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Honda Accord Real World MPG



  • daneeldaneel Posts: 19
    Dudleyr, thank you for the useful hints and tips to improve a vehicle's gas mileage. I am doing several of the issues that you mentioned. However, when taking long road trips of say 800 miles one way, I am almost always pushed for time, thus the 4-6 mph above speed limit is important. Although I upped tire inflation to 36 psi front and 34 rear, does 40 psi front and rear not lead to a much rougher and noisier ride and also additional strain on the car's chassis? Also I am not using synthetic oil, but ordinary Castrol 0w-20.
    Getting back to Interstate driving: I find it utterly frustrating that so many drivers are blocking the left lane by going happily at 5-10 mph below the speed limit, usually chattering on their cell phones. The interesting thing is that they apparently do not see the signs at regular intervals - Slower traffic, Keep right!
  • rustumrustum Posts: 100
    I recently bought 2010 LX-P. My first tank with 10% highway and remaining city, i got around 23MPG. My second tank with 100% city driving, i got around 22 MPG. All the gas stations contains 10% ethanol in my area. All my city driving is within 4 miles radius i.e., office, spouse office, kid daycare, kid school and grocery stores. Am i doing ok with my MPG.
  • thegraduatethegraduate Posts: 9,731
    You're meeting the EPA estimates for mileage on your car, so I'd say yes. That's very good for such short distances!
  • rustumrustum Posts: 100
    Thanks for the update.
  • blufz1blufz1 Posts: 2,045
    Your drive dictates your mpg. It is what it is. Heck,if I go thru enough drive thrus,I can get the mpg down to 16.
  • rustumrustum Posts: 100
    Is 2011 I4 give better MPG compared to 2010 in similar city driving conditions?
  • Yes, at least the EPA ratings are up to 23 city 34 hwy with a combined 27 mpg's. 2010 is 21-31 combined of 25. Real world should be close.
  • blufz1blufz1 Posts: 2,045
    Had a freeway only run and got 30 mpg for the first time in my 02 Accord V6.....and that's with ethanol! Most of my driving is city so I usually get much less. It's the tires. Recently got some Goodyear Assurance Comfort Tread Tourings and noticed the mileage increase. Guess I got a good set. I noticed that only 1 of the four tires needed a balance weight and the weight was tiny.
  • ezshift5ezshift5 West coastPosts: 857
    edited November 2010
    ...the J30 series on the Interstate is a star performer IMHO.........

    With the high final drive (3.29) plus 5th/6th being overdrives (6th is .77), my J30a4 6M gets in the high 30's on I-5. (On I-10 in the flat desert of AZ, Gila Bend west past Yuma, I calc'd over 40..............twice). Not often but possible.

