Go Back   EcoModder Forum > EcoModding > Hypermiling / EcoDriver's Ed
Register Now
 Register Now
 

Reply  Post New Thread
 
Submit Tools LinkBack Thread Tools
Old 08-18-2016, 02:36 PM   #1 (permalink)
Cyborg ECU
 
California98Civic's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Coastal Southern California
Posts: 6,297

Black and Green - '98 Honda Civic DX Coupe
Team Honda
90 day: 66.42 mpg (US)

Black and Red - '00 Nashbar Custom built eBike
90 day: 3671.43 mpg (US)
Thanks: 2,373
Thanked 2,162 Times in 1,465 Posts
Chevy Sonic LT rental

Recently, I rented a Chevy Sonic 4 door sedan. I had to drive it quite a lot (work trip). And I liked it a lot. I drove it fast on the freeways, keeping up with all the fastest traffic. I used cruise control heavily.

I found that I could manually switch to 6th gear at 35/36 mph. It was easy to keep well under 2000 rpms. At 75mph, it only turned about 2600 rpms. The A/C seemed very efficient. I was able to cool the cabin in 100 degree sunny conditions with inly parttime use, with the cabin air recirculation setting going.

The coolest thing was the discovery that in cruise, using the manual gear selecting setting, the car would stay in 6th even under heavy load on the freeways. So, climbing a steep hill at 65mph, for example, the car would stay in cruise, stay in 6th gear, and slow down under the set speed, only to regain that lost speed without my intervention once the car got back to more level ground. Nice little go box!

Some pictures



And here is the final, total, combined city/highway fuel economy. It was mostly freeway driving, but I was driving with the fastest traffic. No turtle here. Only the hare.


Nice car.

Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	tmp_20763-20160719_224324_resized-1981022923.jpg
Views:	215
Size:	84.8 KB
ID:	20407   Click image for larger version

Name:	tmp_20763-20160719_224135_resized-550602440.jpg
Views:	218
Size:	79.0 KB
ID:	20408   Click image for larger version

Name:	tmp_20763-20160802_132146_resized-1826093544.jpg
Views:	216
Size:	82.3 KB
ID:	20409  
__________________
See my car's mod & maintenance thread and my electric bicycle's thread for ongoing projects. I will rebuild Black and Green over decades as parts die, until it becomes a different car of roughly the same shape and color. My minimum fuel economy goal is 55 mpg while averaging posted speed limits. I generally top 60 mpg. See also my Honda manual transmission specs thread.



  Reply With Quote
The Following User Says Thank You to California98Civic For This Useful Post:
Daox (08-18-2016)
Alt Today
Popular topics

Other popular topics in this forum...

   
Old 08-18-2016, 02:47 PM   #2 (permalink)
Administrator
 
Daox's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: Germantown, WI
Posts: 11,179

CM400E - '81 Honda CM400E
90 day: 51.49 mpg (US)

Daox's Grey Prius - '04 Toyota Prius
Team Toyota
90 day: 49.53 mpg (US)

Daox's Insight - '00 Honda Insight
90 day: 64.33 mpg (US)

Swarthy - '14 Mitsubishi Mirage DE
Mitsubishi
90 day: 56.69 mpg (US)
Thanks: 2,477
Thanked 2,546 Times in 1,536 Posts
Not bad at all. Remind me what engine they put in that?
__________________
Current project: A better alternator delete
  Reply With Quote
Old 08-18-2016, 02:54 PM   #3 (permalink)
Cyborg ECU
 
California98Civic's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Coastal Southern California
Posts: 6,297

Black and Green - '98 Honda Civic DX Coupe
Team Honda
90 day: 66.42 mpg (US)

Black and Red - '00 Nashbar Custom built eBike
90 day: 3671.43 mpg (US)
Thanks: 2,373
Thanked 2,162 Times in 1,465 Posts
I should have checked the owner's manual, but online they say the standard is 1.8L.
__________________
See my car's mod & maintenance thread and my electric bicycle's thread for ongoing projects. I will rebuild Black and Green over decades as parts die, until it becomes a different car of roughly the same shape and color. My minimum fuel economy goal is 55 mpg while averaging posted speed limits. I generally top 60 mpg. See also my Honda manual transmission specs thread.



  Reply With Quote
The Following User Says Thank You to California98Civic For This Useful Post:
Daox (08-18-2016)
Old 08-18-2016, 03:05 PM   #4 (permalink)
Master Novice
 
elhigh's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: SE USA - East Tennessee
Posts: 2,311

Josie - '87 Toyota Pickup
90 day: 27.96 mpg (US)

Felicia - '09 Toyota Prius Base
90 day: 50.13 mpg (US)
Thanks: 424
Thanked 611 Times in 448 Posts
According to Wikipedia, the Aveo and its assorted aliases get the Family 0 or Family 1 (some Ecotec branded content there) range of engines, from 1.2 all the way up to 1.8l straight fours.

According to Chevy's site, the 1.8 is the base engine on the LT, so that's probably it.
__________________




Lead or follow. Either is fine.
  Reply With Quote
Old 08-18-2016, 04:25 PM   #5 (permalink)
Master EcoModder
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: na
Posts: 1,025
Thanks: 277
Thanked 217 Times in 184 Posts
In 2013 sedan only had 1.8 NA engine, Later years only the LTZ and RS trims got the 1.4 turbo. 1.4t also has 6 sp manual instead of 5 sp of 1.8 manual. Either engine makes 135 hp, but the 1.4t has lots more low end torque. With a trifecta tune 150 hp & 190 ft lbs at the wheels. The Cruize has the same engine options.
  Reply With Quote
The Following User Says Thank You to roosterk0031 For This Useful Post:
Daox (08-19-2016)
Old 08-24-2016, 10:44 AM   #6 (permalink)
Master EcoModder
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Location: Motor City
Posts: 262
Thanks: 0
Thanked 196 Times in 124 Posts
1.8 in the LT and 1.4T in all the other models has been the standard Sonic lineup since 2012. 6 speed manual on the 1.4T, 5 on the 1.8. There's been some small perturbations, but that's pretty much it.

Too much detail is available if you want:
2016 GM Powertrain Guide

Other years are available too.

  Reply With Quote
The Following User Says Thank You to ennored For This Useful Post:
darcane (08-24-2016)
Reply  Post New Thread


Thread Tools




Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.11
Copyright ©2000 - 2022, vBulletin Solutions Inc.
Content Relevant URLs by vBSEO 3.5.2
All content copyright EcoModder.com