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Honda Civic Gas Mileage: 1978-2013

From its launch in the early 1970s, the Honda Civic has earned its reputation as a frugal choice for drivers on a tight budget. The Honda Civic’s gas mileage figures have consistently topped the charts over the years, even as the car has grown in size, weight, and engine displacement. While not the most miserly with gas, current Civic Si models come with high-performance 2.0 liter engines … a far cry from the tiny 1100cc engines found in the earliest (and equally tiny) Civics.

Today’s Civic Hybrid, on the other hand, uses a much smaller 1.3 liter gasoline engine in tandem with its electric motor. While the current Civic Hybrid’s performance can’t match the Si, its gas mileage figures are quite respectable at 44 combined.

The Civic CRX HF of the late 1980s is in particularly high demand from Honda enthusiasts and prices can be quite elevated, given the model year. Part of the secret behind the the high-MPG HF models is their low weight … the HF cars are lighter than their stable mates making them particularly attractive for the drag racing crowd. The power-to-weight ratio that delivers excellent gas mileage can be easily raised with an engine swap that delivers remarkable times in the quarter mile. 2012 marks the return of the HF designation.

The VX and HX are among the most fuel-efficient Honda Civic models, although the VX can be particularly hard to find. We are continuing to look for an affordable 1996-to-early 2000s HX to use as a project build for our new Ain’t Fuelin’ video series.

While we have not had the opportunity to test the 2013 Civic yet, we reviewed the 2012 Honda Civic Coupe and found it to outperform the official fuel economy estimates:

Honda Civic MPG ratings: 1978-2011

Honda Civic Gas Mileage – 2002-2013

Year Manf. Model Engine Disp. Fuel Trans. City Highway
2013 Honda Civic 4 cylinder 1.8 liter CNG (A5) Auto 27 38
2013 Honda Civic 4 cylinder 1.8 liter R (M5) Manual 28 36
2013 Honda Civic 4 cylinder 1.8 liter R (A5) Auto 28 39
2013 Honda Civic HF 4 cylinder 1.8 liter R (A5) Auto 29 41
2013 Honda Civic 4 cylinder 2.4 liter P (M6) Manual 22 31
2013 Honda Civic Hybrid 4 cylinder 1.3 liter R (AV) Auto 44 44
2012 Honda Civic 4 cylinder 1.8 liter CNG (A5) Auto 27 38
2012 Honda Civic 4 cylinder 1.8 liter R (M5) Manual 28 36
2012 Honda Civic 4 cylinder 1.8 liter R (A5) Auto 28 39
2012 Honda Civic HF 4 cylinder 1.8 liter R (A5) Auto 29 41
2012 Honda Civic 4 cylinder 2.4 liter P (M6) Manual 22 31
2012 Honda Civic Hybrid 4 cylinder 1.3 liter R (AV) Auto 44 44
2011 Honda Civic 4 cylinder 1.8 liter CNG (A5) Auto 24 36
2011 Honda Civic 4 cylinder 1.8 liter R (M5) Manual 26 34
2011 Honda Civic 4 cylinder 1.8 liter R (A5) Auto 25 36
2011 Honda Civic 4 cylinder 2.0 liter P (M6) Manual 21 29
2011 Honda Civic Hybrid 4 cylinder 1.3 liter R (AV) Auto 40 43
2010 Honda Civic 4 cylinder 2.0 liter P (M6) Manual 21 29
2010 Honda Civic 4 cylinder 1.8 liter R (M5) Manual 26 34
2010 Honda Civic 4 cylinder 1.8 liter CNG (A5) Auto 24 36
2010 Honda Civic 4 cylinder 1.8 liter R (A5) Auto 25 36
2010 Honda Civic Hybrid 4 cylinder 1.3 liter R (AV) Auto 40 45
2009 Honda Civic 4 cylinder 1.8 liter C (L5) Auto 24 36
2009 Honda Civic 4 cylinder 1.8 liter R (M5) Manual 26 34
2009 Honda Civic 4 cylinder 1.8 liter R (L5) Auto 25 36
2009 Honda Civic 4 cylinder 2.0 liter P (M6) Manual 21 29
2009 Honda Civic Hybrid 4 cylinder 1.3 liter R (AV) Auto 40 45
2008 Honda Civic 4 cylinder 1.8 liter R (L5) Auto 25 36
2008 Honda Civic 4 cylinder 1.8 liter C (L5) Auto 24 36
2008 Honda Civic 4 cylinder 1.8 liter R (M5) Manual 26 34
2008 Honda Civic 4 cylinder 2.0 liter P (M6) Manual 21 29
2008 Honda Civic Hybrid 4 cylinder 1.3 liter R (AV) Auto 40 45
2007 Honda Civic 4 cylinder 2.0 liter P (M6) Manual 23 32
2007 Honda Civic 4 cylinder 1.8 liter R (M5) Manual 30 38
2007 Honda Civic 4 cylinder 1.8 liter C (L5) Auto 28 39
2007 Honda Civic 4 cylinder 1.8 liter R (L5) Auto 30 40
2007 Honda Civic Hybrid 4 cylinder 1.3 liter R (AV) Auto 49 51
2006 Honda Civic 4 cylinder 1.8 liter R (L5) Auto 30 40
2006 Honda Civic 4 cylinder 1.8 liter R (M5) Manual 30 38
2006 Honda Civic Hybrid 4 cylinder 1.3 liter R (AV) Auto 49 51
2005 Honda Civic 4 cylinder 2.0 liter R (M5) Manual 26 31
2005 Honda Civic 4 cylinder 1.7 liter R (M5) Manual 32 37
2005 Honda Civic 4 cylinder 1.7 liter R (M5) Manual 36 44
2005 Honda Civic 4 cylinder 1.7 liter R (M5) Manual 32 38
2005 Honda Civic 4 cylinder 1.7 liter R (L4) Auto 31 38
2005 Honda Civic 4 cylinder 1.7 liter R (L4) Auto 29 38
2005 Honda Civic 4 cylinder 1.7 liter R (AV) Auto 35 40
2005 Honda Civic 4 cylinder 1.7 liter C (AV) Auto 30 34
2005 Honda Civic Hybrid 4 cylinder 1.3 liter R (M5) Manual 46 51
2005 Honda Civic Hybrid 4 cylinder 1.3 liter R (M5) Manual 45 51
2005 Honda Civic Hybrid 4 cylinder 1.3 liter R (AV) Auto 48 47
2005 Honda Civic Hybrid 4 cylinder 1.3 liter R (AV) Auto 47 48
2004 Honda Civic 4 cylinder 1.7 liter R (AV) Auto 35 40
2004 Honda Civic 4 cylinder 1.7 liter C (AV) Auto 30 34
2004 Honda Civic 4 cylinder 1.7 liter R (L4) Auto 29 38
2004 Honda Civic 4 cylinder 1.7 liter R (L4) Auto 31 38
2004 Honda Civic 4 cylinder 1.7 liter R (M5) Manual 32 38
2004 Honda Civic 4 cylinder 1.7 liter R (M5) Manual 32 37
2004 Honda Civic 4 cylinder 1.7 liter R (M5) Manual 36 44
2004 Honda Civic 4 cylinder 2.0 liter R (M5) Manual 26 31
2004 Honda Civic Hybrid 4 cylinder 1.3 liter R (M5) Manual 46 51
2004 Honda Civic Hybrid 4 cylinder 1.3 liter R (M5) Manual 45 51
2004 Honda Civic Hybrid 4 cylinder 1.3 liter R (AV) Auto 47 48
2004 Honda Civic Hybrid 4 cylinder 1.3 liter R (AV) Auto 48 47
2003 Honda Civic 4 cylinder 1.7 liter R (AV) Auto 35 40
2003 Honda Civic 4 cylinder 1.7 liter R (L4) Auto 29 38
2003 Honda Civic 4 cylinder 1.7 liter R (L4) Auto 30 38
2003 Honda Civic 4 cylinder 1.7 liter R (M5) Manual 32 38
2003 Honda Civic 4 cylinder 1.7 liter R (M5) Manual 36 44
2003 Honda Civic 4 cylinder 1.7 liter R (M5) Manual 32 38
2003 Honda Civic 4 cylinder 1.7 liter C (AV) Auto 30 34
2003 Honda Civic 4 cylinder 2.0 liter R (M5) Manual 26 30
2003 Honda Civic Hybrid 4 cylinder 1.3 liter R (M5) Manual 46 51
2003 Honda Civic Hybrid 4 cylinder 1.3 liter R (AV) Auto 48 47
2002 Honda Civic 4 cylinder 1.7 liter R (M5) Manual 32 37
2002 Honda Civic 4 cylinder 1.7 liter C (AV) Auto 30 34
2002 Honda Civic 4 cylinder 1.7 liter R (L4) Auto 31 38
2002 Honda Civic 4 cylinder 1.7 liter R (L4) Auto 30 38
2002 Honda Civic 4 cylinder 1.7 liter R (M5) Manual 33 39
2002 Honda Civic 4 cylinder 2.0 liter R (M5) Manual 26 30
2002 Honda Civic HX 4 cylinder 1.7 liter R (M5) Manual 36 44
2002 Honda Civic HX 4 cylinder 1.7 liter R (AV) Auto 35 40


