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Hi, looking for any and all info on the "operation" of the new Accord Hybrid. My new Hybrid was delivered a little over three weeks ago, and I filled it up the first time when the gauge dropped to half full and only got 40 MPG. The next week, a fill up on the same place on the gauge got me 44.5 MPG. So I expect as I learn to drive it those MPG numbers should go up. One person told me to try not to second guess the car, it knows how to maximize it's mileage much better than you can do it. Just drive it. I am trying to do that with out much success yet. That was the only tip that I have gotten from anyone so far... any others are more than welcome.
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Congrats on the new car. Welcome to the forum. My HAH is 5 weeks today. I’m still learning as well. Most of my driving is hops of 1-4 miles around home, not ideal for any type vehicle. I’m very light on the throttle and keep the power flow needle below the 10 o’clock position about 99% of the time. I’m getting around 44mpg but on two trips across town, about 45 miles one way, it showed about 52mpg. My one fill so far was 46.0 overall average. Good luck with it. Let us know what tricks you learn and things you figure out.
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Congrats on the new Hybrid and welcome to the forum! And we know that typically the EPA rated fuel economy is exaggerated on most vehicles, so I think a real world number of 45mpg is realistic.
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Welcome to the forum! Aside from keeping a close eye on your tire pressure, I agree that the car should do most of the work for you.
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My normal commute is 3 miles and I avg just a little over 40. Ive recently filled up my car and put it on Econ and drove for 15 miles on hiway and got 62mpg. What I have been noticing when I put the power display on infotainment is that the EV mode will be active at take offs as long as you are not going over the first tick mark on the blue side. I also when on highway, let others pass as I cruise a little slower than flow of traffic in the slow lane so I can spped up a bit and cruise the regen (green side). I also try to coast to stops for red lights and stop signs.
Research on how to hypermile and pulse n glide.
I've only had my Hybrid for about 3 weeks too, so I'm still learning. In cruise control it seems the car will do as much as it can to optimize fuel efficiency and regen paddles or braking will cancel cruise, however when driving without cruise control use the regen paddle on the left side of the steering wheel as much as possible to slow down, giving yourself a lot more time to slow down than a normal drive will help. Also any speed over 60 will lessen the fuel efficiency. I got 42 MPG the first tank around town then we drove on vacation over 1000 miles on freeway at 80 MPH most of the way and got around 37 MPG on those tanks, there was some driving in small mountains in the second tank as well. Coming down the mountains we used the regen paddle to keep the speed safe which filled the battery completely according to the gauge and used the brakes when needed to like on switchbacks. The battery came back down pretty fast once we started having to use the gas peddle again. And like others have said accelerating slowly helps a lot since it will use battery exclusively to accelerate if accelerating slowly enough and the battery is sufficiently charged.
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Hello to all,
this is my second Hybrid Accord, my first was a 2014 that I loved . Unfortunately it was totaled two months ago , so now I have a 2019 base model. I loved my last Hybrid Accord and so far this one is not disappointing . I do miss my old serial number as it was 000060 , so it was the 60th one off the assembly line cool .My previous one averaged about 50 mpg, most of my driving is stop start city driving with no hills. I do not drive like a grandma , old school gear head , love the power and acceleration .I love the sport button on my 2019 , this think launches great then just click it into eco and continue getting great mileage. I will admit that certain types of driving styles probably will not be able to get good mileage , if you race up to stop lights you will be wasting energy that could be charging your battery. Remember basic science ,energy is never created or destroyed it just changes form . So we take the stored energy in our cars mass and momentum and instead of converting that momentum into heat with normal brakes , we convert that forward momentum into electricity and recharge the battery. Remember everything about this car is designed to capture , store , and use , energy in the most efficient manner with the least loss of that energy . I drive aggressive and like to press the go pedal ,but am amazed by the mileage I get. I routinely visit a friend that lives 41 miles away and the drive is a mix of highway and stop start driving with speeds from 45 to 55 and get 51 mpg on average and best so far of 61.1 mpg for the trip. The car only has 3,000 miles on it so the gas motor is not really broken in yet and mileage should only get better . You will learn certain little driving tricks the more you drive it, that will help boost your fuel numbers , but can not understand people not getting good mileage with this car . it is a winner all day long ,with good build quality , I should know , I was a Daimler Chrysler master tech for twenty five years and we built nothing with the Honda's quality. If you would like to know more about the improvements of this model over the last just ask.
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Super - make Sure

