The 2014 Honda Accord Hybrid will have an EPA rating of 50 mpg city/45 highway/47 combined, allowing it to travel more than double the distance the previous version covered with just a gallon of fuel. The Accord Hybrid car was discontinued after just three model years (2005-2007).
The 2014 Accord Hybrid is equipped with a powertrain that employs two electric motors as well as more powerful lithium ion batteries, compared to previous models run by just one electric motor and powered by a nickel metal hydride battery pack.
Although the Accord tops the Ford Fusion's 47 mpg city rating, both have an identical 47 mpg combined rating. It however packs more mpg than the Toyota Camry Hybrid, which has an EPA rating of 43 mpg city/39 highway/41 combined. The Accord, however, loses to Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid in highway mpg, at the German car boasts of 48 mpg.
According to Honda, the Accord Hybrid will be able to travel 673 miles on a single tank of fuel – more than any other mid-sized family sedan. Mike Accavitti, senior vice president of auto operations at American Honda, said in a statement that the Accord Hybrid is already topping the competition and claiming segment leadership even before it arrives in showrooms this fall.
While the overall US market has grown 10 percent so far this year, mid-sized sedan segment only gained 3 percent. Rivalry in the segment remains hot as carmakers bring in newly redesigned models like the Accord, Camry, Chevrolet Malibu, Ford Fusion, Mazda6 and Nissan Altima. The Accord is the second best-selling car in the US in the year next to the Camry, with a surge of 18 percent to 256,926.