Last post on May 16, 2013 at 10:34 PM
You are in the Honda Civic
What is this discussion about?
Honda Civic, Fuel Efficiency (MPG)
#2108 of 2117 Re: 2013 Civic LX MPG [kipk]
Apr 21, 2013 (11:40 am)
Yes, did the calculations myself since the readout fluctuates too much (as low as 19mpg and as high as 49mpg).
I live in a rural area with occasional stop signs and lights so I guess 37mpg isn't too shabby, especially since I was getting 17mpg in my previous vehicle.
40+ MPG would be awesome especially since I passed on the Insight (too wimpy) and Prius (too small & ugly).
Apr 22, 2013 (6:10 am)
Ugly is personal taste, but the Prius is bigger than the Civic. Quite a bit more interior volume and a few hundred pounds heavier. The Civic may be an inch or two longer since it has a trunk.
#2110 of 2117 Re: 2013 Civic LX MPG [lakerskobe]
Apr 22, 2013 (8:43 am)
Meant to say your average is approaching the EPA estimate for Highway.
Absolutely a good thing.
I had considered a Prius when purchasing our fit. That "Estimated" 51 mpg was mighty inviting. Did some serious research and it seems they don't actually get that generally speaking.
But for the sake of discussion, let's say they do.
My Fit average is 33.3 on the low mpg tank and 36 on the best one in local day to day driving. Generally in the mid 35s. So I'll use 34 as an average for me.
In 100K miles the 51mpg Prius would consume 1960 gallons of fuel. The 34 mpg Fit would consume 2941 gallons. So that would be a 980 gallon difference and $3921 more dollars, at $4 per. . .$3430at $3.50 per.
Those savings would not pay for the difference in initial cost. Unless there is some kind of really big tax credit. Then the possible extra cost of an Extended warranty or out of pocket expense that might ensue due to the complexity of the Hybred system.
And would the battery pack replacement be close or already have been replaced at a substantial expense.
Would I even keep it for 100k miles, and what happens to the resale as the time for the battery pack replace draws near?
FWIW I did drive an Insight, a Civic, and a Fit before deciding. The test drive was a 16 mile round trip. With rolling hills, starting with cold engines. Speeds in the 45 to 55 mph range and only one stop. The Insight got 54mpg, the Civic 48, and the Fit 49. Realizing that they wouldn't get that type of mpg in real world with traffic and stops, but for that particular test, the results were surprisingly close.
Got a bit overwhelming, so I decided to stick with the relative simplicity of a gas only platform. Liked the driving experience of the Civic best but decided on the Fit for the extra cargo room, which we need.
Apr 22, 2013 (12:23 pm)
Civic has more:
Front & rear legroom
Front & rear headroom
Front $ rear shoulder room
Prius does have more front hiproom.
Civic has much higher passenger volume (95 cu ft vs. 87)
Civic is much longer at 179.4" vs 157.3".
I am comparing 2013 Civic sedan LX vs. 2013 Prius C... the only Prius I considered since it was the only one under $20k.
#2112 of 2117 Re: 2013 Civic LX MPG [kipk]
Apr 22, 2013 (12:34 pm)
I too liked the Fit and seriously considered it, but what turned me off was the small gas tank and the upcoming redesign. Plus the Civic was just $1500 more and figured the higher MPG would pay for the difference in a few years.
Apr 22, 2013 (2:03 pm)
Prius C is smaller, but there was no C in the first post.
Apr 22, 2013 (3:52 pm)
No way I'm paying $6k more for a Prius 2 or whatever it's called. Would rather get the Accord!
According to my calculations, it would take 20 years to recoup the extra $6k in gas savings.
#2115 of 2117 Re: My 2012 Civic likes it hott! [thegraduate]
Apr 30, 2013 (6:12 pm)
Well, over a 3 week/700 mile period I averaged 38.2 mpg combined. That's probably averaging 68-70 mph hwy.
The 2%"other" by the way is going up 6 floors at my works parking garage every day.
#2116 of 2117 Re: - [lakerskobe]
May 03, 2013 (2:37 pm)
Great decision my son has the Civic and we looked at the other cars, MPG on the Civic is awesome vs the cost of the Prius don't listen to those two idiots because if you go on other Honda threads you will see there so called expert opinions about Accords and CRV's they are obsessed with reading about cars than ever working on them, they must be MIT grads.
#2117 of 2117 Re: 2013 Civic LX MPG [lakerskobe]
May 16, 2013 (10:34 pm)
I don't know how reliable or accurate the readout is but I just did 53MPG! It was a 40 mile romp through the mountains at 45mph. I couldn't believe my eyes so took a photo of it. Also saw a dead deer in the road, same road where I had passed a few mins earlier. No, didn't take a photo, too morbid. Poor Bambi!