    Great engineering,

  • skibikesoccerskibikesoccer Posts: 2
    edited January 2011
    I have a 2005 exl 4cyl L5AT with ODO at 32,000 miles and am frustrated at the fuel use. I am not hypermiler but I do monitor fuel economy regulary on all vehicles i have owned. My best tank of fuel city driving [30 miles return commute before rush hour takes < 1 hour] is 19.7mpg and last trip out of town [warm car no stops] 23.2mpg. I have been driving car for 6 months trying to get better fuel economy and am findng it impossible [i have not yet left a/c off for entier tank]. I drive 51psi tires at around 44 psi, avoid stopping and try to keep trans locked up [but this car it is nearly impossible]. My mileage on previous cars/trucks has always been able to achieve projected ratings or better [with a/c on] so I am surprised at this poor economy. I just took it to the dealership for an inspection and they said everything is operating and no codes are being set. I am concerned that there is a trans problem as it is nearly impossible to keep the trans torque converter locked without slipping at speeds below 45mph. I realize driving style makes a difference but i can get better than 16mpg hwy in my 4x4 suburban 5.7liter L4AT suv and i can get a lot worse. I recieved similar economy to the accord in my 1991 lumina 3.1 V6 L4AT and i drove it like it was stolen up to 228,000 miles. Are there any obvious flaws in these Accord cars to look for, the honda techincians could only say try a new air filter?
  • dudleyrdudleyr Posts: 3,469
    Sticking brakes? Tune up? Fuel filter?
  • tgozdalski1tgozdalski1 Posts: 34
    edited January 2011
    My mpg was 33 MPG 90% hwy using cruise most of the time at 68MPH. My second tank about 75% hwy 25 % city with light traffic returned 32 MPG. MPG based on manual calculation dividing miles driven by number of gallons filled till first click. Used 2007 accord lx certified standard transmission purchased week ago for 14,100 OTD with 34,500 on odometer. I like the car a lot. My old 2000 accord lx manual tranny, 250,000 miles right now, returned about 2 miles less on average
  • I had the car in for service Jan 14 at dealer: trans fluid change, engine oil change, brakes replaced but they had 30% life left so not sticking and air filter. They also checked the computer for codes and said car in operating within specifications. I just did the last tank use in the city [bit more traffic than usual] on one trip and got 18 mpg. I talked to a honda performance modification guy and he said that the o2 sensor may need changing after 5 years. Also said the oem sensors are limited range and may affect fuel use.
    He said he would scan my car for $65 to see how the o2 sensor is performing; I might do this, but want honda to pay for it if the sensor is an issue. Also, i just ordered a scanguageII to monitor car parameters while driving to see if i can diagnose it without the big $150/hr of the honda techs. i'll keep you updated. PS: i am surprised that other people are getting over 30mpg with this car... hope to get there.
  • ezshift5ezshift5 West coastPosts: 857
    Update hopefully will be positive. Same year Accord here (V-6 6M however): CA capital traffic really not too bad - permitting 60/40 mixed driving averaging 26-28 MPG. Freeway 100% really impressive: 36 - 38 most of the time.

    IMHO, the GenVII set the bar way up there. Replacement doesn't even paint on my radar.

    best, ez...
  • blufz1blufz1 Posts: 2,045
    You're overreacting. Your mpg is a product of many factors and they are unique to your car,drive route,driving style,etc.,etc.,etc. Your mpg will never be the same as another driver. I can get 30 on the highway and then get 16 driving in the city on back to back tanks. You're never going to recoup the $ you spend trying to "find" something wrong;when there is nothing wrong.
  • dudleyrdudleyr Posts: 3,469
    The scanguage will show you why you are getting bad mpg.

    Take the car on the highway once it has been warmed up fully (at least 15 minutes), then reset the scanguage and drive for about 20 miles at 60 mph. Make sure it is a warm day with no wind and you are on a level road. If you still get under 30 mpg something is wrong. I suspect you will get close to 40 mpg, in which case everything is fine.

    We can't ever know how your city mpg compares, so it is necessary to check highway mpg. Ideally a full tank at a steady speed would be best, but the scanguage will get you pretty close. Make sure it is calibrated right.

    My mpg is usually stellar, but extreme cold has really dropped it this winter. I took a trip that I could get in the high 40's and was in the low 30's. Temp was around zero degrees and that really kills mpg. Snow on the road didn't help either.
  • I was a regular browser of this forum when I purchased an 06 EX-L I4 m/t coupe back in fall of 07. Great car, never below 30 mpg (dead of Chicago winter) high of 40 mpg and one 600 mile tank. Got rid of the car since the dog barely fit, baby was tough to get into the back seat and wife was not a manual tranny fan. Plus the wife wanted a new CX9.

    Fast forward a year later and I miss that car and I think my 03 Mazda 6 4cyl approaching 200K will soon need to be replaced. I really like the size and fuel economy of the 06-07 accords, but wonder what the penalty will be for getting an AT vs the MT. Any estimates as my commute will be the same as what I was doing in the 06 accord? My bro in law states he only gets mid 20s in his 06 exl 4cyl auto, but our driving is a bit different. I currently get 27-31 in the Mazda, but think the 4cyl accord could do better. I drive ~ 550 miles a week and would love to make it a week on a tank, something I regulary did in my old accord.
  • I put 130K miles on a '05 4cyl EX-5AT, pretty much trouble-free. Checked MPG frequently at the pump and hwy trips came in right at 29 (doing 70-72 mph on mostly flat ground), best-ever was 31.5 (all hwy cruise no-AC + strong tailwind). In-town was 22-25 MPG. I credit the high engine rpm for a little less MPG than I expected. GM uses tall gearing to improve hwy MPG.
  • ezshift5ezshift5 West coastPosts: 857
    That's nothing to sneeze at (but - after filling my tank today - same station, same pump, I calc'd 28.2. This is a 6M V-6.

