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Honda Accord Real World MPG

Karen_SKaren_S Posts: 5,095
This topic is for Accord owners to post their MPG. Please be sure to include the model and year.

"Real World" Fuel Economy vs. EPA Estimates

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  • blaneblane Posts: 2,017
    Daily driving around town: 20 to 22 mpg
    Flat open highway, rarely touching the brake: 33 to 35 mpg
    Realistic mixed driving: mid 20's
  • 2004 exl 6cly auto
    25 to 27 city hiway mix
    30 to 34 hiway/mountain driving (colorado)
    drive into town each day and do not have city average.
  • us002840us002840 Posts: 6
    2005 Accord EX - L w/ navi and 4 cylinder

    1200 miles

    last tank - 30.2 mpg - 70% highway driving at average speed of 60 mph
  • zitchzitch Posts: 55
    4door, 2.4 L 4-cylinder, 5-speed auto

    Daily commute (~80% Highway): 27-30 MPG
    Average interstate: 30-35 MPG (at speeds between 70 to 90+ MPH)
    Best Tank: 38.5 MPG (All interstate with cruise at 70 MPH)
    Worst Tank: 18 MPG (First tank between first fillup and second fillup after I purchased the car)
    2nd Worst Tank: 22 MPG (All city driving, plenty of WOT accelerations from lights)
  • rcc8179rcc8179 Posts: 131
    2.4L I-4, auto trans, 59,700 miles

    >Overall average - 29.7 mpg
    >Best tank - 37.3 mpg from Indy to New Stanton, PA on I-70 (avg speed 75mph, some construction backup)
    >Average on highway trips - about 33 mpg (right at EPA highway estimate)

    My normal commute is 35 mi round trip, about half highway and half stop/go.
  • lorryfanlorryfan Posts: 76
    2005 Accord Sedan LX I4 Automatic Transmission
    Purchased in early March 2005
    Miles driven so far = 1750

    Best Tank = 29 MPG => 95% Highway driving at ~ 80MPH
    Worst Tank= 19 MPG => only city driving :cry:
    Last Tank = 20 MPG => only city driving :mad:

    Far from driving like a maniac..... :confuse:
  • hermannhermann Posts: 38
    1500 miles on new '05 Accord LX 4-cyl AT Sedan

    1st Tank 26.5 MPG 50/50 city-hwy mix :(
    2nd Tank 28.0 MPG 35/65 city-hwy mix :)
    3rd Tank 27.5 MPG 50/50 mix :)
    4th Tank 31.5 MPG 20/80 mix :D

    Happy Motoring

  • gpkgpk Posts: 38
    I have 2001 miles on my 2005 Honda Accord Coupe.
    1st 24mpg
    2nd 27 mpg
    3rd 26mpg
    4th 30mpg
    Overall the gas mileage is improving though in the city it really likes its gas..
  • flyvtecflyvtec Posts: 3
    My odometer currently reads approx 29k miles.

    Mix city/hwy = 24mpg
    The highest I ever achieved was 34mpg on my trips to Las Vegas from San Diego.

    I use 91 octane (Chevron or Mobil only).

    Enjoy the ride!

  • honda5876honda5876 Posts: 1
    I usually get 26/mpg highway, no city data

    When I bought my car, the tires were inflated to 40psi, however the manual says 32 F, 30R. Did they make a mistake or should I be adhering to the what the manual says?
  • blaneblane Posts: 2,017

    Your tires should be inflated in accordance with the sticker on the door post. I.e. 32 psi front, 30 psi rear (or no more than two pounds over that if you choose). Forty pounds could make for dangerous handling since the tire's contact patch with the road would be rounder, not as flat (think of a round balloon). That results in less road contact and the real possibility of skidding.
  • todd7todd7 Posts: 16
    I have been amazed by the mpg of this car. I currently have 15k on it and am averaging 34-38mpg.

