We’re not going to lie, when the 2015 Honda CR-V mpg rating debuted this past October, we were a bit shocked. The 2014 model was already incredibly fuel-efficient, yet Honda found a way to boost the torque while raising the fuel economy as well. We were excited to have the updated crossover in our showrooms at Detroit Area Honda Dealers, and we were even more excited to see it on the streets in and around Metro Detroit.
So exactly how did they make the CR-V even more efficient?
Improving on Fuel Economy
Before we get to how Honda managed to improve their crossover’s fuel economy, we should probably let you know just how efficient the new model is. The 2015 Honda CR-V mpg ratings are at an EPA-estimated 34 mpg on the highway and 27 mpg in the city for front-wheel drive models.*
Traditionally, there are a few ways you can improve a vehicle’s fuel economy:
- Update the aerodynamics: Exterior upgrades can let a car cut through the air more smoothly, but they rarely happen outside of a new generation.
- Shed some weight: If you’re pushing something incredibly heavy and its weight suddenly drops in half, it would get a lot easier to get the job done, right? Well, your car’s engine can become more efficient by just shedding a few pounds, but like the aerodynamics, these changes don’t often happen outside of a new generation of vehicle.
- Update the engine: This is one of the easiest ways, though when most drivers think about power/torque vs fuel economy, it’s a give-and-take scenario. Honda kept the power the same at 185 hp, gave the engine a boost in torque to 181 lb-ft, and saw a rise in fuel economy. That is what we call superior engineering.
While Honda could’ve made some tweaks here or there to the aerodynamics or the weight, we think it’s the updates to the engine that can account for the fuel economy boost.
See the CR-V in Action
There’s more to a vehicle like the 2015 Honda CR-V than its mpg ratings. Visit a Detroit Area Honda Dealer today and see all of the different options available on Honda’s world-famous crossover. We think you’ll see why it’s one of the preferred family vehicles in the Detroit Metro area.