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Honda Civic, Fuel Efficiency (MPG)
#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.
#1979 of 2125 Re: Thinking about buying a Civic [wiredpair]
Apr 14, 2009 (9:33 am)
I just drove the two back to back yesterday when car shopping with my GF('07 Fusion SE I4 Auto and Civic EX), and the Fusion is by far the car I'd rather live with daily, especially if it is closer to being paid off!
I'm a Honda guy... got three Accords in the driveway, and my folks have an 07 Civic EX and like it a lot - they have nearly 70k miles on it.
Have you driven the Civic yet?
#1980 of 2125 Re: Thinking about buying a Civic [thegraduate]
Apr 14, 2009 (10:53 am)
I test drove an '07 hybrid model about 6 months after I bought my car thinking it would be a good fit. My Fusion only had 11k on it at the time and the dealer really low balled the trade so I didn't bite.
I am one of those people that get bored after two years and want something else. I should not complain, the Fusion has not given me one ounce of trouble (knock on wood) and is really a great car - beats the '96 Accord I had by a mile.
Daily operating cost was my concern as is the fact the my wife has an '03 Odyssey with similar mileage and I don't want to replace both at one time.
#1981 of 2125 Re: Thinking about buying a Civic [wiredpair]
Apr 15, 2009 (9:24 am)
I would think harder about replacing the 6 year old car before the 2-3 year old one. Right now, (assuming you still want/need one) you can get great deals on minivans. Better deals than Civics, anyway!