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You are in the Honda Fit
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Honda Fit, Fuel Efficiency (MPG), Hatchback
#2524 of 2554 Re: disappointed in latest cars mileage [bobw3]
May 12, 2011 (9:27 pm)
I get 31 or 32 very regularly with a '93 SL1. Sometimes in the dead of winter I will get less, and I definitely get less pulling the trailer. (A very light trailer.) I probably get more than 32 at least half the time, but then these days I have a 30 mile commute.
So I'm willing to believe that other guy.
I think I'm up to 233k, or is it 236k miles?
#2525 of 2554 Re: disappointed in latest cars mileage [lrp28]
May 16, 2011 (5:27 pm)
Corolla, Civic, Saturn SL, Fit all average in the low 30s MPG. The Fit will hold twice as much cargo as the others.
#2526 of 2554 07 Fit better MPG than 11-12's
Jun 09, 2011 (3:21 pm)
I keep seeing the specs and am surprised my Fit Sport 5MT gets regular city (Summertime) MPG of 37. On the highway, 40-41. Winter MPG hurts a bit, down to 32-34 city and 37-38 highway. Bit I am thrilled with any MPG figures over 30, compared with the old Mazda Navajo I traded in for the Honda. It was a guzzler V6 of 16-17mpg city and 20 highway (if wind aided...). Love this car, but will probably trade in towards a new Veloster this July.
Jun 10, 2011 (8:00 am)
I've had my brand-new 2011 AT Fit Sport for a few weeks now (almost 1000 miles on the dot). I've done a mix of small-town driving (lots of stoplights) and highway driving (Philly to D.C.) and my mpg has stayed in the 24 - 25 range. It's really bugging me, fuel economy is a big reason why I chose this car. I don't think I'm doing anything to make it underperform so significantly (not lead-footed, not blasting the a/c, etc.). I'm taking it in to get checked out on Monday (it was also dead in the driveway and needed a jump for no reason, no lights on, etc.) but do you think it's a lemon? Is there any potential relationship between the battery/charging system and fuel economy?
#2528 of 2554 2008 fit still with lousy mileage
Jun 10, 2011 (10:42 am)
Much city suburban driving still 20 mph. Got 25 once with a half day hwy trip. Very disappointing. All pressures checked.
#2529 of 2554 Re: Is my Fit a lemon? [drgirlfriend]
Jun 10, 2011 (7:51 pm)
If your alternator or battery is bad, then that can hurt your MPG because more energy is being wasted trying to keep your battery charged.
#2530 of 2554 Re: Is my Fit a lemon? [drgirlfriend]
Jun 10, 2011 (9:02 pm)
Your FIT is most likely not a lemon based on what you have reported. I own a BASE 2009 FIT with almost 30K miles it. What you report in mileage sounds within range. I have driven my FIT from LA to Portland and LA to NYC and back to LA and city driving all over the USA.
If I fill my tank (I only use 91 or 92 octane--you don't have to, synthetic oil changes, and 35 PSI tire pressure) and drive city mainly in LA, over 300 miles in the city I will consistently get approx. 26 to 28 in the city. If I fill my tank like I did memorial day weekend and drive from LA to Las Vegas and back, over 500+ miles I got 41-42 MPG.
When you city drive you are constantly pulling the mass of the FIT from a dead stop to motion and that sucks up fuel. As a comparison, my Mercedes SUV in the city got 14 to 16 MPG (heavier vehicle). When you have momentum like on the highway and the aerodynamics of the FIT, you are putting gas money in your pocket. Its pure physics.
Now, your car is new too. When mine was new, I was getting 1-2 MPG worse MPG. After 15K+ it settled in to slightly better mileage.
Its a great car.
Do this: Fill the tank, pump tires to 35 psi, reset trip meter to 0 miles, get on the highway for a trip at 50 MPH or more and see what it is before you exit. Go at least 10 miles if you can. It should be neat 40 MPG.
Forget about city driving--it kills all of us in the wallet. And when I need to use the AC in the city--FIT only gets 23-25 mpg, because its more drag on the engine.
#2531 of 2554 Re: Is my Fit a lemon? [drgirlfriend]
Jun 15, 2011 (5:18 pm)
Somewhat of a follow-up. Took the Fit to get checked out. The dealer said there are no problems with the car that they could find, battery checked out fine and the road test was fine. The most they could tell me was to get Exxon gasoline instead of Sunoco, but...seriously? I reset the trip odometer when I last filled up, so I'll calculate the mpg myself next time I fill up in case the reading is off, but right now 40 miles into this tank it's averaging 21.8 mpg, which still seems extremely low to me.
#2532 of 2554 Expected better miles per gallon?
by Stever@Edmunds HOST
Jul 14, 2011 (10:43 am)
A reporter wants to talk with people who expected to get better gas mileage in their relatively new vehicle. Please email predmunds.com by Tuesday, July 19, 2011 with your daytime contact information and a few words about your experience. Thank you.
#2533 of 2554 Re: Is my Fit a lemon? [drgirlfriend]
Jul 15, 2011 (4:07 pm)
Honda's don't achieve their best fuel mileage until they have broken in a bit.
If all you do is city driving then it wouldn't be surprising that your average is under 30 mpgs. 24-25 is a bit low for this car but stop and go driving is the least efficient driving situation possible (other than long uphills). But with some highway thrown in that does seem a bit low...How fast is your highway driving? Do you accelerate and decelerate a lot or do you keep a constant speed? Try to keep it below 3000 rpms whenever possible to achieve the best miles per gallon. Any car that has to decelerate and accelerate constantly is going to have bad fuel economy.
Also - if you have the Fit automatic you can use the paddles (in "S" mode) and at every stoplight shift from first into second and start from second gear - this will save a bit of gas - just remember to hold the gear a little longer (and remember to keep shifting!).
If you are really worried then definitely fill the tank, reset the fuel gauge and drive on the interstate at 65-70 mph for a while - you should be getting between 35 and 40 mpgs. If you do that and still return 24-25 mpgs (also check it by hand) then something probably isn't right.