49 MPG City, 45 highway, 47 combinedHonda has finally released more details on the 2014 Honda Accord hybrid, which will go on sale in the U.S. in October 2013, and will be assembled in Ohio. It will share many features with it's plug-in sibling, the 2014 Accord PHEV which is rated at an impressive 115 MPG-equivalent by the EPA, including Honda's new two-motor hybrid powertrain.
It seems like a pretty kick-ass hybrid system, because according to Honda's testing (not yet the official EPA numbers, but it should be pretty close, if not exactly the same) the 2014 Accord hybrid gets 49 MPG in city driving, 45 MPG on the highway, and 47 MPG combined. The rather powerful 124-kilowatt (kW) electric motor in their new system must truly help to maximize electric driving in situations where it saves fuel.
On the emissions side, no official word yet, but I'd be really surprised with anything less than AT-PZEV/SULEV, which produces significantly lower amounts of smog-forming pollutants than the average car.
Honda writes: "Like the 2013 Accord, the 2014 Accord Hybrid is expected to earn top safety ratings including an NCAP 5-Star Overall Vehicle Score and a TOP SAFETY PICK+ rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS)."
Apparently they've decided that blue highlights would make the hybrid stand out (there's blue daylight LEDs in front, lots of blue in the instruments inside, and this blue hybrid badge in the back). It looks pretty good to me. A nice change from the color green...
The wheels and decklid spoiler are also unique to the hybrid, if you care about that sort of thing.