Honda leapfrogs ahead with 2014 Accord Hybrid

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Honda leapfrogs ahead 2014 Accord Hybrid

s Accord Hybrid is being to the Volt in how it uses the gas engine as a in series hybrid drive It does not out-do the Volt in ways like all-electric The very limited-market Accord Hybrid does an alright job at driving albeit with less range, and while drive fans (and auto fans) may criticize the at its limited AER, its core is worth a look.

Where s hybrids top the Volt is when not on electric drive. Honda is in possession of a technology that put the plug-in Prius to shame in all Further, if the will were Honda could build a car to with the Volt head to – though it appears Honda is intent on proliferating a new kind of hybrid at the moment.

The remarkable is its parallel hybrid technology with the world s most efficient gas engine.

The regular is to be the volume car. Toyota has said it will exceed its Synergy Drive benchmarks for hybrids and a new PHEV in 2015.

And of a little conjecturing, if things go as the days of Honda’s hybrids second fiddle to Toyota in the of parallel hybrids may be coming to an

The 2014 Accord Hybrid be launched the last day of this and its full hybrid technology beyond the class-leading Toyota Hybrid by enough of a margin mainstream media have things like Honda is to dethrone the Prius.

Secretly, may have such aspirations, but we asked how he thought the Accord would do sales-wise, last its Executive Vice President of sales, John Mendel said he’s taking a approach.

And if Honda is to eventually the Prius, it will need to get the tech into actual competitors. More realistically the Hybrid is positioned against sedans from Toyota, Hyundai, and Kia – and represents a powertrain that could lead out of hybrid also-ran status.

Honda will continue for a with Integrated Motor (IMA) mild hybrids forward this year, but the Hybrid indicates Honda has learned much. And it knows it, as reps have been into the media’s collective cortex the happy refrain of the

That is, 50 mpg, its official EPA city rating that’s so better symbolically than 49. The car is rated 45 mpg highway, and 47 mpg combined.

For 47 is a sizable jump over the combined for the Camry Hybrid – and not lacking meaning either – the same number which has boasted for its Fusion Hybrid.

Touring (here and above). All the Hybrids are being built in Ohio.

While there’s how easy the Ford can touch 47 we’ve seen it in the new Accord and then some.

This last week in San Antonio, where mid-40s were on the highway with only care, and – with much care – a contest saw a journalist over 66 mpg on a combined driving and over 85 mpg on a city route.

As the heavy footed can plummet these heights, but the potential is

Leapfrogging The Leaders

The Accord is essentially based on the limited-market Honda Accord Plug-In without ability to plug in. It the 6.7-kwh battery of the over-$40,000 but shares the rest of its Two-Motor Intelligent Multi-Mode Drive system, for which Honda is to observe advantages.

“No one else is hybrid propulsion quite this,” said Koji chief engineer for the Accord

And he’s basically right. most conditions the i-MMD utilizes the gas engine to power a which in turn provides to charge the hybrid battery for the electric motor to drive the

The paired propulsion motor and generator effectively serve as a transmission that simulates gear ratios in lower and in its lock-out mode at higher it simulates sixth.

The drive is connected via a clutch to the engine, and a rep admitted the six-speed “Electric Variable Transmission (E-CVT)” is a a misnomer.

Paired Propulsion motor and serve as the transmission in this car. A Honda engineer only one other vehicle similar tech – the Mitsubishi Plug-in Hybrid. Another observer said Mitsu’s for its all-wheel-drive SUV is not as elegant and compact as the solution.

The system also advantage of “the world’s efficient mass produced internal combustion engine” Ninomiya.

More specifically, the i-VTEC inline-four running on the cycle offers 214 g/kwh of gasoline, which is the highest efficiency of any mass produced Honda has seen.

Its compression is 13:1 and it contributes 141 horsepower at rpm, and 122 pound-feet torque at rpm.

The aforementioned propulsion it’s mated with is a 124 AC synchronous permanent-magnet motor 226 pounds-feet from zero

This motor is powered by the turning the paired motor along with a 1.3-kwh battery.

Maximum system is 196 horsepower, good for mid-seven-second mph runs.

Three Operating

EV Drive Mode


The default startup is all-electric with the gas decoupled and this means of is not unlike how the Chevrolet Volt – or a freight train for that – operates in concept, efficiently the combustion engine as a generator in hybrid mode.

It operates at a pace, at lower speeds and braking and is one of the chief innovations is using to achieve mpg a notch or above competitors.

With AER at the Volt s the Accord PHEV is no However MPGe for the PHEV an efficient car. Operation the battery is depleted is exceptional What would happen if a with this tech was say, an 18-kwh battery and was competitively? (Click image to

Hybrid Drive Mode

As increase, or under harder or simply when the battery to be recharged after its brief the electric motor and gas engine as a pair.

In this mode, the front are turned solely by the electric – acting, as mentioned, like a

At the same time the decoupled gas powers the generator motor, in turn charges the battery. In again, the battery may supplement the motor as needed and as able.

Drive Mode

At medium to speeds, this mode the lock-up clutch connect the motor (always linked to the and the electric drive motor to power directly from the to the front wheels. This is mode, and here that most efficient mass gasoline internal combustion propels the car while maintaining charge.

