I get around 35-38 MPG with the A/C on, not driving as fast as 80 though. More like 55-70. I do have to downshift on a slight hill with the A/C on, and sometimes with it off. The gears are super tall and not much torque as I would like. I usually end up turning the A/C off if I am in a hilly area and just sweat it out, because the car apparantly puts most of the torque into working the A/C unit!
vtec-e should be disengaged at 80, or over 2500 rpm. At that speed the VX's advantages actually become disadvantages.
80 in VA is the threshold of a reckless driving charge, I probably don't see 70 MPH 1% of each tank of fuel.
60 mph think 6 sqaured or 36 units of drag
80 mph think 8 squared or 64 units of drag
Drag is exponential meaning the resistance is a sqaure of your speed, since 70% of your energy cost (to maintain a constant speed) is aero, even 70 to 80 mph is an increase of 64/49 or 30% more energy required.
My car gets about 60 at 55 and 55 at 60 MPG, do the math understand the exponential increase in power required and your mileage sounds right for 80 MPH.
A Pontiac Mantana Van at 105 MPH went through 20 gallons of gas in one hour. Thats worse gas mileage than a restrictor plate NASCAR car at 180MPH.
High speeds like 80 MPH can only be achieved efficiently with significant aero drag improvements. Drop the VX CD of 32 to 19 and the total energy cost at 80 mph would drop by about 13/32X.8 or almost 33%. Multiple your 33 MPG by a 4/3 factor and you have 44 mpg.