Tracking the Fuel Economy of's 2013 Honda Civic, 2013 Subaru BRZ


We welcomed a 2013 Honda Civic to's long-term test fleet in March to evaluate the unheard of changes Honda made just one year after the Civic's complete redesign. Like our 2013 Subaru BRZ, the one-year ownership experience is tracked in numerous ways including detailed gas mileage logs.

The Civic's gas mileage was not one of the numerous alterations for 2013; the 2012 Civic's EPA-rated 28/39 mpg city/highway was already competitive.

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We've only just begun to put the LX sedan trim level with an automatic transmission through its paces after logging 1,400 miles in just over two months. The Civic is mostly being used as a commuter car in and around Chicago with city and suburban stop-and-go driving, a style of driving reflected by the observed 28.4 mpg average. Road-trip season is approaching quickly, and we expect to rack up quite a few trips this summer to test the Civic's 39 mpg highway rating.

Since the BRZ's previous mileage update, both highest and lowest observed mileage have new place holders. A 30.15 mpg fillup marks the highest so far — besting 28.8 mpg — and 18.1 mpg tank the lowest we've seen by 3.3 mpg.



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Are you driving the two differently? Like is the BRZ getting to go on longer trips, etc? Just wondering why the BRZ is at the middle of it's EPA range and the Civic is at the bottom.


I'm getting 37.5 MPG in my 2013 Civic LX (60% HWY/40% City) which is more than double what I get in my SUV. So I'm pretty damn thrilled!

m Witte

A review of the Honda Civic Ex sedan automatic mpg just might be false and so far presentation of the information is at best misleading in the state of California. I have almost 5,000 miles on a 2013 Honda Civic EX and I have yet to combined 29 miles city and highway. I have used the car's on board computer which seems to inflate the actual mpg and then manual calculations of what I filled the tank in number of gallons to cross check. While like the civic my main reason for buying the gas only verse hybrid model was that the gas model was supposed to get 38 mpg. When I asked the Honda sales and service folks what was going on I was getting mixed messages. One, wait until the engine is broken in. Then when I brought the car in for an oil change the service manager told me cars sold in California never get the MPG presented on the sticker and even less in the winter months because of our clean air policies. I am going to examine my options but their statements.

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