    I only use Chevron 92 (which may be a waste of money) and drive 95% highway between 60-95mph. I test my fuel economy by filling the car until I see fuel in the lip. The tank should hold 17.1 gallons, but I fit almost 3 extra gallons.

    My best miles on one tank so far has been 652.

    Happy motoring :)
  • dhoffdhoff Posts: 282
    Only filled up 3 times so far... have about 1000 - 1300 miles on it now.

    1st tank - 25 mpg
    2nd tank - 26 mpg
    3rd tank - 28 mpg

    Driving conditions were about 70% highway with some stop & go due to traffic. I have been driving it rather sedately because it's just getting broken in. I expect the mileage will increase as the car breaks in. I'll follow up in a few months.

  • firemann1firemann1 Posts: 14
    2003 Accord EX V6 Sedan:
    26.2 mpg over 47k miles over 26 months. 80 - 90% of miles are rural and 55 to 70 mph.
    Mileage drops off to average 24 mpg in coldest winter weather in Iowa (richer air/fuel mixture and fewer trips). Summer mileage runs close to 27 mpg. Trips on the lightly traveled intersate range from 29 to 31 mpg.
  • durbs68durbs68 Posts: 11
    2005 Accord EX 4cyl
    3100 Miles
    Last two fill-ups averaged 28.4 MPG in mixed driving.
  • joe122joe122 Posts: 68
    Mileage: 1110. One month old. Mixed city and hwy. has been between 24.4 & 25.6. I feel this is low for a 4c. Tires have proper inflation. Dealer says that the mileage will improve when 2000 is reached, but I find this hard to believe. At that point, they will check to see if all is well.
  • midnightcowboymidnightcowboy Posts: 1,978
    Normal mileage : commuting to work 8 miles highway 80mph, 8 miles hghway 45-65 mph, stop-n-go 7 miles. 23.5 miles per gallon

    Borla Exhaust and K&N air filter.

    Highway trip to Dallas 29.6 mpg.

    I don't drive real hard, but somewhat sporty.


    Cruis'n in 6th :shades:
  • xcelxcel Posts: 1,025
    Hi All:

    The PZEV’s tank over tank:

    Best segment to date:

    Best distant segment to date.

    Good Luck

    Wayne R. Gerdes
  • blaneblane Posts: 2,017

    Was that a 93 mile high CLIFF that you drove off?
  • xcelxcel Posts: 1,025
    Hi Blane:

    The tank over tank link and descriptions have the details and the site has many tips and tricks … That last tank concluded after 905.8 miles using 18.309 gallons for a personal best 49.473 mpg in a non-hybrid. I am hoping for a 50 - 51 mpg tank within the next few weeks but Friday afternoon traffic tomorrow here in the Chicago area is absolutely ruthless in pursuit of my goals :(

    This is a 2005 PZEV based - I4 equipped - Honda Accord EX-L w/ Auto and NAVI.

    Good Luck

    Wayne R. Gerdes
  • yoribe2yoribe2 Posts: 65
    30,000 miles, automatic transmission

    60% highway driving
    40% town, suburban driving

    Combined average 27 - 29 MPG. Falls right between EPA estimate of 24 city and 33 highway. The best so far is 32.5 MPG on a long drive (400 miles) from Bay Area to LA area. I use Chevron 87. ;)
  • biker4biker4 Posts: 746
    Your dealer forgot to properly prep the car - which includes deflating the tires to proper pressure. They are over inflated to diminish the possibility of a flat spot while the car sits on the lot.

    99 LX 5 sp 38K miles
    Avg 25MPG normal commuting, 32 cruising on the Autobahn at 90MPH.
  • irnmdnirnmdn Posts: 245
    Best 32 mpg @ avg. 70mph
    Worst 18 mpg in city in winter.

    new model have more power and better mpg - now if they can make it a little less fugly, I might trade up :P
  • tawneycattawneycat Posts: 114
    35 mpg at 72 mph Pittsburg to Tulsa (I70)
    30 mpg 50 mile expressway communte
    do not drive in city for long.
    38 mpg at 60 mph no AC on 300 mile trip to Dallas and some tail wind.
  • nick0924nick0924 Posts: 13
    I am original owner of a 1993 Honda Accord LX automatic sedan.
    It has 275,700 miles, just had my third timing belt and water pump installed.

