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Honda Accord Gas Mileage: 1978 – 2013

The Accord first rolled off a boat onto American shores in 1976 and earned a reputation for overall value and good gas mileage. The Accord grew quickly in popularity to become one of America’s best-selling cars. Honda’s legendary reputation for providing exceptional quality at a reasonable price took it to the top of the charts. The Accord’s fuel economy ratings have consistently been in line with expectations for a mid-sized family sedan. But like its older (yet smaller) brother the Civic, it’s grown quite a bit in size and weight over the years. Just how big? The Marysville, Ohio-built Accord is now classified as a large sedan. Is today’s Civic really larger than those early Accords? Time to get out the tape measure …

2013 Honda Accord Sedan EX-L

Some of the gas mileage figures for the smaller 1.6 and 1.8 liter Accords of the late 1970s and early 1980s were positively astronomical in comparison to the fuel economy figures for today’s much larger cars. It all comes down to the weight. A typical late 70s Accord weighed in at roughly 2,000 lbs. … just enough that it could be pulled around by 70 horsepower.


By comparison, the top of the line 2008 Accord EX-L V-6 weighs approximately 3600 pounds and is powered by a 3471cc V-6 that provides 268 horsepower and delivers 19 city / 29 highway. (The slightly more fuel-efficient 2354 cc inline four cylinder version of the 2008 Accord in LX or EX trim delivers 22 city / 31 highway with a manual transmission and 21 city / 31 highway with an automatic.)

When Honda dropped the Accord Hybrid from the lineup for 2008, there was hope that upcoming model years would see a big jump in MPG figures when Honda saw fit to bring over the highly-efficient engine that was under the hood of the Accord diesel in Europe. Alas, it still hasn’t happened.

