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TrueDelta Reviews the Real Gas Mileage of the Honda Accord

Honda Accord Real Gas Mileage: Pros
YearComment
2014 We start with the downfall of the first Honda Accord Hybrid: it failed to deliver the mpg people expected from a hybrid. EPA ratings of 24 mpg city, 32 mpg highway were well above the regular V6's 18/26, but not much better than the four-cylinder's 21/31. Genius wasn't needed to discover the root cause: Honda had paired a 16-horsepower electric motor with a 240-horsepower V6 (for a combined 253--the two didn't climax together). Quite simply, the electric motor was too small--it couldn't power the car on its own--and the 3.0-liter gasoline engine was too large (if able to deactivate three cylinders while cruising). Honda hasn't made the same mistake again. The new Honda Accord Hybrid joins a far stronger, 166-horsepower electric motor with a 141-horsepower 2.0-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine for a combined 196 horsepower. For the latter, Honda modified its new, significantly more efficient "Earth Dreams" engine to run, like Ford's and Toyota's hybrids, on the Atkinson-cycle (the intake valves remain open for the first bit of the compression stroke). Honda's big idea isn't with the motor or the engine, though, but in how they are connected to the front wheels. There's no conventional stepped automatic transmission this time around. Nor is the transmission a planetary gearset CVT, as in Ford and Toyota hybrids. Nor is it a belt-and-pulleys CVT, as in the Honda Civic Hybrid. Instead, the new transmission barely warrants the term. It's a one-speed. You won't find a one-speed transmission in any car powered by a conventional engine because a single ratio would be either way too tall for performance at low speeds or way too short for efficiency at high speeds. A conventional engine is only powerful at high rpm but only efficient at low rpm. For acceptable performance and efficiency, a transmission must be able to shift gears to put the engine at whatever rpm is appropriate for the current task (accelerating or cruising). In contrast, electric cars DO tend to have single-speed transmissions, as their motors deliver acceptable efficiency and power over a much wider range. Given that the new electric motor is strong enough to accelerate the Accord on its own, Honda lets it do this up to 43 mph. At that point the fixed transmission ratio is a good match for the gasoline engine, and a clutch engages to connect it to the wheels. (At lower speeds the engine only comes on as needed to charge the battery pack.) Brilliant in its simplicity, this single-speed design dramatically reduces internal friction and weight. The payoff: the new Accord Hybrid is rated 50/45, vs. the Fusion Hybrid's 44/41, the Camry Hybrid's 40/38, and the regular Accord's 27/36. In suburban driving the trip computer reported averages from 38.5 to 54.8, and 43 overall for the week (tying the MKZ Hybrid). I found it fairly easy to crack 50, spectacular for a midsize sedan. see full Honda Accord review
Honda Accord Real Gas Mileage: Cons
YearComment
Some people used to buy cars with manual transmissions because of their superior fuel economy. The tables have turned in the past decade, and automatics now tend to be at least as efficient as manuals. Also, when paired with the manual transmission the Accord's V6 loses its fuel-saving cylinder-deactivation feature and spins faster in top gear. So while the V6 with automatic manages EPA ratings of 21 mpg city, 32 highway, the manual does much worse, just 18 city and 28 highway. The trip computer average was 21 for my week with the car (with a one mpg bump from some highway driving the last day). Not awful, but I've seen better from some larger, more powerful, all-wheel-drive cars. The Hyundai manages about the same, 18/27. People who buy either car with a manual transmission do so entirely because they're more involving and consequently more fun to drive. see full Honda Accord review
 

