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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: 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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