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Old 22 Aug 2007, 02:36 pm
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Default All-new Civic's fuel consumption is as good as the company claims?

I have heard that the all-new Honda Civic has some amazing technology. The unburnt fuel of the previous stroke is pushed back into the combustion chamber again by the piston to mix with new fuel to give better fuel consumption and low emission. Isn't this too good to be true? This results in better fuel consumption where the 1800cc engine gives fuel consumption of that of 1500's according to automobile journalists.. What are the other technological gismos in this that its other competitors like, the Sentra, Corolla, don't have? Anyone owns one? Are you satisfied with yours?
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Old 22 Aug 2007, 02:40 pm
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Interesting question, because the user reviews vary so widely in the answer to this. I like the reviews by users on Yaho! Autos (see link below).My personal experience (I have an EX coupe) is that I get better mileage than the EPA rating. I get 34-35 in town and 40-41 on the highway on a consistent basis. To be fair, I am a very gentle (though not necessarily slow) driver. I would guess that hard accelleration, air conditioning overuse in town, and leaving your foot on the gas while going downhill (instead of letting the car coast for the freebie), would take a toll on this car's little engine very quickly. I bought this car as a 5-speed, and I'm pretty good at making use of a manual transmission as a mileage tool.Through smart driving, being fortunate enough to have a 10 mile round trip to work, and planning my trips for maximum use, this car lets me get gas once a month with only a 12 gallon tank.When I got this car early last Fall, it had just become available, and my friends (who were accustomed to seeing me in "prestige" cars) assumed it was an Acura because of its sleek styling (though the sedan looks very "gals in the secretarial pool") and gizmos (one touch up/down windows and sunroof, iPod jack built in, MP3 player, XM radio, steering wheel audio controls, stylish wheels, and the wonderful two-tiered instrument panel, etc.). I skipped out on the sattelite navigation system and the foglights, and got the thing for $18000, which is the least I have ever paid for a new car.Funny story about the cool-quotient of this car...Last month I valet parked at a hotel in Chicago, and to my surprise and delight it was my economical Honda parked next to a Ferrari, a Bentley, and a BMW 7 series at the valet stand that drew a crowd of foreign onlookers posing for pictures next to it. I parked next to an Audi TT at a coffee place, and the TT owner stopped to tell me what a cool looking car I had. I'm still chuckling all the way to the bank with every payment and fill-up.Other innovations on this car are about safety, which was important to me. I won't go into the tech details (though the second link below will take you to Honda's website if you're curious), but this car won 5-star front and side impact ratings from NSTSA, and best pick from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety for a reason.For me, I wouldn't have even considered the Scion (which looks distinctly inexpensive), the Corolla (just plain ugly), or the Sentra (looks like a 90's car, still, and rotten crash test results).If you're looking for a 4-door, the Mazda 3 is an amazing value in a nice loking package. While you'll give up a bit of mileage for it, it pays off with extra power and unbelievable roominess for a car in this class. It's what I would have bought if I had a non-coupe lifestlye.































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Old 22 Aug 2007, 02:44 pm
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Mine is automatic and I can get ~40 if drive mostly on highway. I have never drived purely in the city so no data on that.
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when looking at the figures given for fuel consumption by the manufacturer do not pay attention to the combined one(Urban and Extra urban) as it can be misleading. Check the urban figure for a true estimate
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Old 22 Aug 2007, 02:48 pm
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yes
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Old 22 Aug 2007, 02:54 pm
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It all depends on individual driving habits and how much fun you like to have. EPA estimates are just that, estimates based on set ideal conditions during the estimate.If you like to grandma the car and drive the speed limit, if not slower, and brake slowly and accelerate slowly, then you'll probably get the EPA or more.If you like to drive with a little more snap, then you'll lose on efficiency. Just depends on how much you want to weigh fun relative to cost of that fun in fuel consumption.My '98 Accord V-6 is rated at 25 highway, I can never get that at 70mph (22 mpg), but at 55, it does about 25-26 mpg. I can't drive at 55 mph, but I can live with the slight decrease in mpg so I can drive with fun and sanity.
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