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Bought a 2018 Accord Touring 1.5 new in 2018. It has been dealer maintained since new and currently has 20.2K miles. I've noticed that it uses about 1/2 quart of oil in between oil changes, maybe a tad more. I have not seen oil leaking/staining where the car is normally parked (often for days on end). The car doesn't seem to smoke when it starts up nor when it is being driven. The oil does not smell like it has gasoline in it nor is the oil milky like coolant has mixed with the oil.

I've taken it to two dealers and they both said that this is normal oil consumption for this engine. OK but 1/2+ quart consumption in a low mileage car seems high to me. It's more than my wife's 2011 Mercedes SUV with 106K miles and only a little less than my 2000 F150 V8 with 268K miles. I need this car to last until the end of the year. By that time it could have close to 25K miles. I'm not sure if the oil consumption is increasing as I have only begun paying attention to it over the last two oil changes.

I'm curious if other owners are seeing a similar level of oil consumption.
 

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to honda, burning up to 1 qt of oil in 1000 miles is considered within spec. i have a 2.0t 2019 and i also have noticed slight oil consumption. every so often i put in a little bit of oil. it does recommend checking oil every time you get gas but thats obviously annoying and nobody wants to be that guy checkin their brand new cars oil every time at the gas station. i check about once a month. it seems to be worse in the winter when it gets really cold. my theory is the metals contracting allow more oil to get consumed.
 

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Thanks! So, if I use conventional oil at the recommended oil change interval of 3,000 - 5,000 miles, burning a gallon of oil between oil changes would be within spec for a Honda, synthetic oil with twice the interval could require 2 gallons of oil between oil changes. Wow! I had no idea that Hondas burned so much oil. I suppose that I should be thankful that my car doesn't burn that much. :)

We live in Puerto Rico where there is not much seasonal variation in ambient temperature so winter vs summer temperatures are not a factor for this car. I guess it's something else.

Anyway, thank you for the information garebear.
 
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