The 2014 Honda CR-V is one of the more fuel-efficient models in its class--without six- or eight-speed transmissions, or direct injection.
Yet there's a bit of a back story as to how the CR-V pulls that off. with the CR-V's last redesign, 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. Although if you regularly drive in hilly terrain, or do a lot of passing or merging, you'll probably never see that kind of real-world improvement.
You'll get somewhat better mileage in front-wheel-drive models; though those with the so-called Real-Time AWD system fully disengage the rear wheels when cruising, to help save fuel.Across the model line, there's a big green 'econ' button on the dash. With it, you engage a mode that softens throttle response and allows more frugal parameters for accessories.