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Honda Accord Hybrid review

This impressive hybrid delivers stellar fuel economy

Published: May 2014

The Accord stands out as a comfortable, roomy sedan that’s nice to drive and easy to live with. But the last time Honda sold a hybrid version, it was an unconvincing effort that didn’t deliver the stellar fuel economy that hybrid buyers are looking for.

This new model remedies that. At a time when many car models are boasting 40 mpg on the highway, the new Accord Hybrid hit that magic mark in our testing for overall mpg—city and highway combined. That ties it with the Honda Civic Hybrid as the most fuel-efficient sedan we’ve tested, falling shy of the smaller Toyota Prius hatchback by only 4 mpg. That’s impressive, but buyers looking for the EPA estimated 47 mpg may be disappointed.

Overall, this is a very impressive hybrid system. Transitions between battery and engine power are very smooth. If you’re gentle with the gas pedal, you can drive on battery power alone up to about 25 mph. And even at highway speeds, the engine willingly shuts off as soon as you lift your foot off the gas pedal.

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