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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 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.

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