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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 Samus on 6/21/2013 12:58:19 AM , Rating: 2
Don't even get me started on German cars, especially Volkswagen. Europeans laugh about how terrible their reliability is, how much they cost, and how incredibly boring they are to look at...that is, all Europeans except Germans.

Everyone I know with a VW, especially those with diesels, have completely negated their fuel 'savings' with maintenance costs and the initial price premium they paid for the diesel.

A clutch alone in any German car with a manual transmission will cost over $2000 parts/labor because of the compact dual-layshaft transmissions being a complete pain to remove, expensive parts (especially that mandatory-replacement $500 dual mass flywheel that usually fails before the clutch disc) and the lack of people even willing to work on them because of the unnecessary complexity. They usually replace their clutches around 70k like clockwork.

My old Mazda Protege has 156K on the original clutch when I sold it. My older Honda Accord has 222k on the original clutch when I sold it. And honestly, it shifted nicer than any German car I've ever driven with a solid flywheel, so that DMF does very little to improve shift harshness. Lastly, my Focus (non-SVT) with a Ford transmission using a solid flywheel costs $900 parts/labor to replace a clutch on, where as my SVT Focus with a German Getrag transmission costs $2200 to replace a clutch on. Both last about 100k, but the German transmission is so ridiculous to remove, the fluid costs $30 a quart, and many replacement parts are outrageously expensive.

I'm going to just stop there at transmissions, because that's really all that needs mentioning with German cars. Because anybody who knows about the previous issues of reliability and cost for their transmissions can already predict what a bloodbath these DCT transmissions are going to start when people realize its $3500 for clutches and $7000 to replace the control units, both which are just now beginning to fail on vehicles out of warranty.


RE: Data error??
By BRB29 on 6/21/2013 7:47:17 AM , Rating: 1
Isn't DCT supposed to be smaller, simpler, less moving parts, lighter, and easier to work on.


RE: Data error??
By Spuke on 6/21/2013 12:05:49 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
Isn't DCT supposed to be smaller, simpler, less moving parts, lighter, and easier to work on.
Smaller and lighter but definitely not simpler. It's like having two manual transmissions.


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