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The new Honda Accord Hybrid is rated at 47 mpg combined

There's a battle brewing in the midsize car market. Midsize cars like the Accord and Camry have long been among the best-selling vehicles in America, but increased competition in recent years (thanks to redesigns of the Hyundai Sonata, Nissan Altima, and Ford Fusion) have led to an ever bigger boom in midsize car sales.
With that in mind, most of the major players have added hybrid models (or diesels) to their midsize offerings in order to boost fuel economy. Honda's last Accord Hybrid was a flop (it was positioned more towards performance than fuel economy), but the Japanese auto giant is looking to knock out a few of its competitors teeth with new 2014 Accord Hybrid.

The new Accord Hybrid, which is based on the ninth-generation Accord that launched last year, will get an estimated 49 mpg in the city and 45 mpg on the highway (47 mpg combined). Compared to its major competition, the Accord Hybrid more than holds its own:
Toyota Camry Hybrid: 43/39 (city/highway)
Hyundai Sonata Hybrid: 36/40
Ford Fusion Hybrid: 47/47
Chevrolet Malibu Eco: 25/37
Volkswagen Passat TDI (DSG): 30/40
Volkswagen Passat TDI (Manual): 31/43
The Accord Hybrid makes use of a 2.0-liter Atkinson-cycle 4-cylinder engine, a 124-kW electric motor and a lithium-ion battery pack. According to Honda, the electric motor can power the vehicle alone at low speeds and "medium to high speed cruising."

The Accord Hybrid will join the Accord Plug-in Hybrid in Honda's midsize lineup. Pricing hasn't yet been revealed for the Accord Hybrid, but we're guessing that it will be price competitive with the Camry Hybrid ($26,140 MSRP) and Fusion Hybrid ($27,200 MSRP).

Source: Honda

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RE: Great looking Accord
By gamilonman on 6/20/2013 3:19:09 PM , Rating: 2
I've never driven a CVT - other than feeling a weird lack of shifting, what is the problem with them?

RE: Great looking Accord
By Reclaimer77 on 6/20/2013 3:30:43 PM , Rating: 2
I don't know. I rented a Sentra for a beach trip a while back that had a CVT, and I found it kind of soothing. Instead of the usual surges in RPM and acceleration between shifts in an automatic transmission, there was a more linear acceleration (because CVT's don't "shift") and progressed smoothly while RPM's stayed relatively flat.

It's probably a mental thing. Traditional tranny's have conditioned us to one thing. And a CVT goes entirely against that in the way it "feels" to the driver. It kind of tricks you into thinking you're accelerating slower than you actually are.

Not sure if I'm explaining it right, but translation: CVT's are nothing to rail against imo.

RE: Great looking Accord
By gamerk2 on 6/20/2013 3:33:03 PM , Rating: 2
No, you got it right; just got a Prius myself, and I still keep over-accelerating, as I'm conditioned to waiting for the gear kick. It takes getting used to, but nothing is wrong with it at all.

RE: Great looking Accord
By Rukkian on 6/20/2013 3:47:24 PM , Rating: 2
Same boat here, just got a 2014 Forester, and while it is taking some getting used to, I love the gas mileage increase. Still have plenty of power when I need it, and it is pretty smooth.

RE: Great looking Accord
By Reclaimer77 on 6/20/2013 3:49:15 PM , Rating: 2
I love manuals, but hell, I love turbo boxer engines more. If I ever got tired of shifting, I would love the option to buy an Impreza with a CVT. A turbo motor married to a transmission that never has to drop RPM's to shift? Oh baby!

RE: Great looking Accord
By Spuke on 6/20/2013 4:02:22 PM , Rating: 2
Can you get the CVT with the turbo? BTW, my wife has a BMW X1 with the 8 speed auto and although I love manuals too, these new autos are pretty damn awesome. My BIL had a couple of Camry hybrids with CVT's and when I drove them I liked the CVT too.

RE: Great looking Accord
By Reclaimer77 on 6/20/2013 4:04:49 PM , Rating: 2
Last time I looked into it, CVT's have issues with high torque/horsepower engines. Nobody was even offering a CVT in anything other than econo-boxes.

Maybe that's changed? /shrug

RE: Great looking Accord
By protomech on 6/20/2013 5:45:32 PM , Rating: 2
Nissan Murano - 260 hp 3.5L V6, CVT
Nissan Maxima - 290 hp 3.5L V6, CVT
Nissan Quest - 260 hp 3.5L V6, CVT

2005-2007 Ford Freestyle (crossover) - 203 hp 3.0L V6, CVT
2005-2007 Ford Five Hundred - 203 hp 3.0L V6, CVT

Audi uses CVT in their current FWD vehicle lineup, which in the US are exclusively available with the 2.0L turbo engine (211 hp).

There are certainly challenges faced by a higher-torque CVT, but they're not insurmountable. IMO CVTs largely existing in econoboxes is a result of strategic goals, not technical limitations.

RE: Great looking Accord
By MScrip on 6/20/2013 9:23:13 PM , Rating: 2
My GF had a Rouge with a CVT. It didn't bother me at all.

It never "shifts" so it is smooth.

It felt like a boat engine.... one long gear.

RE: Great looking Accord
By SRHelicity on 6/23/2013 12:07:27 AM , Rating: 2
My wife and I have a 2008 Altima 3.5 SL with a CVT transmission. Honestly, I love it. The benefit of not having gear shifts is particularly noticeable in "city driving" conditions when doing a lot of stoplight-to-stoplight driving. It's extremely smooth and makes driving and riding more comfortable. In the case of the Altima, the 3.5 L engine paired with the CVT is plenty powerful enough to a lot of fun as well.

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