New 2008 Civic MPG

Page 1 of 2  
Hi;
We are considering buying a 2008 civic. Could you please tell me the gas mileage you get for city driving? My wife drives mostly around town and is hoping for about 30 mpg. The sticker EPA Estimate reads
25, so I will probably get something else if that is all it gets. I was told the EPA estimates have changed and it will probably get better than that, but guess who told me that...yeah ...the salesman:-)
We are looking at the LX model with a 4 cylinder 1.8 engine.
Thanks for any knowledge. Pat
Add pictures here
<% if( /^image/.test(type) ){ %>
<% } %>
<%-name%>
Add image file
Upload

I don't have one but alot will depend on driving style (jack rabbit starts, low tire pressure etc.) really eat up gas (MPG)
Add pictures here
<% if( /^image/.test(type) ){ %>
<% } %>
<%-name%>
Add image file
Upload
2000 Civic hatch wrote:

Low tire pressure isn't really driving style.
However, where one drives in the city makes a big difference, too. I suspect that cars get better mileage around downtown Allentown PA than downtown New York. And of course, Jack Rabbit starts do make a big difference.
You might consider the Honda Civic Hybrid. It is only about $1300 more than the Honda Civic Si and gets 40 mph city and 45 mph highway.
Jeff
Add pictures here
<% if( /^image/.test(type) ){ %>
<% } %>
<%-name%>
Add image file
Upload
Jeff wrote:

The new EPA fuel economy estimates are pretty close to what owner's are getting. Check out the government sponsored web site at fueleconomy.gov. From what I've read, few cars get 30 mpg in town.
Add pictures here
<% if( /^image/.test(type) ){ %>
<% } %>
<%-name%>
Add image file
Upload
Don R wrote:

Except Escape, Prius, Civic and other hybrids.
Oops, sorry. The Prius and Civic hybrids don't get 30 mpg. They get 40.
Jeff
Add pictures here
<% if( /^image/.test(type) ){ %>
<% } %>
<%-name%>
Add image file
Upload
Jeff wrote:

The smart fortwo gets 33 in city. Of course many or most of the hybrids get 40 mpg in the city. As you probably already know, their mileage is better in city than on the highway.
On a personal note, my 1975 Honda Civic, bough new during the last gas crunch, got 30 mpg no matter where I drove it. Went looking for a Toyota Prius last weekend and the dealer didn't even have a demo to test drive. It's good to see that people are getting serious about saving gas.
Add pictures here
<% if( /^image/.test(type) ){ %>
<% } %>
<%-name%>
Add image file
Upload
Don R wrote:

Actually, I know it depends on the model. The Honda Civic Hybrid is rated at 40 MPG city, 45 MPG highway.

They're not getting serious about saving gas. They are getting serious about saving money.
Jeff
Add pictures here
<% if( /^image/.test(type) ){ %>
<% } %>
<%-name%>
Add image file
Upload

