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Honda looks to conquer all rivals with the Accord Hybrid

We reported in June that Honda was forecasting fuel economy numbers of 49/45/47 (city/highway/combined) for its upcoming 2014 Accord Hybrid. Well, it turns out that after further testing, the city number has been nudged up just a tad to an even 50 mpg according to TOV.
Even with the 50 mpg city rating, the vehicle will still have a combined fuel efficiency rating of 47 mpg, which is impressive in its own right. The Accord Hybrid easily beats the ratings of the other midsize hybrids and diesels on the market, and matches the combined rating of the Ford Fusion Hybrid (although the Fusion Hybrid, like its disgraced C-Max sibling, has encountered trouble meeting its EPA numbers).

The Accord Hybrid uses a 2.0-liter gasoline engine (141 hp), 124 kW electric motor, and a lithium-ion battery pack. The on-sale date for the vehicle is scheduled for October of this year.

Source: Temple of VTEC

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50/45 MPG OR 45/50 (City/Hwy)?
By WhatKaniSay on 8/21/2013 1:26:00 PM , Rating: 1
".....45/50 (City/Hwy)"

I thought Hi-way usually yield higher MPG than city?

RE: 50/45 MPG OR 45/50 (City/Hwy)?
By Iridium130m on 8/21/2013 1:41:41 PM , Rating: 3
not with hybrids where on the highway you never get "free" energy from regenerative braking. Especially with higher speed highway driving, you lean almost completely on the gas engine for motivation and if you do use the electric motor and battery for a boost of power, say to get up a hill or to pass, then you have to refill that used power from power generated by the gas motor which comes from burning even more gas vs. that "free" energy from regenerative braking.

RE: 50/45 MPG OR 45/50 (City/Hwy)?
By brasstax on 8/21/2013 11:40:59 PM , Rating: 2
Free Energy?? I assure you that unless you have a plug-in hybrid, a sail on your roof, or manage to drive downhill both ways, you have paid for that braking energy at the gas pump, and at a loss no less.

Engine RPM and fluid friction would be the factors here. If this were not the case stoplights would be have been the key to perpetual motion (paradoxically).

RE: 50/45 MPG OR 45/50 (City/Hwy)?
By Wonga on 8/22/2013 5:51:28 AM , Rating: 2
He put free in quotation marks, implying it's not really free, so I don't think you need to educate him.

And yes, you're paying for it at the pump, but non-hybrids are paying for the brake pads to heat up at the pump too, so at least a hybrid manages some energy recovery.

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