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After releasing early estimates, Honda has revised the fuel economy numbers for its Accord Hybrid, with the new government-certified figures raising the car’s fuel economy by one mile per gallon in the city to a lofty 50 MPG.

Highway fuel economy remains at 45 MPG with a combined figure of 47 MPG. The 50 MPG figure puts the Accord tops in its class, if you don’t count the Prius, or the 47 MPG combined Fusion Hybrid (which has repeatedly failed to match its claimed numbers).

According to Honda this gives the Accord Hybrid a driving range of 673 miles on a single tank of gas, 46 mile farther than the next closest car.

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“Even before it hits showrooms this fall, the Accord Hybrid is already surpassing the competition and claiming segment leadership,” said Mike Accavitti, senior vice president of auto operations at American Honda. “For customers looking for a 50 mpg rated 4-door sedan, there is no other choice than the 2014 Accord Hybrid.”

After over a decade of struggling to keep up in the hybrid game Honda has invested heavily in new gasoline-electric technology with the Accord Hybrid using a new two-motor hybrid powertrain shared with the Accord Plug-in Hybrid.

The Accord Hybrid joins the standard Accord sedan which is rated at a best of 36 MPG highway, as well as the Accord Plug-in Hybrid, which can achieve 115 MPGe.

Production of the Accord Hybrid starts today at the company’s facility in Marysville, Ohio with sales later this year.
Read the complete story on the 2014 Honda Accord Hybrid fuel economy at AutoGuide.com
 

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Motortrend went to Japan to test drive the JDM version of the standard hybrid:


Driving reservedly but still keeping up with traffic, we managed a stratospheric 59 mpg. Yep. Fifty-nine. To achieve this phenomenal real-world mileage (Honda Japan says it'll get 70 mpg, but we think that's a tad ambitious) this new Accord is packed with significant new technologies that separate it from the rest.

http://www.motortrend.com/roadtests/alternative/1308_2014_honda_accord_hybrid_japan_first_drive/
 

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Well, you can get a couple thousand off in negotation, and ~3K back in government rebates, so it's already about the price of the Touring model...

But yeah, you still pay a little premium, assuming you could talk them down 3K on a Touring. :)
 

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what is the MSRP?
 

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I'd rather keep the trunk space and passthrough, and the several thousand dollars for fuel.

I will buy a hybrid when a fullsize costs ~$20k, whenever that will be.
The pass-through is disappointing, you can't even drop the backseat from inside the vehicle, you have to open the trunk. What if you are trapped inside an episode of The Walking Dead or even worse a whole movie like World War Z where there are zombies outside your new Accord trying to chew you to death and you need to get some heavy-duty firepower from the trunk???::dunno:
 

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so the hybrid accord has a touring headlights?
 

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Well, you can get a couple thousand off in negotation, and ~3K back in government rebates, so it's already about the price of the Touring model...

But yeah, you still pay a little premium, assuming you could talk them down 3K on a Touring. :)
When the car first comes out, there will be low supply due to slower production and a small trickle of the new models going to each dealership. On top of that there will be the highest public interest in the car when it first hits the showroom. Combine the two and it will mean higher selling prices.
The worst time to buy the car will be within the first 6 months of the release and you won't be able to see if people before you had issues with the car that need to be corrected.
I wonder if they will try to make this into a high volume vehicle of if they will have production constraints or just a desire to start slowly.

We will also need to see how well the real world mileage compares to the EPA numbers and how well it compares to real world mileage of the Camry, Fusion and even the new diesel Mazda 6 that might be cross shopped.
 

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sounds great except gas prices will have to get a whole lot higher before it's worth the hybrid premium
It really depends on how they price the car.
Some hybrid cars do end up being worth the premium. I have seen a review where the Camry Hybrid was worth the extra money over a standard Camry driven for 5 years not just because of gas savings, but because gas savings plus the fact that a significant amount of the initial premium paid for the Hybrid comes back at resale of the Camry Hybrid value in 5 years. So, you really don't need to make up all of the money just on gas savings alone to be ahead.

In 5 years of ownership, there is no hybrid-specific maintenance, you generally save on brakes because the regenerative braking helps save wear on the pads and rotors and, in some states like California, you can wait 5 years for the first smog inspection.
$2000 extra spent on nav vs $2000 spent on getting the hybrid, the hybrid will win at resale time.
On the 2014 Accord Hybrid, it may not be worth it at first (even if Honda doesn't overprice it at MSRP) due to either initial dealer price gouging or just lack of discounting compared to discounts available on higher volume Accords. That would make the real world cost of the hybrid much more than the MSRP difference would show.
 

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Motortrend went to Japan to test drive the JDM version of the standard hybrid:

Driving reservedly but still keeping up with traffic, we managed a stratospheric 59 mpg. Yep. Fifty-nine. To achieve this phenomenal real-world mileage (Honda Japan says it'll get 70 mpg, but we think that's a tad ambitious) this new Accord is packed with significant new technologies that separate it from the rest.

http://www.motortrend.com/roadtests/alternative/1308_2014_honda_accord_hybrid_japan_first_drive/

Sure, 59 MPG, but will it ever be offered with a manual?

j/k
 
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