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Honda Civic Gas Mileage – 1994-2001

Year Manf. Model Engine Disp. Fuel Trans. City Hwy
2001 Honda Civic 4 cylinder 1.7 liter R (M5) Manual 32 37
2001 Honda Civic 4 cylinder 1.7 liter R (M5) Manual 32 39
2001 Honda Civic 4 cylinder 1.7 liter R (L4) Auto 30 38
2001 Honda Civic 4 cylinder 1.7 liter R (L4) Auto 31 38
2001 Honda Civic HX 4 cylinder 1.7 liter R (M5) Manual 36 44
2001 Honda Civic HX 4 cylinder 1.7 liter R (AV) Auto 35 40
2000 Honda Civic 4 cylinder 1.6 liter R (M5) Manual 32 37
2000 Honda Civic 4 cylinder 1.6 liter R (M5) Manual 30 35
2000 Honda Civic 4 cylinder 1.6 liter R (L4) Auto 28 35
2000 Honda Civic 4 cylinder 1.6 liter R (L4) Auto 28 35
2000 Honda Civic 4 cylinder 1.6 liter P (M5) Manual 26 31
2000 Honda Civic 4 cylinder 1.6 liter C (L4) Auto 28 34
2000 Honda Civic HX 4 cylinder 1.6 liter R (AV) Auto 34 38
2000 Honda Civic HX 4 cylinder 1.6 liter R (M5) Manual 35 43
1999 Honda Civic 4 cylinder 1.6 liter R (L4) Auto 28 35
1999 Honda Civic 4 cylinder 1.6 liter R (L4) Auto 28 35
1999 Honda Civic 4 cylinder 1.6 liter R (M5) Manual 32 37
1999 Honda Civic 4 cylinder 1.6 liter R (M5) Manual 29 35
1999 Honda Civic 4 cylinder 1.6 liter P (M5) Manual 26 31
1999 Honda Civic HX 4 cylinder 1.6 liter R (M5) Manual 35 43
1999 Honda Civic HX 4 cylinder 1.6 liter R (AV) Auto 34 38
1998 Honda Civic 4 cylinder 1.6 liter R (L4) Auto 29 36
1998 Honda Civic 4 cylinder 1.6 liter R (M5) Manual 30 35
1998 Honda Civic 4 cylinder 1.6 liter R (M5) Manual 32 37
1998 Honda Civic 4 cylinder 1.6 liter R (L4) Auto 28 35
1998 Honda Civic 4 cylinder 1.6 liter C (L4) Auto 28 34
1998 Honda Civic HX 4 cylinder 1.6 liter R (AV) Auto 34 39
1998 Honda Civic HX 4 cylinder 1.6 liter R (M5) Manual 36 44
1997 Honda Civic 4 cylinder 1.6 liter R (L4) Auto 28 35
1997 Honda Civic 4 cylinder 1.6 liter R AV 34 38
1997 Honda Civic 4 cylinder 1.6 liter R (M5) Manual 32 38
1997 Honda Civic 4 cylinder 1.6 liter R (M5) Manual 30 36
1997 Honda Civic 4 cylinder 1.6 liter R (M5) Manual 37 44
1997 Honda Civic 4 cylinder 1.6 liter R (L4) Auto 29 35
1996 Honda Civic 4 cylinder 1.6 liter R (M5) Manual 30 36
1996 Honda Civic 4 cylinder 1.6 liter R (L4) Auto 28 35
1996 Honda Civic 4 cylinder 1.6 liter R (L4) Auto 29 36
1996 Honda Civic 4 cylinder 1.6 liter R (M5) Manual 33 38
1996 Honda Civic HX 4 cylinder 1.6 liter R (M5) Manual 39 45
1996 Honda Civic HX 4 cylinder 1.6 liter R AV 35 39
1995 Honda Civic 4 cylinder 1.6 liter R (M5) Manual 29 35
1995 Honda Civic 4 cylinder 1.6 liter R (L4) Auto 26 34
1995 Honda Civic 4 cylinder 1.5 liter R (M5) Manual 40 45
1995 Honda Civic 4 cylinder 1.5 liter R (M5) Manual 34 40
1995 Honda Civic 4 cylinder 1.5 liter R (M5) Manual 42 46
1995 Honda Civic 4 cylinder 1.5 liter R (L4) Auto 29 36
1995 Honda Civic DEL SOL 4 cylinder 1.6 liter R (M5) Manual 29 35
1995 Honda Civic DEL SOL 4 cylinder 1.6 liter P (M5) Manual 26 30
1995 Honda Civic DEL SOL 4 cylinder 1.6 liter R (L4) Auto 26 34
1995 Honda Civic DEL SOL 4 cylinder 1.5 liter R (M5) Manual 35 41
1995 Honda Civic DEL SOL 4 cylinder 1.5 liter R (L4) Auto 29 36
1995 Honda Civic HB VX 4 cylinder 1.5 liter R (M5) Manual 44 51
1995 Honda Civic HB VX 4 cylinder 1.5 liter R (M5) Manual 47 56
1994 Honda Civic 4 cylinder 1.5 liter R (M5) Manual 42 46
1994 Honda Civic 4 cylinder 1.5 liter R (M5) Manual 40 45
1994 Honda Civic 4 cylinder 1.5 liter R (M5) Manual 34 40
1994 Honda Civic 4 cylinder 1.5 liter R (L4) Auto 29 36
1994 Honda Civic 4 cylinder 1.6 liter R (L4) Auto 26 33
1994 Honda Civic 4 cylinder 1.6 liter R (M5) Manual 29 35
1994 Honda Civic DEL SOL 4 cylinder 1.6 liter P (M5) Manual 26 30
1994 Honda Civic DEL SOL 4 cylinder 1.6 liter R (M5) Manual 29 35
1994 Honda Civic DEL SOL 4 cylinder 1.5 liter R (M5) Manual 35 41
1994 Honda Civic DEL SOL 4 cylinder 1.5 liter R (L4) Auto 29 36
1994 Honda Civic DEL SOL 4 cylinder 1.6 liter R (L4) Auto 26 33
1994 Honda Civic HB VX 4 cylinder 1.5 liter R (M5) Manual 44 51
1994 Honda Civic HB VX 4 cylinder 1.5 liter R (M5) Manual 47 56

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Honda Civic Gas Mileage – 1986-1993

