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Honda Accord Hybrid MPG-Real World Numbers

Karen_CMKaren_CM Posts: 5,018
edited March 16 in Honda
Share your Accord Hybrid's actual MPG with other owners here.

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  • alpaccordalpaccord Posts: 2
    I've had the Hybrid for nearly 2 months and the car has about 890 miles on it. I've filled the tank 3 times, and, for the most recent tank, have tried to keep the "Econ" light on as much as possible by driving fairly conservatively. My most recent fill-up showed an average MPG of 22.37, after 230 miles. This is my best MPG to date. I drive mostly in the city/suburbs, with perhaps 20-40% of my miles occurring in highway driving. Highway driving in this context consists of 5-10 mile trips on the Massachusetts Turnpike (50-55 MPH), or 6-10 mile trips on Route 9 (40-50 MPH) in eastern Massachusetts. Route 9 is a state highway with a fair number of traffic lights.
  • I have had my 2005 HAH since late March 2005. I've put about 7,500 miles on it do date and have averaged approx 30 mpg life to date. Mostly commuting on Bay Area freeways and little in town, I had expected this to be higher based on the advertised fuel economy but this is much like my 2002 HCH that was advertised at over 50 but I got closer to 45 on that over about 100k miles in just over three years.
  • stevedebistevedebi LAPosts: 3,800
    " My most recent fill-up showed an average MPG of 22.37, after 230 miles. This is my best MPG to date. "

    Ouch! That is about what I get with my 2003 CR-V for city driving... But of course I wouldn't want to meet the HAH on a drag strip!
  • uzlessuzless Posts: 7
    I've spent the last 6 mos and 11K miles with a HAH (w/ Navi).

    Started out at about 26mpg, in 0F. temps on a tight engine.

    I now get 33-34mpg, and on the highway, 42+ with regularity (I've run out of road before maxing out on the trip odo's mpg meter). My lifetime mpg is 31.9 and climbing w/ each new tank. My best trip has been 45.9 mpg (33mi, all secondary highway)

    In experienced hands, and given a long enough distance, the car *will* do 50+ mpg on the highway. I loaned it to an experienced hybrid owner for a week, and he managed to get 58-60mpg with it (under perfect conditions). And yes, we took pictures of the Navi's trip computer applet screens for verification. I can post them, for anyone who wants to see (or, you can go to a certain 'green' website, that displays 'hybrid' owners' mileage, and 'com'pare it over there).

    It *does* take work to get the best mileage out of the car. But it can be done. The longer you drive, with fewer stops, the easier it is to get the top mileage out of this car. Mine suffers so much because my commuter loop is only secondary highway, with lots of stop-n-go. YMMV :)
  • alpaccordalpaccord Posts: 2
    I looked for the website you mention, but to no avail. Can you post the URL to the green website you refer to? Thanks.
  • uzlessuzless Posts: 7
    If I do, the post will be deleted. It's not allowed on this site to reference other automotive sites, I believe.

    That being said, why not google the terms I enclosed in tick marks ? Then look at the first match. When you get there, look at the 'real mileage database', then at the Accord section, and you'll see my car and a few others there :shades:
  • cal_calcal_cal Posts: 39
    In my second week in my HAH, I am getting 35 mpg with 70% highway, 30% city streets. I do push down the accelerator hard when needed.

    cal_cal
  • chuck717chuck717 Posts: 1
    I am currently researching buying the new HAH instead of the Audi A6. I like the fact that as well as being a hybrid that it has a 6 cylinder engine and comes with the navigation system as an option. My question is to anybody who consistently drives 75-80mph on the highways. How greatly is the MPG affected by traveling at higher speeds? I understand that the faster you drive the lower the MPG, but I do 80% highway miles and if the MPG is below 20 than I may opt for the Audi.

    Chuck
  • vietviet Posts: 847
    Honda does not have such thing as 20MPG. Even if you do 80 MPH you still get 31 MPG for a I4 Accord or for the Accord hybrid. For the Accord hybrid you may get more than 31 MPG at 80 MPH. Trust me.
  • cal_calcal_cal Posts: 39
    If you cruise at 80 MPH, the HAH will shift into 3 cylinder ECO mode using its VCM (variable cylinder management). You can actually see the 3 cylinder mode come on right on the instrument panel. In that mode you should get 35 MPG easy...

