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Honda Civic Real World MPG



  • ruking1ruking1 Posts: 14,700
    If you can, you might want to take the competition like a Toyota Corolla for a spin for a day and do the same. Most dealerships will let you test drive one for a day. (or they do around here anyway)
  • I purchased a 2007 Honda Civic Ex because it's supposed to get good gas mileage. It doesn't. I regret the purchase. It is supposed to get 30 in the city. It barely gets 15mph. The dealership (Capital Honda) tells me that I should expect that. But that is the opposite of what they said prior to my purchasing this car. They won't agree to look at anything to see if there is a problem like a possible partially functioning thermostat. Based on what I am hearing now, the poor gas mileage is a common problem. The dealership, as well as the car company itself, should be ashamed. The old Honda's got great gas mileage. The new ones are horrible. I feel duped and resent it. Don't waste your hard earned money on a Honda.
  • kipkkipk Posts: 1,576
    "It is supposed to get 30 in the city. It barely gets 15mph."

    That would depend on the type of "city" driving you do.

    What kind of car did the Civic replace? What kind of mileage did it get in same driving conditions?

  • My 08 Civic EX-L is getting about 31-32 consistantly on a 100-mile round trip commute averaging 70-80 mph. Was hoping for a little more, but I am sure if slowed down, I'd do a little better. Otherwise the cars been great. But I would have probably gotten an Accord had I known.

  • crv139crv139 Posts: 41
    I have an 08 exl auto and Get no less then 30 mpg usually combined driving 40 percent highway 60 city I get 35 mpg.
  • kipkkipk Posts: 1,576

    Your mileage would increase a lot at 65-70.

    An Accord (same year model and equipment) will not get the mileage that a Civic does, under identical driving conditions.
  • drmbbdrmbb Posts: 80
    I just came back from a trip up to Canada in my 2007 EX/AT Sedan. The round trip was about 1300 miles (straight shot up I-81 from Virginia to Ontario and back). I averaged a total of 38.5mpg, using cruise control as much as possible and sticking between 65mph and 70mph.

    Even in my normal work week commuting driving - all local urban traffic (nothing over 40mph) and rarely more then 5-8miles per trip I average around 26mpg. I figure that's pretty good, since all the idling in city traffic intersections is bound to make a big hit on mileage. And the car barely gets really warmed up with my short morning commute on these cold mornings.

    For what it's worth, from past experience, my civic's highway mileage plummets as soon as I start cruising above 70mph.
  • sandman46sandman46 Posts: 1,798
    Getting a consistent 29 mpg's on my 10 mile commute to's just a straight shot up one major road with multiple lights. Can't really complain about that kinda mileage and am still pleased with the car.
    My daughter has her mind set on a Hyundai Elantra but we'll look at all the cars in this segment just to be sure.

    The Sandman :)
  • wooderwooder Posts: 9
    29 mpg's for the freeway? My 04 4runner gets 23mpg's....please tell me that you get more than 29mpg's, I'm considering trading my 4runner in for a civic gas milage purposes.... :confuse:
  • mjstenmjsten Posts: 17
    My average mileage for 3500 miles is 28.3. 80 - 85% of the driving is on hiways at 65 - 70 mph. I would strongly recommend that you ask your dealer to let you test drive for a short period, maybe ovenite, and test the mileage. I have been told that it will get better after some magical "break in" limit is reached, will wait and see, but from the first tank, the mileage has been consistant.27 to 31. As a matter of rafct, today, I filled it up and averaged 27.4 mpg.
  • sandman46sandman46 Posts: 1,798
    '06 Civic LX.

    The Sandman :)
  • wooderwooder Posts: 9
    27.4 mpg.....maybe I will hang on to my 4runner.....if thats the case.
  • thegraduatethegraduate Posts: 9,731
    My dad drives with a lead foot. According to my Garmin StreetPilot, with an average speed of 79 MPH, a max speed of 91 MPH, and regularly passing with a downshift and zing to 5-6k RPM - he got 32 MPG. Under my mom's driving (she is much more gentle, and always got EPA or better in her Odyssey van as well), she sees around 37 MPG at 75MPH with A/C running.

    2007 Honda Civic EX Automatic, and they already have 30k + miles on it!
  • kevman3kevman3 Posts: 30
    My 08 EX-L gets 31-33, going 70-85. I am sure if I slowed down, I would do better. But the morning commute on the Garden State Parkway and NJ Turnpike will not let you go 65. Everyone is doin 70-90. Gotta keep up. My 01 Maxima used to get 22-24 same commute, and used premium gas. This includes a 15-20 minute average wait at the tunnels too. Love the car. Gas may be $4.00 by this summer....
  • ruking1ruking1 Posts: 14,700
    During the Christmas and New Year's Holiday Season, we did the "Pizza Dude" delivery drill.

    (short trips, short mileage, short term, lots of start and stops, lots of idling in strip malls, retail malls, club stores, parking lots, super market stores, LOADS of MAX fan heat and A/C use, etc. ) 4 to 6 different drivers, up to 5 folks in the car)

    We filled up and turned in a 34 mpg for a tank full.

    (normal commute 38-42 mpg: for a 10.5% to 19% range of decrease)

    (We have a 20,000 mile oil and oil filter OCI coming up in 3k for a 60,000 miles interval.)

    Wishing all who follow this thread, A Happy, Healthy, Prosperous New Year!

    Probably more on topic, Wishing one and ALL: great fuel mileage with NO break downs!
  • wooderwooder Posts: 9 this on a new Civics?
  • ruking1ruking1 Posts: 14,700
    No. 2004 MY.
  • kipkkipk Posts: 1,576

    "29 mpg's for the freeway? My 04 4runner gets 23mpg's....please tell me that you get more than 29mpg's,"...

    Sandman46 said it was 10 miles of a single road with multiple lights.

    We don't know his speed between lights, how many lights there are, or total time for the 10 mile commute. How much starting and stopping, how much idling, etc...

    If you are getting 23 on a 4Runner, You should do very well in a Civic, under similar conditions.

  • targettuningtargettuning Posts: 1,371
    Ours is a 2006 EX automatic town between 23-25 mpg depending on the season, lower in winter (north east) and middle 30's on highway drives with a high of around 37 mpg driving responsibly. You cannot believe a 4 Runner is as fuel efficient as a Civic!!! Not possible given the physics of the vehicle...weight, gearing, blocky body with poor aerodynamics, 4 wheel drive and all the complexities and parasitic losses involved with it, probably a V-6, nope no way. The current EPA sticker (for 2008) is very much more aligned with what we actually get than the previous "pie in the sky" EPA stickers including the one on the car in 2006 which said 30/40 city/highway.
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