2014 Honda Accord Hybrid to Achieve 49 MPG City, 45 MPG Highway
June 20, 2013 2:25 PM
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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
, 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
) 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
Ford Fusion Hybrid
Chevrolet Malibu Eco
Volkswagen Passat TDI
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).
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RE: Data error??
6/20/2013 9:55:59 PM
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??
6/20/2013 10:54:35 PM
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 tdiclub.com as well.
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