2005 civic hybrid not getting advertised MPG

Discussion in 'Civic' started by Matthew, Jul 20, 2007.

  1. Matthew

    Matthew Guest

    Hello :

    My civic hybrid is only averaging 35 MPG, hardly good enough to
    justify the extra cost for a hybrid car. Can anyone make any
    suggestions for improvements?


    Matthew, Jul 20, 2007
  2. Matthew

    dold Guest

    Driving style makes a lot of difference. For normal acceleration, I come
    away from a stop at 3,000 RPM, holding that RPM as the road speed climbs.

    On the open road, cruising speed plays a big role, but keeping up with
    high speed traffic where the speed fluctuates really knocks the mileage
    down as you slow and accelerate. The high speed accelerations in heavy
    traffic go well over the 3,000 rpm point that I have set as my economy

    I find that A/C is a big hit. I dropped from 47-50 to 41-43 during a
    stretch where the A/C was on all the time. Those were also a lot of short
    mile trips, no highway.

    What kind of driving mix are you doing?
    dold, Jul 20, 2007
  3. Matthew

    Earle Horton Guest

    Heh, my 1999 Civic HX gets 45 mpg on secondary highways if I keep it between
    50-60 mph. Interstate and 70 mph make it drop down to 35 or so. You want
    to look first at your driving style and road conditions, to see if you are
    responsible for the less than expected fuel economy.

    Other reasons to buy a hybrid car are state motor vehicle sales tax breaks
    and free parking in some jurisdictions.

    Saludos cordiales,

    Earle Horton, Jul 20, 2007
  4. And keep in mind that the A/C probably runs whenever you set the
    system to DEF. Maybe the hybrids don't do this but other cars do -
    check the manual.
    Gordon McGrew, Jul 20, 2007
  5. Matthew

    dold Guest

    Is that a stick or the CVT? I looked at the HX, and might have gone with
    it if it were available in a four door. It wasn't, and now I think it is
    gone altogether.

    My Civic Hybrid CVT gets 60 mpg in mixed driving at 50-55 mph over a 50
    mile stretch of hilly country road. 52 mpg at 65-70 in light traffic.
    dold, Jul 21, 2007
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