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May
2

The Honda Accord Hybrid Returns After a Year Off, More Efficient and Powerful

Author JoeC    Category Hybrid     Tags

2017 Honda Accord HybridThe 2015 Honda Accord was one of the most efficient cars on the road when it debuted, touting an EPA-estimated 50 mpg city fuel economy that made the sedans next-to-impossible to get ahold of in most areas. While Honda underestimated the demand in the past, they look to be a bit more prepared after taking a model year off, and the 2017 Honda Accord Hybrid even has a better fuel economy to boot.

Honda’s Efficient Family Sedan

We mentioned how efficient the old Accord Hybrid was, and if you were just to glance at the new fuel economy specs, you might think it took a small hit on efficiency.

  • The 2017 Accord Hybrid is rated at an EPA-estimated 49 mpg city, 47 mpg highway, and 48 mpg combined, which makes it a best-in-class fuel economy rating.
  • The 2015 Hybrid, however, was listed at EPA-estimated 50 mpg in the city and 45 mpg on the highway for 47 mpg combined.

Now, even with these ratings the 2017 model comes out ahead by an inch, but the EPA instituted new fuel economy estimating rules that would put the 2015 model closer to 48 city, 45 highway, and 47 combined mpg. So the inch becomes a few inches and the Accord Hybrid becomes even more efficient than it looked at first glance.

As far as power is concerned, the upgraded engine received a boost of 16 hp over the 2015 model for a combined system output of 212 hp, the highest of any midsize hybrid sedan.

The Latest Features

As with any new Honda, this vehicle is decked out with some of the latest in connectivity and safety features, with Honda Sensing accident prevention technology coming standard on each model. Features like satellite-linked navigation, 7-inch Display Audio with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, heated front and rear seating, and more make this one of the most elegant and luxurious sedans in addition to being so remarkably fuel efficient.

Learn More at For Car Fans

As car fans, we have some team members who love hybrids and some who are a bit lukewarm here at For Car Fans, but we think that there’s something for everyone in the 2017 Honda Accord, and drivers should reach out to their local Honda dealership to find out when they can take one for a test drive.

Mar
25

The 2013 Chevrolet Cruze Eco vs. the 2013 Honda Civic Hybrid

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2013 Chevrolet Cruze Eco

2013 Chevrolet Cruze Eco

The 2013 Chevy Cruze Eco is an incredibly fuel efficient vehicle that opens up a whole new world of possibility for drivers. It’s priced very low at only $20,490, making it an excellent investment for Chevy fans. However, the 2013 Honda Civic Hybrid is a nearly identical vehicle compared to the Cruze Eco, right down to the extremely close price of $20,395. So, which of these vehicles is the best?

2013 Civic Hybrid Sedan

2013 Civic Hybrid

Fuel Efficiency

Both of these cars are designed to be incredibly fuel efficient, and their ratings are so close that they’re nearly impossible to choose between. The Cruze has a slightly lower city rating at about 28 mpg compared to the 29 mpg of the Civic. However, the Cruze also has a slightly higher highway rating of 42 mpg compared to the 41 mpg of the Civic. This means they average out to about the same, making it extremely difficult to base your choice on efficiency alone.

Engine Power

Again, both vehicles come with nearly identical engines. The Cruze sports a turbocharged V4 compared to the normal V4 of the Civic, but Honda offers a slightly larger engine at 1.8L compared to 1.4L of the Cruze. Chevy puts 138 hp compared to the Civic’s 140 hp, hardly a huge difference, but the Cruze can pull 148 lb-ft of torque compared to the 128 with Honda. Overall, these slight differences seem to give the Cruze a small advantage: a smaller engine that produces very similar power and much higher torque can make a huge difference.

Warranty Options

So far, it seems the 2013 Chevy Cruze Eco has a slight advantage over the 2013 Honda Civic hybrid. However, the Cruze vaults itself to the top with its warranty options. Both vehicles offer an identical 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty, but the Cruze has a superior 5-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty; Honda can only give you 60,000 miles. The Cruze also offers drivers a 3-year/36,000-mile rust warranty as well as a 5-year/100,000-mile roadside assistant package. The Civic offers neither of these options.

Picking between these two vehicles was very difficult, but the Cruze offers just a bit more value for the purchase. Its excellent warranty options and top-of-the-line in-class performance eek out a victory over the 2013 Honda Civic Hybrid.