In June, Honda will launch its new Accord Hybrid sedan in Japan, and claims it will get 29 kilometers per liter of gasoline, or the equivalent of 68 miles per gallon. It will beat out all other Hondas in mileage, and will outpace the 23.4 km per liter and 23.2 km per liter ratings that Toyota's Camry and Crown hybrids get respectively, according to the Nikkei.

The US version of the Accord Hybrid, arriving at dealer showrooms in mid-2013, will be getting much lower mileage. Honda anticipates it will get 47 combined miles per gallon, with 49 in the city and 45 on the highway. The disparity of the Japanese and US ratings is due to the different MPG scales being used in Japan and the US – and other markets. For example, in a press release on the Ford Fiesta being sold in Europe and gaining class-leading fuel economy, Ford Europe said in a footnote, "The results may differ from fuel economy figures in other regions of the world due to the different drive cycles and regulations used in those markets." Japan's JC08 standard repeatedly returns higher mpg numbers than the EPA's tests do.

The Accord Hybrid will be powered by a two-motor hybrid drive system, a version of which will also go into the Accord Plug-In Hybrid. The Accord Hybrid is expected to sell for slightly more than three million yen, or the equivalent of about $34,356. Honda expects to produce about 10,000 units per year. The Accord Plug-In Hybrid can be recharged from ordinary power outlets, and will also be rolled out in June in Japan. There, the plug-in hybrid will be available only for leasing by businesses and municipalities.


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      Ford Future
      • 1 Year Ago
      If this car can get 68 mpg then what would a new Insight do with this tech?
        Rotation
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Ford Future
        Isn't the CR-Z the new Insight?
        2 wheeled menace
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Ford Future
        Good question. The Insight and Civic hybrid don't have atkinson cycle engines like this Accord does. They could likely do much better than the Accord; produce Prius-like ( or better ) efficiency.
      • 1 Year Ago
      If Honda Accords hybrid car can match the Toyota Camry hybrid in price, then Honda assembly lines have to operate 3 shifts to meet the demand. Beautiful car.
      Ziv
      • 1 Year Ago
      The Prius gets 76.6 mpg using the Japanese cycle and gets 50 mpg combined here in the US. So the Accord Hybrid will get something around 68 * 0.66 = 44.9 mpg here in the US. Not bad! Anything that gets a combined mpg over 30 is decent, over 40 and you are buying half as much gas per year than the average driver. Half is good!
      Nick
      • 1 Year Ago
      It's LITERS / 100KM, not KM / LITER.
      usbseawolf2000
      • 1 Year Ago
      Looks promising. Let's see how it stacks up in the real world, with Fusion hybrid also rated 47 MPG combined.
        mark
        • 1 Year Ago
        @usbseawolf2000
        honda and toyota always under rate their cars, so real world numbers always come out better.
      • 4 Months Ago
      Nice car
      Spec
      • 1 Year Ago
      So Honda finally fixed their weak hybrid technology? That's great news. The IMA technology was never really up to par and now it seems that they've advanced. It took them long enough. Now GM needs to do the same and come up with a good hybrid line. I love the Voltec technology but that is not an excuse for not having a good hybrid drivetrain. Perhaps the Voltec technology can be modified to be better. For example, put in small Atkinson cycle engine in the Voltec platform!
        Ziv
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Spec
        I would be satisfied if GM would give the Volt owners the opportunity to allow the existing ICE genset to rev higher, thereby increasing its efficiency. Weber and Boniface both have referred to the fact that GM decided to not allow the genset to run at higher rpm's that would deliver better CS mpg due to the fact that you would clearly be able to hear the engine rev'ing at a steady rate, regardless of whether you were accelerating, coasting or decelerating. They said that it would detract from the owners enjoyment of the car. I think getting 37 mpg when you could have gotten 45+ mpg in CS mode detracts from enjoying the car, but I may be in the minority.
          Ziv
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Ziv
          Boniface was not going to state just how big the difference was though he admitted it would be noticeable. Weber came right out and said it would have been high 40's if they had allowed the higher rev's but that it would have made for a noticeably noisier commute. GM-Volt.com has documented this debate/discussion. I don't think GM looks very good when you read the history of it.
          Spec
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Ziv
          I've heard that they were worried about psychological issues with the sound not matching the driving the way it does with an ICE. But I kinda doubt that they would adjust the sound dissonance issue if it made an 8MPG difference! Perhaps you'd do a little bit better I doubt that much.
        Brody
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Spec
        My 13 year old Honda Insight still gets 65 MPG almost every tank, so I would not call IMA weak. Mass and are are big players.
      JoeP
      • 1 Year Ago
      What the hell...a good-looking Accord with great mileage? What's the catch? There's gotta be a catch!
      • 1 Year Ago
      Honda Accords hybrid car is making thrill in the Japaneses car lovers. http://www.limousineshub.com
      Wm
      • 1 Year Ago
      This car will get at least as good in the US as the plug-in Accord. If Honda put this engine hybrid system in the CR-Z, it would likely surpass the Prius in mileage and be able to run circles around it. Come on Honda, how about at CR-Z Type R.
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