Been driving my Accord 2013 EXL for a couple of weeks now, that's with
the four-cylinder engine and the CVT transmission. Also comes with a
handy instantaneous and trip mileage indicator, first time I've had
that (and about time). I haven't even filled the tank up yet, have
been driving sparingly the last few weeks. But here are a few
The rated mileage is supposed to be something like 27/36, up from last
model's 23/34, or thereabouts. Problem was on the old model I never
got more than 30 mpg on a tank, even with over 90% unobstructed
freeway driving. And worse, around town (or in stop-and-go) it was a
dog, often getting under 22 mpg. So I had high hopes for the new one.
Have they been met? Yes and no.
It was not yet a full tank test, but on a 100 mile freeway round trip
the indicated aggregate mileage was over 33. Assuming the indicator
is accurate, that's more than 10% better than the previous model.
Cruising at 70-80mph, the mileage is better yet.
On the other hand, around town the new model is no better - and may be
worse. If you miss a couple of lights, the aggregate drifts below 20
FWIW, this is without trying the "economy mode" button but otherwise
driving with a very light foot, guided by the instantaneous rating.
Something the car seems to hate is feathering in acceleration, what
seems to work better is giving it a small burst and the coasting, the
CVT seems *very*
aggressive about dropping the RPM to nothing when it
So, it looks to me like the direct-injection and CVT system could use
a little more tuning. Hey, do you think standard maintenance will
include a software update at some point?