Driving Style And Fuel Economy - 2009 Honda Fit Long-Term Road Test

2009 Honda Fit Long-Term Road Test

2009 Honda Fit: Driving Style And Fuel Economy

October 16, 2009


When Donna posted our last fuel economy list, I saw the 2009 Honda Fit's all-time best of 39.0 mpg and thought to myself: "Thirty nine mpg? No way that's right." Official EPA highway fuel economy is only 33 mpg. So I went to our fuel log to see who managed that 39 mpg number. Imagine my surprise when I discovered it was, well, me. This was back in March, and I even wrote a post about it here.

Since March, we've had a few more high-mpg tanks, including three of them in the 37 mpg range, but nothing higher than that. Could that 39-mpg be a bit inflated? Sure, I'll allow for the possibility. After all, the Fit is averaging 30.8 mpg overall, which is just a little above the vehicle's combined EPA of 29 mpg.

But I also think driving style plays a huge part. It's easier to drive the Fit conservatively than, say, the M3. You could drive the Fit hard, but what's the point? Instead, just relax and enjoy the mpg benefits. Earlier this week I did 190 miles of mostly highway fuel economy. I wasn't even trying to get a great number -- just had the cruise control set when I could and stayed close to the 70-mph speed limit -- and I got 33.9 mpg (calculated at the pump, not the in-car gauge, as we always do for our reporting).

It's pretty much like we discovered in a fuel economy "We Test The Tips II" article we published a couple of years ago. Driving style and speed, more than anything else by a huge margin, will determine what kind of fuel economy you get.

Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor

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