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Honda Accord Real World MPG

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  • stickguystickguy Posts: 14,287
    remember, the Accord is much bigger/heavier, with a larger engine. A civic is much closer in concept to an old Integra, and will likely get you more MPG than you are used to.

    Even so, the Accord gets very good MPG given the room, features, power, comfort, etc.

    2013 Acura RDX (wife's), 2007 Volvo S40 (when daughter lets me see it), 2000 Acura TL (formerly son's, now mine again), and new Jetta SE (son's first new car on his own dime!)

  • A while back I had posted that I was only getting about 25 mpg on freeway driving that is more like city driving (southern California). Some of you reassured me that I was getting appropriate mileage for the type of conditions that I was driving in.

    Last weekend I drove from a suburb north of Los Angeles to San Diego and back. I was not able to use cruise control and drove at speeds ranging from 75 to 85 mph, mostly averaging 80 mph. I was able to get 30 mpg on that trip and although it is not as high as some other drivers are getting, I was quite happy with that.
  • thegraduatethegraduate Posts: 9,731
    I'm glad your mileage is improving, albeit slowly. Stand by, it will likely continue to improve.
  • thegraduatethegraduate Posts: 9,731
    leaving this afternoon. I won't be driving, but Dad will, in his 2005 EX 4 cyl Auto. I'll report on mileage and conditions when we get back. Maybe he can settle down and get 34+ MPGs instead of going 85 MPH-90MPH.
  • stickguystickguy Posts: 14,287
    '05 EX-L 5 speed, now with 2,500 miles on it. Got 25.25 on the latest fill, up from 24.5ish on the last 2.

    This is all local around town stuff, no highway trips. If anything, this tank had even less short highway trips.

    So, seems to be settling into a nice 25ish range around town. I will take a road trip in a few weeks. Hoping to push 35 on that one!

    2013 Acura RDX (wife's), 2007 Volvo S40 (when daughter lets me see it), 2000 Acura TL (formerly son's, now mine again), and new Jetta SE (son's first new car on his own dime!)

  • ezshift5ezshift5 West coastPosts: 854
    ......So, seems to be settling into a nice 25ish range around town. I will take a road trip in a few weeks. Hoping to push 35 on that one!

    ...stick:

    ...with the 6M: 25-27 around the state capital...

    ...on I-5: wide range: 30 - 38. (speed/wind/heat factor) ..

    ..unless you're Roger Rocket, your I4 should easy surpass my numbers............

    best, ez..
  • Auto trans., constant short trip rural driving. I drive 11 miles to my high school and back every day, along with a few trips to town a week. Roads are curve filled and hilly. I am a leadfoot, jackrabbit starts are my specialty :shades: . I usually get in the range of 23-25 m.p.g. with my style of driving. I can't say im thrilled, but i love my car anyways :) . Hey, anyone else having problems with an incorrectly reading fuel gauge? i can go about 250 miles until it reads empty and only put 10 gallons in it until it says full. I know it's a 17 gallon tank, so what's up? :confuse: any suggestions or experiences would be nice. thanks ya'll. ;)
  • thegraduatethegraduate Posts: 9,731
    Sat for an hour in traffic on the way down before being able to go 80ish. Got 31 MPG on the way down. ON the way home we averaged 84MPH or so and got 34 MPG on the nose (336 miles on 9.8 gallons).
  • jhinscjhinsc Posts: 397
    I filled up my 7th tank of gas and my mpg's are holding steady at 26 mpg. So far this is about 3 mpg more than my previous Infiniti I35, and on regular rather than premium that I had to use before. Very happy so far. I'll be going on a trip in a couple of weeks, so I'm curious to see what mileage I will get on the open road. :shades:
  • stickguystickguy Posts: 14,287
    Is just because of the type of driving I usually do. Most trips are probably less than 4 miles, many are 1-2, lots of lights/stops putting around town, cold starts, all the things that tank mileage. I did get 28 one tank where I actually managed to take a few short trips (maybe 15-20 miles on a highway). If I lived in a more rural area, or drove longer steady-state distances, I would get better.

    I pulled over 33 on a trip to Va, with 4 people and lots of stuff, that included some local driving, so I know it will get better mpg if I let it stretch it's legs.

    2013 Acura RDX (wife's), 2007 Volvo S40 (when daughter lets me see it), 2000 Acura TL (formerly son's, now mine again), and new Jetta SE (son's first new car on his own dime!)

