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Honda Civic, Hybrid Cars, Fuel Efficiency (MPG), Sedan
#475 of 540 Re: 2008 Honda Civic Hybrid [mrwaug]
Dec 04, 2009 (3:11 pm)
Anyone that gets an average of 50 to 46 mpg in a Honda Civic Hybrid needs to take the car to an independent testing station, have it torn apart, and see what secret component has been installed on the vehicle to enable it to get such excellent gasoline mileage. It's either that, or the car is being driven on a different planet, (one with much less mass than Earth). The fuel performance, in extremely cold weather, is an excellent dissertation, but sounds like a bunch of junk science.
#476 of 540 Re: 2008 Honda Civic Hybrid [frednjudik]
Dec 09, 2009 (10:08 pm)
I bought a 2009 HCH. During the summer I routinely got 48mpg. Starting this fall where there was a lot of rain, I started to see 44mpg. I suspect the windshield wiper usage and headlight must have cost the mileage. My commute is half local half highway, but rarely picks up speed on highway. I drive a little bit on the slow side, but keep up with the traffic from the traffic light.
#479 of 540 Re: Class Action Suit against Honda (MPG on Civic Hybrid) [nilesboy]
Dec 17, 2009 (3:20 pm)
51mpg spring/ fall wo a/c 47mpgsummer w a/c temp 90+ 39 winter temps below 35 degrees yearly average 45mpg. 2007 Civic 20000 miles, original tires.
Dec 18, 2009 (4:09 am)
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#482 of 540 Re: 2008 Honda Civic Hybrid [frednjudik]
Dec 20, 2009 (10:17 am)
I've had my 2008 HCH for 13000+ miles now and I get about 44 MPG. I keep the tires inflated about 2 or 3 PSI above manual, use 'name brand' gas, don't accelerate hard and coast when possible (heading to traffic light -- no need to hurry up to come to a complete stop!). Also, I try not to go over 65 on the highway, but usually keep it below 60, as drag increases exponentially (accelerating from 55 to 65 uses more fuel than going from 45 to 55). My commute is local ( ~15 miles, round trip), so I don't do a lot of highway driving, but when I do, I get over 50 MPG. You cannot drive *any* car like a sports car and get great gas mileage.
However, during the winter (this is my 2nd with the HCH), my MPG drops (per tank) to around 33-36. Need to check the tires more often (obviously), but the Hybrid engine simply does not perform as well when it is cold. For instance, the engine has to warm up before it turns off during stops (e.g. traffic lights).
At first, I thought perhaps the gasoline 'winter blend' had something to do with it, however we had some nice temps (mid 60's) during November and my MPG went back to 'normal.'
#483 of 540 Re: 2008 Honda Civic Hybrid [djl329]
Dec 20, 2009 (10:37 am)
Sorry DJ, but you're not a normal driver. If I drove like 55 to 60 on Highways here in Southern Calif. and slower than speed limit in town, I would get run over. Again, if you get 50 mpg on the highway driving normally (70 to 75 mph) with factory recommended weight, and tire pressure, please take the car into an independent mechanic, and have him tear the car apart to see what secret module Honda has put into your vehicle. Gasoline brand has nothing to do with mpg. Wasting money on Premium Gasoline Does at Cost per MPG. Glad you are getting such fantastic MPG, Honda should give you a medal!
#484 of 540 Re: 2008 Honda Civic Hybrid [frednjudik]
Dec 20, 2009 (12:02 pm)
Thanks, I know I'm not 'normal' -- I'm better! But, seriously...
The drivers here in Jersey are as bad as anywhere (they've bled over from NY!), and I don't get run off the road (co-workers here give me the same excuse!). I can't possibly be that brave, I'm only 5'5"!!! (NJ has the highest population density in the US, so the congestion here is as bad, if not worse, as anywhere else.) Simply have to put the testosterone in check and remember that it's not a race out there; no prize for getting to the red light or exit ramp first! Unless you consider lower MPG a prize! (lol)
BTW, I didn't say that I use "premium" grade, I just avoid the 'independant' brands. I have tried them (during the price spike last year) and it really affected my MPG.