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).
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.
Freshly styled and aerodynamically effective, the brand-new 2013 Accord Sedan and Accord Coupe body design and engineering are the most stylish in the Accord nameplate's 37-year history. The developments are customized to enhance each part of the Accord ownership experience, from a more accurate ride and handling to a more relaxed interior environment, alongside improved perceptibility and significant fuel efficiency.
The all-new 2014 Accord's unit-body utilizes more high-strength steel than any other Accord in the model's history. This grants the Accord high structural robustness for enhanced ride quality and more accurate cornering. The Sedan's body configuration is daring and determined, smooth and fluid, while the Coupe body design is dapper, taut and athletic.
In both body styles, a broad utilization of aerodynamic detailing, which includes extended utilization of under-covers, enhances the Honda Accord's aerodynamic productivity, which specifically aids fuel efficiency. Various developments include available LED headlights, mirror-mounted turn signals, LED DRLs, and an Expanded View Driver's Mirror that intensifies the driver's field of vision by 4.2 degrees.
Indeed, even the Sedan's body-sides are dramatic, with a character line gliding upward and rearward over the door surfaces, and a deep form deliberately situated at the lower doors, providing substance and a feeling of movement. Bright window surround trim incorporates a sophisticated feel, while at the back, the tops of the rear fenders bend inward toward the C-pillars like flexed muscles. The EX-L and Touring models bring chrome door handles and extra trim on the rear panel for added style.
The all-new Accord Coupe is the most thrilling 2-door Honda Accord yet. Its front end is separated with a bigger lower radiator opening and twin faux brake scoops, which double as fog-light nacelles on all models aside from the LX. The huge front wheel arches segue to deep character lines sweeping over the doors and back to the muscular rear wheel arches, while the gliding roofline draws the eye up and over the windswept cabin.