The car gets about 25 mpg combined city/highway in real world driving. If you drive on the highway regularly your mileage will be at least 30mpg real world driving.
The government hosts this web site where drivers can record what real world MPG they get with their cars ("shared MPG estimates"): http://www.fueleconomy.gov/mpg/MPG.do?action=browseList
Since every person submitting data isn't a scientist or engineer, they may not calculate correctly, and they drive differently, so the numbers vary. But if you look over 15-25 numbers, you can get an idea.
My Accords paint is also deteriorating due to the debris from the roads.
Honda, Toyota and Scion (a Toyota subsidiary) all seem to have major problems with poor paint and paint that easily peels. Having clear coat sprayed on does NOT help, as it is the underlying factory paint that flakes off, and the clear coat simply flakes off with it in many cases.
I live in the UK, and have a UK-spec Accord Executive with a diesel engine, which gives me about 48mpg on average. And I need it, since diesel costs me £1.07 for a UK gallon, which equates to about $9. Unleaded petrol is about £1.04 a gallon.
Won't be long until these prices appear on pumps in the USA, time for you guys to start thinking about getting more economical cars... and I can recommend the Accord diesel, but is it even available in the USA?
Unfortunately Honda has not yet released a diesel vehicle of any kind here in the U.S., but they apparently have plans to offer the North American Accord with one, starting with the 2009 model year.
From what I understand, the diesel Accord's release has been delayed by difficulties in meeting newer U.S. emission standards for diesel engines. If not already, Honda will likely have these problems overcome, shortly, I expect.
Yes, I agree. Don't sneeze around the Accord or you will blow the paint right off!! Somebody must have been drunk when mixing the paint to put in the automatic sprayer.
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