Nice Buy - seems like a great Package - make sure You pump those Tires up at least 40 Psi all 4 corners , I'd likely run

42 Psi on all 4 Corners .. ~ ..

Now If Honda does same ~ Car and Adds two of NSX Motors for each of Rear Wheels ~ calls it ~ Accord Hybrid Type R :grin:
Honda will get another 15K in Sales just in USA !
I love the sport button on my 2019, this thin[g] launches great then just click it into eco and continue getting great mileage.
SPORT vs. ECON mode changes how quickly the engine reacts to the gas pedal, not how much acceleration you have when you get there. Jackrabbit starts affect mileage some; but as long as you aren't really punching it, it isn't much.

There are a couple of other things of a similar nature - the climate control cycles more often, and cruise control keep you closer to the set speed. These all have a very small effect on mileage. The biggest one, however, is the nominal battery-charge level. ECON tries to keep it around 30% so you won't run out of battery capacity to store energy. SPORT ups that to around 70%, so you won't run out of available power. If you live is a flat area, you can keep it in SPORT without much danger of running out of battery capacity. Just keep an eye on the charge level, to see when it happens.

I routinely visit a friend that lives 41 miles away and the drive is a mix of highway and stop start driving with speeds from 45 to 55 and get 51 mpg on average and best so far of 61.1 mpg for the trip.
I make a weekly 44-mile trip to babysit my grandson in similar conditions (add Washington beltway traffic), and get similar mileage. I tried SPORT mode for the whole trip once; it dropped maybe 1 or 2 mpg.

can not understand people not getting good mileage with this car.
Me either. There is probably something in their driving they are unwilling to share - probably all 5-mile trips, or 80 mph highways.


Looking back at old comments in this thread:

Research on how to hypermile and pulse n glide.
PLEASE DON'T PULSE AND GLIDE. It irritates other drivers, doesn't accomplish anything in this car, and makes other people believe the HAH shares the faults of a Prius.

Have you heard about recent ads where Toyota advertises the Prius as a "self-charging hybrid" as if it is something new and wonderful? They are known to misrepresent information (I call it "lying") to make consumers think they have better cars.
In 2000, they made much of the fact that the Prius was a "full hybrid," meaning it could run in EV mode. The Insight, then, was "mild," meaning it couldn't. Gullible consumers believed that they were getting something for nothing when they drove in EV mode, when in fact all they were doing was burning more gas than they needed to for 10 minutes so they could charge the battery, then draining it back down for 1 minute in EV mode. This can be actually less efficient unless there is a good reason, which is why the Insight got better mileage. Better than a conventional car, but not realizing the potential of a hybrid.

But guess what? The Prius isn't a fully full hybrid. It can't drive in EV mode at speeds greater than 42 mpg (and in practice, won't above about 25 mph). And at those speeds, on flat ground, the engine is more efficient if it generates more power. Becasue the Prius can't use EV mode on the highway, it can't use this technique by itself. That's where "Pulse and Glide" comes in. The driver can mimic the behavior of a fully full hybrid by alternating high-power acceleration with low-power coasting.

The HAH is a fully full hybrid. Watch your power-flow meter when cruising on a highway. The clutch will engage for a while (the gear symbol in the center) while blue waves flow to the wheels, and green waves flow to the battery. Then the engine will shut off, the "EV" light comes on, and blue waves flow from the battery to the wheels. The car is accomplishing the effect pulse-and-gliders aim for, is doing it more efficiently, and is not changing speeds or irritating other drivers.
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