  • thegraduatethegraduate Posts: 9,731
    That sounds pretty impressive (25 MPG) with such short trips!
  • sammymsammym Posts: 19
    After reading most of this discussion, I'm even more undecided on choosing between a I4 and a V6! Mileage was a concern for me initally in going with the V6 but a 26 MPG average sounds pretty darn good! I know I'll be driving a new accord by next weekend. You guys got any last pearls of wisdom for me in chosing between the two engines? "thegraduate," you're right, the I4 has plenty to get me around and is all I need, but the V6 is so good i'm just deciding if I should fork over the extra 2 grand. I got a couple of price quotes for both cars and my checkbook ready!!!

    On another note, any other issues (maintenance, repairs, etc.) with the V6 that anyone has experienced? Thanks guys!
  • patpat Posts: 10,421
    Hi sammym - let's take that part of the conversation back to the main Accord discussion since this one is specifically for reporting mileage. ;)
  • tallman1tallman1 Posts: 1,874
    I've filled up four times now and I'm averaging about 34 mpg. 33.3 is the lowest and 34.8 is the best. This is mostly freeway driving but a fair amount of heavy stop and go traffic plus the around town driving as well.

    It is interesting to note that the trip computer (I have the Navi) isn't all that accurate from tank to tank. I do like the "History" feature when you set it to reset after each fill up.
  • thegraduatethegraduate Posts: 9,731
    That's impressive stuff, but a manual with the same gearing as an automatic SHOULD be getting better numbers (than my 30 MPG). Congrats on the $$$ saved!

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    I'm happy I got the I-4, since gas just jumped from $2.69 to $2.79 today here in B'ham.
  • mattgg1mattgg1 Posts: 191
    I filled the tank for the first time this weekend on my 2006 Accord 4 cyl. Auto.

    The first 400 miles, approximately half of which were highway miles, yielded exactly 30 MPG.

    I am happy with number, considering it is a green car and half of the miles were spent in city/suburban/rush hour driving.

    I expect to see mid-high 30's for pure highway driving once the car is broken in.
  • thegraduatethegraduate Posts: 9,731
    Sounds about right. Congrats on the new purchase! I'm at 5,400 happy miles and counting, now!
  • ezshift5ezshift5 West coastPosts: 854
    ......I expect to see mid-high 30's for pure highway driving once the car is broken in.

    ..........things you may know: in it's infinite wisdom, the EPA hangs the highway number 34 on your car...........

    ..........things you may NOT know: that esteemed number has been detuned - again by your friendly government agency - by 20 per cent.........

    ..........In my experience, any competent driver who so wishes, can easily exceed 35 with the well engineered 4 cylindro........

    ..ez.. (former minor gov't official....who - like those retired generals - will now speak)
  • mattgg1mattgg1 Posts: 191
    EZ -

    Based on my past experience, I concur with all of the points you made.

    Prior to buying the new Accord, my primary car was a 1992 Acura Integra automatic with 160K miles currently on the odometer. The EPA Highway rating for this car is 29 MPG.

    I've owned this vehicle for the past 9 years, and routinely get 35 MPG during highway driving in the Integra.

    Based on this experience, I hope to get an additional 2-6 MPG over the EPA highway rating in my new Accord.
  • thegraduatethegraduate Posts: 9,731
    Prior to buying the new Accord, my primary car was a 1992 Acura Integra automatic with 160K miles currently on the odometer. The EPA Highway rating for this car is 29 MPG.

    I've owned this vehicle for the past 9 years, and routinely get 35 MPG during highway driving in the Integra.

    Based on this experience, I hope to get an additional 2-6 MPG over the EPA highway rating in my new Accord.


    Your hope is not unfounded.

