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Old 23 Jan 2008, 02:01 am
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Default 2007 Honda Civic Hybrid, Does anyone really get anywhere close to the estimated MPG? I don't!?

This is what the car overview says "Upon introduction, both trims are equipped with a standard 1.3-liter, I4, 110-horsepower, hybrid engine that achieves 49-mpg in the city and 51-mpg on the highway. A variable speed automatic transmission with overdrive is standard."I am getting 33 on a good day. I have almost 4000 miles already. I thought I would be getting more miles. At least 40 if they advertise 49. I dont use AC alot and i only commute to work using freeways in California.Is there a problem with my car? Is anyone else having this problem? Does anyone know how i can get more MPG that I paid for?Please help.signed,paid too much and mileage sucks
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Old 23 Jan 2008, 02:16 am
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The EPA mentioned when you the bought the car is what honda got on there tests so they are not accurate to real life situations. you should check http://www.fueleconomy.gov/feg/findacar.htm and look for your particular model. The best way to get higher MPG is changing the way you drive. A lot of people tend to gun it when the light turns green and you waste a lot of gas when you go from stop to start. I feel your pain for gas i live in CA too.
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Old 23 Jan 2008, 02:31 am
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The old EPA mileage estimates did not accurately replicate modern driving styles (high speeds, faster starts, A/C, etc.) and were well known to be high. People complained (like you) and the EPA came up with a more accurate system starting in 2008. Its still a 1 size fits all rating. The rest of the difference is probably your driving style and conditions. 2007 rating (old system) - 49 city/51 highway2008 rating (new system) - 40 city/45 highway
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Old 23 Jan 2008, 02:46 am
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>From what I have seen from sites likehttp://www.hybridcarblog.com/2005/12...imonials.htmla lot of people come a lot closer and some beat the published government estimate. Probably not.I am getting better than 33 on my 2008, but not a lot better. I am not particularly worried about it. I have noticed my milage varies a lot depending on the type of driving. At 75 MPH my MPG is under 33, but at 55 MPH it is much higher.My salesman warned me that milage would not approach the ratings for the first 6,000 miles, and I don't even have 2,000 on it. I had also done my homework before buying it and read warnings such as this one:"Give any hybrid a full six months and/or 10,000 miles to get broken in. The biggest impact occurs in the first 2,000 miles or so, and it may take as much as 15,000 to achieve peak mpg's. Hybrid owners commonly experience a 10-15% improvement in fuel economy after the new car smell has drifted away. "Seehttp://www.hybridcars.com/gas-saving...ic-hybrid.html
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