Some of the Most Fuel-Efficient Used Honda Models

February 10th, 2023 by

A red 2020 Honda Civic is shown from the side while driving.

If you’re scared of commitment, then you may have a harder time going all in on a vehicle you’ll be driving for the foreseeable future. Vehicles are investments, and anybody who knows anything about investing will tell you to protect your investment. Buying a vehicle, even a used model, means you’re spending thousands of dollars on a machine to handle the task of getting you where you need to go, and vehicles aren’t just any machines––they’re some of the most important tools we all use in our daily lives. Any way you slice it, your vehicle is an investment, and if you do your shopping right, you can find yourself driving a vehicle that retains its resale value to a surprising degree.

However, making an investment in a vehicle goes beyond just the initial price. You also need to consider the other biggest cost when it comes to owning a car: fuel economy. As a used Honda dealer near Winder, we know how important it is to have a vehicle that isn’t going to burn through fuel too quickly, and we would suggest looking to Honda for some fuel-efficient options. We’ve picked out some models to show you what kind of fuel economy you can expect when you purchase a used Honda model, and we are only going to mention gas-only options––no hybrids here. While these estimates will vary depending on model year, trim, and your driving habits, they should serve as a general guideline to help you find a vehicle that will work for your commuting needs.

Fuel-Efficient Sedans

Honda is one of a handful of manufacturers that is still making sedan models that are fit for the everyday commuter and small family travelers. Two immediately recognizable Honda sedans are also the manufacturer’s most fuel-efficient: the Civic sedan and the Accord. The Civic is available in a few configurations, from the sedan body style to a coupe or a hatchback. The Civic sedan is the most fuel-efficient of the bunch.

For example, we are going to look at the 2020 Civic model with the 1.5L turbocharged I-4 engine. With this engine in the sedan, you will get EPA-estimated ratings of 32 MPG in the city, 42 MPG on the highway, and 36 MPG combined.[a] The turbocharged engine in the Civic sedan is fuel-efficient, but it also provides decent performance with 174 hp and 162 lb-ft of torque, and it comes paired with a CVT. Drivers in Winder should consider something more fuel-efficient like the Civic because you can travel for over an hour to get to Atlanta, GA if you take I-85 N, and that nearly 55-mile trip means you’re going to want a vehicle that can handle long drives on the freeway.

Another fuel-efficient sedan we want to mention is the Honda Accord, which has been a staple of Honda’s lineup dating back to the mid-1970s. The Honda Accord provides everything most commuters want in a value-friendly sedan. The 2020 Accord comes with a turbocharged 1.5L I-4 engine that outperforms models like the Civic, but a turbocharged 2.0L I-4 engine creates 252 hp and 273 lb-ft of torque.

A white 2020 Honda Accord is shown from the front at an angle.

However, the base engine is the way to go if you want the best fuel efficiency. The 1.5L will allow you to get an EPA-estimated 30 MPG in the city, 38 MPG on the highway, and 33 MPG combined with front-wheel drive.[a] While the city, highway, and combined ratings are slightly lower than the Civic, the Accord has a larger 14.8-gal fuel tank as opposed to a 12.4-gal tank in the Civic, meaning a full gas tank can get your Civic upwards of 446 miles of travel, while the Accord would get 488 miles, making it the most fuel-efficient vehicle on this list. If you’re a commuter that travels either within Winder to get to and from work, such as by traveling on Route 11, or if driving on East or West Athens St is a daily occurrence to you, then you should consider a sedan with excellent city mileage, like the Accord or Civic.

We will give a mention here to the Honda Fit hatchback. Powered by a 1.5L I-4 engine that can generate up to 130 hp and 114 lb-ft of torque, the 2020 Honda Fit is a solid choice when it comes to fuel efficiency. When outfitted with the CVT, this model can get an EPA-estimated 33 MPG in the city, 40 MPG on the highway, and 36 MPG combined.[a] By costing well under $20,000 on the new market, drivers in Winder looking for a pre-owned model don’t have to spend too much money for a recent one.

The Fuel-Efficient SUVs

There are a few fuel-efficient Honda SUVs that run solely on gasoline that we’d like to highlight for you, using 2020 as our example model and starting with the HR-V. The HR-V is currently Honda’s smallest SUV, and the 2020 model is powered by a 1.8L I-4 engine paired with a CVT. With this combination, the HR-V gets an EPA-estimated 28 MPG in the city, 34 MPG on the highway, and 30 MPG combined, which is not far off from the sedan models.[a]

Next up, you have the 2020 Honda CR-V with a 1.5L turbo I-4 under the hood. This model also gets an EPA-estimated 28 MPG in the city, 34 MPG on the highway, and 30 MPG combined when configured as front-wheel drive.[a] Surprising since the model is larger than the CR-V and has a more powerful engine that produces 190 hp and 179 lb-ft of torque.

Both SUVs are highly recommended for drivers with families of up to five people because they offer enough head and legroom for everyone in the family to have a comfortable experience. They also offer excellent fuel efficiency allowing you to drop your kids off for school at Winder Elementary School or Richard B Russell Jr. Middle School during the day, and you can bring the family to watch a home football game at W. Clair Harris Stadium on Friday nights.

The Honda Passport may not seem the most fuel-efficient at first glance, with the sole 3.5L V6 engine in the 2020 Passport earning EPA-estimated ratings of 20 MPG in the city, 25 MPG on the highway, and 22 MPG combined.[a] However, its large 19.5-gal fuel tank means that a full gas tank allows your Passport upwards of 429 miles of travel range. While this might not be the most fuel-efficient option out there, it’s still one to consider if you find yourself in need of a larger vehicle that can handle up to 100.8 cu.ft. of cargo.

A blue 2022 Honda Passport is shown from the side after leaving a used Honda dealer near Winder.

Just a Few Options to Consider

As you can see, there are quite a few fuel-efficient Honda models, and we have only scratched the surface. Shopping the used market really opens up your possibilities when it comes to finding a vehicle that you want to invest in that won’t drain cash out of your wallet in fuel costs after you buy it. And we didn’t even touch on the kind of ratings you can get when you look at the Honda hybrid options. If you are ready to check out some Honda models to see which one you should invest in, then come down to Gwinnett Place Honda in Duluth. We will walk you through our used Honda options and help you find one you will be happy to invest in with a fuel economy you will appreciate.


[a]Based on EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Mileage will depend on model year, trim, and condition of the vehicle. Your mileage will also vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions and other factors.