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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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By Concillian on 8/21/2013 7:56:01 PM , Rating: 2
Indeed, a HUGE portion of highway mileage is aerodynamics. Weight and driveline friction matters in city driving, but is mostly irrelevant at steady speeds highway speeds.

And the market, for the most part, has demonstrated time and again that it highly dislikes the aesthetics of vehicles with great aerodynamics.

This is the crossroads that MPG gains are faced with. All the easy stuff is done... pretty much anything in the front is easy, partial belly pans, wind deflectors to get air around tires, etc... The majority of what's left makes the rear end of the car really ugly. We could actually have 70 MPG (highway) cars tomorrow if people would actually buy a car that looked like it had a boat hull sticking out it's ass.

RE: MPG varies drastically w/ driving habits, etc
By Dorkyman on 8/21/2013 8:53:07 PM , Rating: 2
No, all a car needs is dimples, like a golf ball. Perhaps you missed that Mythbusters episode. Big dimpled craters on a car made it significantly more fuel-efficient at highway speeds. I couldn't believe it when I saw it, but according to them, it's true.

By flyingpants1 on 8/22/2013 12:38:35 AM , Rating: 2
That's crazy. Imagine a car with a rear wheel covers, a longish tail, combined with the golf ball dimples. 70mpg+ seems reasonable.

By lagomorpha on 8/22/2013 8:20:04 AM , Rating: 2
It's not just fuel efficiency. Think about how much money we could save in bodywork if nobody cared about dents and scratches because the cars already came from the factory looking ugly!

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