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Honda Civic Real World MPG



  • thegraduatethegraduate Posts: 9,731
    would say overall average (80'% hwy 18% city and 2% other) has been around 39mpg. That's been winter driving.

    That sounds pretty good, though I'm intrigued with the "Other" part... It could be anything!

    Hopefully drag racing or rock crawling. That'd make for some awesome youtube vids. ;) *Insert sarcasm here*
  • I just did my 2nd ever fill-up and got 37.4 mpg. Was expecting 40+ mpg since not much bumper to bumper traffic here. But only driven 500 miles so hoping it'll be better after break-in period.
  • kipkkipk Posts: 1,576
    If that 37.4 mpg was calculated at the pump, (not just the dash readout), I'd say you are doing well. Especially for a new engine.

    Your average is approaching the EPA estimate of 39 mpg. And it most likely will get better with more miles on the clock. Of course the use of AC may bring it down 1-2 mpg.

    Good luck,
  • Yes, did the calculations myself since the readout fluctuates too much (as low as 19mpg and as high as 49mpg).

    I live in a rural area with occasional stop signs and lights so I guess 37mpg isn't too shabby, especially since I was getting 17mpg in my previous vehicle.

    40+ MPG would be awesome especially since I passed on the Insight (too wimpy) and Prius (too small & ugly).
  • dudleyrdudleyr Posts: 3,406
    edited April 2013
    Ugly is personal taste, but the Prius is bigger than the Civic. Quite a bit more interior volume and a few hundred pounds heavier. The Civic may be an inch or two longer since it has a trunk.
  • kipkkipk Posts: 1,576
    edited April 2013
    Meant to say your average is approaching the EPA estimate for Highway.

    Absolutely a good thing. :shades:

    I had considered a Prius when purchasing our fit. That "Estimated" 51 mpg was mighty inviting. Did some serious research and it seems they don't actually get that generally speaking.
    But for the sake of discussion, let's say they do.

    My Fit average is 33.3 on the low mpg tank and 36 on the best one in local day to day driving. Generally in the mid 35s. So I'll use 34 as an average for me.

    In 100K miles the 51mpg Prius would consume 1960 gallons of fuel. The 34 mpg Fit would consume 2941 gallons. So that would be a 980 gallon difference and $3921 more dollars, at $4 per. . .$3430at $3.50 per.

    Those savings would not pay for the difference in initial cost. Unless there is some kind of really big tax credit. Then the possible extra cost of an Extended warranty or out of pocket expense that might ensue due to the complexity of the Hybred system.
    And would the battery pack replacement be close or already have been replaced at a substantial expense.

    Would I even keep it for 100k miles, and what happens to the resale as the time for the battery pack replace draws near?

    FWIW I did drive an Insight, a Civic, and a Fit before deciding. The test drive was a 16 mile round trip. With rolling hills, starting with cold engines. Speeds in the 45 to 55 mph range and only one stop. The Insight got 54mpg, the Civic 48, and the Fit 49. Realizing that they wouldn't get that type of mpg in real world with traffic and stops, but for that particular test, the results were surprisingly close.

    Got a bit overwhelming, so I decided to stick with the relative simplicity of a gas only platform. Liked the driving experience of the Civic best but decided on the Fit for the extra cargo room, which we need.

  • Civic has more:

    Front & rear legroom
    Front & rear headroom
    Front $ rear shoulder room
    Rear hiproom

    Prius does have more front hiproom.

    Civic has much higher passenger volume (95 cu ft vs. 87)

    Civic is much longer at 179.4" vs 157.3".

    I am comparing 2013 Civic sedan LX vs. 2013 Prius C... the only Prius I considered since it was the only one under $20k.
  • I too liked the Fit and seriously considered it, but what turned me off was the small gas tank and the upcoming redesign. Plus the Civic was just $1500 more and figured the higher MPG would pay for the difference in a few years.
  • dudleyrdudleyr Posts: 3,406
    Prius C is smaller, but there was no C in the first post. ;)
  • No way I'm paying $6k more for a Prius 2 or whatever it's called. Would rather get the Accord!

