Honda CR-V Facelift (Foto: Paultan)
Jakarta – Honda CR-V is one of the SUVs available in Indonesia. For the people and automotive enthusiasts, CR-V is considered as one of the luxurious cars in the country. Its cool design and comfort make it quite popular. However, the fuel consumption of Honda CR-V is considered quite high. Is it true that the Honda CR-V consumes a lot of fuel? Fuel consumption of a car is an important consideration before buying a car. The more fuel a car consumes, the more money you spend every month on fuel. Especially if the car is used daily and often drives through congested roads. Car owners will not be comfortable with a car that has high fuel consumption. However, for some people, high fuel consumption is not a problem as long as the power produced is satisfactory. But for those with limited financial resources, this becomes the main focus when buying a car.
It should also be noted that high fuel consumption is not solely caused by the car itself. There are other factors that greatly affect fuel consumption. One of them is maintenance issues. A car that receives regular maintenance will have better engine performance compared to a car that is not maintained. Delaying oil changes can cause the car to consume more fuel. For cars used daily, it is advisable to change the oil every 5,000 kilometers. For cars that are rarely used, the oil change can be done every 7,000 kilometers. The more the car is used, the more the oil works. The viscosity of the oil will decrease over time, resulting in decreased engine performance. Therefore, do not delay oil changes.
In addition to oil, spark plugs also need to be replaced regularly. For some people, spark plugs are considered less important. However, they also affect the fuel consumption of the car. The ideal replacement time for spark plugs is between 10,000 and 20,000 kilometers. According to Edo from CPM Motor, Ciganjur Jakarta Selatan, this is the ideal time for cleaning and adjusting the spark plug gap. But replacing them with new ones will be even better. If spark plugs are never replaced, the engine power can decrease and fuel consumption will increase. Make sure to use spark plugs that are suitable for your car’s needs. Incorrect use of spark plugs also affects fuel consumption.
Using the wrong type of fuel can also affect fuel consumption. Modern cars nowadays have sophisticated combustion systems that require fuel with a minimum octane level to maintain engine performance. Unfortunately, many people underestimate this. For example, if a car requires a minimum octane level of 95, but the owner fills it with octane 90 or 89, the combustion will not be optimal. As a result, the car’s acceleration will be slower and fuel consumption will increase. This is sometimes not realized by car owners. It is better to find a middle ground to minimize fuel expenses.
It is important to understand the octane value before buying a car. It is crucial to be able to afford the recommended fuel for the car. Going back to the main topic, Honda CR-V currently has 5 generations. Among the 5 generations, the third generation model has been the most popular up to now. In total, the third generation has sold more than 60,000 units. Meanwhile, the fifth generation, introduced in 2017, has sold more than 40,000 units. The third generation model has a design that resembles a turtle shell. It looks big, round, and is one of the most favored CR-V models in Indonesia.
Is the fuel consumption of the third generation CR-V really high? The third generation Honda CR-V was first launched from 2007 to 2012. This 5-seater car has an engine derived from the R-coded engine used in the Honda Civic. The CR-V uses a 1,498 cc, 4-cylinder, SOHC, i-VTEC engine with 187 hp power and a maximum torque of 240 Nm. The use of a single cam reduces friction in the engine, resulting in better fuel efficiency. In addition, the CR-V is equipped with a 6-speed automatic transmission, which was one of the firsts for an SUV in Indonesia.
For long-distance routes, the fuel consumption of the third generation Honda CR-V can reach an average of 15 km/liter with an average speed of 80-90 km/h. This fuel consumption is a combination of both congested and smooth roads. Meanwhile, for city driving with a combination of traffic, the fuel consumption of the third generation Honda CR-V can reach a minimum of 9 km/liter. For some people, this is not considered bad. The fuel consumption of the Honda CR-V Turbo in the fifth generation is also quite good. The turbocharged engine improves the performance of this elegant SUV. Although it may not look big, the weight of the car is quite heavy, even heavier than the previous generation. In terms of fuel consumption, the fifth generation Honda CR-V is considered fuel-efficient.
For long-distance travel, the fuel consumption of the Honda CR-V can reach 9.8 km/liter with an average speed of 80-100 km/h. This is still considered fuel-efficient, and the addition of a turbocharger contributes to the engine’s performance. For city driving, the fuel consumption is not much different from the third generation. The Honda CR-V can provide a fuel consumption of around 7 km/liter in the city. However, if driven at a slower speed of 50 km/h, the fuel consumption is much better. At a constant speed like this, the Honda CR-V can achieve a fuel consumption of 16 km/liter for a distance of 40 km. This is achieved with a relaxed driving style and not exceeding 2,000 rpm.
The fuel consumption of the Honda CR-V is not considered high if driven correctly. This car has decent fuel efficiency. Despite being only 3 years old, Honda has already showcased the facelift version of the fifth generation CR-V at the Bangkok International Motor Show (BIMS). There are not many changes to the exterior. The facelifted CR-V now has a slightly updated bumper, making it look bigger, and a wavy chrome grille. Chrome accents also decorate the rear of the car. Other changes include smoked tail lights, dark chrome tailgate garnish, and new 18-inch wheels. In terms of performance, Honda did not make any changes to the engine. In the Thai market, the facelifted CR-V is equipped with a 2.4-liter four-cylinder i-VTEC gasoline engine. It produces 170 hp at 6,200 rpm and 224 Nm of torque at 4,000 rpm. This engine is paired with a CVT automatic transmission. The facelifted CR-V with a gasoline engine is offered in both five and seven-seater variants, while the