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#315 of 350 Honda Civic 2009, LX, gas millage - BAD
Nov 27, 2008 (7:53 pm)
I have Honda Civic, LX, model 2009
Gas millage of this car is overall a DISASTER: 260 miles so far, 20.8 MPG, city ride mostly. I was not pushing the gas pedal to hard, neither was accelerating to fast, never went over 2300 RPM. With my old Honda Civic 1994 I managed to get 32-35 MPG pure city drive and 41 MPG mostly highway. I understand that the car is new I that the MPG might get better after couple hundred or thousands miles, but I donít believe itís going to get so much better than this. If I was not careful enough I am quite sure the millage would be 18 MPG or lest, which is the millage of a middle size SUV.
Did you have any experience like this with your brand new car or you had good millage straight from the dealer's lot.
#316 of 350 Re: Honda Civic 2009, LX, gas millage - BAD [Batta011]
Nov 28, 2008 (9:06 am)
The 41 plus MPG highway that I am getting on my 2007 Civic is the same now at 35,000 miles as it was last year with ten miles on it. ?????
#317 of 350 Re: Honda Civic 2009, LX, gas millage - BAD [nsteevo]
Nov 28, 2008 (4:04 pm)
I hope it's gonna improve ones I get to 10K milles, but I hate this car already. Even if that happens I am going to get rid of it. Damn liers from Honda.
#318 of 350 Re: Honda Civic 2009, LX, gas millage - BAD [Batta011]
Nov 30, 2008 (10:52 pm)
Hey buddy, would you mind telling us what kind of driving (where you live, your commute distance, etc) you do?
Also, I'm not sure where your comment about Honda's "liars," but if it is with regards to advertised fuel economy, take note that the EPA is the one with the testing procedures - not Honda.
Best of luck, and keep us posted!
#319 of 350 Re: Honda Civic 2009, LX, gas millage - BAD [thegraduate]
Dec 01, 2008 (10:35 am)
Thanks a lot for your reply,
I am sorry for my typos or spelling/grammar mistakes, I hope you'll understand what I want to say. In my understanding, EPA assigns the regulations, does not perform tests, but I might be wrong.
I live in Pittsburgh, PA the area is far from being flat (don't know if you are familiar with this part of the States), but still I think I am far bellow what I was supposed to get of a gallon of gas.
As I said, I always try to get as much as possible from the gallon, I do not accelerate a lot, never went over 2300 rpm.
I am now at my second tank of gas, so I'll keep you informed if the gpm is going to improve over next couple hundred miles
Again, thanks a lot for finding time to reply on my post.
#320 of 350 Handling in Snow
Dec 04, 2008 (4:47 pm)
Do any of you current owners have any experience to relate regarding how the Civic performs in snow? Are you happy with the handling and feel secure?
#321 of 350 Re: Honda Civic 2009, LX, gas millage - BAD [Batta011]
Dec 04, 2008 (8:05 pm)
I just got a 2009 Civic EX AT and it made 29.5 MPG on the first tank. I do half city / half highway.
#322 of 350 Re: Handling in Snow [camble94]
Dec 04, 2008 (10:08 pm)
I have an 07. I spent the entire last winter in Florida and can tell you that the car hydroplanes like nothing I've ever seen when it rains. Florida has downpours but I would seriously feel the car moving sideways on the freeway. (scariest feeling I think I've ever had while driving) Now I am in Wisconsin and we've had a few good snows this winter so far and now the roads are icy and snowpacked slippery. In snow the car seems fine. I have not tried to go through deep snow yet but as far as slippery frozen roads, it has been fine.
I think part of the reason for the great gas mileage is the fact that the car is so light..........light cars, however, do not do well in snow when they have wide, low profile tires.
If you look back into earlier entries on this blog there was discussion about the Civic in snow and tires were a factor. There was even a recommendation as to a replacement tire that works great in snow on the Civic.
#323 of 350 Re: Handling in Snow [nsteevo]
Dec 04, 2008 (10:16 pm)
I spent the entire last winter in Florida and can tell you that the car hydroplanes like nothing I've ever seen when it rains
Isn't that a product of the tires, not the car?
Also, you referenced how light the car is; I'd like to point out that it weighs about as much as my '96 Accord, thanks to extra airbags, safety systems, and overall size compared to previous Civics . Amazing how cars grow, isn't it?
#324 of 350 Re: Handling in Snow [thegraduate]
Dec 05, 2008 (5:36 pm)
"I spent the entire last winter in Florida and can tell you that the car hydroplanes like nothing I've ever seen when it rains"
"Isn't that a product of the tires, not the car?"
It's mostly a combination of the tires and the driver. Here's a short list of things that will increase the likelihood of hydroplaning:
1) Underinflated tires. This allows the center of the tire to run slightly concave, and this entraps a small pocket of water which prevents a significant portion of the tread from contacting the road.
2) Worn tires, of course. That's what the grooves are for.
3) Excessive speed through standing water, especially if the road is not grooved. (And doing this while traveling downhill will make the situation much worse if you do end up hydroplaning.)
4) It's true that wider tires will hydroplane sooner than narrow tires, and the Civic tires are definitely a bit on the wide side.
I haven't noticed any hydroplaning tendencies in my 2008 Civic LX Sedan, but maybe that's because I tend to play it safe in the rain. About 30 years ago I had a major hydroplaning incident in a VW Beetle and it scared the living cr*p out of me, so now when it rains heavily I slow down, especially if there's any standing water on the road.
During a full hydroplane there is a complete loss of control. The car becomes completely unresponsive to steering and brake inputs and goes wherever it wants, generally at high speed. When it happened to me I almost ran smack into a rock wall on the side of the highway, but luckily there was a grassy strip fronting the wall that allowed two of my tires to get some much-needed traction so I could turn away.