2014 Honda Accord Hybrid Gets 49 MPG in City Driving


  • 2014 Honda Accord Hybrid Picture

    2014 Honda Accord Hybrid Picture

    The 2014 Honda Accord Hybrid will return 49 mpg in city driving, says Honda. | June 20, 2013

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Just the Facts:
  • The 2014 Honda Accord Hybrid gets an estimated 49 mpg in city driving, according to American Honda Motor Co.
  • The 2013 Toyota Camry Hybrid, the Accord Hybrid's chief rival, returns 43 mpg in city driving, according to the EPA.
  • Honda released the first official photos of the U.S. version of the 2014 Accord Hybrid late Wednesday.

TORRANCE, California — The 2014 Honda Accord Hybrid gets an estimated 49 mpg in city driving, according to American Honda Motor Co. The release of the fuel economy estimate signals a fight between the Honda Accord Hybrid and the Toyota Camry Hybrid.

The 2013 Toyota Camry Hybrid, the Accord Hybrid's chief rival, returns 43 mpg in city driving and 39 mpg on the highway, according to the EPA. Honda estimates that the 2014 Accord Hybrid will return 45 mpg on the highway.

The EPA has not posted official fuel economy numbers of the 2014 Accord Hybrid on its Web site. In comparison, the 2014 Honda Accord Plug-in Hybrid returns a combined 115 miles-per-gallon-equivalent, according to the EPA. The EPA has not posted 2014 Camry Hybrid numbers.

Honda released the first official photos of the U.S. version of the 2014 Accord Hybrid late Wednesday. The Accord Hybrid goes on sale in October. U.S. pricing was not announced, but in Japan, the Honda Accord Hybrid debuted at a 20 percent higher price than the Toyota Camry. The Accord Hybrid costs the U.S. equivalent of $38,000 in Japan.

The fuel economy estimate on the Accord Hybrid is a critical part of the equation, since gasoline prices are still a concern for consumers. The AAA Daily Fuel Gauge Report on Thursday pegged the average price for a gallon of unleaded gasoline in the U.S. at $3.59 versus $3.48 a year ago.

Honda's Accord Hybrid is a virtual twin of the Accord sedan, except for hybrid badging, a blue-accented grille and light lenses, LED daytime running lights, a unique wheel design and a decklid spoiler.

The 2014 Accord Hybrid will use Honda's new two-motor hybrid powertrain, much of which is shared with the Accord Plug-in Hybrid that went on sale in January.

The new Accord Hybrid will be the first Honda hybrid vehicle assembled in Ohio and the second built in the U.S., the automaker said.

Edmunds says: The key question is whether the 2014 Honda Accord Hybrid will be priced higher than the Toyota Camry Hybrid.

Comments

  • lions208487 lions208487 Posts:

    Why is this a fight between Honda and Toyota, when the Fusion gets an EPA estimated 47/47 HWY/City. Anita Lienert; just because both Camry and Accord are Japanese, doesn't make the Camry hybrid it's chief rival.

  • se_riously se_riously Posts:

    I hope those #'s can really be achieved, especially after the disappointing real world #'s of the C-Max, Fusion Hybrid, and Sonata Hybrid.

  • skw0123 skw0123 Posts:

    The Accord is a more refined car than the Camry and the hybrid technology looks to be more advanced. I expect it will also be much more interesting to drive, if early reports are correct. Given all that, I don't think Honda needs to undercut Toyota on price.

  • jeffinoh jeffinoh Posts:

    Thank goodness it's not horrendously ugly like the plug-in version. The new Accords always catch my eye on the road for their conservative, graceful styling. And a couple mpg better than Ford and Toyota. I predict Accord Hybrid will finally catch on with buyers.

  • financeman2 financeman2 Posts:

    Who can predict anything until its been driven....and there is real life experience regarding the fuel mileage. By now everyone knows about Ford's "optimism" regarding the Fusion's mileage. Nobody wants to spend a bunch of extra money for a slow clunky drive train that trails expectations by 10 mpg. Perhaps the Honda will be good.

  • Terrific achievement by Honda. I am partial to Toyota, but I would definitely give this consideration, especially with the improved styling. Hopefully it will also handle well in the snow.

  • fortstring fortstring Posts:

    "the Fusion gets an EPA estimated 47/47 HWY/City" Yeah, except that everyone here except for you knows that the Fusion Hybrid achieves nowhere near that inflated figure in real world driving. Furthermore, Japanese makes have historically erred on understating their mileage claims. Ford & Hyundai's estimates are laughable; some have even backfired in class action lawsuits. But let's not let that get in the way of a good story.

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