1999 Accord V6 - typical revs and gas mileage

Discussion in 'Accord' started by Oleg Ace, Jun 8, 2004.

  1. Oleg Ace

    Oleg Ace Guest

    Have a few questions about typical experiences people have with the V6
    accord of 98-02 vintage.

    The car I drove a lot previously was a '97 Maxima. What I notice on the
    Accord is that it will shift out of first gear around 3500, sometimed 4000
    rpm under moderate acceleration. The 2nd to 3rd shift point is also pretty
    high rev. The Maxima would never hold first or second over 3000, unless you
    floor it. I realize I'm comparing different cars here, but just want another
    person word that this is normal on the accord to rev higher. I'm guessing
    Maxima has more low-rev torque, but just need reassurance, you know.

    Also, what kind of mileage are people getting on the V6 accord in city
    driving? I'm getting around 18 mpg in mostly city driving with sporadic A/C
    use. Spec is 20, so it's not too far off, but would be interested to hear
    others' experiences.

    Oleg Ace, Jun 8, 2004
  2. Oleg Ace

    MLD Guest

    2000 Accord V6. Get about 24-26 mpg around the city, 28-31 highway
    depending on how long I'm over 75-80.. Don't hot rod from a standing start,
    generally slow steady acceleration
    MLD, Jun 8, 2004
  3. Oleg Ace

    Oleg Ace Guest

    Thanks for response. Which city you live in?

    That the thing though, I don't hot rod off a start, I get those shift points
    just by trying to keep up with accelerating traffic around me, mostly cars
    with weaker engines (4-cyl ones). I'm a little mystified at having to push
    the V6 so much to keep up with a civic or a rav4, for example. (again, i'm
    not talking about racing, just keeping up with regular people doing a
    regular start off a light)
    Oleg Ace, Jun 8, 2004
  4. Oleg Ace

    Keith J Guest

    '99 V6... Tallahassee, FL
    I have ~88k miles and have the same range in mileages, although I do hot rod
    more than you. If I'm strictly highway speeds (80mph) with cruise on, I get

    I have no problem blowing away a RAV4 or civic. Hey... what's a RAV4 good
    for?... not much. just kidding, I actually like them, just a bit pricey in
    comparison to the Hondas.

    Keith J, Jun 8, 2004
  5. Oleg Ace

    MLD Guest

    About 10 mi. North of Boston. The car just perks along with power to spare.
    If you have to push it then I'm inclined to think that you've got a problem
    MLD, Jun 8, 2004
  6. Oleg Ace

    jim beam Guest

    your engine shifts at higher revs because that's what it's programmed to
    do - just a honda engineer decision you have to live with. the only way
    to change it is to try and re-map the engine management computer. iirc,
    the honda engine red lines about 1000 rpm more than the nissan, so as a
    percentage of available revs, the shift pattern is not that different.

    regarding comparative acceleration, fewer cylinders are not "weaker".
    in fact, they're considerably more efficient [no flame war!] because
    there's fewer moving parts. also consider the power/weight ratio - both
    the civic & rav4 are light vehicles.
    jim beam, Jun 9, 2004
  7. Oleg Ace

    Oleg Ace Guest

    Yep, that's what it is.
    Just to put my suspicions to rest, I got to drive a different '99 V6 today,
    and pretty much confirmed what you're saying and what I thought - it's just
    a different shift pattern.
    I guess what threw me off is that the Accord transmission also shifts
    crisper than Nissan's, accentuating the different shift pattern. Not that I
    mind or anything - it's kinda cool to see the tach actually using more than
    1/3rd of it's rangem, as long as it's normal behavior.

    Re 4cyl cars - you may have a point. I drove a Matrix, and seemed quite
    perky despite the smallish engine. I guess the Accord is pretty heavy after

    Thanks for your response.

    Oleg Ace, Jun 10, 2004
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