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I bought one last month and so far I am only getting 37mpg. According to the serivce manager, he said it will go up to 47mpg after the first oil change. If I were you i would ask the dealer about the actual mileage, becuase i feel I was lead to believe that the car will give you 47mpg. If I had known this before hand I would have bought a regular civic.
I drive a Prius myself, but I've seen other posts here that indicate that too much engine oil can reduce mpg; mine may have arrived in that state. Any chance you've got too much oil?
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Also check your tire pressures! I was averaging 44MPG (I have the automatic) when I first got the car (first two fuel tanks worth). I then decided to check air pressure in the tires (they were at 30-31). I increased the air pressure to 35psi (tires say maximum of 51psi), and my MPG went to 46! I am going to experiment more. My drive is almost all Interstate highway about 35 miles each way with very little city driving.
 
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i have put only 1300 city miles on my new civic hybrid and am only getting 32.9 mpg. the dealership service dept. tells me, now (not when i bought it), that is normal for the type of short distance city driving i do. i'm thinking of selling the car even though it's only 3 months old. i didn't want a low end model civic but since they only make low end model hybrid cars, i went ahead and got a cheaper car than i wanted because the low gas mileage, environmental concerns were more important to me. i am sorely disappointed! i feel like i have a cheap little car that gets mediocre gas mileage.
 
 
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Don't give up yet! I'm a Prius driver and just learning the 'hybrid ropes' has made a great difference. Accelerate fast, get up to speed, then coast. Anticipate stops and get off the gas. Coast. I know the tech details in the Prius are different than the Honda hybrid, but changing a few basic driving techniques will net a great increase in MPG in either car. If you are unwilling to change driving habits (lugging around slowly, NOT coasting, etc.) then don't expect any great MPGs. I have all the faith in the world in hybrid tech (Honda or Toyota, as they seem to be leading the pack), but changing driving technique is required. These cars really do respond to your right foot! Love my Prius!

04 Seaside Pearl #7. add-on mudflaps, compass mirror, rear bumper scuff protector & rear sensor warn, headlite EV mode, synthetic oil, 8" fiberglass sub in RR cubby, power lumbar in front seats, now w/ iPod2car! 47 MPG @33000 miles, best tank 56 MPG.
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my display always shows a fairly good mpg.
But when you get down to basics, you have to divide miles/gal.
The hand calculated figure always is 10% lower than the displayed mpg.
Over 18,000 miles of driving, and I am very careful how to coast, lower driving speeds, etc -- my calculated average: 40.8mpg
Hardly close to what Honda avertises.
In town driving, I only get about 38 on the display.
Freeway driving (under 65m/h, and no air condition), I can get about 47 on the display.
 
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You will get better mpg if you drive like a grandma and not mashing the pedal to get up to speed. Its better to keep a constant speed
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You will get better mpg if you drive like a grandma and not mashing the pedal to get up to speed. Its better to keep a constant speed
That is actually a matter of debate here. Some propose that with the way the hybrid system works it may be better to swiftly get up to a speed where the system is at its most effecient, and then cruise. The thinking is that the ICE is running at about the same RPM and using the same amount of fuel whether you are accelerating swiftly or slowly but by accellerating swiftly you spend less total time in the inefficent accelleration state.

On the other side of the coin sharp stops are going to waste energy. The regenerative system works best with mild to moderate braking. If you hit the brakes relatively hard you are generating more power than can easily be stored in the batteries (batteries charge best slowly) so it is wasted. If you hit the brakes really hard, you are engaging the friction brakes and converting all of your hard won kinetic energy into heat and losing it.

So, crisp off the line, brake gently to a stop. Is this best? I don't know for sure, has anyone done a controlled test?

Plus its just FUN to be fastest off the line and most efficent too.

But be careful ,
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I would check out Green Hybrid. There is a database that shows what people are getting for the current hybrids. It is interesting:

http://www.greenhybrid.com/

Go under the "Compare Option."
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In my '04 HCH SULEV I average about the same in the city but on the highway 50mpg and l drive between 60-70mph.
Hey, Thanks for the input...
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My son's non-hybrid 2006 Civic is averaging 38, 70% highway, 30% city.
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