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Honda Civic, Fuel Efficiency (MPG)
#1969 of 2125 Re: Real MPG Honda EX [ruking1]
Apr 08, 2009 (9:31 am)
Thanks ruking1, I have taken your advise and have starting driving the car a little more aggresive and letting the car decelerate as you stated. The car feels like it has more power driving it like this (maybe just because I think so) will wait till I get a few thousand miles on it and start checking the mileage to see what I am getting. The window sticker reads 34 on the highway, but I hope to do little then that. What do you think out there? I had a 1998 Civic and could get 40 on the highway no problem. Thanks all!
#1970 of 2125 Re: Real MPG Honda EX [steve190]
Apr 08, 2009 (6:17 pm)
I think the 1998 Civic was a lot less powerful (106hp vs. 140hp) and weighed a good deal less, but the more relaxed highway gearing will help out the current Civic in the flat highways!
#1971 of 2125 Re: Real MPG Honda EX [thegraduate]
Apr 10, 2009 (8:11 am)
Yeah I guess you are correct about the H.P. and weight but I was thinking bigger motor maybe turning less RPM's and coming out with at least 36-38 MPG. When on the highway I normally put the cruise on about 68 and relax. I was just wondering what everyone else was getting for MPG ballpark? know everyone drives different, has more weight in the car etc, but does anyone get 40 or near it on the highway? My EX is a 5 speed manual, to compare apples to apples.
#1972 of 2125 Re: Real MPG Honda EX [steve190]
Apr 10, 2009 (3:40 pm)
I drove my dad's 2007 Civic EX Automatic from Gulf Shores, AL to Birmingham when evacuating his car from Hurricane Gustav last year. He stayed behind in a company vehicle.
We stayed around 70 MPH (we were a convoy of 3 cars), with the cruise control set. I got 37 MPG, while my 2006 Accord (2.4L I4, Automatic) got 35 MPG while being driven by my girlfriend. It's amazing (the Accord) on the highway, but the Civic beats it by a good 5 MPG around town.
#1973 of 2125 Re: Real MPG Honda EX [steve190]
Apr 10, 2009 (4:54 pm)
Can you do 40mpg on the highway? Last summer I was doing 41-42mpg regularly (2008 EX 5 speed manual).
My car fuel log is out on ecomodder.com ("CuteNiceButNotTheSame"), and the *current* totals are:
* Fuel economy - lifetime: 39.17 mpg (US)
* Fuel economy - last 3 fills: 38.6 mpg (US)
* Fuel economy - 90 days: 37.11 mpg (US)
In about the past week or two my ScanGaugeII has shown 40+ for various trips (tonight's highway ride 35 miles showed 41.1mpg--I've seen 44mpg recently on a similar trip). I do basic hypermiling techniques and rarely use cruise control. I don't have a lot of junk in the trunk and lost 60 lbs. out of my own junky trunk a few years back.
Over the winter the mileage plummeted down to around 36-38, though. The mileage has improved into the 39mpg range recently, possibly due to the warmer weather, and maybe they've changed the gas over to summer formulation (don't know). I expect it to get back into the 41mpg range again (mostly highway). It will be interesting to see if it does more now that it has 19,000 miles on it, but I'll settle for 40+.
#1974 of 2125 Re: Real MPG Honda EX [steve190]
Apr 11, 2009 (3:22 pm)
The range for a daily commute has been at 38-42 mpg. Today we had a fill for 41.25 mpg. So while that falls within range, SOS/DD.
Some unaccounted for variables: 1. the 80,000 miles maintenance interval was done (late) , to include, 2. OCI 22,000 miles, a. Mobil One 0w20 b. oil filter change to a WalMart SuperTech. 3. tire rotation.
#1975 of 2125 Thinking about buying a Civic
Apr 14, 2009 (8:41 am)
I currently have an '07 Ford Fusion SEL V6 with 55k on the odometer. My commute is 75 miles each way, about 80%-85% highway driving - I drive about 25k per year. I get around 28 MPG driving 60 MPH with cruise set on the highway.
I am thinking of downsizing to a Civic. There is a certified-pre-owned '08 Sedan EX-L automatic for sale nearby with 13k on the clock. Will this car get 40 MPG with my type of driving? Will a manual transmission do any better?
#1976 of 2125 Re: Thinking about buying a Civic [wiredpair]
Apr 14, 2009 (9:10 am)
The short answer is a question: does the "potential fuel savings of $ 44.06 per month/$ 528.75 per year EXCEED the new payments (costs) of the 08 Civic?
Actually would need some more information as the mileage you state seems to indicate an average of 3.47 days per week. Another would be, what if you personally are not able to GET 40 mpg (without some change/s in driving behavior and/or sacrifice)
#1977 of 2125 Re: Thinking about buying a Civic [wiredpair]
Apr 14, 2009 (9:20 am)
The short answer to your questions, assuming you are driving in relatively flat ground, is that yes, the Civic should be capable of around 40 MPG strictly highway, at 60mph. A manual will probably do slightly worse due to the shorter 5th gear as oppsed to the automatic (it runs a few hundred RPM higher than the auto at 60 MPH).
You're taking a big downsize in power, quietness, and comfort to get that though. The Fusion is a very nice vehicle.
#1978 of 2125 Re: Thinking about buying a Civic [thegraduate]
Apr 14, 2009 (9:30 am)
Yeah, I am hesitant to make a switch because I do love my car. I am at the point where I need to decide whether to sell or keep forever. I figured I'd downsize if I was to sell.
I just figured I'd get some feedback before I decide.