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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: Data error??
By Spuke on 6/20/2013 5:17:26 PM , Rating: 2
I'll give it to you there, the Subaru Legacy was a sweet car. I was wondering why VW was going back to a 1.8T until you mentioned it's replacing the 2.5L. I have to agree with Rec, VW reliability just scares me. It sucks cause I really like the company and the new MkVII GTI looks to be VERY impressive (especially at 220 lbs less than the old car AND 220-230hp).

RE: Data error??
By Brandon Hill on 6/20/2013 5:24:24 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah, I've always made fun of VW reliability myself, but the new Sportwagen is just calling my name. I want that small, light feel like I had in my old Mazda 3s.

My Sonata is big, comfy, quiet, fast as hell, gets decent gas mileage (around 25 combined), and it swallows my kid in his rear-facing carseat easily with room to spare. But even with the big 'old trunk in the back, it falls flat on its face when it comes to carrying bulky items. With my old hatch, I could just throw down the rear seats and fit everything from furniture to TVs in there.

Anything else in this size/price range is either too small in the cargo area for my current needs/wants (Mazda 3s hatch, Focus hatch, Golf, etc) or a damn compact crossover (RAV4, CR-V, CX-5, etc.).

RE: Data error??
By Lord 666 on 6/20/2013 9:34:26 PM , Rating: 2
Don't let the VW FUD scare you and definitely focus on the TDI.

What you should be more worried about are careless drivers. Picked up my new TDI Passat last weekend and within six hours and 75 miles later, was hit from behind. Maybe it was a sign to wait for the E250.

Ironically, today was an electric car day; a Karma (4th one in my area) blew past me on highway and came across a Tesla S in a parking lot.

RE: Data error??
By Brandon Hill on 6/20/2013 9:55:59 PM , Rating: 2
Well, from what I'm hearing on VW Vortex, maintenance costs for the TDI are rather high compared to other cars. Besides the higher fuel prices, the DSG has to be serviced every 40,000 miles at around $375 to $450 each. Fuel filter change every 30,000 miles. And from the VW peeps, looks like a timing belt replacement is a whopping $1,000.

The way I see it, if the new 1.8T comes within earshot of 40mpg on the highway, I'm going that route.

RE: Data error??
By Lord 666 on 6/20/2013 10:54:35 PM , Rating: 2
Those prices and intervals are accurate... except the fuel filter. Depends on the quality of fuel and if you run it past 1/4 tank remaining. VW does not have a standard replacement interval due to those wide variables, but figure closer to 40,000 to 50,000.

With the exception of the diesel fuel filter and potentially AdBlue if needed for the 2015 Jetta's (its required in the current Passat), none of those maintenance costs are diesel specific. Check out as well.

RE: Data error??
By Reclaimer77 on 6/23/2013 10:32:41 AM , Rating: 2
FUD? It's been proven by every objective statistic, ranking, survey- you name it. VW's are plagued with reliability issues and poor quality.

Just because you own one, and like it, changes nothing.

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