    At 65 to 70 mph I get 31.x miles to gallon.
    At 75 to 80 mph I get 28.x miles to gallon.

    This is on my regular commute, 84 miles round trip, mostly
    highway (12 city, 65 interstate, 7 miles country road).

    Best milage on almost all highway driving in non-rain is 34.x mpg at 65-70 mph.

    I change oil every 3,000 miles, plugs and air filter every 30,000, I keep
    tires inflated to 34 pounds. I have valves adjusted every 30,000.
    My tires last 70,000 to 78,000 miles. I use Michelins.

    My car uses no oil. I use regular gas and 5W30 oil and Honda oil filters.

    Though dealer says it is not needed, I put Slick 50 into my car every
    two years (about 44,000 miles) in the late fall.

    This is the best car I ever owned. Only repairs were a recent exhaust system
    (the first one ever), one set of rotors, 3 sets of disc pads, A/C valve, one set of
    CVC boots, two batteries, one battery cable, reboring of EGR ports, low beam
    lamps (3 sets - I drive with low beams on always), one master cylinder and many, many heat control knobs. Of course I have the transmission, coolant and brake fluids drained.

    I hope to keep driving the car till it has 340,000 to 370,000 miles.

    Dealer service mechanic says this car drives like a 100,000 Honda would.

    I think it is the oil changes (which I do myself) and the preventitive maintenance
    done by the dealer.
  • temj12temj12 Posts: 450
    I noticed that you did not mention the replacement of the struts or shocks. Do you still have the original ones?
  • nick0924nick0924 Posts: 13
    Yes, still have the originals; just picked up my car from the Honda dealer
    on Saturday and I had said earlier that they are the originals; they said there
    is no sign of leakage or damage so do not replace.

    Also they said the rear engine mount had moved out of position and they
    got it back into place; a rod had come loose. This reduced the vibration
    when in drive and at a stop.
  • 1600 miles on odo. About 21-22 in urban driving (slightly lower with A/C on or excessive use of heated seats). Better than my 2002 EX Auto 4-cyl which got about 19 under the same conditions (was capable of 31-32 on long freeway trips, however).
  • jordyladjordylad Posts: 1
    Overall average since new (in Jan 2005) 25.7 and improving all of the time.

    I measure tank to tank fill ups just for kicks (and to keep track of how I am doing against my 15k annual lease mileage).

    I am not a slow driver by any means, but I am no leadfoot (I rarely use brakes!!!).
    I averaged 29.1 last weekend, roundtrip from LA to Vegas (600 mile) cruising at 85mph most of the time (but did pull 100 a couple of times, as one must, he-he).
    My roundtrip daily commute is 60 miles 85% highway mostly at 70-85mph (yes in LA........ where I carpool) and I'm consistently now in the low 26 mpg range.

    Gotta add this is a great car for the price. I came out of a BMW 740i that I loved but was tired of pouring $ into. I wanted a cheap commuter (I drive a Nissan 350ZR S-Tune (Nismo) for weekend fun) and got this on a 3 year lease with no $ down and $279 for 35 months. I am saving so much money............. I love it.
  • vitalipvitalip Posts: 1
    odometer has 14,5 mi
    in city driving conditions, with a/c on i get 30 mpg (that is about 420 miles on 14 gallons of regular gas)

    does anyone have any experience with fuel eficiency gadgets (magnetic Fuel Boss or Tornado system)? they promice up to 15% increasein fule efficiency... i think even 5% would be cost beneficial in a long run.

    any comments?
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