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Old 18 Mar 2012, 05:31 pm
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Default Honda Accord Vs. Honda Pilot?

I currently have an 01 Honda Accord and I get around 18-24 in gas mileage. I have found an 07 Honda pilot that fits my needs. It is said to get 17-22 in gas mileage. Does anyone know if this is true does it get better or worse mpg. Please share because my biggest needs are space and fuel economy.
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Old 18 Mar 2012, 05:46 pm
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If it's a 2WD 2007 Pilot then your estimated fuel mileage is pretty close. The 2WD version was EPA rated at 16city/22hwy. If it's a 4WD Pilot, then expect it to get worse mileage, closer to the EPAs rating of 15city/20hwy.

Since your current car is getting slightly less highway MPG than its EPA estimate (if you have a V6 '01 Accord you should expect about 26 mpg hwy...if you've got a 4cyl you should expect closer to 28 mpg hwy and 20 city according to the EPA...), you might also want to assume that whatever car/truck you replace it with will also get slightly worse mileage than the EPA estimate because mileage varies by driving style.
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Old 18 Mar 2012, 06:02 pm
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The 2001 4cyl Accords is rated at 25/32, the V6 at 20/28. (Sounds like you have a V6 or drive in urban areas with the 4cyl)

The 2007 2WD Pilots is rated at 16/22, 4WD at 15/20.

Depending on driving habits, your mileage may vary. I generally see people get worse fuel economy than estimated.

If your main concern is fuel economy, yet a 5 passenger mid-sized sedan fits many of your needs, then keep the Accord.

If you frequently (like daily) carry large cargo and 5+ passengers, then get the Pilot.

I never found 2WD SUVs used primarily on public roads to be very logical other than looks (people can't see themselves driving in minivans, even some soccer moms hate minivans. Can you believe it?). There is no point of having an SUV unless you intend to go off road. Due to the SUV design, they tend to have bad aerodynamics and therefore ruining fuel economy. (However some 4cyl compact SUVs aren't that bad)

My cousin bought a 2007 Pilot 2WD which they ONLY use on public roads. They're a family of 5, and a 4cyl Civic or Accord would save them hundreds if not thousands of dollars a year on fuel. In addition, there is always less than 4 people in the vehicle on average when driven.

You should always consider what you need and not what you want.

My family kind of made that mistake when getting a 2001 Odyssey (rated at 18/25, primarily in urban areas I only get 13mpg at best which btw is terrible). Although V6 minivans generally get better gas mileage than V6 SUVs, we are a family of 5 as well and a Accord greatly fills our needs.

I often see people drive these large vehicles (Full sized SUVs, minivans, midsized and compact sedans alike) with 1 or 2 passengers. The most efficient vehicle are with passengers in it. 8 Passengers in a Pilot is more efficient than 8 individuals driving Prius(s). I hate to bring economics into this but... Yeah you'll feel cramped, but can't you sacrifice some 'crampiness' to save some oil here and there? Oil is what brings food to the table. Oil is the product of nearly everything. Oil is what makes EVERYONE's life easier.
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I think you should also compare average insurance premiums for similar cars before buing one. You can compare quotes online here -
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should be good.
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