Fuel Economy Update - 2008 Honda Accord EX-L V6 Long-Term Road Test

2008 Honda Accord Long-Term Road Test

2008 Honda Accord EX-L V6: Fuel Economy Update

January 24, 2008

The suspense surrounding our long-term Honda Accord's fuel economy has been building since we last reported figures, nearly 2,300 miles ago. We're ready to admit that we've hit the outer limits of everyone's pins-and-needles tolerance. So rest your frazzled nerves. We won't make you wait any longer.

It's time.

Best tank: 26.3 mpg
Worst tank: 16.1 mpg
Average mpg: 21.4 mpg

Our 2008 Accord's EPA estimates are 19 mpg city, 29 mpg highway and 22 mpg combined.

And now for some perspective courtesy of this handy tool, which converts 2007 (and earlier) fuel economy data to account for the EPA's improved 2008 testing standards.

Examine our real-world numbers for our VCM-equipped Accord next to adjusted fuel economy estimates for the 2007 Accord V6 without VCM (18 city/26 highway), and you'll see that even with our 2008 Accord's larger engine and 24 additional horsepower plus our collective tendency toward leadfootedness, we still beat the EPA's adjusted-for-2008 combined estimate for fuel economy for the 2007 Accord. Not too shabby.

Bryn MacKinnon, Senior Editor @ 7,074 miles

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