The latest Honda Accord hybrid has won bragging rights in a battle with competitors... By reaching 50 mpg in city driving, it's edged past midsize sedan rivals: Ford Fusion hybrid is 47, Toyota Camry hybrid is 43 and Hyundai Sonata is 36.
Taking a closer look, the 2014 Accord hybrid is EPA-rated 50 city, 45 highway, 47 combined. Fusion clocks in at 47/47/47. Camry is 43/39/41. Sonata trails at 36/40/38. Prius hybrid hatchback, if mpg's are your top priority, is 51/48/50.
Pricing for the hybrid has not been announced, but when it becomes available in October, it's expected to be somewhere between the conventional Accord -- starting at $21,955 plus shipping and EPA-rated 27/36/30 -- and the Accord plug-in hybrid -- $39,780 plus shipping and rated 47/46/46 as a hybrid and 115 mpg-equivalent running on the plug-in charge only.
USA TODAY reports that The Accord hybrid uses Honda's two-motor, lithium ion battery hybrid system for larger vehicles -- Sport Hybrid Intelligent Multi Mode Drive in Honda-speak -- with much of the system shared with the plug-in hybrid. The gas engine is a 2-liter Atkinson-cycle 4-cylinder.
And it has some design cues that will signal to your neighbors that you got the hybrid -- hybrid badging, a blue-accented grille and light lenses, LED daytime running lights, its own wheel design and a rear spoiler.
Edmunds.com noted that the 2014 Accord Hybrid outstrips the fuel economy delivered by the previous-generation Honda Accord Hybrid. The 2007 Honda Accord Hybrid delivers 24 mpg in city driving and 32 mpg on the highway, according to the EPA. It was sold in the 2005-'07 model years and then discontinued.
The good news for consumers is that whether it's Ford, Toyota, Hyundai or Honda the advantage of high-mileage hybrids just might become a truly affordable reality one day. We're not there yet, but it certainly looks like we're moving in that direction.