What Our Members Are Saying about the Real Gas Mileage of the Honda Accord

Honda Accord Real Gas Mileage: Pros
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2013 4dr Sedan 278-horsepower 3.5L V6
6-speed automatic FWD
Great fuel economy. I have the V6 and I usually average between 28 and 29 mpg overall. I do mostly highway driving and some suburban roads. And I'm usually doing about 70-80 mph on the highway, so you can do even better if you were to be driving 55-60 mph. see full Honda Accord review
2013 4dr Sedan 278-horsepower 3.5L V6
6-speed automatic FWD
Outstanding fuel economy. Regularly exceeds EPA estimates. Recent 100 mile highway trip with no AC produced 37.2 mpg. Unbelievable for V6. see full Honda Accord review
2011 4dr Sedan 190-horsepower 2.4L I4
5-speed manual FWD
Excellent fuel economy, 24 around town and up to 36 on the interstate and as high as 38 on two lane roads. I have gotten over 700 miles to a tank on long trips. see full Honda Accord review
2011 4dr Sedan 177-horsepower 2.4L I4
5-speed automatic FWD
During mostly Interstate driving, I achieve 32-34 MPG (calculated manually). see full Honda Accord review
2010 2dr Coupe 190-horsepower 2.4L I4
5-speed automatic FWD
with only 1700 miles on the odometer getting 27-30 mpg combined drivinhg see full Honda Accord review
2010 4dr Sedan 271-horsepower 3.5L V6
5-speed automatic FWD
Too soon to tell, but past experience has shown strong mpg even with a 6cyl - definitely above 20 with a lot of town/city driving. see full Honda Accord review
2010 4dr Sedan 177-horsepower 2.4L I4
5-speed manual FWD
Given the size of the car, particularly the interior room, the 30+ highway MPG is impressive. I consider anything over 30 highway to be economical enough for me. Another benefit is that around-town mileage is still decent, 26-27 mpg. see full Honda Accord review
2009 4dr Sedan 190-horsepower 2.4L I4
5-speed manual FWD
Car never feels underpowered - in fact will kick from a green light with the best out there, yet return 30 mpg average. Can drive all day for $20 see full Honda Accord review
2008 4dr Sedan 177-horsepower 2.4L I4
5-speed automatic FWD
Decent fuel economy for a mid-size sedan. see full Honda Accord review
2008 4dr Sedan 177-horsepower 2.4L I4
5-speed automatic FWD
Fuel economy is similar to smaller engines -- while providing the power of larger engines. see full Honda Accord review
Honda Accord Real Gas Mileage: Cons
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2010 4dr Sedan 177-horsepower 2.4L I4
5-speed automatic FWD
Average 18-20 mpg for mix city and highway (50/50) driving. I was expecting more of 24-26 but it seems Honda increase size gave more comfort at expense of bad fuel. see full Honda Accord review
2009 4dr Sedan 177-horsepower 2.4L I4
5-speed automatic FWD
this 8th gen accord is getting about 20-22 mpg; my 7th gen accord would typically average about 22-24 see full Honda Accord review
2008 4dr Sedan 268-horsepower 3.5L V6
5-speed automatic FWD
Not quite as good as the sticker suggests if you drive it like a normal person. see full Honda Accord review
2008 4dr Sedan 190-horsepower 2.4L I4
5-speed automatic FWD
kills too much gas. see full Honda Accord review
2008 4dr Sedan 177-horsepower 2.4L I4
5-speed automatic FWD
The highway fuel economy is very good (30+ mpg). The city fuel economy leaves a bit to be desired (teens). see full Honda Accord review
2008 2dr Coupe 268-horsepower 3.5L V6
6-speed manual FWD
The Accord has gained enough weight that their engines no longer return the exceptional MPGs of the preivous model. Honda refuses has no 6 gear transmissions which should help. Fuel economy is average at best. Would never achieve 40mpg as I did before. see full Honda Accord review
2008 4dr Sedan 268-horsepower 3.5L V6
5-speed automatic FWD
22.5 to 23 mpg is pretty bad, but the power is great. see full Honda Accord review
2007 4dr Sedan 244-horsepower 3.0L V6
5-speed automatic FWD
the V-6 only gets 18-19 MPH around town, though this is offset by more power. see full Honda Accord review
2003 4dr Sedan 240-horsepower 3.0L V6
5-speed automatic FWD
Honda struggles to get 18 in the city (usually gets between 14-18), but highway it is pretty good for a V6 and can get between 26-30 mpg. see full Honda Accord review
2002 4dr Sedan 200-horsepower 3.0L V6
4-speed automatic FWD
Low city mileage particularly with A/C (16 mpg). Mediocre hwy mileage at 22/23. see full Honda Accord review
 

Honda Accord Gas Mileage (MPG)

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