Besides sharing the same platform, the Honda Civic has a lot more influence on the fifth-gen CR-V than we often acknowledge. A lot of the sedan’s styling aspects have been imparted onto the SUV, apart from its 1.5L turbo-four mill.
The block has been tuned to be more potent on the CR-V with up to 190hp on tap. But this extra juice hasn’t stopped the ‘mom SUV’ from overshadowing its rivals in fuel economy numbers.
Using FWD, it’s capable of reaching 30mpg combined (28mpg city, 34mpg highway). Switching to AWD returns 29mpg combined (27mpg city, 33mpg highway).
It doesn’t lose much using its usual 2.4L four-pot engine which gets 28mpg combined in FWD and 27mpg combined with all four wheels being powered. These figures help the CR-V break its rivals in what are arguably the most crucial specs for family-centric suburban vehicles.
The closest CR-V rival, Toyota RAV4, is good for only 26mpg combined. The same goes for the Kia Sportage. The Subaru Forester does a little better at 28mpg combined. For now, only the 2.0L Mazda CX-5 can match the CR-V at 29mpg combined.
The Civic, which has served as a successful inspiration for the new CR-V, leads by example in the fuel economy game. With up to 35mpg combined, it’s superior to the Mazda 3 (33mpg), Toyota Corolla LE Eco (34mpg), and Subaru Impreza (31mpg).