    I can relate. I commonly get 33 MPG (70MPH cruise) in my 31 MPG HWY rated 1996 Accord LX, and average 36-37 MPG on the highway in my 2006 Accord, and have gotten as high as 40MPG.
  • semantic2semantic2 Posts: 28
    recently i got 383.4 miles on my 99 Honda Accord 4 cyl SDN with 104,000+ miles. Filled in 13.544 gallons so it came out to close to 28 mpg now the only thing is my signal light for the gas near empty did not come on. So I figure I could have made it to 400 miles easy since i do mostly highway driving. was pretty nice. Been averaging 370 miles to the tank, wondering how many miles a 2006 Accord EX SDN should give me.
  • thegraduatethegraduate Posts: 9,731
    The gas tanks in the Accords have been 17.1 gallons for more than a decade, now. Compute mileage accordingly (for example, at 30 MPG, you'd get about 500 miles before you ran out of gas (actually 510 miles). You'd want to fill up at about 400-450 miles assuming 30 MPG. Just multiply gallons by MPG number expected.
  • hermannhermann Posts: 38
    to the Ozarks Mountains in NW Arkansas from Kansas City.I drove 1867 miles and averaged 33 MPG. The highest was 33.4 and the worst was 32.7 MPG. On my most recent tank around town and a 30 miles trip each way 4 times a week I got 30.5 MPG. The I-4 5AT continues to impress even in a hilly curvy environment..The engine loves to rev and it doesn't really seem to affect the mileage. Plus the engine sounds so nice especially between 4-6K on the tach.

    Dan
    2005 Sedan I-4 5AT
  • semantic2semantic2 Posts: 28
    Yes I know that, but has any one been able to successfully get above 400 miles on the newer Honda Accord 4 cyl SDN in years 2005-06? I haven't seen many posts where anyone has been able to hit above 400 miles yet. It doesn't matter to me if you compute it all mathematically when the number on the trip computer tells you exactly how many miles you have driven on the tank. Understandablely you would need to make sure that you calculate the amount of gas you put in minus the previous amount of gas that you had to get the most accurate reading of amount of gas used in the honda accord 17.1 gallon tank which at most you could probably only fill close to 14 gallons and never reaching the 15-16 gallon fillup before the warning light went on. Also note the EPA ratings for the 99 Accord vs an 06 Accord are different even though same size tank.
  • thegraduatethegraduate Posts: 9,731
    Let me state, before you go on, that I don't know what you mean by SDN. If you are referring to "sedan", that doesn't matter, because coupe and sedan achieve same mileage on all trim levels of Accord.

    Now, I regularly reach 400 miles on my tanks of gas in my new 06 I-4. The light usually comes on about 420-440 miles for me (I average 30 MPG in mixed 50/50 driving; I'm fairly slow in accelerating unless a need to punch it arises).
  • semantic2semantic2 Posts: 28
    Yes, I meant a SDN and yes it should matter. For a honda accord CPE AT on LX trim the weight is 3122 lbs and an ex has 3155 while a Sedan has 3201 lbs for an LX trim and 3239 lbs for an EX trim. If you can reach 420-440 then you are getting great gas mileage even though the EPA ratings on Honda's website say for both CPE and 24/34 on all trims. In real life that's not possible when you have a CPE that is lighter in weight than a Sedan. It should theoretically be much higher in real life. That would be the same as saying that a Civic coupe and Civic Sedan would get the same gas mileage even though one vehicle is lighter than the other. I only wanted to compare sedans in the 4 cyl range of the honda accord and see if anyone has been able to consistently get over 400+ miles and maybe closer to 500 miles. it seems like you have been consistent with your 420-440 miles and that's great.
  • stickguystickguy Posts: 14,287
    300 mile quick tri in my '05 EX 5 speed (4 cyl) returned about 34mpg. Mostly highway, running around 70-75, but also some local driving, and a trip to NYC. So, plenty of stop signs, toll booths, etc.

    I seemed to do real good on the open road parts. Probably got killed by the trip into the city, since that included 45 minutes of creeping to get out of Shea stadium's parking lot, plus rush hour out of th ecity.

    I assume if it was purely highway I would have pulled a legit 35mpg. Pretty impressive given the comfort level, room, etc of the Accord.

    2013 Acura RDX (wife's), 2007 Volvo S40 (when daughter lets me see it), 2000 Acura TL (formerly son's, now mine again), and new Jetta SE (son's first new car on his own dime!)

  • dudleyrdudleyr Posts: 3,432
    100 lbs of weight makes very little difference in mileage. Hardly measurable. The EPA allows cars to use the same mileage tests if they are withing 500 lbs of each other.
  • thegraduatethegraduate Posts: 9,731
    The weight difference is incredibly slight. Shall we also forget the drag difference if you are going to talk about 80 pounds?
  • user777user777 Posts: 3,341
    ok - let's also decide not to factor in the weight of the driver, his/her clothing, water bottle / big gulp, laptop and accessories... ;)

    thegraduate - have you got an automatic or manual?
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