Yeah. And unless you live in a old European town or village where parking space is at a premium or the roads date back to the 1500s when they were horse tracks and have never been expanded, the smart fortwo makes little sense.
Which means it makes little sense here in the US.
$15,500 for a smart fortwo equipped similarly to a base Prius, which is $21,500. The smart gets 33mpg in city, the Prius gets 45mpg in city.
It's not a great feature comparison; for example, there's no auto trans available in the smart. That's a negative. And more importantly, the Prius can carry 4-5 people while getting that same 45mpg.
And you can use the Prius for road trips. The smart? On a highway trip? Yeah, right.
At $4/gallon for gas, the 33mpg smart costs 12.12 cents/mile in gas. The 45mpg Prius fuel cost is 8.9 cents. Call it a 3 cent difference. At $5/gallon for gas, it goes to a 4 cent difference. And so on.
So: the Prius has a lower fuel cost per mile, carries more people, has an automatic trans (that's really very simple and sweet and MUCH more reliable than a traditional hydraulic auto trans), and can go on the highway for long trips.
Hmmmm.
So the smart fortwo, here in the US, is just a big, expensive scooter. I guess if you have the cash for a spare two seat scooter and have the garage space for an occasional toy, that's fine.
Crowded cities like New York and San Francisco would do well to create an infrastructure that accommodates smart cars--smaller and cheaper parking spaces, lower registration fees, whatever--that would let people choose a smart (or similar) as the car they own for in and around town, leaving the road trips to larger rentals.
But outside the crowded cities, for things like saving fuel and lowering emissions, the smart doesn't make any sense when the Prius is out there. Even if it's just you and no one else, the Prius saves more fuel and emits less pollution per mile--and it gives you one car that does this both in town and on the highway, letting you own one car that gives you the flexibility of both in town and on the road use, not to mention the flexibility of taking another couple out to dinner with you.
I mean, come on--how does the smart save fuel and emissions if more than two of you are going someplace? The third person has to drive his own car, using even more fuel and emitting even more pollution? What does THAT do to the EFFECTIVE fuel mileage for the smart? (We make fun of the "California car pool" for a reason...)
Add pictures here
<% if( /^image/.test(type) ){ %>
<% } %>
<%-name%>
Add image file
Upload
Waiving the right to remain silent, "Elmo P. Shagnasty"

They DO NOT offer air conditioners. During our 5 months of above 90 degree temperatures here, they'd be useless.
A Toyota Corolla 1.8 automatic with AC gets 26 mpg/35 mpg, costs about the same, and will easily seat four adults.
--
Larry J. - Remove spamtrap in ALLCAPS to e-mail

"A lack of common sense is now considered a disability,
  Click to see the full signature.
Add pictures here
<% if( /^image/.test(type) ){ %>
<% } %>
<%-name%>
Add image file
Upload

Ah, I forgot.
Indeed. So you can have 33mpg with no AC, or 45mpg WITH AC.
Fascinating. And yet, people still buy them.
Add pictures here
<% if( /^image/.test(type) ){ %>
<% } %>
<%-name%>
Add image file
Upload
Waiving the right to remain silent, "Elmo P. Shagnasty"

Most people don't really need AC.
--
Larry J. - Remove spamtrap in ALLCAPS to e-mail

"A lack of common sense is now considered a disability,
  Click to see the full signature.
Add pictures here
<% if( /^image/.test(type) ){ %>
<% } %>
<%-name%>
Add image file
Upload

Virtually everyone needs AC. It's required to keep the windows free of moisture during wet weather, even if that weather isn't hot.
Add pictures here
<% if( /^image/.test(type) ){ %>
<% } %>
<%-name%>
Add image file
Upload
Waiving the right to remain silent, "Elmo P. Shagnasty"

I've had several cars without AC, and the defroster blowing has usually been good enough. I haven't lived in extremely humid areas, so that might make a difference...
--
Larry J. - Remove spamtrap in ALLCAPS to e-mail

"A lack of common sense is now considered a disability,
  Click to see the full signature.
Add pictures here
<% if( /^image/.test(type) ){ %>
<% } %>
<%-name%>
Add image file
Upload
Sorry, YOU may not need a/c, I do......I have 4 months of summer in the 80's & 90's, 8 months of winter, spring & fall but I refuse to drive a uncomfortable car, I use my a/c even when it is cold, it keeps ALL the windows clear. But I guess since it is the day for generalizations I can say, not everyone needs a heater, after all, it is only below 10 here a couple months out of the year.
wrote:

Add pictures here
<% if( /^image/.test(type) ){ %>
<% } %>
<%-name%>
Add image file
Upload

Nope.
Driving the Prius the same way I've driven every car for the last 30 years, with the climate control set to keep ME comfortable, the Prius gives 45mpg in the city and around 50mpg on the highway.
Colder weather will see lower numbers, but colder weather will also cause other cars to see lower numbers, too--presumably by the same percentage.
The thought originally was that the savings from a hybrid drivetrain would be in the city, and that may be for the Honda's drivetrain, but it certainly isn't for the Prius. The Prius is like every other car--get it on the highway, set the cruise control, and see better mileage than you see in the city.
Add pictures here
<% if( /^image/.test(type) ){ %>
<% } %>
<%-name%>
Add image file
Upload
Elmo P. Shagnasty wrote:

It may be by a higher percentage. I believe the Prius has to have its motor running more because the batteries don't store energy as well when they are cold (the voltage is lower) and the engine has to be on to give heat.

