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Old 15 Jan 2013, 10:31 pm
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Default I can't hit the promised MPG of 2013 Accord?

My 2013 accord cannot hit the promised MPG of 27 MPG in the city and 36 on the highway. Currently it's like 23 to 25 in city (where there are lots of 25 speed limit signs and lights), and for the highway, I only managed to achieve 27, where I drove at the speed limit of 55, and no traffic. I also left the eco button on. Does anyone have any comments? How can I achieve the promised MPG?
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Old 15 Jan 2013, 10:47 pm
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most people never achieve or better advertised mpg.
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Old 15 Jan 2013, 11:01 pm
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You never will. These are EPA Estimates. There is a huge difference between an estimate and a promise. This is not promised. Ever hear the disclaimer "Your actual mileage will vary"

Advice. Honda has a history of overstating their fuel economy. I remember a recent class action lawsuit on the Accord Hybrid. In this case Honda won. But in all reality, the consumers lost.

One of the many reasons why I would NEVER own a Honda. They are WAY over rated.
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Old 15 Jan 2013, 11:16 pm
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They give these gas mileages in idea conditions, you may never get what they say. I don't either and I have a 2007 Honda Accord.
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Old 15 Jan 2013, 11:31 pm
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Check gas make sure has no ethanol. also use octane level recommended. Mpg might improve as it breaks in. epa is best guess.
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Old 15 Jan 2013, 11:46 pm
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All cars are tested under certain road conditions for mpg, you have to realise you have to contend with traffic lights, slowing down and speeding up, and cornering, this all affects the mpg

no offence to Mad Jack, I except they are not the best for mpg, but they are the most reliable car on the road,and Toyota are just as good, I feel Toyota beat Honda on mpg.

I now have a 2litre deisel toyota, and get around 55mpg at around 55-60mph
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Old 16 Jan 2013, 12:01 am
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The advertised EPA fuel mileage is an ESTIMATE, not a guarantee. They test like one new car out of every thousand built, and the test is done under carefully controlled laboratory conditions to get the average fuel mileage for the entire fleet. No one has promised that YOU and your car will get the exact same fuel mileage.
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Old 16 Jan 2013, 12:17 am
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If you had read the tag on the car it is called "Estimated" as to these reported numbers. Why? Sure. Because these government figures are conducted in a lab not outside with wind and angles and road turns and different weights. In a lab under strictly controlled tests. Why? Because these tests need to be equally for all cars because they are for shopping comparison estimates. I have a vehicle that was estimated at 33 MPG overall. But I routinely get 35 to 37 MPG because I play the game of fuel economy. It does not happen automatically. I see people rushing exits and stop signs and lights. Very wasteful. I see people idling in drive-through windows of business. I walk in. I see people using AC in AUTO 100% of the time. I do not. The AC alone sucks 2 to 3 MPGs. The key, my friend, the HUGE key, is knowledge. YOUR knowledge of the car, the roads you travel and how the road is controlled by traffic lights. IF you know or are aware of the most probably sequence, then, you drive steady and you coast and you use as little braking as possible. The cruise control saves gas. No AC saves gas. No speeding or constant speed saves gas. Parking quickly saves gas. No idling saves gas. Routes for gas savings vs time savings saves gas. Keeping records of fuel vs time vs miles is our hard data to verify what we do, or, in effect, our reward. Your car reports MPG performance. Use it. In my neighborhood people rush. That is wasteful. IF all those things are wasteful, then, by logic, the opposite saves gas. Do not chase that parking spot. Park quickly and near the entry/exit. Walk the rest of the way. Think that the less the motor is running the less fuel is consumed. You write with little regard to grammar rules. That is a dead give away as to the lack of attention to details and the lack of attention to the little things. Accord is a proper name. It is always capitalized. Sentence structure is one thought, one sentence. Eco, as in the Eco Mode of this car is also capitalized. And you must write perfectly as much as you must drive perfectly each and every time for this to work. One last note. Cars can only do what is possible based on the fuel pedal use. Going downhill is highly efficient but only if there is no fuel added except what is needed. Tailgating is fuel wasteful. On and on and on. Plenty of information on the web. But a car in Seattle. WA shall be different than the same car in Phoenix, AZ due to the topography and the weather. Think about it. Once EPA estimate for the entire nation? There has to be differences. One car with four passengers is different that with one person. OK? Keep records. Look at routes. Slow is not bad. Look at the MPG your car reports on the various parts of the routes you drive. And the last suggestion. A car in the garage uses zero fuel. Best of luck with the project. Bye.
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