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GREEN | 7 out of 10
23 mpg city, 31 highway (front-wheel drive); 22/30 (4WD)
For even greater sluggishness, Honda fits all 2012 CR-Vs with an “econ” button that dulls throttle response and widens the acceptable window of variation for the cruise and climate controls
Car and Driver
The 2013 Honda CR-V is one of the most fuel-efficient vehicles in its class, but there's a bit of a back story as to why.
Last year, instead of adding a six-speed automatic to the lineup, Honda made the gear ratios taller for the five-speed automatic transmission. If you live in mostly level terrain, that translates to substantially better gas mileage—as reflected in the EPA ratings of 23 mpg city, 31 highway with front-wheel drive, or 22/30 with 4WD. But if you regularly drive in hilly terrain, or do a lot of passing or merging, it's likely you won't see as much of an improvement in the real world.A big green 'econ' button on the dash engages a mode that softens throttle response and more frugal parameters for accessories, and it may bring your actual mileage more in line with the EPA ratings.
The 2013 Honda CR-V has some of the highest mileage ratings in its class, but tall gear ratios mean that you're not as likely to see them in real-world driving.