Bemoaning the 2007 Honda Fit's MPG
December 19, 2006
Last night I drove the Fit home and then back to work again. Since I own my own Fit I was interested to see if the mileage was comparable. In my Fit, driven mostly by my wife in an around-town setting, we get about 26 mpg -- a far cry from the 33 mpg the EPA estimates for city mileage. My commute in the Edmunds.com Fit was about 62 miles and it had 71 miles on it when I filled it up due to some around town driving...
I was discouraged to see it took 2.9 gallons which told me I got 24.5 mpg. Here is an action shot of 6 a.m. at the Shell station in Santa Monica.
While I was parked at the pump a Nissan Versa slid up beside me. It was an Edmunds.com editor checking his mileage. We stood in the cold and compared notes about the cars and gas mileage and how it was pretty damn cold for Southern California.
Hoping to cheer myself up I pulled out the logbook and ran the lifetime average. I'm including an action shot of that, as well. The lifetime average for the Fit was 30.2 mpg. This is pretty good compared to other cars, but again abysmally short of the EPA estimated 38 mpg highway. No big surprise there. I did a review of the long term fleet and found that EPA estimates are 14 percent high. A quicker way to estimate what you will get for a lifetime average is to deduct a few miles from the EPA's estimated city mileage. This holds up for our Fit since it its EPA city mileage is 33 mpg and we are getting 30.2 mpg.
One bright note: when we first got our Fit we drove to Las Vegas with four people and four suitcases in 100 degree temperatures. We got 36.5 mpg. Now that's more like it.
Philip Reed, senior consumer advice editor, 3540 miles