Thanks to EPA marks that are expected to reach 49 mpg city/45 mpg highway/47 mpg combined, the 2014 Honda Accord Hybrid will become the most fuel-efficient plugless vehicle in its class in urban driving, and tie the 2014 Ford Fusion atop the combined fuel-economy leaderboard. The new rankings among unplugged midsize-sedan hybrids, in order of city fuel-efficiency grades:
- 2014 Honda Accord Hybrid—49 mpg city/45 mpg highway/47 mpg combined
- 2013 Ford Fusion Hybrid—47/47/47
- 2013 Toyota Camry Hybrid (LE)—43/39/41
- 2013 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid—36/40/38
- 2013 Kia Optima Hybrid—36/40/38
It’s worth remembering as well that the 2013 Chevy Malibu Eco offers what used to be called a "mild hybrid" setup, capable of goosing fuel economy to 25 mpg city/37 mpg highway/29 mpg combined, and the 2013 VW Passat TDI also could be considered part of the competitive set for the 2014 Honda Accord Hybrid. Volkswagen's diesel contender can reach 30/40/34 with a six-speed automatic, and 31/43/35 with a similarly cogged manual transmission.
Then, beyond its new two-motor SPORT HYBRID Intelligent Multi Mode Drive powertrain, the 2014 Honda Accord Hybrid will be further distinguished from its traditionally powered sibling some exclusive badging, blue grille accents and light lenses, LED DRLs (daytime running lights), model-specific wheels, and a standard decklid spoiler. Of course, the MSRP of the 2014 Honda Accord Hybrid will likely be yet another differentiator here, but prospective customers will have to wait until closer to the car’s on-sale date to find out for sure.