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2014 Honda Accord PHEV
Honda's Accord doesn't get class-leading fuel economy, but it's pretty darn close

Honda has revealed the specifications for its all-new 2013 Accord, which features a brand new lineup of "Earth Dreams" engines. The next generation Accord also features fresh styling inside and out and plenty of standard equipment, which marks a vast departure from Honda's typically stingy behavior when it comes to base vehicles.
When it comes to powertrains, the highlight is Honda's new 2.4-liter direct injected, four-cylinder engine that generates 185hp. When paired with a 6-speed manual transmission, it's rated at 24 mpg city and 34 mpg highway (28 mpg combined). However, opting for Honda's all-new continuously variable transmission (CVT) bumps those numbers to 27 city and 36 mpg highway (30 mpg combined).
While those numbers are quite good for a midsizer, they still don't quite match the numbers laid down by the 2013 Nissan Altima (27 mpg city/38 mpg highway).

The company's 3.5-liter V6 has also been revised to deliver 21 mpg city and 34 mpg highway (25 mpg combined). 
Other changes tucked away include a switch to electric power steering to improve fuel efficiency and a switch to a MacPherson-strut front suspension instead of the double wishbone design that has been a hallmark of the Accord. Honda claims that the move to struts improves ride/handling while also reducing interior noise levels.

 2013 Honda Accord Sport

As previously mentioned, base Hondas are typically very spartan machines with few amenities. However, Honda is changing that with the new Accord by including Bluetooth, USB/iPod integration, and a rear-view camera. However, we feel that the last inclusion is more likely due to the government's regulations on rear sight lines than its generosity.
Optional equipment that will be available on the 2013 Accord include Smart Entry & Push Button Start, Honda LaneWatch Blind Spot Display, Forward Collision Warning, Lane Departure Warning, Adaptive Cruise Control, and LED projector headlights.

On one final note, Honda also released a bit of information on the Accord plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV). The Accord PHEV features a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine which uses the Atkinson cycle. It generates 137hp and is paired with a 124 kW electric motor (total system power is 196hp) and a 6.7 kWh lithium-ion battery pack. Honda says that the Accord PHEV can travel 10 to 15 miles with a fully charged battery before the gasoline engine has to kick in. Maximum driving range is listed at 500 miles. 

We've also got a few pictures of the Accord PHEV. Let’s just say that it looks… interesting to put it nicely.

2014 Honda Accord PHEV

Sources: Honda, Wall Street Journal

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Too much bloat
By 91TTZ on 9/5/2012 10:55:46 AM , Rating: 2
With all the talk about fuel economy nowadays and how automakers are focusing on how to get better MPG, I'd just like to drop this here:

You might wonder why cars back then got such good gas mileage (the rating system was different but they still were very fuel efficient). It turns out that the average fuel economy of cars simply follows fuel prices, driven by customer demand. When gas is over $3 a gallon people want more efficient cars.

Once gas got cheaper again cars became much larger, much heavier, much more powerful, and all around much more bloated.

The accord got the same average fuel economy almost 30 years ago. I know the accord might be a bad example because it's gotten so large, but check out the Mazda 2:

Compare that to their old Mazda GLC which was basically the same thing back in 1984:

RE: Too much bloat
By Spuke on 9/5/2012 12:36:04 PM , Rating: 2
Like you said, cars are so much heavier now due to the added safety and emissions equipment. There is a push to make them lighter (supposedly the new Golf is 220 lbs lighter) but it will come at a cost. I also see the lightning as a slow process because there WILL be more safety and emissions equipment added, not less, for the foreseeable future.

RE: Too much bloat
By Jeffk464 on 9/5/2012 7:59:19 PM , Rating: 2
Yup, I bet the current civic is probably about the same size as the early 80's accord. Seems like car size wouldn't change much, once its big enough to comfortably seat 4 full size adults/maybe 5 in a pinch why go bigger?

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