    Of course, when you press lightly on the accelerator, you get the full V6 power. It is pure beauty!
  • uzlessuzless Posts: 7
    Here are some approximate numbers for you (assuming fairly steady speeds):

    Below 65mph - > 40mpg

    Below 70mph - > 35mpg

    Below 75mph - > 32mpg

    Below 80mph - > 30mpg

    Above 82mph - VCM disengages, and you're in 6cyl mode full-time. Expect mpg to dip into the high 20's.

    Get the Navi, it's made by Alpine and generally regarded as the best one out there. In addition, you'll get a instantaneous fuel economy gauge to go along with the two averaging displays in the odometer. It'll wind up teaching you how to get the most mileage out of the car - while still doing extra-legal speeds.

    You'll probably have fewer problems with the Accord vs the A6.
    You'll suffer less depreciation for sure.
    Those two things will result in lower TCO
    You'll save a bit of gas (a lot, if the A6 is only rated around 20 (?))
    You'll be emitting much less pollutants in the air

    80% highway ? A no-brainer. This car's made for the highway. If you've got the extra coin, you won't regret spending it, after a couple of weeks with the car.

    One word of warning - your mileage will suffer during engine break-in (1200-1700mi). Don't be surprised if you're somewhere about 26 combined, those first couple of tanks.
  • vietviet Posts: 847
    For short trips (less than 100 miles) I drive my HAH at 65 - 70 MPH. But for 300+ mile trips I prefer to drive 75 - 80 MPH because I do not want to stay on highway for ever. It is hard tor resist the HAH's power on long trips. It is really a trade-off matter. Uzless' MPG figures pretty much match with my MPG figures.
  • Karen_CMKaren_CM Posts: 5,018

    Community Manager If you have any questions or concerns about the Forums, send me an email, karen@edmunds.com, or click on my screen name to send a personal message.

  • I have had my HAH for 3 months now and have over 4k miles on it. I have never reset the trip computer that comes out on the screen, only the one that's on the instrument cluster when I fill up the tank. So the screen continually tells me I get about 27 mpg. I have a 40 mile round trip daily commute that consists of bumper to bumper freeway traffic. My question is, should I reset this computer, perhaps set it up for reset with each tank? Since I've never reset the computer, I guess the 27 mpg is averaged over the 4k miles. If I reset the computer, will I get a truer picture of my real mpg? The answer is probably obvious I know, but I wanted to get some reassurance from others.

    Thanks!
  • vietviet Posts: 847
    Honda R&D asked me about the future HAH. I told them I would love to see new model HAH having following additional features:

    - MPG improved by 70%. However, compromising between power and MPG is acceptable. As an old-ugly-conservative-picky-well planned-family guy I have never driven past 80 MPH but am still hungry for power. More and more power. The more power the better !!!

    - Power (HP) improved by 30+%.

    - Moon roof.

    - Bigger trunk

    - Internet access.

    - Spare tire.

    - 5th door in rear to convert it to an SUV when needed.

    I told them I currently have 5 Accord (99.99% V6 EX and HAH) registered with Honda (via Honda website). One more HAH joining my fleet soon.

    My request would split Honda engineers' brains into tiny pieces to push them stretching their "monster HAH" beyond human imagination. I love my HAH very much and enjoy it every nano second.
  • nymaxxnymaxx Posts: 30
    If you pick the Audi, your mileage will suffer as well as your TCO however you will be getting:

    - A car with stellar handling that is practically weather proof. Quattro AWD (Torsen) is practically voodoo and results in incredible driving satisfaction

    - A car with industry leading interior appointments, such as abundand lovely real wood trim, soft, fine leather, thick, opulent carpets

    - A car with high end standard equipment and options such as Xenon lights, full vehicle stability control, many others above and beyond the current Accord

    - A car with top notch fit and finish

    - A car which includes a full 4 year maintenance agreement, which includes loaner cars (few Honda dealers offer loaners)

    If you get the Honda you will get

    - A car that ensures you get as much as possible out of your fuel dollar (Loonie, Sterling or Euro)

    - A car with a butter smooth and powerful drivetrain

    - A car with a halo (sterling reputation)

    - A car with well chosen gizmos including CD changer, XM radio, climate control, etc

