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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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2014 Accord Hybrid vs. Toyota Prius
By someguy743 on 6/22/2013 9:22:01 AM , Rating: 2
This is going to make a LOT of people upgrade from their Toyota Prius to the midsize Accord Hybrid. Especially if the 0-60 mph acceleration is 6-8 seconds or so and the price is $24,000-30,000. Sign me up if it does. I'll buy one.




By Philippine Mango on 6/22/2013 5:01:47 PM , Rating: 2
I read on some other site that this car is going to cost upwards of $38K+ because it's going to be a "premium" hybrid. $38K vs $22-$30K for a Prius, I'd take the Prius. Prius is a midsize car anyway and the only thing I'd say it needs improvement on is about 1-2in increase in rear headroom. Prius is actually quite comparable to a Camry in size, only difference is the Prius has 2 inches less in width but otherwise legroom and headroom is pretty good. If you take a Camry and a Prius and put it side by side, measure the length from the back doors to the front doors and you'll find they're the same. Prius looks smaller because it's a hatchback and because it has a smaller engine bay due to the 1.5-1.8L engine vs. the 2.5-3.5L engines in the Camry.


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