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Honda Civic Real World MPG

Karen_CMKaren_CM Posts: 5,020
This discussion is for Civic owners to report their actual MPG. Please be sure to include your Civic specifics; manual, automatic, or hybrid CVT.

"Real World" Fuel Economy vs. EPA Estimates

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  • crazygrrrlcrazygrrrl Posts: 85
    I've got a 2003 Honda Civic LX sedan (automatic transmission). It has 34,600 miles on it and is meticulously maintained.

    My commute is about 85% freeway with the usual stop and go traffic in certain sections. I also drive through a lot of medium sized hills in my commute. I commute alone and I weigh only 125 pounds so the car doesn't really have much to carry.

    This is my car's real-world MPG:

    If I drive granny style, I get about 37 MPG.
    If I drive like a lead-footed hot rodder, I get 32 MPG.
    I usually average 34.5 - 35 MPG a month.
    On long trips on flat roads my Civic usually gives me 41 MPG.

    How did everyone else do? :D
  • polymorphapolymorpha Posts: 16
    Through 11K miles my 2004 Civic DX with standard transmission has averaged 36.1 mpg (calculated as total miles divided by total gallons). I expect that to improve by perhaps 1 mpg after I have had it a whole year as summer mileage is usually higher than in the cooler seasons. My driving is 70% city and country and 30% interstate highway, mostly in southern New England.
    I suppose that is not bad as non-hybrid gas-powered cars go, but it is about 3 mpg lower than in my 1991 Civic. Acceleration is slightly better, but I'd trade that for the added mileage.
  • artycatartycat Posts: 11
    Does anyone know anything about the mpg for the HX Civic coupe? It supposedly gets 44mpg highway according to the EPA; is this close? Thanks Arty :confuse:
  • 204meca204meca Posts: 366
    I tend to drive for economy most of the time with an occasional run thru gears to redline the gears about once a week. I expect to significantly beat the EPAs and my Hondas have hands down used less gas than any other cars in my family.

    85 AWD 5spd wagon ave 30 in town, 40 on highway, best is 45 highway
    92 HX 42-44 in town, 52 highway :D
    94 Del Sol Si, AT: Ave 30-32 in town, 38-42 highway, best highway 45
    97 Del Sol Si 5 spd 31-33 in town 37-41 highway, best highway 44
    92 Civic Si 29-34 in town, 38-42 highway, best 43 highway. This is my current driver with 169,000 miles and it still consistently gets milege 10% of above range!

    I was very disappointed with the current Civic SI model fuel economy, prevented my from seriously considering it.
  • artycatartycat Posts: 11
    Thanks, I guess you'd say I expect to get the EPA estimates as the worse case. I know the Civic HX Coupe lacks a few amenities like PWs but it is inexpensive which is a plus and has other nice things on -- it isn't a base Civic which is even too basic for me. My husband has done nothing but complain since he had to shell out $600 to get the PWs fixed in our old clunker. Arty :)
  • bluearmbluearm Posts: 6
    I bought a 98 honda civic hatchback dx automatic two weeks ago. I like it,but the only disappointment i have is the MPG i got only 24 mpg :cry: . which i thought i would get 30 mpg or more! any suggestions to improve my gas mileage?!
  • oluapoluap Posts: 4
    I've never heard of a Civic, even an automatic, getting MPG that poor. Sounds like the car might need a tune-up. Also, bad alignment can cause your MPG to drop. Hopefully you bought the car for a good price!
  • bluearmbluearm Posts: 6
    i bought it for $7500 only 32,000 miles on it Front alignment was done , i checked the carfax report it had one owner, scheduled maintenance was done at a honda dealer, it looks like a brand new car to me the only problem is it doesn't have AC.
    on that week i went to mount baldy the roads were very uphill . some places the car couldn't go over 45 could that be the reason? or could it be the tires they are almost worn off!
    thank you
  • theracoontheracoon Posts: 666
    on that week i went to mount baldy the roads were very uphill

    Mt Baldy in Southern California? Peak elevation of just over 10,000 feet? From an elevation of 1,200 feet or less?

    Yes, you would get poor mileage driving in the mountains. Track your mileage while driving around without driving in the mountains. I think you'll see that it gets better.

