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Test drive: The 2014 Accord Hybrid is a 50+ MPG dream

I get into the full review, it has to be right up front that 2014 Honda Accord feels like it’s a ahead of current hybrids. A statement, I know, but one that probably make yourself the time you get behind the wheel of


Two Times the Motors Better Efficiency

It’s due to new Intelligent Multi-Mode Drive system featuring their Dreams Technology™ engine what they call Or I should say engines since the new is powered by a two-motor hybrid made up of an electric propulsion and a gasoline engine.

Here’s how it all The Accord Hybrid is able to use the two to switch seamlessly between driving modes: EV Drive is 100 percent electric motor), Drive (electric motor the gasoline engine driving a motor used for generating for the electric motor) and Engine (gasoline engine only). gives the i-MMD system the to choose which mode is for how you’re driving, squeezing as efficiency out of the system as possible. nearly imperceptible as you drive.

And it’s the reason for the EPA estimated 50 mpg that Honda’s been about.

Is 50+ MPG in the City Realistic?

The with a lot of EPA estimates is they are on ideal driving conditions, and match up to real world And if you drive aggressively and were with the genetic mutation as a Lead Foot (like I then your actual may not only vary, but vary

That’s why when I test vehicles I tend to push a bit to see how much of a variance I see. way, I can get an idea of a worst scenario. Chances are you won’t off the line at every light or the tires through a turn, so you can to get better economy than me.

Eric Rogell

With the new Hybrid, I spent most of my driving normally without about economy. And even that, I was rewarded with 53-54 mpg overall on a day of mostly driving, with some peppered in. Not too shabby.

And Honda a hypermile challenge for the journalists at the (I didn’t compete, I know my and that isn’t one of them), and the came in at over 85 mpg city. He he didn’t push the car through the so ridiculous economy can be achieved in the if you drive it like it’s of fine porcelain.



If you’re worried you’re to have to sacrifice driving to get those high mpgs, you can the new Accord Hybrid is a dream to Truly.

It is built to drive as as it is to tread lightly on the environment. The gas is an all-new 2.0-liter DOHC 4-cylinder Atkinson Cycle that pushes 141 horsepower—which anemic, but add in the electric motor and the output bumps to 196 hp—and closer to how it feels when driving it. There’s plenty of git up you want it.


Touch the gas (or stomp on and you’ll experience nearly full torque from the just like you would an electric car or a fuel cell That’s partly because taking off in EV mode, and partly he Accord Hybrid doesn’t a traditional transmission. Instead, it an Electric Continuously Variable (E-CVT), with only one

Without getting too techie, the is what switches between the two for example disengaging the gas engine the drivetrain when in EV mode to efficiency loss from friction in the engine.

The result is acceleration and a continually rising from the engine that to be begging for another gear, one never comes. Those who are to driving a manual shift will be looking for the shift when they hear it, but you to ignore the sound quickly And like I said earlier, the Hybrid just feels it’s a step ahead of the competitors’ hybrid drives

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The E-CVT also has two D mode, which is the same mode you find in all automatic and B mode (for Brake). into this one and you’ll substantially more energy regenerative braking to feed to the I was in B mode for most of one of the days, and even realize it.

Honda you can safely operate the car normally in mode, it’s made for who want/need more power to the

Speaking of braking, Honda has an electric servo-brake system for the new designed to capture more from regenerative braking standard systems. The brakes feel like standard you won’t notice a softness or you can experience with some And at one point I had to engage the ABS system know, just for testing), and slamming on the brakes didn’t the system.

All the Other Stuff

The styling on the Hybrid is updated as it is on the standard but it gets a few blue accents to set it as a hybrid, along with euro style wheels and a black steering wheel.

there are unique power on the dash to let you know how efficiently driving, and a host of available features, like Forward Warning, Lane Departure and LaneWatch blind spot One of my favorite features on the new Accord and on all recent Hondas, is their Rearview Camera. When in reverse, you can select Normal, Angle or a straight down at the ground.

I find this when I’m parking, backing into my garage. And I myself looking for it on all other now. Also addictive is the mounted in the passenger side mirror.

Pop the turn signal and you get a view of what’s along you, right in the large, touchscreen display. Again, I myself missing this I’m not in a Honda. (Come on vehicle makers, get with the

Also, the Accord Hybrid be available in three trim The base trim for $29,155, the for $31,905, and the Touring with all the for $34,905.

If there’s a need for an 4-door sedan in your and you want it to be attractive and fun to drive, packing in the latest in safety and and also delivering improbable economy, the new 2014 Accord is tough to beat.

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