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#11 of 50 Re: Disappointed [hybrid_bri]
Aug 01, 2005 (5:21 am)
I have a 2003 Hybrid and have driven it 50K miles over the last three
years. My experience is consistent: 50 MPG during the winter
and 44 MPG during the summer. I drive with the AC on all the
time during summer (I live in the south and I'm not insane). So,
yes, there's a hit in mileage when using the AC, but it's worth it!
The thing to remember is that you are not driving a hot-rod.
Ease up on the gas pedal, use the ECON feature, don't accelerate
too quickly, etc. I have met a few folks that told me they weren't
getting the mileage they hoped for, and after talking to them
it became clear that the reason was that their driving habits weren't
yet attuned to the "economy-car-mentality." After a while, they
got it and they have enjoyed the 45+ MPGs that they bargained for!
Aug 01, 2005 (9:08 pm)
I bought a new Civic hybrid in February of 2005. My wife drives it to work daily, and there is an elevation gain/loss of 2700 feet in a 12 mile commute each way. Averaging 37 mpg with the A/C on all the time. I can live with that. Auto trans. Linda is happy with her new car...
#13 of 50 New 2005 HCH manual
Aug 03, 2005 (9:37 am)
I commute 15 miles each way to work, half city and half highway, and the highway is modest hilly terrain. Summer requires I use air on the way home, but mornings are cool enough to avoid it.
I bought the car because I am changing jobs to an 80 mile commute. The car will save me thousands in gas over a few years.
I am getting 43-44 mpg so far on the trip meter
My goal is to break 50 and hold there at 50+.
I am slowly trying the tricks I read about in these forums. I pumped my tires up to 44 psi (their rated max) and that helped, the dealer had them at 32. I actually like the tighter road feel as I tend to like firm suspension cars with lots of feedback.
The trick of accellerating normally (not too slow, not too fast) up to speed and then coasting to the next light with the clutch down does seem to improve my city mileage. I think this trick is primarily for manual tranny owners.
I downhift into stops to recharge the battery (down through second gear anyway).
If the battery is charged I don't downshift but let the auto-stop shut off the engine while I brake, you have to shift into neutral with the HCH-manual for the auto-stop to work.
I only run the AC in ECON mode.
Managing the air-conditioner with auto-stop is a bit fun since this model year needs the engine running for the compressor to be on. If I shift into gear while stopped the engine will start. And if I shift back out into neutral the engine will auto-stop again. So I can play games to save gas and still not get overheated.
Anyone who buys a 2006 HCH won't have to do this I hear.
I thought the car was really wimpy at first and was dissapointed. 93 hp combined should be just fine for a car this weight. I began to notice the gears were really tall (the electric motor gives huge torque at very low rpms thus allowing tall gears).
Then I calculated the redline speeds for each gear (I won't take the engine to redline until the break-in is over so these figures are calculated not observed):
1st 33 mph
2nd 61 mph
3rd 98 mph
I only tried it a few times, but downshifting into second or third when needed and mashing the gas pedal produces enough power for situations like uphill highway on-ramps.
The electric assist meter pegs itself when I do that, which is kind of fun to watch in a strange way, since driving this car like that is wrong on so many levels, but it is good to know it can do that when I need it.
I am going to put synthetic oil in at 3k miles after the break in is done.
I hope Mobil1 comes in 0-20 weight.
The tires that came on the car have a 240 treadwear (which is kind of low) so I started shopping in advance for replacement tires. I haven't heard any feedback from others yet about how long the Bridgestone B381 tires last.
#14 of 50 Re: Honda Civic Hybrid Owners: Meet the Members [KarenS]
Aug 31, 2005 (5:07 pm)
Greetings all y'all.
I am awaiting for 06 Civic Hybrid and thinking about my options. First, I am not interested on spending $12.- plus to commute 80 miles/day to work. I drive 99 Dodge Ram Quad Sport and I am getting 500 miles on 26 gallon tank.
Second, I am 6' 4" 240lbs., not tiny fellow. I owned 84 DX which I rolled on the roof in Wyoming with only 5K on it. No scratches on me - DX totaled. Smallest car I owned since that was 89 Eagle Premier. Well I sat in & drove 05 Hybrid and i was pleasantly surprised with some of the features being almost identical to DX from two decades ago (remote trunk & gas door levers, tilt wheel lever etc.) BUT, long commute may call for Accord Hybrid. Please share your thoughts. ;-D
#15 of 50 Re: Disappointed [richard26]
Sep 02, 2005 (8:37 pm)
I bought my HCH in mid April. I am already at 4,224 miles and still only average 33 mpg! I've been learning all the tricks from here and other sites and employing them. I had my recall done 1 1/2 months ago and although I see a minor increase, it's not much of one.
Sep 06, 2005 (3:19 pm)
Hello...I bought my 05 HCH about 2 months ago. The car runs great and quiet. I have been getting anywhere between 43-47 MPG. I have tried to use all three different levels of octane for gas. I didn't notice a great difference on the fuel efficiency, thus, I stuck with the octane 92 so that my engine would be cleaner in the long run. However, I have been wondering when I should do an oil change. The dealer told me every 5k, but I am wondering if I should bring it into the dealer sooner. I am approaching 4500 miles now.
#18 of 50 HCH 05 vs HCH06
Nov 19, 2005 (11:27 am)
I just purchased a 2006 HCH and already have 2000 miles on it, previously I owned a 2005 HCH CVT for 6 months and put on 20,000 miles.
So far the overall mpg for the '06 is 49 combined city and highway and methodology is to cap the tank to the same exact level on each fill up.This is in Western New York where elevations vary considerably from level to foothills.. The '06 has both a real time and trip mpg but I have doubts about their accuracy however i'll withhold final judgement until I put more miles on it.
The major performance improvement I see between the '05 and '06 is in the Auto Stop feature. On the '05 you had to be going almost 20mph for it to engage and if you took your foot off the brake for a second it would not reengage unless you resumed the previous speed.
With the '06 the Auto Stop engages closer to 10mph and re reengages at about the same speed, sometimes even slower. If you spend a lot of time idling or crawling at low speed when traffic is backed up the Auto Stop will significantly improve your mpg over a period of time Unfortunately it takes about 5 minutes of driving before the vehicle warms up enough for the Auto Stop to function so you may find find yourself idling in the gasoline mode at your first two or three stops.
Hope to make further reports after more driving, esp. with winter setting in to see what effects the cold temperatures have on fuel economy.
#19 of 50 Hi, I'm Hot Georgia.
Nov 19, 2005 (2:54 pm)
Bought a new 2004 HCH about 22 months and 52K miles ago.
I've owned 18 used cars and this is my 4th new vehicle. By far it has been the most fun and economical.
Over the past 52K miles I've averaged over 60MPG, most of last winter (2005) I've done mid-upper 60's MPG driving carefully.
I drive almost 100 miles a day over very hilly North Georgia.
So far the battery capacity hasn't changed, at least as far as I can tell and haven't had any other problems.
This car has been a win-win.
#20 of 50 Re: Honda Civic Hybrid Owners: Meet the Members [borek]
Feb 25, 2006 (12:48 pm)
I am not sure how different the '05 Civic Hybrid is from my new '06, but they are both very efficient cars for mixed mode (city/suburban) driving. For flat-out highway driving, though, they are really just toting around an expensive regenerative system that will hardly get used. If I were you, I'd get a Jetta diesel. They reliably go on highways with high 40s to low 50s MPG, and they don't even rust out as fast as most gas powered cars.