    - A car that should be easy to sell if you decide not to keep it

    Your money your choice. Personally I don't think you can go wrong either way. Enjoy !!!!
  • raytx_usraytx_us Posts: 5
    I'm not sure if I should post this here or in the REAL World MPG forum just below this one. However since this is a problem for me, and maybe for others, I will give you the run down here. :confuse: I purchased my HAH 2700 or so miles ago. I have never had better then 27.9 MPG and that was an 8 hour hwy trip I took to Branson MO. I realize I don't live in a vacuum, and this is Texas, where it reaches 100 most afternoons, and the wind blows, and I am somewhat overweight, so I'm carrying a heavier load, but come on! Wouldn't you expect, that when your driving consists of mostly hwy miles you should get at least the low end of the range? :mad: At this point I would be happy with 29 mpg. This is what I have done and have been told to do thus far. I first talked it over with my salesman, a very nice gentleman who drove around the block with me, first him driving then me driving resetting the computer to see what the differences there were in our driving styles, I guess. That was of little help. Next I emailed my dealer, who never responded to my complaint at all, not even an acknowledgement. After the next tank full and no improvement I took it into the service center at my dealer and was told, the car needs to be broken in a little more, just drive it normally and when you are due for an oil change at 3750mi we will look at it then. So I drove it normally and it is getting worse with every tank full. I again went to my dealer and spoke with another salesman who basically said those numbers are created in a room with no atmospheric conditions affecting them, and Honda itself does not test these numbers. He suggested I talk with the service tech again, and you guessed it, the same answer. Just keep driving like normal and after 7500 miles you will definitely see some improvements.
    I bought this car to save money on gas, and spent more money up front to do so. Along with the saving to the environment, I was pretty psyched about it at first. :) Now I'm left with a bitter taste in my mouth about Honda, my dealer, and I just want someone to fix it or take it back. My current MPG is at 25.7 :sick: - Any suggestions? :lemon:

    Ray
  • russ5russ5 Posts: 9
    You either have a problem with the car or with your driving habits. I have about 5000 miles on my HAH and have seen a steady increase in mileage. On highway driving I always get between 37 and 39 mpg. Suburban or city driving drops it down to 25 to 27 mpg. Experiment by taking a 60 mile trip on a highway stretch with level terrain and few stoplights. Keep your speed steady at 55-60 mph. If you don't hit 37mpg you may have a lemon!!

    The air conditioning use should not be affecting your mileage. It is electric and when you're at a stoplight the motor should be off in auto-stop and the air conditioner still running. Extreme heat, however, could cause the motor to still run at stoplights. I notice that the summer heat actually helps activate ECO mode much earlier when I start out in the morning thus giving me better mileage!
  • rahenigerahenige Posts: 7
    I have had my Accord Hybrid for just over 3 months, with just under 4,000 miles. Recently, with warmer weather, my commuting MPG is 26-27 for a 17 mile commute with quite a few stop lights and a couple of short stretches with 45mph to 50mph speed limits. Morning mpg is definitely better than evening mpg due to less traffic. With my previous car (Infiniti G35) I was averaging 17mpg for the same commute.

    I haven't taken a lot of highway trips, but recently averaged over 37mpg for a 150 mile round trip at 70mph.
  • I have had my HAH for 3 months now just under 4k miles. My road trip consisted of going to Monterey, CA then South Lake Tahoe over to Yosemite and back to Los Angeles. From L.A. to Morro Bay I averaged 65 to 75mph with the cruise control on and got up to 39mpg. This was the average overall throughout the trip. Left on a Sunday got back on Friday. Filled up the tank 3 times. My best mileage to my surprise was through Yosemite. Starting in Lee Vining and traveling through Tuolumne Meadows (which is beautiful btw) into and through Yosemite Valley I got up to 42.3mpg! And this was mostly mountain driving! I was happily surprised as was my boyfriend who was driving at the time. Needless to say on that last tank of gas I reached 38mpg and got 475 miles!
    I LOVE this car!
    :)
  • vietviet Posts: 847
    So now you trust and "fall in love" with Honda hybrid engineers.
  • ankh126ankh126 Posts: 5
    I've had my HAH (w/o NAVI) since December in Chicago. Its run the gamut of temperatures, from -10 F to +90 F. I daily commute about 11 miles each way. 1.5 miles is neighborhood driving, and the other 9.5 is on big roads (four lane with stoplights, left turn lanes, posted speed between 35-45 MPH). That's probably 80-90% of my driving. I take some longer trips on similar roads. On the highway I usually go about 35 miles at a time, speed around 75. I've only taken it on one 'long trip', about 300 miles round trip of highway driving.

