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You are in the Honda Civic Hybrid
What is this discussion about?
Honda Civic, Hybrid Cars, Fuel Efficiency (MPG), Sedan
#367 of 540 Re: Bad MPG [flyboy9899]
Apr 21, 2008 (9:37 pm)
Actually there are a number of inter connected things. To cut to the chase, driving a hybrid for either targeted or max mileage requires any number of changes to you driving style. I know in the Prius, you behavior modify by driving the gauges (so to speak) I am thinking the Civic probably has something similar. If not, a scan gauge comes pretty close.
In comparison I can drive my 2004 Honda Civic (gasser) at your indicated speeds and get more like 38-43 mpg. (not equipped with computer read outs)
I would eye the computer and check the figures against the manual odometer readings/calculations.
#368 of 540 Re: Bad MPG [flyboy9899]
Apr 22, 2008 (3:54 pm)
"I drive about 122 miles a day round trip at approx 80 mph in los angeles and according to the mpg gauge i am only getting about 35 mpg. "
At those speeds, that MPG figure is probably about right. The HCH will actually provide better MPH at lower speeds, and in traffic.
But how the heck do you manage 80 MPH in LA? You must commute at off hours?
#369 of 540 Re: 07 Real world Civic Hybrid MPG from Kansas [stevedebi]
Apr 30, 2008 (6:07 pm)
We beat the EPA ratings with all our hondas. Current 2006 Civic getting 32/42 with MT.
Best ever was 45.
2006 CRV MT gets 25/28.
#370 of 540 FE REPORT
May 07, 2008 (1:35 pm)
My 2006HCH currently has about 75,000miles on it. I calculated the gas mileage since Jan 01-2008, and it comes to 49MPG for 7326 miles, 80% open highway. This is in the Buffalo area. The trip MPG indicator has excellent accuracy, it usually reads 1-1.5MPG higher than the manual calculation,if gauge shows 49.5MPG, the manual calc. will be 51MPG.
With warmer weather I expect it will improve to 54MPG. I have strict driving habits and seldom exceed 60MPH on the interstates, when I do I try to do it for limited stretches with a tailwind. I try to time traffic signals in advance and coast whenever possible rather than having to accelerate from a full stop. I keep the tires inflated to 40psi front/38rear.
#371 of 540 Nearing 10,000 on 08 HCH
May 19, 2008 (1:53 pm)
We have noticed the mileage improving as the car is broken in and the weather is warming. The last 6 tanks have figured out at between 46.9 and 48.2 mpg. We do alot of highway driving (55mph, not on freeways at 65). The city driving we do does bring the mpg down but our average is pretty good. We are going to Vegas this weekend, so I curious to see what kind of mileage we get going 65-70mph.
Jun 11, 2008 (9:40 am)
New owner, overall very happy...a couple of observations:
1. contrary to what I have learned Cruise control does not seem to get me better mileage; I assume this to be due to high revs to keep engine speed.
2. I try to drive 66mph (all interstate) and wind resistance (due to ambient wind, not mph) really seems to have a significant impact.
3. I goosed the tire PSI to 40 front and 38 rear and IMMEDIATELY noticed 3-4mpg improvement.
4. not noticed too much difference if I use AC. I try to keep at 75 and lowest fan speed.
5. SAEFELY drafting semis improves mpg but can be mentally and physically exhausting.
6. have filled up twice...both talkfuls took 11.1 gals and got 508mi and 515mi respectively.
Does anyone know of any other tricks to improve MPG?
THANKS, really enjoy the forum!
#373 of 540 Re: 2008 HCH [radonc]
Jun 11, 2008 (9:57 am)
Man-o-man Radonc,I am so jealous.Sadly when I was buying there was not a hybrid to be found,so I'm pretty much stuck with an Optima 4 cyl.Best I ever did was 40.7 and that was only one time.Usually somewhere between 31 & 37 MPG highwy.(I wont even mention the mileage in town
#374 of 540 Low Miles Per Gallon
Jun 11, 2008 (2:08 pm)
I purchased my Honda Civic Hybrid in March and have not achieved the mileage they estimate. The best I have gotten was 31 per gallon. My neighbor has the same car and is using the same air conditioning (we live in florida) she is getting 38-41. I don't drive crazy or fast as a matter of fact I am a conservative driver. When I called the dealership AND customer service they seemed to not know anything about this problem. Has anyone else encountered this problem.
#375 of 540 Re: 2008 HCH [mickeyrom]
Jun 12, 2008 (4:26 am)
Of course the Optima isn't a hybrid but you should NOT complain about the stated fuel economy with a large-ish 4 dr sedan. You should be pleased instead.
After renting a Prius for a week I am more than impressed with Toyota's level of hybrid technology however after being impressed by the Prius to the point of inquiring into purchasing one I found the reasons I won't. Long waiting lines, cash deposits to get into line, an only fair chance of getting the colors and options I really want (much longer waits to get exactly the color and option package I wanted), no negotiation off the rather large sticker price (of course some dealers are adding to the sticker price with their modern piracy tactics), long payback even at todays AND probably tomorrows gas prices (this is something I could live with however), a rather austere car once the hybrid technology is removed from consideration. On the other hand that 51.3 mpg average for the rental time frame was hard to give up.
#376 of 540 Re: Low Miles Per Gallon [travelbbmom]
Jun 12, 2008 (4:31 am)
City driving only.....(For travelbbmom)
Your driving distance may very well be part of the lower mpg. As with me, if Idrive only a short distance and the car does not warm up with my Accord, I get around 17 mpg. If I drive a little further warming up the car I get around 20/21 mpg. Further still in the city I may get 22 mpg.
Every one drives differently and at different miles during the day and mileage will differ. I calculate my mileage according to my driving patern, which is only a short distance which really hurts mpg. Do not just look at someone eles miles per gallon and expect the same, they may drive differently and at different distances.