The popular family sedan scores a 50-mpg rating for the city cycle, a 45-mpg rating for the highway and a 47-mpg combined figure, making it not only one of the most fuel-efficient mid-size sedans on the market but also one of the most fuel-efficient hybrids.
On a single tank of gas, owners can expect a driving range of 673 miles, which is 46 miles farther than any other vehicle in this segment, according to Honda. Key rivals include hybrid versions of the Ford Fusion (47 mpg combined), Hyundai Sonata (38), Kia Optima (38), and Toyota Camry (41).
Real world figures remain to be seen but Honda should hope its 47-mpg rating fares better than the same number on Ford's C-Max Hybrid.
The Accord Hybrid’s frugal nature is due to a number of factors but mainly due to its sophisticated hybrid drivetrain. The setup combines a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with a pair of electric motors and a modified version of Honda’s CVT, and it's similar to the setup found in the much more frugal Accord Plug-In Hybrid.
One motor acts as a generator to recharge the battery during regenerative braking, while the other can power the car alone or together with the engine. The setup allows multiple driving modes including “EV Drive,” “Hybrid Drive” and “Engine Drive.”
Production of the 2014 Honda Accord Hybrid got underway at the car’s plant in Marysville, Ohio today and the first examples should be arriving in showrooms in October. It is Honda’s second hybrid produced in the U.S., joining the Civic Hybrid which is produced at a plant in Greensburg, Indiana.