I've had my EX-L CVT Sedan for 3 1/2 weeks now and my fuel economy seems to be much lower than expected.
90% city driving.
461 miles on car
History from car's computer dash:
0.2 miles - 1.9 mpg (dealer)
119.7 miles - 19.6 mpg (some idle time while messing with functions)
165.1 miles - 21.6 mpg (hot August/early Sept with liberal use of AC)
176.1 miles - 22.1 mpg (current)
Filled up once and numbers were in line with above.
I drive fairly conservatively. Don't floor it. My dash shows the bright green led 90% of the time. Not using Econ mode currently.
I get that city driving will be less efficient and had considered the hybrid due to it (though don't drive enough miles to make it worthwhile financially).
Honda quotes 27 mpg city on the sticker...
Our 2008 CR-V is at 24 mpg currently in similar traffic pattern.
Sorry, but I can't believe it would take 1000's of miles to reach decent fuel economy. Car manufacturers must give the EPA a car with only a few hundred miles to figure out its official city/hwy estimates...
How many brand new cars have you owned to compare? Well I can only speak from experience, but I've only been driving 10 years since I was 17. I also believe that the test cars they use have several thousand miles on too, according to a friend of mine who works as an engine tester for Nissan.
My last 4 autos got the best mpg from the beginning. My Dodge Caliber had a CVT which averaged above 10%-15%EPA highway for all my driving. The Caliber CVT(Nissan CVT) is tuned to give best mpg around 2000rpm & can give slow acceleration near that rpm level. Pump up your tires (over 35psi), watch acceleration & speed. The burning of 100% ethanol-free gasoline will give 8% to 5% better mpg.
Dealers generally aren't that helpful when it comes to fuel consumption i'm afraid, they'll probably just tell you what I did that the car's still breaking in etc. Give it time and a few more miles, i'm sure your numbers will go up, and in the mean time, try and figure a way of reducing your short trips. Maybe if the weather's nice, walk instead of driving? 2 miles isn't far at all.