Fuel economy is expected to improve from one generation to the next, but that doesn’t seem to be the case with Honda’s new 2018 Accord Hybrid.
Discovered by Motor Trend, the EPA’s official fuel economy numbers for the hybrid model is 47 mpg city, 47 mpg highway and 47 mpg combined. This is slightly worse than the previous generation of Honda Accord Hybrid, which had a combined fuel economy rating of 48 mpg with 47 mpg on the highway and 49 mpg in the city.
Both vehicles have the same gas and electric motor output of 212 horsepower even though the latest version features a new 2.0-liter Atkinson-cycle four-cylinder engine and two electric motors without the use of heavy rare-earth metals. Combined, the new powertrain is supposed to have a greater thermal efficiency of 40%.
Perhaps the new Accord Hybrid’s updated cabin with more space and higher quality materials will make up for that slight fuel economy difference. What’s more, the fuel economy numbers will look even more impressive compared to the normal gas powered Accord’s 30/38/33 mpg.
Pricing for the new 2018 Honda Accord Hybrid has not been revealed yet, but they should start appearing on showroom floors in the next few months.