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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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RE: versus diesel
By retrospooty on 8/21/2013 3:37:14 PM , Rating: 3
Yes, but your figures are using 12,000 miles per year. Which is close to the "average" but anyone that only drives 12000 per year would be nuts to buy a hybrid. That isnt who its for. Its for people that do like 50,000 miles per year or more. When you get into high mileage it makes more and more sense.

RE: versus diesel
By superstition on 8/21/2013 3:56:52 PM , Rating: 3
Hybrids are a particular improvement in efficiency for city (stop and go, traffic jam) driving, right? That could mean fewer total miles but a big improvement in emissions and fuel usage.

RE: versus diesel
By retrospooty on 8/21/2013 4:04:56 PM , Rating: 2
It depends of the hybrid in question and the vehicle you compare it to. They generally get great mileage on the highway too.

RE: versus diesel
By superstition on 8/21/2013 9:07:36 PM , Rating: 2
Yes, but so do diesels. The main advantage, therefore, of gasoline hybrids is in city driving, an area where diesels comparatively don't shine.

RE: versus diesel
By retrospooty on 8/22/2013 8:28:31 AM , Rating: 2
True... Diesels's definitely have their strengths as well. I would love to see more options in the US.

RE: versus diesel
By Dr of crap on 8/26/2013 3:50:53 PM , Rating: 2
NO no no, hybrids use LESS gas for short trips, city driving. Therefore hybrids work best for in city commuting. That is why the Volt says it is for those htat only drive 40 or less miles per day, no gas being used.

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