Honda Accord Gas Mileage – 1998 – 2013

Year Model Engine Disp. Fuel Trans. City Highway
2013 Accord 4 cylinder 2.4 liter R (CVT) Auto 27 36
2013 Accord 4 cylinder 2.4 liter R (AV-S7) Auto 26 35
2013 Accord 4 cylinder 2.4 liter R (M6) Manual 24 34
2013 Accord 6 cylinder 3.5 liter R (A6) Auto 21 34
2013 Accord 6 cylinder 3.5 liter R (S6) Auto 21 32
2013 Accord 6 cylinder 3.5 liter R (M6) Manual 18 28
2012 Accord 4DR Sedan 4 cylinder 2.4 liter R (M6) Manual 23 34
2012 Accord 4DR Sedan 4 cylinder 2.4 liter R (A5) Auto 23 34
2012 Accord 4DR Sedan 6 cylinder 3.5 liter R (A5) Auto 20 30
2012 Accord 2DR Coupe 4 cylinder 2.4 liter R (M6) Manual 23 32
2012 Accord 2DR Coupe 4 cylinder 2.4 liter R (A5) Auto 22 33
2012 Accord 2DR Coupe 6 cylinder 3.5 liter R (A5) Auto 19 29
2012 Accord 2DR Coupe 6 cylinder 3.5 liter R (M6) Manual 17 26
2012 Accord Crosstour 2WD 4 cylinder 2.4 liter R (A5) Auto 21 29
2012 Accord Crosstour 2WD 6 cylinder 3.5 liter R (A5) Auto 18 27
2012 Accord Crosstour 4WD 6 cylinder 3.5 liter R (A5) Auto 18 26
2011 Accord 2DR Coupe 4 cylinder 2.4 liter R (A5) Auto 22 33
2011 Accord 2DR Coupe 6 cylinder 3.5 liter R (M6) Manual 17 26
2011 Accord 2DR Coupe 4 cylinder 2.4 liter R (M5) Manual 23 32
2011 Accord 2DR Coupe 6 cylinder 3.5 liter R (S5) Auto 19 29
2011 Accord 4DR Sedan 4 cylinder 2.4 liter R (M5) Manual 23 33
2011 Accord 4DR Sedan 6 cylinder 3.5 liter R (A5) Auto 20 30
2011 Accord 4DR Sedan 4 cylinder 2.4 liter R (A5) Auto 23 34
2011 Accord Crosstour 2WD 6 cylinder 3.5 liter R (A5) Auto 18 27
2011 Accord Crosstour 4WD 6 cylinder 3.5 liter R (A5) Auto 18 26
2010 Accord 2DR Coupe 6 cylinder 3.5 liter R (M6) Manual 17 25
2010 Accord 2DR Coupe 6 cylinder 3.5 liter R (A5) Auto 19 28
2010 Accord 2DR Coupe 4 cylinder 2.4 liter R (A5) Auto 21 31
2010 Accord 2DR Coupe 4 cylinder 2.4 liter R (M5) Manual 22 31
2010 Accord 4DR Sedan 4 cylinder 2.4 liter R (A5) Auto 21 31
2010 Accord 4DR Sedan 4 cylinder 2.4 liter R (M5) Manual 22 31
2010 Accord 4DR Sedan 6 cylinder 3.5 liter R (A5) Auto 19 29
2009 Accord 2DR Coupe 4 cylinder 2.4 liter R (L5) Auto 21 30
2009 Accord 2DR Coupe 4 cylinder 2.4 liter R (M5) Manual 22 31
2009 Accord 2DR Coupe 6 cylinder 3.5 liter R (M6) Manual 17 25
2009 Accord 2DR Coupe 6 cylinder 3.5 liter R (L5) Auto 19 28
2009 Accord 4DR Sedan 4 cylinder 2.4 liter R (M5) Manual 22 31
2009 Accord 4DR Sedan 4 cylinder 2.4 liter R (L5) Auto 21 30
2009 Accord 4DR Sedan 6 cylinder 3.5 liter R (L5) Auto 19 29
2008 Accord 2DR Coupe 4 cylinder 2.4 liter R (M5) Manual 22 31
2008 Accord 2DR Coupe 4 cylinder 2.4 liter R (L5) Auto 21 30
2008 Accord 2DR Coupe 6 cylinder 3.5 liter R (L5) Auto 19 28
2008 Accord 2DR Coupe 6 cylinder 3.5 liter R (M6) Manual 17 25
2008 Accord 4DR Sedan 4 cylinder 2.4 liter R (L5) Auto 21 31
2008 Accord 4DR Sedan 4 cylinder 2.4 liter R (M5) Manual 22 31
2008 Accord 4DR Sedan 6 cylinder 3.5 liter R (L5) Auto 19 29
2007 Accord 4 cylinder 2.4 liter R (L5) Auto 24 34
2007 Accord 4 cylinder 2.4 liter R (M5) Manual 26 34
2007 Accord 6 cylinder 3.0 liter R (L5) Auto 20 29
2007 Accord 6 cylinder 3.0 liter R (M6) Manual 21 30
2007 Accord Hybrid 6 cylinder 3.0 liter R (L5) Auto 28 35
2006 Accord 4 cylinder 2.4 liter R (L5) Auto 24 34
2006 Accord 4 cylinder 2.4 liter R (M5) Manual 26 34
2006 Accord 6 cylinder 3.0 liter R (L5) Auto 20 29
2006 Accord 6 cylinder 3.0 liter R (M6) Manual 21 30
2005 Accord 6 cylinder 3.0 liter R (M6) Manual 20 30
2005 Accord 6 cylinder 3.0 liter R (L5) Auto 21 30
2005 Accord 4 cylinder 2.4 liter R (M5) Manual 26 34
2005 Accord 4 cylinder 2.4 liter R (L5) Auto 24 34
2004 Accord 4 cylinder 2.4 liter R (L5) Auto 24 34
2004 Accord 4 cylinder 2.4 liter R (M5) Manual 26 34
2004 Accord 6 cylinder 3.0 liter R (L5) Auto 21 30
2004 Accord 6 cylinder 3.0 liter R (M6) Manual 20 30
2003 Accord 4 cylinder 2.4 liter R (L5) Auto 24 33
2003 Accord 4 cylinder 2.4 liter R (M5) Manual 26 34
2003 Accord 6 cylinder 3.0 liter R (L5) Auto 21 30
2003 Accord 6 cylinder 3.0 liter R (M6) Manual 20 30
2002 Accord 6 cylinder 3.0 liter R (L4) Auto 20 28
2002 Accord 4 cylinder 2.3 liter R (M5) Manual 25 32
2002 Accord 4 cylinder 2.3 liter R (M5) Manual 26 32
2002 Accord 4 cylinder 2.3 liter R (L4) Auto 23 30
2002 Accord 4 cylinder 2.3 liter R (L4) Auto 23 30
2001 Accord 6 cylinder 3.0 liter R (L4) Auto 20 28
2001 Accord 4 cylinder 2.3 liter R (M5) Manual 25 32
2001 Accord 4 cylinder 2.3 liter R (M5) Manual 26 32
2001 Accord 4 cylinder 2.3 liter R (L4) Auto 23 30
2001 Accord 4 cylinder 2.3 liter R (L4) Auto 23 30
2000 Accord 4 cylinder 2.3 liter R (L4) Auto 23 30
2000 Accord 4 cylinder 2.3 liter R (L4) Auto 22 29
2000 Accord 4 cylinder 2.3 liter R (M5) Manual 25 31
2000 Accord 4 cylinder 2.3 liter R (M5) Manual 23 30
2000 Accord 6 cylinder 3.0 liter R (L4) Auto 20 28
1999 Accord 6 cylinder 3.0 liter R (L4) Auto 20 28
1999 Accord 4 cylinder 2.3 liter R (M5) Manual 25 31
1999 Accord 4 cylinder 2.3 liter R (M5) Manual 25 31
1999 Accord 4 cylinder 2.3 liter R (L4) Auto 23 30
1999 Accord 4 cylinder 2.3 liter R (L4) Auto 22 29
1998 Accord 6 cylinder 3.0 liter R (L4) Auto 20 28
1998 Accord 4 cylinder 2.3 liter R (M5) Manual 25 31
1998 Accord 4 cylinder 2.3 liter R (M5) Manual 24 31
1998 Accord 4 cylinder 2.3 liter R (L4) Auto 23 30
1998 Accord 4 cylinder 2.3 liter R (L4) Auto 22 29

