I am pretty satisfied with the 05 Accord EX-V6 and am planning to get
another 06 EXL.
Wondering if you own both and ever compared its power and gas mileage?
Getting the 4 banger hoping to save some gas money but I am curious what
power is missing and what saving I can expect.
The current V6 is getting around 17-19 city at an 20 miles commute strictly
local roads at 40mph top, a little hilly winding roads and I am perfectly
happy with the V6. How is the 4 vs V6 at low speed torque performance
Thank you for sharing your real world experiences. I will test drive both
model tomorrow but the dealer will not let me drive that far to my daily
commuting routes. I am so worried that my initiative of saving will result
in years of sorry after the purchase...
From a lot of my friends' comments, I do not forsee the 4 cylinder will be
short of power but I am still curious.
I'd agree with that.
I had the 1999 V6 CL with a four-speed auto, traded down (?) to the
2004 Accord EX4 with the current 5-speed auto. Used to get about
24mpg on a tank, now get well over 30mpg.
For low speed driving, you'll never miss the last two cylinders.
Remember, the displacement difference is 2.4 verus 3.2, that'a a big
4-cylinder, specifically so it has more oomph off the line. Compare
to the 1.8 on the Civic, at that point you'd notice a difference
(though still not bad, as long as you're willing to rev it a bit).
I almost never get my car "on the cam" except when pulling onto the
freeway, from zero to 80mph, and half of that is just for fun.
4-cylinder on the cam will pull away from any normal traffic. You
won't beat a Porsche in it, but neither will the Accord V6 y'know.
The four is a little whimpy for freeway passing, from lugging it
around in 5th gear at 2200rpm, convincing the computer and sticky
transmission to go smoothly into 4th and 3rd is almost impossible, and
even then you might just miss that extra displacement.
But I still say the Accord 4-cylinders are an automative work of art,
they are so smooth and efficient, while the 6-cylinder takes the fun
out of it and makes it just another car.
Now. my old 1987 Accord 4-cylinder was another thing entirely, though
with the stick, it was good for its day. But that was a 2.0 with a
carb and no computer and no vtec, putting out 100hp, the current 2.4
is 160hp (heavier car, too), but that's still pretty good power. No,
today's Accord 4-bangers are pretty incredible, says I.
I have a 1999 LX V6 sedan and a 2006 2.4L Accord SE sedan. The difference
that I notice the most is that the V6 engine is smoother and quieter than
the 4 cylinder. That being said, we are pleased with the 06 and it's five
speed automatic transmission. It has allot of power for a 4 cylinder engine.
So far for the first 2,000 miles we are averaging a little over 29 mpg,
about 60% interstate and the rest rural roads.
You'll find that the 4 banger handles a lot better than the 6.......
Big difference in front end weight bias. I do a lot of highway time,
so the 6 is a big advantage for me, and I still get 28 - 30mpg with
Yes, I forgot what gave me the impression, someone spinning a 6 on the
freeway I think, or me NOT spinning the 4 in some situation, but I get
the impression the basic engineering is still based on the 4.
Maybe the Acura TL is better balanced with the 6?
Then again, maybe not.
I have the V6 and have driven a friend's 4 cylinder. Obviously the V-6
has more power, but the 4 is more than enough for any normal driving.
Sure, you might have to wind it out a little more for a freeway pass.
If you are staying within 10 mph of speedlimits and don't drive your
Accord fully loaded through rocky mountain terrain I would not worry
about the power of the 4 cylinder. Now if you said that you routinely
take trips through western Colorado with four adults and their gear then
it might be different.
I would expect 2-5 mpg more from the 4 than from the 6.
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