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Consumer Complaints about Fuel Economy in Honda Accord Hybrid

Soon after the 2018 Honda Accord Hybrid came out, consumers started complaining that the gas mileage they were getting was a good bit less than what Honda had been advertising. The same happened after the 2019 model came out, and again with the 2020 model.

Honda customers are paying the extra money for the higher MPG that hybrids are known for, but are not getting that benefit.

Honda’s website advertised miles per gallon (MPG) for each of the models as follows:

2018 model:  47 city, 47 highway

2019 model:  48 city, 48 highway

2020 model:  48 city, 47 highway

Here are just a few of the online consumer reviews for the 2019 and 2020 models that show what buyers are actually experiencing:

2019 Model

  • Mgoblue from Grand Rapids, MI, 09/07/2019

MPG Way Off

My biggest complaint after 8000 miles of driving is that my MPG is 37.1. I have a 29 mile commute on flat land, almost exactly half highway and half city. I always drive in eco mode, and use the adaptive cruise control a lot. Recently had a 4 hour drive, all highway, in eco mode with cruise on only averaged 40. Supposed to be rated 48 highway. 10 MPG is a huge difference.” (


  • Beck from Rexburg Idaho, 12/07/2019

Misleading Gas Mileage

I am averaging 36 mpg- not the 47 that is falsely advertised. I am very disappointed in this car and feel that Honda Corp has deceived the public.” (


  • Car user from Louisiana, 01/02/2020

Misleading MPG

I am very disappointed in the fuel efficiency of this car. I was able to get 44 MPG on a Ford fusion hybrid which was advertised at 41 MPG. In this car I only get 35mpg and no matter how carefully I drive I cannot seem to Break the 40mpg barrier! If I had to do it again then I would have gotten a different vehicle!” (


  • Jeff Dzuris, 01/05/2020

MPG Scam

Car and trim level are great but I paid a premium for the hybrid based on EPA ratings. True mpg is 38.4 through 8500 miles. Driving style aside, most of mine is highway going 70-75 mph which isn’t speed racer. I drive In eco mode and don’t rev it out. Had a Passat tdi before this and this feels like a similar scam.” (


2020 Model

  • Amelia, 01/21/2020

48 MPG is a Joke

Don’t waste your money on a Hybrid

While I love the car, the inaccurate 48 city/highway mpg stated on the sticker makes me sour toward the car. Had I known that I was only going to average about 37 when following all of Honda’s guidelines for operation, I never would have spent the extra money for the Hybrid. I really thought Honda was better than that.” (


  • Jared from Chicago, 01/23/2020

Good overall car, way less than advertised MPG

It is a brand new car with ~ 100 miles, and it is cold about 40 degrees, but so far getting NOWHERE NEAR advertised 47 mpg. I have heard about a “breaking-in” period for these cars and I’m sure it may go up when warmer, but will have to see.” (


If you or someone you know has a 2018, 2019 or 2020 Honda Accord Hybrid that is not getting the advertised MPG, call attorney David L. Hood now at  (843) 491-6025 or fill out our brief online contact form.

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