CRV i-DTEC Ex (auto) 4wd with sensing (2016)
I've had my 1.6i-DTEC EX CRV with sensing for over a year now and it's a great car with a few niggles. I'm curious to understand the gearbox and economy as it's not the most economical vehicle I've driven, but not the worst either considering its size/height. I do a lot of motorway driving and to get anywhere near 50mpg, I have to drive at around 60mph. Any faster, and the mpg seems to drop very quickly as the engine is revving harder. However, the car never seems to go into 9th gear unless I'm pushing it to 75/80mph. Is that normal? With my usual 60mph driving, I'm worried that the gearbox won't be shifting into 9th gear enough and this might affect it later in it's life. Also, if I do push it last the 70mpg mark and manage to get into 9th gear, does the switch over make a significant difference to the economy or am I looking at the low 40mpg or less?