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Old 06-23-2013, 02:06 PM   #1
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Question 2012 Honda CRV AWD or FWD???

Ok...now that I've gotten some useful info from some of you wonderful members, we have another question (and after this one, I think I'm going to buy a car this week!)....when it comes to gas mileage, is the Honda CRV AWD or FWD more fuel efficient (when it is not being towed behind an RV)? My husband and I are questioning if we will ever really NEED an AWD vehicle; we live in Alabama, and the terrain around here just ain't that bad for normal driving! But if it gets better gas mileage, we are all for it. There are (2) 2012 CRV EX L's that we are looking at...one is AWD and one is FWD...and the only difference in the two, other than that, is that one has a DVD player and the other one does not. Not a big selling item for us, since our children are grown, and we have no grandchildren at this point in life. As always, you guys are wonderful at answering the questions we have asked! We are Newbies, but are also very quick learners, thanks to YOUR help!

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Old 06-23-2013, 02:12 PM   #2
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The FWD gets better mileage, but only by about 1 mpg. I wouldn't worry about that small a difference.

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Old 06-23-2013, 02:23 PM   #3
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Just purchased a new CRV EX-L AWD. It has really been very good in heavy rain and downpours. I think the AWD helps even though you don't notice it in operation. The difference in mileage is minimal.
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Old 06-23-2013, 02:43 PM   #4
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Thanks bearaboo and Mr D! I haven't noticed that they drive any different; just curious about the gas mileage and why I might NEED an AWD as compared to the FWD.
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Thanks bearaboo and Mr D! I haven't noticed that they drive any different; just curious about the gas mileage and why I might NEED an AWD as compared to the FWD.
You might not NEED AWD but given a choice I would go for it. As bearaboo said, you don't even notice it in operation. My guess is that the fuel mileage difference is negligible. One thing to be aware of is that the AWD cannot be towed on a dolly, it is 4 wheels down only. But then, who would want a tow dolly anyway?
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Old 06-24-2013, 06:20 AM   #6
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While we were shopping / reading stickers, the AWD vs FWD showed about 1 to 2 mpg different. Up here, finding a FWD is difficult. Most dealers stock AWD. So that's what we got.

AWD is nice in the rain as most peolpe don't change their driving style when it rains. They rely on ABS and AWD to get them out of jams.
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Old 06-24-2013, 06:46 AM   #7
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AWD is good if you plan to go off road, into the mountains or north of the Mason-Dixon line. Other than that, FWD will save on initial price, weight and MPG.

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