Fuel economy is an important part of every car purchase, especially in a world where gas prices are up and fluctuating all the time. Here at Mile High Honda, we know learning more about the EPA-estimated fuel economy of a car and the science behind it will help make it easier to choose your next ride.
Drivers across Denver, Aurora, and Centennial, CO, know that, among SUVs, the Honda CR-V is one of the best in terms of the fuel efficiency it delivers. Check out the miles per gallon you can expect from its various engines in our guide to the 2020 Honda CR-V MPG. Contact us if you’d like to test it out for yourself.
2020 Honda CR-V Miles Per Gallon
There are a few different configurations you can choose for the 2020 Honda CR-V, and the specific choices you make will affect the EPA-estimated miles per gallon you’ll get. These configurations fall on two axes: engine and drivetrain.
The standard configuration of the CR-V comes with a 1.5L in-line 4-cylinder engine with a turbocharger. It generates 190 horsepower and 179 lb-ft of torque. It’s partnered with a Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) that can be shifted into Sport Mode for a more exciting drive.
Together, they achieve an EPA-estimated 28 city/34 highway MPG for all Honda CR-V trim levels equipped with 2WD.1 Adding to that, all trim levels come with a 14-gallon fuel tank, so you’ll be able to make the most out of its MPG rating.
If you’re looking for more capability and control on slick roads and all-terrain surfaces, you can upgrade to the available Real Time AWD with Intelligent Control System™. It intuitively provides power to the rear wheels when it senses a loss of traction. Plus, all CR-V trim levels with AWD boast an EPA-estimated 27 city/32 highway MPG.1
Honda CR-V Hybrid MPG
If you’re looking to give your fuel economy even more of a boost, you’ll want to opt for the hybrid configuration of the Honda CR-V. It comes with a 2.0L DOHC i-VTEC® Atkinson-cycle engine paired to a powerful lithium-ion battery. Together, they achieve a total system horsepower of 212.
The hybrid comes with an Electronic Continuously Variable Transmission (E-CVT), which helps provide smooth shifting and the enhanced fuel economy that you expect from a hybrid. All Honda CR-V trim levels outfitted with the hybrid powertrain boast an EPA-estimated 40 city/35 highway MPG.2
The 2020 Honda CR-V hybrid also comes with a wide range of MPG-enhancing technologies. One of them is the Power Flow Monitor. It puts all your powertrain information right onto the Driver Information Display. From there, you’ll get to monitor the engine and battery pack to make sure they’re putting out enough power and recharging at the ideal rate.
There are also selectable drive modes that let you decide how to power your ride. Whether you want all-gas power for maximum performance, all-electric to boost efficiency, or the ideal combination of both, there’s a drive mode for you. You can also flick on the steering wheel-mounted deceleration selectors to fine-tune the regenerative braking.
Science Behind Atkinson-cycle MPG
The Atkinson-cycle engine is widely used in many hybrid vehicles, but you may have a few questions about it. How does it work? Is it really all that different from traditional gas-powered engines? How does it boost the MPG of the 2020 Honda CR-V? We have the answers you seek.
First, let’s look at its competitor: the Otto cycle engine. You may know it by its more common name: the 4-stroke engine. This technology is used in most modern gasoline-powered vehicles.
The power cycle of the 4-stroke engine includes four steps—hence the name. First, there’s the intake stroke when gas and air are drawn into the cylinders. The compression stroke then condenses the air-fuel mixture just before the power stroke ignites it and pushes down the pistons. Then, the exhaust stroke opens the valves and pushes out the burned hydrocarbons.
This 4-stroke cycle usually creates more power than necessary, expending extra energy. The Atkinson-cycle engine boosts efficiency by decreasing the compression ratio during the intake and compression strokes. That decreases the amount of force needed to push down the pistons, ultimately saving fuel and boosting your miles per gallon.
Adventure with the 2020 Honda CR-V MPG
Now that you know how far the 2020 Honda CR-V MPG can take you, it’s time to see how it can handle your everyday adventures with family and friends.
When you’re traveling with loved ones, you’ll need plenty of room for them to spread out. That’s why the CR-V offers seating for five passengers and up to 105.9 cubic feet of passenger volume. Plus, there’s over 40 inches of legroom in both the front and the back seats.
When you go on a road trip or camping excursion, you’ll need space for your supplies and all the souvenirs you collect along the way. To accommodate that, the Honda CR-V boasts up to 75.8 cubic feet of storage when the rear seats are lowered. Plus, the available hands-free access power tailgate will make it even easier to pack.
The CR-V brings plenty of power to go along with its MPG rating. If you plan on bringing along some extra supplies, it can haul up to 1,500 pounds with its base 1.5L engine.
Put the 2020 Honda CR-V MPG to the Test!
If you’re in Denver, Aurora, or Centennial, Colorado, and you’d like to see just how far you can go with the 2020 Honda CR-V MPG, come visit us here at Mile High Honda. Take it to the streets and see how many gas stations you can pass.
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1 28 city/34 highway/30 combined mpg rating for 2WD trims. 27 city/32 highway/29 combined mpg rating for AWD trims. Based on 2020 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions and other factors.
2 40 city/35 highway/38 combined mpg rating. Based on 2020 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions, battery-pack age/condition and other factors