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Honda Accord, Hybrid Cars, Fuel Efficiency (MPG)
Jun 23, 2006 (1:48 pm)
I've put 4,000 miles on my Accord EX-L I4. Most of my driving has been in the city. My mileage has ranged from 23-24 city to 32-36 highway. Most of my city driving is lots of short trips < 5 miles stop and go with the AC running most of the time with consistant mileage of 23-24 (300 miles on a tank). Twice I got right at 500 miles on a tank with a little city driving mixed in with 65 - 75 mph on the highway. I actualy had the AC running both times and also was stuck in traffic for 30 minutes on one of those trips so I think I could probably get 37 or 38. One thing I noticed is that the mileage is actually better without cruise if your driving on a highway with alot of hills. Overall the mileage I'm getting is better than what I expected although I wish I could get a few more mpg in town.
Jul 10, 2006 (12:29 pm)
I bought my 2006 HAH with Nav in June and have nearly 1,000 miles on it. The first trip I took was about 250 miles of mostly highway driving and the mileage was 31.4 mpg. I drove the speed limit most of the time due to break-in considerations. Last weekend I drove to Cape Cod in mixed highway (70%) and city (30%) driving and averaged 27.4 mpg. I drove 75-85 on the highway and tried to keep the eco light on. I am pleased with this car's performance, economy, and the quality workmanship. My other car is a 1999 Mercedes Benz E320 with 80K miles on it and it may stay parked a long time because this Honda is fun to drive and the Nav system is intriging.
#123 of 138 Re: Why Buy An Accord Hybrid?!?! [mattgg1]
Jul 13, 2006 (1:19 pm)
You have the added power in the HAH that you dont in the I-4. A V6 is very smooth to drive. The HAH gives better mileage than the regular Accord V6, and that's why you buy it.
#124 of 138 Re: Question about MPG [chuck717]
Oct 01, 2006 (7:12 pm)
I have 31K on a 2005 HAH and still love it. At a near constant 79 mph, I can get between 32 and 33 mpg. My last trip was 578 miles (on 1 tank!!) most on the highway at 75 to 80 mph with 3 adults, some luggage, and with 70 miles in city traffic. I got a measured 33 mpg (the mpg meter read 34, so it was about 1 mpg high). Speed obviously impacts fuel efficiency so at 60 or 65, I can get actually get 37 to 40 mpg, but you can't drive like a mad man.
The worst mileage I've seen is all city, with pushing the accelerations and that was still around 25 mpg. I drive alot and it seems that I average about 31 mpg running around town, where you have a highway drive to an exit and then a little city stuff, then back on the highway.
I wanted reliability, performance and fuel efficiency and I got it with the HAH. It does about 7 mpg better than my old 6 cyl. 2003. So with my driving 35000 miles per year, I am saving about $1000 per year in fuel and still have better performance!
Jul 20, 2005 (3:16 pm)
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. 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? 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 - Any suggestions?
#126 of 138 Re: MPG NG [raytx_us]
Jul 20, 2005 (5:44 pm)
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!
#127 of 138 Dissapointed, mostly with MPG
Dec 05, 2006 (7:23 pm)
I posted this earlier in the main HAH section
I have owned an Honda Accord Hybrid for over a year, and my experience may make some feel better. I am one of those guys that keeps records - my total average over 15 months and 5500 miles is 19.8, and I never have had a tank over 21.5. 80% my driving is my commute (6 miles with 4 lights, avg. 35mph).
Needless to say, I am totally disappointed. I only got "wait longer", "drive better" and "everything is fine" from my dealer (6 visits about this). I am now attempting to use the lemon law, but I am not too hopeful.
#128 of 138 Re: Dissapointed, mostly with MPG [dave67]
Dec 05, 2006 (8:06 pm)
You are starting from stops with a lead foot, racing the other cars to the next light, only having to stop there. You cannot drive a Hybrid like you have driven all your life, and not end up "disappointed".
Modification of your driving habits will most certainly increase your MPG, in a ICE or Hybrid. All that is lacking is a will do to so.
#129 of 138 Instant MPG Display?
Apr 09, 2007 (10:16 am)
I just bought a 2005 HAH with the navigation system. I can't find an instant MPG display. Yes, I see the bar graph on the info screen, but that displays MPG in +/- 10 MPG increments. The only way I can get an instant reading with an accuracy of greater than +/- 10 MPG, is to reset the average mpg display, which is just silly. It may seem a little picky of me to not be contant with the MPG bar, but hey, I did buy a hybrid. One can reasonably assume that I have more than a passing interest in my mileage correct? The fact that this car is a hybrid and it is the first car I've bought in years that didn't have an instant mpg display to a tenth of an mpg just blows my mind.
Any help? Have I simply missed it? And while we're on the subject of missing data displays, have I also overlooked an outside temp display?
Apr 09, 2007 (4:09 pm)
A reporter with a large local newspaper is hoping to talk to consumers in California who purchased a hybrid vehicle this year. If you are interested in speaking to the reporter, please reply to ctalatiedmunds.com no later than Thursday, April 12, 2007 with your daytime contact info. and what car you purchased.