All-New 2013 Honda Accord to Get 36MPG HWY w/CVT, Plug-in Variant Revealed
September 5, 2012 7:28 AM
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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…
to put it nicely.
2014 Honda Accord PHEV
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9/5/2012 8:41:22 PM
With a CVT it should be better gas mileage than 36 MPG. That's because with a CVT, the engine can be kept in it's sweet-spot thus giving it better gas mileage than with a conventional trans.
9/6/2012 1:40:24 AM
Helps more with city driving than highway. Most cars are running pretty optimal running down the interstate.
10/4/2012 12:18:09 AM
I'm not 100% sure, but I had thought I read they wanted the CVT to be smooth and responsive and put a little more priority on that over pure MPG. Altima gets higher MPG rating, but most comments on it's CVT are not positive.
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