Consumer Reports says 2014 Accord Hybrid failed to achieve rated mpg

Article by Christian A., on May 31, 2014

The 2014 Honda Accord Hybrid vowed to return 47 mpg of fuel mileage, as per Environmental Protection Agency city/highway window sticker rating, but it failed to live up to its promise, according to Consumer Reports.

The 47 mpg rating of the 2014 Accord Hybrid makes its most fuel-efficient mid-size sedan in the US, but road tests by the magazine showed that it only averaged 40 miles (64 kilometers) per gallon of gasoline in combined city and highway driving.

That is a 7-mpg difference from what consumers could really get from their Accord hybrid, when the EPA rating was supposed to show the actual fuel economy of new cars and trucks.

Jake Fisher, director of automotive testing for Consumer Reports, remarked that EPA tests often exaggerate the fuel economy of hybrids. Consumer Reports added that the Accord hybrid scored lower than its four-cylinder engine gasoline variant on factors like ride comfort, emergency handling and cabin noise.

This is not firm time that Consumer Reports revealed a significant gap in the fuel economy. It did so with the Ford Fusion and C-Max hybrids in 2012.

The magazine as well other reviewers have already remarked that EPA tests are not accurate in reflecting real-world driving conditions, the agency has yet to modify its methods for determining the mpg figure.

Honda disclosed that the new 2014 Accord Hybrid has been fitted with a number of features as standard. Customers are sure to love the exclusive blind spot display system known as LaneWatch.

This premium feature is not even offered on any of the other competitive hybrid models. An Expanded View Driver's Mirror, LED daytime running lights (DRL), alloy wheels, and rearview camera are included, among others, as standard. On the inside, standard features are SMS text message function, USB/iPod integration, dual-zone automatic climate control, 160-watt AM/FM/CD audio system, Pandora compatibility, and Bluetooth HandsFreeLink.

For the driver’s seat, it will come with the 10-way power adjustment. Meanwhile for the Accord Hybrid EX-L, it will be equipped with a number of cutting-edge safety technologies like the Lane Departure Warning (LDW) and the Forward Collision Warning (FCW).

The front seats are heater and trimmed in leather with the interior also revealing additional features like the connectivity system having Aha compatibility and HondaLink cloud-based media.

Standard on the EX-L are the one-touch moonroof, front passenger seat with the 4-way power adjustment, and the power driver’s seat memory. The Accord Hybrid EX-L is equipped with advanced safety technologies such as Forward Collision Warning (FCW) and Lane Departure Warning (LDW) along with leather-trimmed and heated front seats and the HondaLink cloud-based media and connectivity system featuring Aha compatibility. Power driver's seat memory, front passenger seat with 4-way power adjustment and one-touch moonroof are also standard on the EX-L trim.

Finally there is the top-of-the-line Hybrid Touring trim. It brings with it the brand’s very own Satellite-Linked Navigation System having voice recognition and FM traffic data. There is also the hard disk drive (HDD) audio memory and Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC). On the outside, the LED headlights have those blue tinted chrome bezels. Given the number of standard equipment fitted, Honda said that the Accord Hybrid will have a manufacturer's suggested retail price (MSRP) beginning at $29,155, with the Accord Hybrid Touring model priced at $34,905.

This does not include the destination and handling charge amounting to $790. According to Honda, the 2014 Accord Hybrid will be the first hybrid model from the brand to be manufactured in Ohio, specifically the Marysville Auto Plant. This will be the second hybrid model from Honda to be manufactured in the U.S., after the Hybrid which is manufactured at a facility in Greensburg, Indiana.

The parts will be sourced both globally and on a domestic level. Honda has invested the amount of $18.8 million in order to expand the Marysville Auto Plant by 94,000 square feet. Along with the expansion, an additional 50 new full-time jobs will be offered in order to be able to handle special processes that are specific to producing this cutting-edge hybrid model.

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