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You are in the Honda Civic Hybrid
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Honda Civic, Hybrid Cars, Fuel Efficiency (MPG), Sedan
#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.
#377 of 540 Re: Low Miles Per Gallon [travelbbmom]
Jun 12, 2008 (6:02 am)
I posted the same issue about a year ago. Basically we have the hybrid as the only car and we both live and work within a few blocks so most of the driving is in the city or on long road trips.
When I drive the car I drive it like an old lady and I get anywhere from 35 miles to 40 miles per gallon. This took much practice on the proper way to drive the car. Jump starts and fast driving can easily skew your avg. MPG. When my partner drives the car he still drives it like his Old Acura sports coup. I can always tell when he takes the car because the Avg. MPG can drop siginificantly. Sometimes it will drop below 30 MPG.
From this forum I have picked up another tibit that really helps. Inflate your tires to 41 PSI. This significanlty increases the MPG.
When we take the hybrid on road trips we easily get anywhere between 43 and 50 MPG depending on speed, weather conditions and the load in the car.
When we were getting really bad MPG, that is we were not driving properly, I went to the dealer and was basically given the brush off. I know that advertised MPG is just a best case scenario, but the dealer needs to be able to address these issues. The thing they really need to do is teach someone the proper way to drive a hybrid.
As for the people who are claiming to get 45 - 50 MPG in the city, I am not saying I don't believe them, but I would really have to see it to believe it!
#378 of 540 Re: 2008 HCH [targettuning]
Jun 12, 2008 (10:23 am)
I don't consider an Optima a "largish" car.I think of it as smalish..
#379 of 540 Re: Low Miles Per Gallon [travelbbmom]
Jun 12, 2008 (5:26 pm)
Use your cruise control, even when you're driving around town. The second you turn on the cruise and take your foot off the gas, you'll see the mpg readout climb substantially.
#380 of 540 Re: Honda Civic Hybrid Owners: MPG-Real World Numbers [KarenS]
Jun 13, 2008 (1:33 pm)
42-56 City and Highway, depending on weather and direction I'm traveling (towards the city=downhill...etc).
WINTER TIME= I get 32-42 mpg depending on how frigid it is and ice or snow, etc.
#381 of 540 Re: Low Miles Per Gallon [travelbbmom]
Jun 14, 2008 (8:23 am)
I bought a 2007 Honda Civic Hybrid and I average 28-30 MPG with average 318 miles to the tank. I've been in talks with BBB, American Honda Corp, and the original Dealer I bought it from. It's a scam, 49/51 is not realistic, that's why the 2008 says 40/45 MPG, cause they know they messed up. I threatened going to the news stations and papers about it and now their trying to work out a deal so try that see what they can do for you
#382 of 540 Re: Low Miles Per Gallon [hdowns20]
Jun 14, 2008 (8:40 am)
We've got an '06 Civic Hybrid and we're getting 42-48mpg up until last October when it dropped to 32-36 and has stayed there ever since. Went a similar route with American Honda, who was totally useless, and dealer, who checked everything out on computer but found nothing wrong. Long story, but did put on new tires about the same time. Find it hard to believe tires are going to make a 10mpg+ difference. If that's the case, should have bought regular Civic and the tires. Who is trying to work out a deal for you on this?
#383 of 540 Actual mileage I'm getting
Jun 17, 2008 (2:45 pm)
I bought my 08 HCH on Dec 30th. I have logged the gas ever since. At first we were getting 43-44 mpg. We do mostly rural & mountain driving in our 54 mile commute to work. As the weather warmed, the car broke in, we added air to the tires (36lbs.), and we adjusted the way we drive for the hybrid, our mileage has increased. We're now close to 13,000 miles and the last 2 tanks we got 53.6 and 51.8 mpg. A few weeks ago we took a trip to Las Vegas and got 48 mpg going and 46 coming back(against a headwind). City driving does reduce mileage. For our type of driving the Civic has been a great car. For strickly city driving a Prius might be better since it runs more on electric at lower speeds. We looked at a Prius but my 6' 4" did not fit well into the Prius. The Civic is a pretty comfortable car. We're very pleased with the Civic.
#384 of 540 Re: Low Miles Per Gallon [hdowns20]
Jun 20, 2008 (8:14 am)
It's a scam, 49/51 is not realistic, that's why the 2008 says 40/45 MPG, cause they know they messed up. I threatened going to the news stations and papers about it
Do whatever you like, but Honda doesn't put out the mileage estimates, the EPA does.