    I'm a bit over 5K miles now, and it looks like I have averaged around 29.5 MPG. On the highway if I have the patience to go slow I can easily top 37. The worst is that initial mile or so in the morning when I ride through town with slow speed limits and stop signs. I almost wish my commute was longer!

    Great car so far, only wish the trunk was bigger.
  • You can actually see the 3 cylinder mode come on right on the instrument panel? Where? I can't get any better then 25.9 MPG and most of my 22 mile comute is hwy driving at 70 mph

    Ray
  • s2khahs2khah Posts: 26
    In the very center bottom of the Instrument cluster are the bar graphs that show the battery/electric motor behavior.
    When the bars swing to the right of center you are getting the power boost from the battery to the electric motor (the longer the bar the more current is being drawn from the battery to the electric motor).
    When the bar is going to the left of center the current is charging the battery. The longer the bar the faster the battery is being charged.
    Right above the very center of this graph is a small green oval window that illuminates to say "ECO" when the "ECO" light is lit you are in the 3 cylinder mode.
    You can get this "ECO" mode by going lightly on the gas pedal on level ground, downgrades or slight upgrades.
  • vietviet Posts: 847
    Let me tell you folks one single thing: I have not cared much about my HAH's real-world MPG. As long as it is 29 - 37 MPG as Honda promises on the paper and/ or the EPA rating it would be OK to me. In fact, the MPG is better if one knows how to drive it. I believe Honda engineers will find ways to improve the HAH's MPG in the next few years. Now the HAH model 2006 has the moonroof. It's so great as it looks much more like a sport car.
  • I have owned my Accord since 12/15/04 with nearly 13,000 miles. I typically get 29+/- mpg. I regularly drive in rush hour type traffic on the freeway (a fair amount of stop and go). Less freeway travel (for me) means less efficient gas mileage. My driving style is generally very conscious of fuel economy (coasting to a stop rather than zooming up to a light and braking hard, gradual take off versus stomping on the accelorator and ramping up RPM's, etc.) and I am still a bit disappointed with the gas mileage (this car was originally touted as getting as many as 38 MPG). I have never gotten over 32 MPG on any tank of gas -- freeway driving, road trips or in town).

    The real point to this post is to inquire as to whether anyone has heard of any possible modifications to increase fuel efficiency???? A local talk radio show hinted to the fact that there may be folks out there modifying hybrid vehicles and getting off the charts numbers for MPG. Just curious.
  • I picked up my HAH tuesday and love it so far. I have only put 200 mi on it so far and topped off the tank today getting 29mpg in mostly secondary road driving. I dove conservatively, trying to keep the eco light on as much of the time as possible. I could see a sharp drop in MPG when I booted it to get onto a highway.
    My former car was a Subaru WRX, which I liked =very much. When I drove it for "fun", taking advantage of all it's performance, I got 23MPG. When I drove it very conservatively, including a lot of coasting, I could squeeze out 28.
    I would appreciate any tips for maximizing the performance of the HAH, since one of the reasons for buying it was the $3.00+ price of gas. I don't believe gas is going to go down much in the short term and I predict $4.00 / gal not to far off.
  • tpftpf Posts: 7
    Driving from Philly to Newark this week got 41.4mpg. Stayed with the flow of traffic for the most part. Yesterday, got 43 mpg on an 80 mile stretch on I-80 in central PA. I was pleasantly surprised. Wonder if poor results from others are related to driving style and low tire pressure. I had an Insight for 5 years and think the acquired driving technique helps.
  • adp3adp3 Posts: 446
    Can anyone tell me how much "fun" their HAH is? Setting aside the nifty, gizmo stuff, and the MPG, is it enjoyable to drive? More enjoyable than a comparable Accord?
  • blaneblane Posts: 2,017
    adp3,

    "Fun" is very subjective. If you mean faster acceleration, than the Accord Hybrid may be more "fun" in your mind. Otherwise, it is an Accord. They are all fine enjoyable vehicles.
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