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I've now owned my 2014 LX CVT for two full years. I know everyone will hate this and try to tell me I'm killing my car, but as I've stated before, I do this on every car I own, including my previous Accord that I traded in meticulous condition, at 8 years old and 150k miles. I've never once had to replace a fuel pump in any vehicle, ever.
I run it down to zero on the range and I "top off" until it is all the way up the neck of the tank. I do this every time and I have logged every fill up on this car since it was brand new two years ago, and my 2006 for the last four years I owned it.
I've filled my current car 71 times so far.
I've gone as far as 59 miles after the range hit zero and it died as I pulled up to the gas pump. When I filled it, I got 20.056 gallons into it. I've had one other time over 20 gallons (20.028) but I made it to the gas pump without it dying.
My typical fill up happens somewhere between 5-10 miles remaining on the range and my average gallons purchased per fill up was 18.75 gallons last time I checked (~2 months ago). My average miles per tank over all 71 fuel ups is 494 miles and my average mpg for the life of the car is 27.1 mpg. The lifetime average mpg that the car reports is within .2 of what is calculated by my Fuelly.com logs. Fuelly's lifetime mpg is a simple calculation of miles driven/gallons purchased. (as opposed to averaging the mpg of every individual fill up)
When I fill up, if I stopped the first time the pump clicked off, it would be somewhere around 15 gallons. But as I mentioned, I fill it ALL the way up, every time, so my Fuelly numbers will remain consistent, and I usually get somewhere between 18.5 and 19 gallons.
28/71 fill ups have been 19 gallons or greater.
55/71 fill ups have been 18 gallons or greater.
I live in central Texas so the summer affects my mpg greatly. My worst mpg is 24.2 (all city driving in the heat of august) and my best was 32.2. (Road trip from Austin to Tuscaloosa in March).
My experience is that the low fuel light comes on between 63-68 miles remaining on the range. That means ~2.5 gallons remaining until the range says zero. I've gone up to 59 miles after the zero, so that would be a tad bit over 2 gallons after the range hits zero. So at the time the low fuel light comes on, there appears to be about somewhere around 4+ gallons remaining in the tank.
2014 LX. Modern Steel Metallic. CVT. Purchased 9/11/2014 from Honda of San Marcos (Texas)
(Traded In)2006 LX-SE (i4). Nighthawk Black. Purchased 11/1/2005. Automatic transmission. Live in Austin, TX. 145k miles as of June 2014.