Year Manf. Model Engine Disp. Fuel Trans. City Hwy
1993 Honda Civic 4 cylinder 1.5 liter R (M5) Manual 34 40
1993 Honda Civic 4 cylinder 1.6 liter R (M5) Manual 29 35
1993 Honda Civic 4 cylinder 1.6 liter R (L4) Auto 27 34
1993 Honda Civic 4 cylinder 1.5 liter R (M5) Manual 40 46
1993 Honda Civic 4 cylinder 1.5 liter R (M5) Manual 42 46
1993 Honda Civic 4 cylinder 1.5 liter R (L4) Auto 30 38
1993 Honda Civic Del Sol 4 cylinder 1.5 liter R (L4) Auto 30 36
1993 Honda Civic Del Sol 4 cylinder 1.6 liter R (M5) Manual 29 33
1993 Honda Civic Del Sol 4 cylinder 1.6 liter R (L4) Auto 27 34
1993 Honda Civic Del Sol 4 cylinder 1.5 liter R (M5) Manual 34 38
1993 Honda Civic HB VX 4 cylinder 1.5 liter R (M5) Manual 44 51
1993 Honda Civic HB VX 4 cylinder 1.5 liter R (M5) Manual 48 55
1992 Honda Civic 4 cylinder 1.6 liter R (M5) Manual 29 36
1992 Honda Civic 4 cylinder 1.6 liter R (L4) Auto 27 34
1992 Honda Civic 4 cylinder 1.5 liter R (M5) Manual 35 40
1992 Honda Civic 4 cylinder 1.5 liter R (M5) Manual 40 47
1992 Honda Civic 4 cylinder 1.5 liter R (M5) Manual 42 48
1992 Honda Civic 4 cylinder 1.5 liter R (L4) Auto 30 37
1992 Honda Civic HB VX 4 cylinder 1.5 liter R (M5) Manual 48 55
1992 Honda Civic HB VX 4 cylinder 1.5 liter R (M5) Manual 44 51
1991 Honda Civic 4 cylinder 1.5 liter R (M5) Manual 31 35
1991 Honda Civic 4 cylinder 1.6 liter R (L4) Auto 24 29
1991 Honda Civic 4 cylinder 1.6 liter R (M5) Manual 28 32
1991 Honda Civic 4 cylinder 1.5 liter R (M4) Manual 33 37
1991 Honda Civic 4 cylinder 1.5 liter R (L4) Auto 28 33
1991 Honda Civic CRX 4 cylinder 1.5 liter R (L4) Auto 29 34
1991 Honda Civic CRX 4 cylinder 1.6 liter R (M5) Manual 28 33
1991 Honda Civic CRX 4 cylinder 1.5 liter R (M5) Manual 32 36
1991 Honda Civic CRX HF 4 cylinder 1.5 liter R (M5) Manual 43 49
1991 Honda Civic CRX HF 4 cylinder 1.5 liter R (M5) Manual 49 52
1991 Honda Civic Wagon 4 cylinder 1.5 liter R (L4) Auto 28 32
1991 Honda Civic Wagon 4 cylinder 1.5 liter R (M5) Manual 31 35
1991 Honda Civic Wagon 4WD 4 cylinder 1.6 liter R (M5) Manual 24 26
1991 Honda Civic Wagon 4WD 4 cylinder 1.6 liter R (L4) Auto 25 27
1990 Honda Civic 4 cylinder 1.6 liter R (M5) Manual 28 32
1990 Honda Civic 4 cylinder 1.6 liter R (L4) Auto 25 29
1990 Honda Civic 4 cylinder 1.5 liter R (M5) Manual 31 34
1990 Honda Civic 4 cylinder 1.5 liter R (M4) Manual 33 37
1990 Honda Civic 4 cylinder 1.5 liter R (L4) Auto 28 33
1990 Honda Civic CRX 4 cylinder 1.6 liter R (M5) Manual 28 33
1990 Honda Civic CRX 4 cylinder 1.5 liter R (M5) Manual 32 35
1990 Honda Civic CRX 4 cylinder 1.5 liter R (L4) Auto 29 35
1990 Honda Civic CRX HF 4 cylinder 1.5 liter R (M5) Manual 43 49
1990 Honda Civic CRX HF 4 cylinder 1.5 liter R (M5) Manual 49 52
1990 Honda Civic Wagon 4 cylinder 1.5 liter R (M5) Manual 31 34
1990 Honda Civic Wagon 4 cylinder 1.5 liter R (L4) Auto 28 32
1990 Honda Civic Wagon 4WD 4 cylinder 1.6 liter R (L4) Auto 24 26
1990 Honda Civic Wagon 4WD 4 cylinder 1.6 liter R (M5) Manual 24 26
1989 Honda Civic 4 cylinder 1.6 liter R (M5) Manual 28 33
1989 Honda Civic 4 cylinder 1.5 liter R (M5) Manual 31 36
1989 Honda Civic 4 cylinder 1.5 liter R (M4) Manual 34 38