Honda Accord Gas Mileage – 1988 – 1997

Year Model Engine Disp. Fuel Trans. City Hwy
1997 Accord 4 cylinder 2.2 liter R (L4) Auto 23 29
1997 Accord 6 cylinder 2.7 liter R (L4) Auto 19 25
1997 Accord 4 cylinder 2.2 liter R (M5) Manual 25 31
1997 Accord 4 cylinder 2.2 liter R (M5) Manual 25 32
1997 Accord 4 cylinder 2.2 liter R (L4) Auto 23 30
1997 Accord Wagon 4 cylinder 2.2 liter R (L4) Auto 23 29
1997 Accord Wagon 4 cylinder 2.2 liter R (L4) Auto 21 26
1997 Accord Wagon 4 cylinder 2.2 liter R (M5) Manual 23 28
1996 Accord 4 cylinder 2.2 liter R (M5) Manual 25 32
1996 Accord 4 cylinder 2.2 liter R (L4) Auto 23 31
1996 Accord 4 cylinder 2.2 liter R (L4) Auto 23 29
1996 Accord 4 cylinder 2.2 liter R (M5) Manual 25 31
1996 Accord 6 cylinder 2.7 liter R (L4) Auto 19 25
1996 Accord Wagon 4 cylinder 2.2 liter R (L4) Auto 21 27
1996 Accord Wagon 4 cylinder 2.2 liter R (L4) Auto 23 29
1996 Accord Wagon 4 cylinder 2.2 liter R (M5) Manual 23 28
1995 Accord 4 cylinder 2.2 liter R (L4) Auto 23 30
1995 Accord 4 cylinder 2.2 liter R (L4) Auto 23 29
1995 Accord 4 cylinder 2.2 liter R (M5) Manual 25 31
1995 Accord 6 cylinder 2.7 liter R (L4) Auto 19 25
1995 Accord 4 cylinder 2.2 liter R (M5) Manual 25 31
1995 Accord Wagon 4 cylinder 2.2 liter R (L4) Auto 21 27
1995 Accord Wagon 4 cylinder 2.2 liter R (L4) Auto 23 30
1995 Accord Wagon 4 cylinder 2.2 liter R (M5) Manual 24 30
1995 Accord Wagon 4 cylinder 2.2 liter R (M5) Manual 25 31
1994 Accord 4 cylinder 2.2 liter R (L4) Auto 23 29
1994 Accord 4 cylinder 2.2 liter R (L4) Auto 23 30
1994 Accord 4 cylinder 2.2 liter R (M5) Manual 25 31
1994 Accord 4 cylinder 2.2 liter R (M5) Manual 25 31
1994 Accord Wagon 4 cylinder 2.2 liter R (M5) Manual 25 31
1994 Accord Wagon 4 cylinder 2.2 liter R (M5) Manual 24 30
1994 Accord Wagon 4 cylinder 2.2 liter R (L4) Auto 23 29
1994 Accord Wagon 4 cylinder 2.2 liter R (L4) Auto 21 27
1993 Accord 4 cylinder 2.2 liter R (L4) Auto 22 28
1993 Accord 4 cylinder 2.2 liter R (M5) Manual 24 31
1993 Accord Wagon 4 cylinder 2.2 liter R (L4) Auto 21 27
1993 Accord Wagon 4 cylinder 2.2 liter R (M5) Manual 23 28
1992 Accord 4 cylinder 2.2 liter R (L4) Auto 22 28
1992 Accord 4 cylinder 2.2 liter R (L4) Auto 22 29
1992 Accord 4 cylinder 2.2 liter R (M5) Manual 24 30
1992 Accord 4 cylinder 2.2 liter R (M5) Manual 24 30
1992 Accord Wagon 4 cylinder 2.2 liter R (L4) Auto 21 26
1992 Accord Wagon 4 cylinder 2.2 liter R (M5) Manual 22 27
1991 Accord 4 cylinder 2.2 liter R (L4) Auto 22 28
1991 Accord 4 cylinder 2.2 liter R (M5) Manual 24 29
1991 Accord Wagon 4 cylinder 2.2 liter R (M5) Manual 22 27
1991 Accord Wagon 4 cylinder 2.2 liter R (L4) Auto 20 26
1990 Accord 4 cylinder 2.2 liter R (L4) Auto 22 28
1990 Accord 4 cylinder 2.2 liter R (M5) Manual 24 30
1989 Accord 4 cylinder 2.0 liter R (M5) Manual 25 30
1989 Accord 4 cylinder 2.0 liter R (L4) Auto 22 28
1989 Accord 4 cylinder 2.0 liter R (L4) Auto 24 30
1988 Accord 4 cylinder 2.0 liter R (L4) Auto 24 30
1988 Accord 4 cylinder 2.0 liter R (M5) Manual 25 30
1988 Accord 4 cylinder 2.0 liter R (L4) Auto 23 29
1988 Accord 4 cylinder 2.0 liter R (M5) Manual 27 34