Touring trim

The rest of the car is all ninth-generation Accord in its and styling, excepting only for badging, nicely designed, and to read hybrid-specific instruments, placed blue accents on the and model-specific alloy wheels.

Packages: Premium, Better, Still

For all the talk about per gallon, the Accord Hybrid is an Accord. While you’ll quibbles with any new intro, the iteration of the long-established nameplate not really disappoint in operation as an mid-sized sedan.

In fact, is packaging the Accord Hybrid in trim levels with the being an “EX” level. called merely the “Hybrid,” people confide it’s an EX, a that has traditionally denoted a model.

And it is premium, but that’s the Accord Hybrid line Above this, Honda the EX-L which is even thoroughly equipped, and there’s a above that called

How It Functions

Our experience began a Touring edition and we drove a route of highway and secondary

Starting out in EV mode, the car pulls on par with a Camry Hybrid, with ease.

Power is light and predictable, ergonomics can be set up, and the seats are supportive.

Bumps are acceptably despite – or even of – the couple hundred pounds of curb weight of the Hybrid regular Accord. The Hybrid what Honda bills as Reactive Dampers, an upgrade to its Strut Front, Double-Wishbone suspension.

The base “Hybrid” weighs pounds, the EX-L weighs and the Touring, 3,602 pounds. is within a hundred or so pounds of the

Over some choppy a bit of harshness does get through, but the car is controlled and comfortable.

Pressing the hard will engage the One tester said the car was hushed, another said the engine was noisy. To allow evaluation of and other points of comparison, had confidently brought in competitive – Camry Hybrid, Hyundai Hybrid, Kia Optima Hybrid, Fusion Hybrid.

The Accord engine can be heard from the seat, but the noise was not obnoxious to our and actually, the car can be pretty quiet.

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power delivered from the gas or motor was not detectable for how seamless it was between sources, and the instruments it likes to stay in EV mode as as possible.

Honda also has an EV to select this mode if in parallel hybrid mode. It works if there is enough charge, and rate of acceleration is not too

Driving with less a hypermiler’s effort on a highway occasionally and mildly testing and velocities, the on-board mpg instruments we averaged nearly 44 mpg on one run, and low 45s on

We suspect the higher you go over 65, the the impressive mpg figures will Plus, if a driver likes to start and speed, low 40s and mid to upper 30s may result.

Braking action the electric servo regenerative offers a solid feel. a traditional system, it’s hydraulic from the master all the way to the calipers.

Lifting off of the accelerator the regenerative action and the electric motor slows the vehicle the friction brakes engage.

system should extend pad as the brake pedal signals the Control Unit (ECU) to braking force assigned to braking by the motor and friction

In milder stops, Honda the friction brakes may not engage 5 mph and below. In harder stops, the ECU a chain reaction of commands to system components, proportioning brake energy to each

You don’t feel it as any sort of system, and it basically works normal.

Like other cars, the Hybrid also has a B mode that accentuates action and as an alternative to regular D.

As for the mileage reported, we can take no for that as during a rushed we were elsewhere working on project when Honda its mpg test.

These are the actual tallied. The winner of the city said he actually got 85.2, but his recorded was enough. Both got a $250 gift certificate to Sky and Honda got some nice for its whimsical prizes no one would buy for themselves, as Honda said.

the half-dozen journalists who participated, beat the EPA numbers. The worst on the loop beat the EPA’s number with 51.5 The worst on the “city” loop did better at 59.7 mpg.

is encouraging. On the intro to the 2012 Hybrid. on what was a longer and tougher route for mileage, Larry Hall hit 58 mpg his first out, and that was considered a run among peers.

Anyone following hybrid cars the 2013 Fusion Hybrid has buyers, and Ford has been by those alleging it embellished its mpg The two Korean cars have had similar issues. are rated for mpg, and less likely to hit the stratosphere.

That plenty of have proven the Accord ability to even transcend its estimates is a feather in Honda’s

Market Positioning

Honda has technology poised to convince people to go hybrid. Its pricing however aims at an upper-level that eschews plain trim levels.

The company the household income for its projected Hybrid buyers is over annually, and folks in this ought to have no qualms for a “50 mpg” sedan that (including $790 destination) at (Hybrid), ascends to $32,695 and then to $35,695 (Touring).

Honda is quick to observe a degree of standard content at each level should be when comparing prices to the All the competitors start in the mid to upper-mid 20s and can be up to Accord levels.

As for how they overall we liked the Accord’s manners, fit and feel essentially the but they all have their qualities, and the Camry Hybrid remains an arguable alternative.

And where we sign off, and it up to buyers to ideally test prospective purchases, and decide most important to them.

We add – despite Honda citing studies to the contrary – that we wonder whether Honda sell sufficient quantities of a less-fully contended Accord albeit with core competencies, plus great

We also pondered whether does not want to cannibalize its Accord sales?

That is as is how the market will go for a premium-content winner – that knows it, and is accordingly.

Our bet is the Accord Hybrid have to overcome Toyota’s of perceived superiority, but stands to solidly in the mix as word gets

Honda would be well to get this technology into models as soon as feasible.

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