1989 Honda Civic 4 cylinder 1.5 liter R (L4) Auto 27 32
1989 Honda Civic CRX 4 cylinder 1.6 liter R (M5) Manual 28 33
1989 Honda Civic CRX 4 cylinder 1.5 liter R (M5) Manual 34 41
1989 Honda Civic CRX 4 cylinder 1.5 liter R (L4) Auto 29 36
1989 Honda Civic CRX HF 4 cylinder 1.5 liter R (M5) Manual 45 52
1989 Honda Civic CRX HF 4 cylinder 1.5 liter R (M5) Manual 50 56
1989 Honda Civic Wagon 4 cylinder 1.5 liter R (M5) Manual 31 35
1989 Honda Civic Wagon 4 cylinder 1.5 liter R (L4) Auto 27 32
1989 Honda Civic Wagon 4WD 4 cylinder 1.6 liter R (L4) Auto 24 27
1989 Honda Civic Wagon 4WD 4 cylinder 1.6 liter R (M5) Manual 25 26
1988 Honda Civic 4 cylinder 1.5 liter R (M4) Manual 35 38
1988 Honda Civic 4 cylinder 1.5 liter R (L4) Auto 28 33
1988 Honda Civic 4 cylinder 1.5 liter R (L4) Auto 28 33
1988 Honda Civic 4 cylinder 1.5 liter R (L4) Auto 29 35
1988 Honda Civic 4 cylinder 1.5 liter R (M5) Manual 33 37
1988 Honda Civic 4 cylinder 1.5 liter R (M5) Manual 32 36
1988 Honda Civic 4 cylinder 1.5 liter R (M4) Manual 35 38
1988 Honda Civic CRX 4 cylinder 1.6 liter R (M5) Manual 29 36
1988 Honda Civic CRX 4 cylinder 1.5 liter R (M5) Manual 34 39
1988 Honda Civic CRX 4 cylinder 1.5 liter R (L4) Auto 30 37
1988 Honda Civic CRX HF 4 cylinder 1.5 liter R (M5) Manual 45 53
1988 Honda Civic CRX HF 4 cylinder 1.5 liter R (M5) Manual 50 56
1988 Honda Civic Wagon 4 cylinder 1.5 liter R (L4) Auto 28 33
1988 Honda Civic Wagon 4 cylinder 1.5 liter R (L4) Auto 28 33
1988 Honda Civic Wagon 4 cylinder 1.5 liter R (M5) Manual 32 36
1988 Honda Civic Wagon 4WD 4 cylinder 1.6 liter R (M5) Manual 25 27
1987 Honda Civic 4 cylinder 1.5 liter R (M5) Manual 30 33
1987 Honda Civic 4 cylinder 1.5 liter R (M5) Manual 30 35
1987 Honda Civic 4 cylinder 1.5 liter R (L4) Auto 27 32
1987 Honda Civic 4 cylinder 1.3 liter R (M4) Manual 37 43
1987 Honda Civic Coupe 4 cylinder 1.5 liter R (L4) Auto 29 34
1987 Honda Civic Coupe 4 cylinder 1.5 liter R (M5) Manual 30 33
1987 Honda Civic Coupe 4 cylinder 1.5 liter R (M5) Manual 31 36
1987 Honda Civic Coupe HF 4 cylinder 1.5 liter R (M5) Manual 45 50
1987 Honda Civic Coupe HF 4 cylinder 1.5 liter R (M5) Manual 52 57
1987 Honda Civic Wagon 4 cylinder 1.5 liter R (M5) Manual 30 35
1987 Honda Civic Wagon 4 cylinder 1.5 liter R (L4) Auto 28 32
1987 Honda Civic Wagon 4WD 4 cylinder 1.5 liter R (M5) Manual 25 29
1986 Honda Civic 4 cylinder 1.5 liter R (M5) Manual 30 33
1986 Honda Civic 4 cylinder 1.5 liter R (M5) Manual 30 35
1986 Honda Civic 4 cylinder 1.5 liter R (L4) Auto 28 32
1986 Honda Civic 4 cylinder 1.3 liter R (M4) Manual 37 43
1986 Honda Civic Coupe 4 cylinder 1.5 liter R (M5) Manual 30 33
1986 Honda Civic Coupe 4 cylinder 1.5 liter R (M5) Manual 31 37
1986 Honda Civic Coupe 4 cylinder 1.5 liter R (L4) Auto 29 35
1986 Honda Civic Coupe HF 4 cylinder 1.5 liter R (M5) Manual 45 50
1986 Honda Civic Coupe HF 4 cylinder 1.5 liter R (M5) Manual 52 57
1986 Honda Civic Wagon 4 cylinder 1.5 liter R (L4) Auto 28 32
1986 Honda Civic Wagon 4 cylinder 1.5 liter R (M5) Manual 30 35
1986 Honda Civic Wagon 4WD 4 cylinder 1.5 liter R (M5) Manual 25 29