    best, ez
  • ajg71283ajg71283 NY, NYPosts: 11
    Why is it that the range on my 2009 Honda Accord 4 cyl says 0 miles yet when I fill up the tank I only use 17.5 gallons? I thought the Accord had a fuel capacity of 18.5 gallons. Is the range off by that much or am I missing something?
  • Several times, I've put more than 19 gallons in mine. (2008 Accord 4cy).

  • stickguystickguy Posts: 24,878
    keep in mind that the system is designed to have some air space too. So "full" really means up to the safe level. If you keep pumping well after the pump clicks off and you can see gas at the top of the filler neck, you certainly will get more in there!

    and quite often cars are intentionally pessimistic, since that is safer than being optimistic!

    Me, I still believe you should never let the car go below 1/4 tank. Less chance of picking crap from the bottom, or burning out your full pump.

    2015 Hyundai Sonata 2.4i Limited Tech (mine), 2013 Acura RDX AWD (wife's) and 2015 Jetta Sport (daughter's)

  • Just got back from a road trip, Phoenix > Dallas and only had to fill up once. This is about 1,100 miles, doing speeds of 70-80 mph with 3 adults, 1 child, and a fully loaded trunk. MPG averaged 34.2, highway range is about 600 miles from full tank to warning light.
  • rustumrustum Posts: 100
    edited May 2011
    I reached 7K miles on my 2010 LXP. My mpg is still around 21-22. There is no improvement in the MPG even after break in period with improvement in car performance i.e., it feels light and quick. It still feels slow sometimes from the dead stop. Eager transmission, quick throttle response and precise steering makes it enjoyable once it gets going.
    But I am hoping to get around 24-25 mpg to save some on gas. Kinda disappointed for not to see any improvement with MPG. Any idea if Honda comes up with some software changes to improve MPG similar to what they did for 2011.
    I should have checked 2011 prices when i purchased car instead of listening to dealer tactics to sell 2010 cars. I am sure, i could have got 2011 for similar price.
  • will you able to tell me what engine # and tranny # you have in your car? I have a 93 accord and would like to add something that gives me more mpg and hp, i commute 29m/day each way.
  • fujisfujis Posts: 27
    Could someone tell me how to use trip calculator to get mpg?
    I have a 2011 accord exl.

  • personatechpersonatech Posts: 105
    The EX-L trip calculator is not a trip computer - you'll have to do the math yourself (unless you have NAV, then you do have a trip computer!):

    1) Reset your trip calculator (either Trip A or Trip B) after every fill-up.
    2) At your next fill-up, divide the appropriate Trip reading with the number of gallons you just purchased. It's best to be consistent with your fill-up: top off with just one "click" of the pump, use the same pump each time if at all possible.
    3) Go to step 1.
  • fujisfujis Posts: 27
    That's what I did before. My 07 Accord coupe always got above 30mpg. 02 Accord got 25mpg. Let's see what new 2011 Accord get.
  • rcummelinrcummelin Posts: 184
    R/T Grand Junction, CO to Las Vegas, NV with A/C on about 1/2 the time (not in the mornings). Mostly freeway driving with speeds between 70-80 mph. Lots of uphill & downhill, and some slow traffic/construction to contend with. Minimal city driving when we were in LV.

    Gas mileage ranged from 27.X to 29.X mpg. Not bad but not great, IMHO.
  • fnc119fnc119 Posts: 12
    My 2010 EX Automatic has 27,500 and I just got 32mpg on a trip from SE PA to SE ME avg 70-75mph. Fully loaded trunk with 2 adults. My wife uses the car in a mix of highway and city 40/60 and averages 25.5-27mpg. Son and two friends claim about the same, they have EX-Ls. My car has had all regular maintence and oil is changed around 20%. I would say something to the service manager about it,.
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