Posted Feb 14th 2013 10:00AM
For the first time since its introduction to the North American market in 1989 the Honda Accord will be available as a plug-in hybrid sedan (PHEV). The added efficiency and torquey low-speed persona aims to dramatically change the personality of the Accord to the excitement of the extra-urban crowd.
The Accord Plug-in Hybrid will earn the highest EPA MPGe rating in its class at 2.0 L/100 km (115 MPGe). Launching with Honda's trademark style, reliability and technology, there's no doubt the new Accord has been carefully crafted to line up against some of Toyota's heavyweight hybrids.
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So how does its 2.0 L/100 km (115 mpg) mileage stack up? At least on paper (only real life testing will convince us completely) it betters 2013 plug-ins overall mileage, including the Ford Fusion Energi 2.3 L/100km electric (100 MPGe), Chevrolet Volt 2.4 L/100km electric (98 MPGe), Toyota Prius Plug-In 2.5 L/100km electric (95 MPGe) and the Ford C-Max Energi 2.3 L/100km electric (100 MPGe) thanks to its excellent fuel efficiency when it's operating on gasoline.
The Accord Plug-In Hybrid falls flat to the competition, however, when you compare maximum EV range. The Accord manages max EV range of 21 km (13 miles), after which its 2.0-litre four-cylinder kicks in. That's a low EV range compared to the Chevy Volt 61 km (38 miles) and Fusion/C-Max Energi 33.8 km (21 miles), though it does better the Prius Plug-In which manages 17 km (11 miles).
Click here for a short video and read our recent review of the 2014 Accord Plug-in Hybrid.