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Honda Civic Gas Mileage – 1978-1985

Year Manf. Model Engine Trans. City Hwy
1985 Honda Civic 4 cylinder (M5) Manual 32 37
1985 Honda Civic 4 cylinder (L3) Auto 29 32
1985 Honda Civic 4 cylinder (M4) Manual 37 43
1985 Honda Civic 4 cylinder (M4) Manual 38 42
1985 Honda Civic 4 cylinder (L3) Auto 26 28
1985 Honda Civic 4 cylinder (M5) Manual 30 34
1985 Honda Civic Coupe 4 cylinder (M5) Manual 30 35
1985 Honda Civic Coupe 4 cylinder (M5) Manual 31 38
1985 Honda Civic Coupe 4 cylinder (L3) Auto 28 32
1985 Honda Civic Coupe 4 cylinder (M5) Manual 32 36
1985 Honda Civic Coupe 4 cylinder (L3) Auto 28 31
1985 Honda Civic Coupe 4 cylinder (M5) Manual 31 38
1985 Honda Civic Coupe HF 4 cylinder (M5) Manual 49 54
1985 Honda Civic Coupe HF 4 cylinder (M5) Manual 45 51
1985 Honda Civic Wagon 4 cylinder (L3) Auto 29 32
1985 Honda Civic Wagon 4 cylinder (M5) Manual 30 34
1985 Honda Civic Wagon 4 cylinder (L3) Auto 26 28
1985 Honda Civic Wagon 4 cylinder (M5) Manual 32 37
1985 Honda Civic Wagon 4WD 4 cylinder (M5) Manual 26 29
1985 Honda Civic Wagon 4WD 4 cylinder (M5) Manual 26 29
1984 Honda Civic 4 cylinder (M5) Manual 34 46
1984 Honda Civic 4 cylinder (A3) Auto 30 38
1984 Honda Civic 4 cylinder (M4) Manual 40 53
1984 Honda Civic 4 cylinder (M5) Manual 35 45
1984 Honda Civic 4 cylinder (A3) Auto 30 37
1984 Honda Civic 4 cylinder (M4) Manual 42 55
1984 Honda Civic Coupe 4 cylinder (M5) Manual 51 67
1984 Honda Civic Coupe 4 cylinder (A3) Auto 32 42
1984 Honda Civic Coupe 4 cylinder (M5) Manual 36 49
1984 Honda Civic Coupe 4 cylinder (M5) Manual 36 49
1984 Honda Civic Coupe 4 cylinder (A3) Auto 31 41
1984 Honda Civic Coupe 4 cylinder (M5) Manual 48 64
1984 Honda Civic Wagon 4 cylinder (M5) Manual 33 46
1984 Honda Civic Wagon 4 cylinder (A3) Auto 30 38
1984 Honda Civic Wagon 4 cylinder (A3) Auto 30 37
1984 Honda Civic Wagon 4 cylinder (M5) Manual 34 45
1983 Honda Civic 4 cylinder (M5) Manual 34 47
1983 Honda Civic 4 cylinder (A3) Auto 31 37
1983 Honda Civic 4 cylinder (M5) Manual 43 56
1983 Honda Civic 4 cylinder (M4) Manual 37 48
1983 Honda Civic 4 cylinder (M4) Manual 39 49
1983 Honda Civic 4 cylinder (M5) Manual 35 46
1983 Honda Civic 4 cylinder (A3) Auto 31 37
1983 Honda Civic 4 cylinder (M5) Manual 46 59
1983 Honda Civic Wagon 4 cylinder (M5) Manual 34 47
1983 Honda Civic Wagon 4 cylinder (A3) Auto 31 37
1983 Honda Civic Wagon 4 cylinder (A3) Auto 31 37
1983 Honda Civic Wagon 4 cylinder (M5) Manual 35 46
1982 Honda Civic 4 cylinder (A3) Auto 31 34
1982 Honda Civic 4 cylinder (M5) Manual 39 53
1982 Honda Civic 4 cylinder (M4) Manual 35 44
1982 Honda Civic 4 cylinder (M5) Manual 35 46
1982 Honda Civic 4 cylinder (A3) Auto 31 36
1982 Honda Civic 4 cylinder (M5) Manual 41 55
1982 Honda Civic 4 cylinder (M4) Manual 36 46
1982 Honda Civic 4 cylinder (M5) Manual 34 45
1982 Honda Civic Wagon 4 cylinder (M5) Manual 34 44
1982 Honda Civic Wagon 4 cylinder (A3) Auto 30 34
1982 Honda Civic Wagon 4 cylinder (M5) Manual 35 46
1982 Honda Civic Wagon 4 cylinder (A3) Auto 31 35
1981 Honda Civic 4 cylinder (M5) Manual 32 42
1981 Honda Civic 4 cylinder (A3) Auto 28 33
1981 Honda Civic 4 cylinder (M5) Manual 31 41
1981 Honda Civic 4 cylinder (M4) Manual 32 40
1981 Honda Civic 4 cylinder (A3) Auto 29 34
1981 Honda Civic 4 cylinder (M5) Manual 34 44
1981 Honda Civic 4 cylinder (A3) Auto 29 34
1981 Honda Civic 4 cylinder (M5) Manual 33 44
1981 Honda Civic 4 cylinder (M4) Manual 32 41
1981 Honda Civic 4 cylinder (A3) Auto 31 38
1981 Honda Civic Wagon 4 cylinder (A3) Auto 29 34
1981 Honda Civic Wagon 4 cylinder (M5) Manual 30 40
