2013 Honda CR-V User Reviews
LX AWD shown
- $22,795 - $30,295
- No trim specified for this review
- Very good fuel economy, silky smooth ride
- None significant so far
Purchased As New
Fuel economy: real winner here. I am getting more than 33 MPG in mostly-highway driving (90/10 highway/city mix with highway ~68 mph cruise-control in Econ mode). These are real pump-verified numbers as the onboard computer tends to be a little off (mostly on the "optimistic" side). When I do a tank of Gas in mixed 40/60 City/Highway driving I get about 30-31 mpgs. Again - all numbers verified at the pump. I consider these as excellent results, very happy with this. It is significantly better than promised. However, I am in sunny California having driven through the car's first winter so your mileage may vary. I did notice that as the weather is getting warmer - the car's mileage seems to be even improving slightly.
As some people noted, if someone so desires and drives the car on the highway at low speeds (~55 MPH) you can get some truly outstanding numbers - approaching the 40 mpg. I was never able to get this done for anything resembling a full tank so I can't provide conclusive proof but if you follow your mpg indicators you will see that this appears feasible if you can drive like this (I can't).
I have absolutely no idea why people (who don't drive off-road) would choose the AWD and be penalized with inferior fuel economy for each and every mile they drive.
The car drivetrain is silky-smooth, the engine is very quite, it gives you the ride of a luxury car.
Road noise - I have read people complain about this. For me it is NOT a significant issue at all. I think I felt what they are referring to - a somewhat elevated road-noise, mainly noticeable on concrete (not asphalt). What can I say - the car's ride is so smooth, the transmission and engine so well-behaved, the road noise so contained that it is really a none-issue for me.
The LX 2WD is a phenomenal value for your money. The two misses I see with it are: no hand-rest for passenger (really, Honda?) and no heated seats option (I would gladly pay for this). But overall, great value for your money.
Oil change: this was not clear to me so hopefully other readers will find it useful. The car's computer keeps track of your remaining oil life and is supposed to ignite a light when remaining light goes below 15%. So far I have done more than 3000 miles (mostly highway) and I am still at 70% remaining oil life. Looks good.
Power: Again, the source of many complaints in online reviews. My perspective on it is the following, I hear what you are saying but not a major concern of mine. The only time I noticed it was when I took a trip up a steep long incline, the car had to downshift and raise the RPMs to keep the speed I wanted to drive in. IMHO there is plenty of power to accelerate when needed both in the city and on the highway. I realize that there is a trade-off between acceleration and gas mileage and I am willing to accept less acceleration for better mileage. When cruising at ~65 mph the car engine is very relaxed with rpms below 2000 so you have a lot of room to "step on it" if needed.
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