While you are correct that many (but not all) hybrid cars and trucks still have better highway mileage, more fuel is saved in the city. If a car gets 20 city/ 30 highway without a hybrid system and 30/35 with a hybrid system, the car will save 17 gallons of gas every thousand miles driven in the city, but only about 3 gallons every 1000 miles driven on the highway.

Some hybrids still get better city mileage than highway mileage, like the Ford Escape and Mazda Tribute. Of course, these are trucks, not cars.
Jeff

Add pictures here
<% if( /^image/.test(type) ){ %>
<% } %>
<%-name%>
Add image file
Upload

Yep.
I had a bunch of 79 Civics. Great cars. Manual choke worked great. And you couldn't kill the engines. Know when it's time to add oil? When you take a hard right turn and the light flickers on the dash. Oil changes? Naw, the car does that itself. Just add as needed.
The front frame member, though, now that was another matter. At least Honda owned up to it and replaced it free of charge, even years later. THEY understood that was cheaper than paying for the lawsuits and getting a bad rep.
Same with the gas tanks that rusted underneath the metal straps.
Add pictures here
<% if( /^image/.test(type) ){ %>
<% } %>
<%-name%>
Add image file
Upload
Elmo P. Shagnasty wrote:

My first Honda was a '76 Civic CVCC that I bought from a friend who bought it new. It had 88K on the odometer when I got it and it survived until it hit 160K a few years later in '87 when the rust was truly becoming a safety issue.
It got a solid 30mpg around town and could do about 35mpg on the highway.
When I put my "reconditioned" '82 Gen 2 Civic on the road, I have been getting a consistent 40mpg in mixed driving. I do notice a slight increase when I dropped my average speed to 60mph as opposed to 70mph and a little more.
If I were to put the original engine back in, I expect that I would get closer to the range that Honda claimed for the FE models, (42 city and 55 highway). I base this on a friend's experience who bought an '82 FE, loaded it up with personal possessions and headed to California. He average around 50 mpg.
So, as long as my little beater keeps on tickin'... I'm gonna avoid the banker that rides in so many back seats..
<G>
JT
Add pictures here
<% if( /^image/.test(type) ){ %>
<% } %>
<%-name%>
Add image file
Upload
Waiving the right to remain silent, Grumpy AuContraire

My first Honda was an AN600, bought new in 1971. $1,300 out-the-door, and one of the first 200 Honda cars ever imported into the USA.
http://flickr.com/photos/larrythefrog/477777904 /
It got an easy 40mpg, closer to 50mpg downhill, with a strong tail wind. ;-)
--
Larry J. - Remove spamtrap in ALLCAPS to e-mail

"A lack of common sense is now considered a disability,
  Click to see the full signature.
Add pictures here
<% if( /^image/.test(type) ){ %>
<% } %>
<%-name%>
Add image file
Upload
Larry in AZ wrote:

My dad's Pontiac Bonneville gets 70 mpg going downhill, according to the computer display.
And it does well going uphill, if it being towed by a tow truck. ;-)
Jeff
Add pictures here
<% if( /^image/.test(type) ){ %>
<% } %>
<%-name%>
Add image file
Upload

Related Threads

    Motorsforum.com is a website by car enthusiasts for car enthusiasts. It is not affiliated with any of the car or spare part manufacturers or car dealers discussed here. All logos and trade names are the property of their respective owners.