1981 Honda Civic Wagon 4 cylinder (A3) Auto 28 33
1981 Honda Civic Wagon 4 cylinder (M5) Manual 31 41
1980 Honda Civic 4 cylinder (M5) Manual 32 45
1980 Honda Civic 4 cylinder (M4) Manual 32 41
1980 Honda Civic 4 cylinder (S2) Auto 27 33
1980 Honda Civic 4 cylinder (M5) Manual 28 39
1980 Honda Civic 4 cylinder (M4) Manual 28 36
1980 Honda Civic 4 cylinder (M4) Manual 32 41
1980 Honda Civic 4 cylinder (M5) Manual 32 45
1980 Honda Civic 4 cylinder (M5) Manual 32 45
1980 Honda Civic 4 cylinder (M4) Manual 32 41
1980 Honda Civic 4 cylinder (S2) Auto 27 33
1980 Honda Civic 4 cylinder (S2) Auto 27 33
1980 Honda Civic 4 cylinder (M5) Manual 36 49
1980 Honda Civic 4 cylinder (M4) Manual 35 45
1980 Honda Civic 4 cylinder (S2) Auto 29 35
1980 Honda Civic Wagon 4 cylinder (S2) Auto 25 29
1980 Honda Civic Wagon 4 cylinder (M5) Manual 29 38
1980 Honda Civic Wagon 4 cylinder (M5) Manual 29 38
1980 Honda Civic Wagon 4 cylinder (S2) Auto 25 29
1980 Honda Civic Wagon 4 cylinder (M5) Manual 29 38
1980 Honda Civic Wagon 4 cylinder (S2) Auto 25 29
1980 Honda Civic Wagon 4 cylinder (M5) Manual 31 42
1980 Honda Civic Wagon 4 cylinder (S2) Auto 28 32
1979 Honda Civic 4 cylinder (S2) Auto 26 31
1979 Honda Civic 4 cylinder (M5) Manual 28 41
1979 Honda Civic 4 cylinder (M4) Manual 28 38
1979 Honda Civic 4 cylinder (S2) Auto 28 32
1979 Honda Civic 4 cylinder (M5) Manual 33 45
1979 Honda Civic 4 cylinder (M4) Manual 33 41
1979 Honda Civic 4 cylinder (S2) Auto 23 29
1979 Honda Civic 4 cylinder (M4) Manual 28 36
1979 Honda Civic CVCC Wagon 4 cylinder (S2) Auto 24 29
1979 Honda Civic CVCC Wagon 4 cylinder (M4) Manual 26 36
1979 Honda Civic CVCC Wagon 4 cylinder (S2) Auto 27 30
1979 Honda Civic CVCC Wagon 4 cylinder (M4) Manual 28 37
1978 Honda Civic 4 cylinder 28 34
1978 Honda Civic 4 cylinder 33 41
1978 Honda Civic 4 cylinder 28 33
1978 Honda Civic 4 cylinder 34 43
1978 Honda Civic 4 cylinder 29 35
1978 Honda Civic 4 cylinder 36 44
1978 Honda Civic 4 cylinder 23 30
1978 Honda Civic 4 cylinder 29 37
1978 Honda Civic 4 cylinder 24 33
1978 Honda Civic 4 cylinder 31 41
1978 Honda Civic 4 cylinder 38 46
1978 Honda Civic 4 cylinder 30 35
1978 Honda Civic Wagon 4 cylinder 30 35
1978 Honda Civic Wagon 4 cylinder 24 28
1978 Honda Civic Wagon 4 cylinder 29 34
1978 Honda Civic Wagon 4 cylinder 31 37
1978 Honda Civic Wagon 4 cylinder 27 32
1978 Honda Civic Wagon 4 cylinder 27 31
1978 Honda Civic Wagon 4 cylinder 31 36
1978 Honda Civic Wagon 4 cylinder 24 29

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#1 30 MPG Cars on 01.08.08 at 8:09 am

[...] Honda Civic Gas Mileage [...]

#2 Wyatt on 06.05.08 at 4:54 pm

Your gas milage charts for specific vehicles is really cool, BUT there is no explaination of the meanings of the abbreviations in the Transmission column such as:
L5, AV, L4, L3, A3, S2.
I assume that A3 is a 3 sp. auto and the M3, M4, M5, M6 are manual 3, 4, 5, and 6 speeds but the S2 manual(?). then some (78 Civics) had no trans listed.
Thanks for any help you can provide.
Puzzled

#3 ac on 06.07.08 at 6:54 pm

What is the difference between (R) and (C) for fuel and what is the difference between (AV) and (L4) for transmission???

#4 jnh on 06.26.08 at 6:21 pm

hey, these two models are EXACTLY the same except for the mileage….is the first listing for a city on some other planet and the second is for here on earth?

1992 Honda Civic HB VX 4 cylinder 1.5 liter R (M5) Manual 48 55

1992 Honda Civic HB VX 4 cylinder 1.5 liter R (M5) Manual 44 51

#5 mpg-o-editor on 06.27.08 at 6:19 am

@Wyatt – yep … some of the transmission abbreviations are cryptic. I’ll do some digging.

