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2018 Honda Accord Hybrid Fuel Economy Lower Than Expected

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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.
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It is odd to see new Accord having lower fuel economy than the outgoing model. That being said, I don't think anyone will take issue with the 47mpg combined. I'm guessing that the new styling resulted in some additional weight.
Small difference for what you're getting in return and I'd still be interested in the hybrid model compared to the full gas, though pricing is going to be the determining factor. If the hybrid Accord costs substantially more than the normal gas model then people may as well go that route.
47 mpg combined is still pretty good for a hybrid and that 1 mpg difference doesn't really matter to most people. The tradeoff is an overall better vehicle that looks a lot better IMO compared to its predecessor. Realistically, we won't even be able to hit the advertised numbers in real world driving so this isn't all that concerning.
Hopefully Honda doesn't price the new hybrid model too aggressively, because I think there will be a lot of interest in a more fuel efficient Accord. Not sure if there has been any confirmation of trim levels but I did some information suggesting we'd see EX, EX-L, EX-L Navi and Hybrid Touring.
Wonder if the hybrid variant will help to bring more interest to the Accord. Honda is going to have to be really careful with pricing, as they're struggling to even sell the base models. Does anyone know what the powertrain set up is going to be on the hybrid model?
Your actual milage may not vary!

I just got my Accord Touring Hybrid 1 month ago. I've gone through 2 tanks of gas so I checked my actual milage (miles/gallons) and I am right at 47 mpg in mixed highway and city driving. Interestingly the trip computer reads about 1 mpg under what I got, unlike my wife's Prius which gets 10% under what the computer shows. Liking it so far.
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