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Old 09 Dec 2012, 04:02 pm
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Default Why is my Honda Civic Hybrid mpg so low?

I recently got a used honda civic hybrid 2008 IMA. I see on the meter that the MPG is somewhere between 33-35 mpg. This is so low, bearing in mind that it is a hybrid car. Is there a problem with the way I drive? What can I do to make it better? The average for a civic hybrid is about 60mpg!(UK gallons)

p.s its used and driven quite a lot. Tbh, I normally drive properly without rough braking and accelaration.

Is the average actually 60 MPG?
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Old 09 Dec 2012, 04:18 pm
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It's the way you drive. The Civic hybrid gets less mileage than the gas Civic if you drive so that it needs to use the gas engine.
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Old 09 Dec 2012, 04:32 pm
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Honda hybrids are well known for having their fuel economy ratings exaggerated. It is rare to get the fuel economy they claim.

To get the claimed fuel economy.

Drive with an extremely light touch on the throttle. Imagine that there is a raw egg between your foot and the throttle pedal.

Do not drive up hills.

Drive no faster than about 60 MPH.

Anticipate your stops and coast as much as possible.

Remove any excess weight. No junk in the trunk.

Keep your tires correctly inflated.

Use the same size and type tires that were installed at the factory. Most times these vehicles will use special tires that are engineered to give better fuel economy.

Drive like this and your fuel economy will increase. But then, drive any car like this and your fuel economy will increase.

One other thing. The battery pack used for the hybrid system does have a limited life span. Like any other battery it will lose power with age. This car is getting close to the age where the battery pack needs to be replaced. If this car still has the factory battery pack, consider replacing it. With weak batteries the car will get no better or maybe even worse fuel economy than the gasoline only version of the car.
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Old 09 Dec 2012, 04:49 pm
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no they are not the best for gas mileage as advertised

thats like max on highway with probably slight downhill/flat

how many cylinders out of couriosity?
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Old 09 Dec 2012, 05:01 pm
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Hybrids are a con, that doesn't surprise me a bit.

That said those mpg figures ARE quite low, maybe the car needs a service? I'd maybe expect 40-45mpg in regular driving with one of those.
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Old 09 Dec 2012, 05:17 pm
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Honda recently settled a class action suit for problems with the performance of their IMA hybrid system. Honda made a devil's deal and changed the hybrid programming on some Civics, trading lower fuel economy for improved battery life. 30-35 US mpg (36-42 UK mpg) is roughly the fuel economy reported on the reprogrammed Civics.

Toyota has done much better, getting 50 mpg or more regularly and batteries so reliable there are not even any reliable estimates of the life expectancy, although 300K-400K miles is likely. Unfortunately, Honda's system is very different and they have been struggling.

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