@JNH – There’s a string of VXs with dual listings. The best I can reckon at this point is that the higher numbers are for cars equipped with a Shift Indicator Light … a SIL takes the guesswork out of when to shift and can save a good bit of fuel.

#6 Andy on 08.27.08 at 4:08 pm

just filled up my 2008 Civic LX w/5spd Auto for the first time. On the first tank it returned 37.5mpg. I am sure it will do better when I slow it down on the highway…

#7 Joe on 08.31.08 at 5:26 pm

must be something about the M5 manuel, my 2001 auto only reaches 38MPH highway but my dads manuel has seen 42MPG highway

#8 Andy on 09.02.08 at 2:35 pm

on my second tank I never went over 70mph, used no ac and generally drove as economically as possible without holding up traffic…got a whopping 42.5 mpg…no joke…I am loving this car!

#9 Tim on 09.11.08 at 8:16 am

I’m wondering why these are so different than the fueleconomy.gov website.

#10 mpg-o-editor on 09.11.08 at 8:28 am

@Tim – Take a look at the EPA page, just above the MPG specs. “We have revised the 1985-2007 MPG estimates to make them comparable to the new 2008 and later MPG estimates!”

We provide the official ratings as they were originally published rather than the revised estimates, in order to provide historical, rather than revisionist, perspective.

The biggest issue with the revised ratings is that they encourage increased consumption … if a driver is able to hit the lower numbers, they might think they’re doing just fine, when in fact, they can do a whole lot better simply by changing their driving style.

America deserves better then that and that’s why we’re here … to deliver truth, justice, and the American Way (to borrow a phrase from Clark Kent’s alter ego).

#11 ken on 09.25.08 at 12:40 am

2004 Honda 5 speed one reads 38 mpg other 44 same spects what up

#12 Paul on 10.10.08 at 10:16 am

Neat…
I have a 95 CX that is rated 42/46. I generally get about 42 overall driving. Highway with the speeds @70+ it is actaually lower at about 38. I had a 84CRX 1.3 new that averaged 52 over its 170K life with me. Once got 62.5 over a three tank average but that was when the Interstate speed limit was 55, enforced and not runing the airconditioner. Never would see 67mpg highway no matter how soft I drove it. Replaced the CRX with the 95 CX. Thanks very much for the website

#13 Don on 10.27.08 at 5:39 pm

Our first long trip with our 2008 Civic automatic. Went from Mich. to N.C. first 270 miles set the cruise at 63 got 44.8 MPG. Lowest MPG 37 while having the cruise set between 65 – 70 while driving thru the mountains. Fantastic car

#14 Why Hasn’t Gas Mileage Risen? on 02.02.09 at 11:58 pm

[...] Folks look at the charts of any particular long running model and they wonder. Pour over the Honda Civic gas mileage figures for the past three decades, for example, and you can’t help but scratch your [...]

#15 Kevin Sprissler on 02.03.09 at 7:14 am

Scratch my head? I disagree – the fuel economy of the cars has improved dramatically over the years.
One forgets the early Honda Civics weight half what they do now; lacked ABS, six airbags, size, general safety requirements that have increased because of the govt, etc. The cars today also have amazing emissions compared to their ancestors. Were the Civics of yesteryear all Bin-II ULEVs or better?? Considering how much larger the vehicle has gotten, how much heavier the car has gotten, and, yes, how much more powerful the car is – it is amazing to me the fuel economy has still stayed relatively high.
I get about 26 on my 2008 Civic 5Spd doing only short hops and got 39 on mostly highway driving.

#16 Marsha Rupe on 02.12.09 at 6:01 pm

Mileage has dropped because speed limits have increased. My 1999 Civic got only 32-34 mpg at 75 mph (New Mexico highway max). I slowed to 65 mph on the return trip and increased to 42 mpg. I went 55 mph (the old National speed limit) on another trip and got 48 mpg.

#17 Paul on 02.21.09 at 3:34 pm

We have a 2006 Civic LX automatic.

In the city mpg we get about 24 mpg, BUT on the highway we get 42 to 49 mpg.

When the car was new we got 42 mpg going 72 mph on a 4 hour trip.

Last year on a two hour trip, with highway speeds around 55 mph due to construction, we got 49 mpg.

#18 L505 on 05.07.09 at 2:36 pm

“I disagree – the fuel economy of the cars has improved dramatically over the years.”

No it has not. Just because the weight of a car goes up and the fuel economy stays the same, does not meant that fuel economy has dramatically improved. What it means is that weight has dramatically improved. Re-read what you said and see how silly it sounds.

Adding useless junk like power windows, which are rarely ever required (maybe for the back doors ONLY…but NO they do it on ALL the windows for you), and other useless junk like Air conditioning in Canada (Canada is already air conditioned naturally – use a sun roof!), along with more useless junk such as air bags that go off by mistake (do air bags help people on motor cycles by the way? how about doors on motor cycles? As far as I am concerned a civic is a big motor cycle and air bags are not mandatory – especially since other LIGHT WEIGHT safety features could be added to the car such as a bendable steering wheel like Volvo had)

#19 Kevin Sprissler on 06.16.09 at 10:33 pm

L505, I re-read what I said and it makes sense.
Fuel efficiency takes in part because people care about EFFICIENCY. Maybe I should have said that cars have become more far more EFFICIENT, not fuel efficient. And, the gross weight of items like power locks, airbags, air compressors (on or off) defrosters, etc. have minimal draw on efficiency when they are not used and mild decreases even when they are – at worst.

The fact is that people have had complaints about cars – and being in a market, car manufacturers listen. People don’t want cars without power mirrors, locks, and the like – and this is reflected with minimal sales with cars that lack that feature. You might not need air conditioning in Canada, but I sure do here in the states. Yes, I am willing to pay for the gas it uses.

Through the years of automobiles, the marketplace has had cars that are hideously unsafe, with rust and environmental issues. The fact of the matter is the modern internal combustion engine is at the epitome of engineering excellence for performance and efficiency, and I think this is a fact that should be congratulated.