    According to my calculations, it would take 20 years to recoup the extra $6k in gas savings.
  • jipsterjipster Posts: 5,345
    Well, over a 3 week/700 mile period I averaged 38.2 mpg combined. That's probably averaging 68-70 mph hwy.

    The 2%"other" by the way is going up 6 floors at my works parking garage every day. :P
  • packer3packer3 Posts: 277
    Great decision my son has the Civic and we looked at the other cars, MPG on the Civic is awesome vs the cost of the Prius don't listen to those two idiots because if you go on other Honda threads you will see there so called expert opinions about Accords and CRV's they are obsessed with reading about cars than ever working on them, they must be MIT grads.
  • lakerskobelakerskobe Posts: 31
    I don't know how reliable or accurate the readout is but I just did 53MPG! It was a 40 mile romp through the mountains at 45mph. I couldn't believe my eyes so took a photo of it. Also saw a dead deer in the road, same road where I had passed a few mins earlier. No, didn't take a photo, too morbid. Poor Bambi!
  • jipsterjipster Posts: 5,345
    Last month averaged 39.1 mpg combined.
  • sandman_6472sandman_6472 Coral Springs, FLPosts: 2,576
    Guess the newer models do so much better. Mine's an '06 and am lucky to get 33 on the highway and 30 in the city. I like the look of the '09 to '11 model and the better color choice but am just gonna keep my '06 for 10 years at least even though I would like something newer...makes no sense to get rid of right now. The '12 and '13 models do nothing for me and are no longer the benchmark in it's class. I still love mine and plan on keeping it for the forseeable future.

    The Sandman

    2014 Hyundai Tuscon SE/2005 Mazda 3s/2008 Hyundai Accent GLS/2009 Nissan Versa SL hatch

  • so what is the benchmark in its class?
  • jipsterjipster Posts: 5,345
    You probably have a lot more pep in your 2006 than I have in my 2012. Not sure if same engine, but my 2012 seems as if it is tuned / built to optimise mpg. Torque and horsepower fall into the "adequate" catergory.

    Yeah, must admit my 2012 does not do a lot for me. May turn in when lease up. But, it's great for what I bought it for...MPG and reliability.
  • sandman_6472sandman_6472 Coral Springs, FLPosts: 2,576
    Right now, I think it is the Hyundai Elantra as I think it gives the best bang for the buck in every category...and I get to try most brands and models of vehicles at my current job. That's just my opinion...yours may be different which is o k to. We can always agree to disagree!

    The Sandman

    2014 Hyundai Tuscon SE/2005 Mazda 3s/2008 Hyundai Accent GLS/2009 Nissan Versa SL hatch

  • jipsterjipster Posts: 5,345
    edited September 2013
    Averaged a whooping 51 mpg highway during 30 mile roundtrip to pick my son up from school. It was 54mpg going to... and 48mpg coming back. Cruised at 55mph, 60mph and 65mph with the a/c on. About 91 degrees outside, fairly humid... Not sure of barometric pressure. I did accelerate until I got to cruising speed when merging onto interstate, before I set instant mpg monitor. Those are hybrid numbers for a non hybrid car... anybody jealous? ;-)
  • thwipp89thwipp89 Posts: 1
    edited September 2013
    i'd say the bulk of my typical driving is 65-70% city and i drive with a very heavy foot, which i know kills my mpg. i usually average about 30-32 mpg. slightly worse in the winter (i'm in chicago), as some seem to report.

    i hadn't done a longer road trip in awhile but recently did 2 roadtrips- one was 80 miles, the other was 200 miles and i averaged 39.0 and 39.5 mpg and that was with using the A/C much of the time. i was pleasantly surprised but a lot of that was with cruise control, so my heavy foot wasn't in play as much. i didn't think that was too shabby with a car that's 10 yrs old with well over 100k miles.
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