This Monday morning while deleting my growing pile of junk mail, I tripped across an item of interest — something most near and dear to most Civic owners — and certainly a purchase consideration when weighing the attributes of North America’s best selling retail sedan over Toyota and others — fuel economy.
With a stated combined fuel efficiency of 31 to 35 miles per gallon, 2016 Honda Civic, specifically the direct fuel injected turbocharged, CVT shifted Touring, claims not only the highest power output in Civic’s history, but the highest fuel efficiency achieved in a Civic sedan since the exit of the small-body Civic hatchbacks of the mid 1990s.
I’ve experienced exceptional fuel economy while driving 2016 Honda Civic, approaching and sometimes exceeded 30 MPG. But then again, I don’t own one. Honda’s published 2016 Civic combined MPG is one of if not the highest combined MPG in the non hybrid compact sedan class — one to two MPG over 9th generation Civic. What’s your MPG?
Members of the 10th generation CivicX.com online owners forum stated that several 2016 Honda Civic drivers experienced fuel efficiency(MPG) as low as 21 mpg, while asking the community if this was normal?
The bottom line: Some 2016 Civic owners report far lower MPG than Honda does. So, let’s take a look at the cause and effect of seasonal driving conditions, fuel formulation, etc. Your 2016 Civic’s fuel economy will vary, here’s why
Your 2016 Civic’s fuel economy will vary, here’s why
Cold weather, slip and slide road condition will lower your fuel economy – a lot! Seasonal changes in gasoline formulation at the refinery will impact your fuel efficiency, while increased tire to road friction caused by studded snow tires, sand on the road put added strain on your engine and drive line components, further reducing fuel economy. Most car buyers tend to drive a bit more aggressively when first experiencing the joy of new car ownership, this too lowers fuel efficiency.
Winter weather more often than not leads to the increased use of accessory fans, defrosters, seat heater, etc — adding greater load strain on the engine resulting in lower MPG. The same is true for summer driving with the air conditioning blasting. Also, Despite today’s low-friction engine and drive component technologies, it does pay off in future fuel efficiency dividend to consciously “break – in “ your new Civic.
The bottom line is this: 2016 Civic owners, regardless of region, will most likely experience lower than stated MPG in the first month or two of new car ownership, especially during winter weather driving conditions. Is this normal? Yes.
By allowing your 2016 Honda Civic, regardless of variant, some engine and component break-in time, after a couple of weeks, and assuming that you’re not one of our Canadian or East Coast readers driving around in sub-zero temperatures, your fuel efficiency will increase.
It’s not unusual for this Examiner to receive reports from Honda owners that regularly exceed the manufacturer’s published EPA, MPG — we anticipate the same from Civic. With that said, to our friends that have purchased 2016 Civic, give it a month or two, Spring is just around the corner. And with warmer weather will come increased fuel efficiency.