I’m all about efficiency and conservation but let’s not forget one thing – the engineering of modern automobiles is extremely impressive and deserves praise, not scorn.

PS My 1989 Honda Accord, with a 110 HP engine got a whopping 29 miles to the gallon at best, weighing in at about 2600 pounds. My 2008 Civic weighs the same, has 140 HP, all the amenities and creature comforts, and gets upwards of 45 MPG on the highway. That’s a significant improvement in efficiency.

#20 brad tittle on 08.10.09 at 9:49 am

Air Conditioning– Ever since I lived in florida, I usually leave mine on most of the time. In cold climates air conditioning is actually quite useful, especially at defrost time.

#21 Ben on 08.18.09 at 9:45 am

I would appreciate a final column converting to the new mpg standard so that we have an apples-to-apples comparison between the cars. I’m not certain if it is possible without a large amount of work, but it would be nice for comparisons. I have a feeling that with air conditioning, the 50s on the 80′s will drop to 40s while the more modern cars will lose a single mpg while running the AC. You have to keep your measurement consistent, otherwise you don’t have data, you have propoganda.

#22 mpg-o-editor on 08.18.09 at 9:54 am

@Ben – Interesting idea. These charts present the original numbers as stated, for historical reference.

Don’t get me started on propoganda … :)

When time & weather allow, we include A/C on/off data in our current model highway mileage tests. Some cars show very minimal effects.

#23 useless on 08.29.09 at 7:24 pm

Since the difference btw C and R type fuel are not defined, this site is useless.

#24 mpg-o-editor on 08.29.09 at 9:06 pm

@Useless “R” is Regular Unleaded, “P” is Premium Unleaded, and “C” is most likely CNG. Hope that helps.

#25 kevin_405 on 10.16.09 at 10:31 am

For my 97 Civic Manual there are 3 identical models with different efficient..
Checked on the .gov site the difference is in the type of engine.. VTEC-E , FFS and VTEC in the order of efficiency..

You should add the engine type info also..

#26 Furqan on 04.28.10 at 2:55 am

Hi this is Furqan.. I’ve Civic 2001 EX auto transmission… I jus wana knw wat the mileage of my car is. I mean 1 litre = how much km. ??

#27 dakota hensley on 05.14.10 at 8:29 pm

what does vf mean how is a 1991 civic hb labeled it doesnt have it noted as hb i was wondering if it was civic wagon how do you differentiate

#28 Elizabeth D. on 05.15.10 at 11:45 am

Thanks for the site… we have a 97 Civic 5-spd and a 93 Del Sol 5spd (1.6L). My husband and I were just discussing which one of us gets better gas mileage (I drive the Del Sol) and I was shocked at the fueleconomy.gov numbers… something like 28/33 for both!

I drove the Civic for about 8 months, 750+ miles a week, and never got below 35mpg (usually going 75 on the interstate) and got as high as 40-41 a few times. On the Del Sol, I’ve filled it up 3x so far… 42 the 1st time, 38.5 the 2nd, and 41 the 3rd.

Needless to say, I love Hondas! :)

#29 Sean on 12.14.10 at 3:50 pm

’98 Civic DX, HB. Averaged 43mpg until I increased tire pressure to f/r 38/35 –> Now average 45.0mpg

And I paid 3k for this car. Beat that, hybrid nonsense.

#30 Tyler on 02.28.11 at 11:15 pm

1984 honda civic coupe m5 has two different listings, what is the difference?

#31 Steve on 04.08.11 at 8:37 am

I’m about to give up on this website, which is too bad because it intends to provide such a valuable service. Sometimes there is virtually no way for the average person to identify the row associated with the model/year he is considering. The possible last straw is “information” for the 1993 Civic… no model had automatic transmission??

#32 mpg-o-editor on 04.10.11 at 8:08 pm

@Steve – Many thanks for the heads-up! There was a glitch when the database generated the table that includes the model year. It’s been fixed …

#33 Steve on 04.12.11 at 7:01 pm

You’re welcome, and I appreciate the email. I am finding this website very useful in choosing my next car.

#34 Porscheman911 on 04.22.11 at 3:31 am

Thank you for this site. It gave me an idea about mileage, so I was able to find the right car, and then a newer engine so I can get the best mileage out of it.
Everyone is talking about mileage and so on. Look at cars back in the 50s, some got over 30 MPG back then. What people do not understand, is how an engine is build. Everything can be the same, but cam timing is changed. The compression can be more or less, and so on. I have seen 350 Chevys get over 35 MPG with over 450Hp. There is a ton of things that can be done, and should have.
Again, thank you for this site, and I will post what the car gets for mileage when I get the engine in.

#35 Alex on 09.27.11 at 1:03 pm

Seems like most Civics will give you an average of 30MPG in city driving.

#36 Larry on 01.09.12 at 12:42 pm

What is the difference between (R) and (C) for fuel and what is the difference between (AV) and (L4) for transmission???

#37 mpg-o-editor on 01.09.12 at 1:21 pm

@Larry – Off the top of my head … R = regular / C = Compressed Natural Gas (CNG). AV = Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) / L4 = conventional four-speed automatic

#38 adrian on 01.31.12 at 11:17 pm

77′ 78′ Honda cvcc civic. I was wondering how many gallons the tank holds and how many mpg it gets.

#39 chris on 03.29.12 at 3:46 pm

Looking @ 2000 Honda Civic DX hatchback. Can’t figure what gas mileage to expect. Any ideas? Does this car require premium gas? Thanks in advance.

#40 mpg-o-editor on 03.29.12 at 4:18 pm

@Chris – The DX didn’t require premium, although the Si did. You’re likely looking at highway MPGs in the mid-thirties if the car’s been properly maintained and driven at reasonable speeds.

#41 mpg-o-editor on 05.20.12 at 12:57 pm

@Tim – We present the original ratings, as reflected on the window sticker, rather than the revisionist numbers. We do not believe in rewriting history.

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