Honda Accord Gas Mileage 1978-1987

Year Model Engine Disp. Fuel Trans. City Hwy
1987 Accord 4 cylinder 2.0 liter R (L4) Manual 24 30
1987 Accord 4 cylinder 2.0 liter R (M5) Manual 27 34
1987 Accord 4 cylinder 2.0 liter R (L4) Manual 24 30
1987 Accord 4 cylinder 2.0 liter R (M5) Manual 25 31
1986 Accord 4 cylinder 2.0 liter R (L4) Manual 24 30
1986 Accord 4 cylinder 2.0 liter R (M5) Manual 27 33
1986 Accord 4 cylinder 2.0 liter R (L4) Manual 23 29
1986 Accord 4 cylinder 2.0 liter R (M5) Manual 25 30
1985 Accord 4 cylinder 1.8 liter R (L4) Manual 24 30
1985 Accord 4 cylinder 1.8 liter R (M5) Manual 27 33
1985 Accord 4 cylinder 1.8 liter R (L4) Manual 23 27
1985 Accord 4 cylinder 1.8 liter R (M5) Manual 24 28
1985 Accord 4 cylinder 1.8 liter R (L4) Manual 25 30
1985 Accord 4 cylinder 1.8 liter R (L4) Manual 25 30
1985 Accord 4 cylinder 1.8 liter R (M5) Manual 25 30
1985 Accord 4 cylinder 1.8 liter R (M5) Manual 25 31
1985 Accord 4 cylinder 1.8 liter R (L4) Manual 23 26
1985 Accord 4 cylinder 1.8 liter R (M5) Manual 24 28
1984 Accord 4 cylinder 1.8 liter (A4) Auto 29 41
1984 Accord 4 cylinder 1.8 liter (M5) Manual 32 45
1984 Accord 4 cylinder 1.8 liter (A4) Auto 28 39
1984 Accord 4 cylinder 1.8 liter (M5) Manual 30 42
1983 Accord 4 cylinder 1.8 liter   (A4) Auto 29 40
1983 Accord 4 cylinder 1.8 liter   (M5) Manual 32 45
1983 Accord 4 cylinder 1.8 liter   (A4) Auto 26 35
1983 Accord 4 cylinder 1.8 liter   (M5) Manual 30 41
1982 Accord 4 cylinder 1.8 liter   (A3) Auto 26 32
1982 Accord 4 cylinder 1.8 liter   (M5) Manual 30 41
1982 Accord 4 cylinder 1.8 liter   (A3) Auto 25 31
1982 Accord 4 cylinder 1.8 liter   (M5) Manual 28 37
1981 Accord 4 cylinder 1.8 liter   (A3) Auto 24 28
1981 Accord 4 cylinder 1.8 liter   (M5) Manual 27 36
1981 Accord 4 cylinder 1.8 liter   (A3) Auto 23 27
1981 Accord 4 cylinder 1.8 liter   (M5) Manual 26 36
1980 Accord 4 cylinder     (A3) Auto 23 28
1980 Accord 4 cylinder     (M5) Manual 25 35
1980 Accord 4 cylinder     (M5) Manual 23 32
1980 Accord 4 cylinder     (A3) Auto 23 27
1979 Accord 4 cylinder     (M5) Manual 26 35
1979 Accord 4 cylinder     (S2) Manual 24 28
1979 Accord 4 cylinder     (M5) Manual 23 34
1979 Accord 4 cylinder     (S2) Manual 21 28
1978 Accord 4 cylinder 1.6 liter   37 46
1978 Accord 4 cylinder 1.6 liter   26 32
1978 Accord 4 cylinder 1.6 liter   33 44
1978 Accord 4 cylinder 1.6 liter   28 33
1978 Accord 4 cylinder 1.6 liter   35 45
1978 Accord 4 cylinder 1.6 liter   26 33
1978 Accord 4 cylinder 1.6 liter   31 42
1978 Accord 4 cylinder 1.6 liter   24 30

