Accord Plug-in hybrid topples Ford as most fuel-efficient sedan
While Honda wins, the EPA's new ratings don't tell the whole story. Still, this $41,000 plug-in looks promising.
The 2014 Accord Plug-in hybrid delivers 47 mpg city/46 mpg highway when running on gas, and achieves a combined rating of 115 mpg equivalent when running on pure electricity, besting the Fusion Energi Plug-in by 15 mpge.
The new mpge ratings attempt to rate a car's battery efficiency by comparing electrical energy to an equivalent gallon of gasoline. The Fusion Energi tops out at 44 mpg city/41 mpg highway on gas, which is less than the segment-winning 47/47 rating of the standard Fusion hybrid.
The Prius Plug-in still has the highest gas ratings of all plug-in hybrids, at 51/49, while the Chevrolet Volt musters only 35/40. Both models achieve 95 and 98 mpge, respectively, and thus are less efficient in electric mode, according to the EPA.
But comparing plug-in hybrids with the EPA's mpge ratings are confusing and, at worst, useless. For example, the Volt performs best on its batteries with a segment-leading 38-mile EV range, while others, like the Prius Plug-in, can travel only 11 miles on electricity and are tweaked to run best on gasoline. The Fusion Energi lies in the middle and can travel for up to 21 miles on its battery before the gas engine switches on, which bests the Accord by eight miles. The real lesson: Depending on your commute and ability to find a plug, many models with lesser mpge ratings will suit owners better than models with greater ratings, like the Accord.
In any case, Honda is making good use of its brand-new hybrid powertrains, which completely replace the company's cheaper Integrated Motor Assist technology and promise greater power and efficiency (and higher cost, at $40,570 or a $429-per-month lease for the Accord).
The Accord uses a 2-motor system coupled with the car's continuously variable transmission, a 6.7-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery and a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine. It takes three hours to charge the battery on 120 volts and less than one hour on 240 volts, Honda said.
A regular Accord hybrid will also debut later this year. We're sure Ford will have something snappy to say about that.
"We're sure Ford will have something snappy to say about that."
Not to mention all of the Honda haters...
Good job Honda. Maybe this will spur more competiton and in turn, the consumer will be the winner.
Would u compare any Mazda product with HONDA? Well,the only thing that is AMERICAN in Ford Fusion is the nameplate. The Fusion ,Focus and Escape are entirely made by Mazda.
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