Honda's New 50MPG City Accord Hybrid Priced from $29,155*

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Prices for the new Accord Hybrid start at $29,155 for the base model, rising to $31,905 for the EX-L and topping out at $34,905 for the Touring model, plus a destination and handling charge of $790 (*),
which compares to a starting price of $39,780 for the Accord Plug-in Hybrid (PHEV).
Sharing the same hybrid powertrain with the Accord PHEV sans the plug-in capability and the larger battery, the Accord Hybrid pairs a 137hp 2.0-liter inline four to a 166hp (124kW) electric motor for a combined system output of 196hp. The Accord Hybrid returns EPA fuel-economy ratings of 50 mpg city, 45 mpg highway and 47 mpg combined (5.0l/100km).
All Accord Hybrids come equipped as standard with Honda's LaneWatch blind spot display system, a rearview camera, LED daytime running lights (DRL), Bluetooth HandsFreeLink, USB/iPo integration, Pandor compatibility, SMS text message function, dual-zone automatic climate control, alloy wheels, a driver's seat with 10-way power adjustment, and a 160-watt AM/FM/CD audio system.
Moving up to the EX-L adds Forward Collision Warning (FCW) and Lane Departure Warning (LDW) along with leather-trimmed and heated front seats, the HondaLink cloud-based media and connectivity system, power driver's seat memory, front passenger seat with 4-way power adjustment and one-touch moonroof.
The range-topping Touring grade completes the list by adding the Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System, LED headlights with blue tinted chrome bezels, Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) and hard disk drive (HDD) audio memory. View the attachments for this post at: http://www.jlaforums.com/viewtopic.php?p $0865176#240865176
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On Tue, 24 Sep 2013 03:27:19 -0500, snipped-for-privacy@gmail-dot-com.no-spam.invalid (MummyChunk) wrote:

I'm still unclear on the concept, can someone enlighten me?
1. So when driving the Accord hybrid down the freeway I'm using the gas engine, and if I put my foot in it for acceleration the electric motors cut in and instantly give me another 29hp?
2. I gather this is NOT true of the Prius, that only uses its electric drive below 15mph?
3. The new non-plugin Accord hybrid can go how far and how fast in 100% electric drive? The plugin is good for 13 miles, it says, and I gather that includes freeway speeds?
Thanks,
J.
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The Accord uses a completely different drivetrain from anything Honda or Toyota has ever done that, as far as I can tell, is unique. Read up on it, and the Prius drivetrain, and be sure to look for diagrams.
The Prius--plug-in or no--can go up to 41mph on electric motors. I believe the Honda can go up to 55.
I have a Prius and know its drivetrain intimately, having studied it when I first got it. I am highly intrigued by the new Honda drivetrain. It brings simplicity and elegance to the table, and fewer moving parts than the Prius, and if it can indeed give the Accord 45mpg for an extra $3K of price then it'll be a winner.
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After poking around I I don't understand how the drivetrain works. Of the few details I've come across it sounds like it now longer uses the IMA approach of the Civic HCH, Insight and previous Accord hybrid.
Articles I've found mention Atkinson cycle engine, so it sounds like they have copied Toyota's approach. Do they also use the Toyota approach of teh two motor-generator and a fixed planetary gear to implement the CVT?
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