How to get more MPGs in the Accord

The fuel efficiency of older Accords may be incrementally improved through the careful choice of components in routine maintenance. When it’s time to replace the tires, consider a set of high-quality low-rolling resistance tires. The range of choices (depending on the model year) includes the Bridgestone Ecopia, Continental PureContact EcoPlus, Pirelli P6 Four Seasons, Yokohama AVID Ascend, Michelin Energy MXV4, Michelin Defender, and Goodyear Assurance Fuel Max.

When it’s time to replace the fluids (oil, transmission, differential), consider using synthetic fluids from Castrol, Royal Purple, Red Line, or Valvoline. Check with your mechanic and the owners forums to see which brands they recommend most highly.

There’s no question that driving style and technique have a huge bearing on gas mileage. In order to get the most out of every gallon in the Accord, you should use the built-in Instantaneous Fuel Economy display, if so equipped. If it’s not, consider adding an aftermarket Instant MPG gauge. Units like the ScanGaugeE and AutoMeter EcoMeter plug into the OBDII port (under the dashboard), cost less than $100 and can be installed in ten minutes or so. These gauges provide the feedback you need to become an informed light-footed driver.

Typical maintenance issues that can cause poor mileage in the Accord include bad oxygen sensors (02), clogged fuel injectors, bad alignment, dragging brakes, and low tire pressure. Plastic shrouds and bits hanging below the undercarriage can have an effect on highway mileage due to increased aerodynamic drag.

See Also: Honda Accord MPG Improvement Tactics

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3 comments ↓

#1 emanuel on 06.02.13 at 5:02 am

i notice that some have two different mpg for cars of the same year what is the reason why they have it and how can you spot the difference on those car

#2 mpg-o-editor on 06.02.13 at 7:45 am

@Emanuel – It could be a difference between California-spec cars in older model years. If you ran a CarFax or AutoCheck, you’d be able to see where the vehicle was originally registered.

#3 rafe on 11.13.13 at 9:54 pm

my 1986 honda accord 2.0 l auto with ac has my personal record.

Palo Alto to Buena park, ca a distance of 400 miles. in one tank of gas 13 gallon mpg = 33, in 5 hours or avg speed of 80 mph.

I was racing a red corvette so was hitting 105 down hill on the 5 south. The red corvette guy was very insulted by having an accord follow him.

The 86 accord had retractable headlights, slim body, light weight, appropriate engine (2.0 L V4). I consider it the perfect balanced car of speed, range, capacity, auto a/c that one needs in a car. Honda would be smart to redevelop a prius beater using an 86 accord as a base.

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