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Standard 2013 Accord: Four or V-6
Honda released technical details of the 2014 Accord Plug-In Hybrid at a media event held in Santa Barbara to launch its redesigned and refreshed lineup of standard 2013 Accord sedans and coupes.
The conventional Accords, which sell in huge volumes in the U.S.--Honda called the model "a very, very important car for us"--offer a choice of 185-hp, 2.4-liter four-cylinder and 278-hp, 3.5-liter V-6 engines.
Buyers can choose among a six-speed manual gearbox, a new six-speed automatic, and for the fours, an all-new continuously variable transmission (CVT) for better gas mileage.
The four with CVT is rated at 27 mpg city, 36 mpg highway, which isn't quite at the top of the class--the Nissan Altima matches the city number and hits 38 mpg highway--while the V-6 with automatic returns a respectable 21 mpg city, 34 mpg highway.
The Car Connection gives full details of the new (non-hybrid) mid-size sedan in its review of the 2013 Honda Accord range.