg, but aided by some downhill grades, managed 29 mpg on the trip back. Given that the all-wheel-drive CR-V is rated 22 city/30 highway/25 combined by the EPA, I count my results as pretty impressive. I could own this vehicle and drive it in my usual manner without getting terrible mpg.
Erin Riches, Senior Editor @ 12,746 miles