  • redrxredrx Posts: 3
    I bought this car back in Jan. to be my commuter. My commute is roughly 50 miles round trip. About 35 miles of it is 55mph open road, the other 15 mixed city. The car had 163,000 miles when purchased & is a 5 spd. After new tires, alignment & a tune up I got it on the road in late Feb. At the time I was very dissapointed in mpg as epa est was 49/52 & I was averaging 38mpg. After about a month I checked tire pressure & found they were underinflated by about 4 to 5 psi. Front is supposed to be 35 rear 33. Now that temps have warmed + summer fuel & running front & rear tire pressures at 35psi I average about 55mpg. Worst since April has been 47mpg, best has been 59mpg. On my last fill-up I got 404mi. out of 7 gallons. It's only an 8 gal tank & I normally don't run it that low. I love this little car, 62hp motor is quick to 30 mph & it turns on a dime. The only downside, my fiance & dog. One slides around in the hatch area & the other thinks it rides too firm. :shades:
  • dfbidwelldfbidwell Posts: 21
    I drive a 1997 Civic HX w/ CVT trans and ~172,000 miles. I'm pretty good about tracking my mileage and I average about 40 MPG. I'm going to tune it up soon and I'll be curious to see if my mileage changes significantly.
  • artycatartycat Posts: 11
    Thanks, I will be happy if my new HX gets close to the EPA.
  • artycatartycat Posts: 11
    I'm hoping for something as good with my new HX. Keep me in the loop. HXs seem to be rare. I'm getting because I didn't want to pay what the hybrids cost and the EPA estimate was good. Thanks. Arty
  • stevedebistevedebi LAPosts: 3,788
    "I've never heard of a Civic, even an automatic, getting MPG that poor. Sounds like the car might need a tune-up."

    Well, add our Civic to the list, 2002 EX, AT. We get about 27 MPG around town, sometimes as poor as 25 MPG. I have gotten it up to 35 MPG on the freeway during trips.

    The car is dealer maintained, and I don't think it needs any tune ups. The tires are wearing evenly. Just went over 30K miles.
  • Karen_CMKaren_CM Posts: 5,020

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  • dfbidwelldfbidwell Posts: 21
    Sounds like you're driving with your brakes on! If your Civic is getting that kind of gas mileage consistently, I'd take it in to get checked out by a mechanic. Something is definitely wrong. JMHO.
  • bluearmbluearm Posts: 6
    Mt Baldy in Southern California? Peak elevation of just over 10,000 feet? From an elevation of 1,200 feet or less?
    yes pretty cool mountain , i reached the summit twice very dangerous in the winter though!
    i changed my engine oil now i'm getting 29 mpg city !! :D
    i didnt think engine oil would make that much difference in gas mileage!
    or probably it was from the uphill roads.
  • I've had my EX Sedan with Automatic for over a month now and put about 3,000 miles on it. So far, the MPG is about what I expected. I drive about a 50/50 mix of city and highway with some of the highway miles in bumber to bumper traffic. I'm a fairly conservative driver, but every now and then, I really punch it in order to merge onto the freeway. Here is what I've experienced so far:

    In 50/50 mix driving, I get about 32-34 MPG with the A/C running.
    On a recent freeway trip (70-75 MPH), I got 36.2 MPG with the A/C running.

    The mileage seems to be getting better with every fillup, and I'm extremely happy with the car. I'm looking forward to the fall and winter when the car is fully broken in, and I can turn off the A/C and hopefully get up to 40 MPG on the freeway. :shades:
  • dalawdalaw Posts: 37
    Miles: 25,000
    Highest ever: 39.6 mpg (speed limit highway driving with a/c)
    Lowest ever: 28 mpg (frequent redlining)
    Lifetime average: ~33 mpg
  • flynfl01flynfl01 Posts: 13
    I have owned my 04 Civic LX coupe with manual for a little over a year now. Up until a couple of months ago, I typically got 33-35 MPG in the city, and 38-40 on the highway. During the past two months, my mileage has dropped considerably. Sometimes as low as 28. Lately i've been getting 28-32 in the city. My tire pressure is okay...all maintenance is up to date, including oil changes, tire rotations and new air filter. I have 15,000 miles and all of my driving habits are the same as they always have been. I am a very easy driver and don't drive fast or hard. I'm concerned about this. What has caused my mileage to drop? Should I take it to the dealer? If i do, what will they be able to do to check it out?

    Thanks in advance.
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