Honda's Accord Hybrid records 40 mpg overall instead of its rated 47 mpg figure

Consumer Reports is no stranger to calling out manufacturers when they’re hybrid vehicles fail to live up to their EPA-backed fuel economy figures. Consumer Reports was one of the loudest critics of the Ford C-Max after it found that the hybrid failed to meet its lofty [original] EPA fuel economy figures of 47/47/47 mpg (city/highway/combined).
Ford tucked its tail between its legs and reduced the official EPA figures to 45/40/43 following an EPA audit. As a result, year-to-date sales of the C-Max have fallen over 40 percent compared to the same period last year.


"We've found that the EPA tests often exaggerate the fuel-economy of hybrids," said Jake Fisher, director of automotive testing at Consumer Reports.
It now looks as though it’s Honda’s turn to take some heat from Consumer Reports. While the publication says that the Accord Hybrid is the most fuel-efficient midsize sedan on the market, its real world fuel economy of 40 mpg failed to live up to its EPA combined rating of 47 mpg.

While the Accord Hybrid had a “very impressive hybrid system that smoothly transitions between battery and engine power,” the vehicle still managed to post a lower overall score in Consumer Reports’ testing than the non-hybrid four-cylinder Accord which costs $6,500 less.
The Accord Hybrid is averaging 42.2 mpg combined [versus an EPA rated 47 mpg combined] over a distance of 220,000 miles on based on the reporting of 48 drivers.

Source: Consumer Reports

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