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Honda Civic, Hybrid Cars, Fuel Efficiency (MPG), Sedan
#2 of 540 Mileage for 2005 Civic Hybrid CVT ULEV
Jun 11, 2005 (5:10 pm)
On my first tank of gas the overall mileage was 38, on the second tank (about 470 miles on odometer), my mileage went up to 39, now I am on my 5th tank and my odometer is at about 1500 miles and my mileage is about 42.
My driving is 60 highway/40 town and includes two tall ridge lines to cross each way.
I figure at this rate by the time the engine is loosened up my mileage should be somewhere about 46.
I do note that on the straight flat sections my indicated MPG hovers around the 50 to 55 MPG bar.
#3 of 540 Re: Mileage for 2005 Civic Hybrid CVT ULEV [markdel]
Jun 12, 2005 (1:19 pm)
Engine "loosened up"? Maybe that was true back in the 70s/80s, but not today. If you could do a lab test on a Civic by holding all the other variables constant, such as temperature, traffic conditions, wind conditions, fuel pump cut-off variations when refueling, etc., you would probably find that a "loose" engine would contribute a few tenths of an MPG to your fuel economy.
#4 of 540 Mileage for 2004 Civic Hybrid CVT ULEV
Jun 20, 2005 (7:55 pm)
Winter 2004: 55-60MPG
Last summer: 58-65
Last winter: 58-62
Last couple of months 62-65MPG
41K miles driven and 17months have been consistent.
Drive from rural N. Georgia into the City of Atlanta and back for work, ~96miles round trip. Extremely hilly as it is the foothills of the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains.
I'm currently trying to set my miles per tank record: On this single trip I've driven over 550 miles and have one bar of fuel above the half way mark still lit.
Never had so much fun saving so much fuel (and $)
#5 of 540 Re: Mileage for 2005 Civic Hybrid CVT ULEV [mauto]
Jun 24, 2005 (4:35 pm)
The empirical evidence from this and other forums is that after about 5000 miles or so, most folks get better mileage than they did when they first bought the car. This could be a result of:
- learning how to drive more efficiently
- different seasons (spring vs. winter)
- differences in the automobile itself, i.e. the aforementioned "loosening up"
I'm sure that the first two items can contribute to the increase in MPG. I'm not sure that anybody knows for certain what the effect of the third item is, but the good news is that mileage does indeed seem to improve for most folks after the first few thousand miles.
#6 of 540 HCH real MPG
Jun 24, 2005 (4:39 pm)
2005 HCH CVT, currently with 10,000 miles
- City, 6 mile commute, 44-46 MPG
- Highway, 50-52 MPG
- City, 6 mile commute, 46-48 MPG
- Highway, 50-52 MPG
Driving style: pretty low-key, and I tend to stay close to the speed limits now.
#7 of 540 Glad to see others capable of getting good MPG
Jun 28, 2005 (10:37 pm)
I'm so sick and tired of various reviews badmouthing hybrids and how the published EPA numbers aren't applicable in the real world. The problem is the drivers/reviewers who have never owned a hybrid and have no idea how to drive one. I used to have an Insight and routinely got 65+ MPG only after I drove it for a few months. And although my Civic hybrid 5 speed can't match what the Insight achieved, my average of 54 MPG (about 50/50 hwy/city) is very nice. I'm glad to see people here that know how to drive a hybrid and realize it's not so much what you drive, but how you drive it.
#8 of 540 Re: Glad to see others capable of getting good MPG [fireking]
Jul 03, 2005 (7:52 pm)
Yes, I know what you mean.
My tank came out to 886 miles and I put in 13 point something gallons which came out over 66MPG. The last fuel bar had just gone out.
It was a little better than expected.
#9 of 540 Glad to see others capable of getting good MPG
Jul 05, 2005 (2:48 pm)
Gee, I've tried all the suggestions and now I have to syphon out two to three gallons each day or my fuel tank will leak out on the highway as I drive... NOT.
Either you guys with 50+ MPG are driving on pure plain flat ground or you are in a car that I don't have. I have tried all, and I mean ALL of the the "tricks" mentioned in ALL of the posting sights, and the HCH I own will not get better than 42 MPG. And, it does not seem to be operating abnormally.
#10 of 540 Re: Glad to see others capable of getting good MPG [markdel]
Jul 05, 2005 (2:53 pm)
quote markdel - "And, it does not seem to be operating abnormally." -end quote
If what you say is true, meaning you have tried the tricks, then something is WITHOUT A DOUBT wrong with your HCH.
Try this: on your next fillup, clear the "A" trip meter. Choose a station which is about 10 miles from your home, and that can be driven on "city streets" or a non-busy highway. If you drive on city streets, choose a path with the fewest red lights. Find a road and set the cruise on 40 MPH. If you are on the highway, set the cruise at 60 MPH.
Let us know the MPG figure you get when you arrive home. It should be somewhere in the 60s if you did not have to stop and restart very many times.