The Accord Hybrid, which will be released in Japan this year, is said to deliver a mind-boggling 68 mpg. This is the best mpg offered by any Honda vehicle, and it easily beats the Toyota Camry and Crown sedans, as well as Honda’s own Insight Hybrid.
This standard hybrid will feature an innovative 2-motor hybrid drive system. The twin electric motors will be paired with a 4-cylinder 2.0L i-VTEC engine, featuring Honda’s Sport Hybrid Intelligent Multi-Mode Drive (i-MMD).
Reports are that the Accord Hybrid will initially only be made available in Japan, and only offered for leasing to municipalities and businesses.
While the Accord has been immensely popular as Honda’s flagship sedan in the North American market, it has lagged behind the offerings from Nissan and Toyota in Japan. The new hybrid version, with its incredible mpg, will offer a significant challenge to the competition, and Honda is projecting that 10,000 will be sold or leased within the first year.
The sticker price is expected to be slightly over three million yen, which comes to roughly $34,400 U.S.
So the burning question now is when will the Accord Hybrid be offered in North America? The plug-in version is reportedly going to be released in the U.S. later this year as a 2014 model, and some industry insiders speculate that a North American debut for the standard hybrid is not so far off in the future. Stay tuned.
Those interested in more information regarding the Accord Hybrid, and its possible U.S. release date, are encouraged to visit a Honda dealership, such as Motor Werks Honda. They are located at 1475 South Barrington Road (http://www.motorwerkshonda.com/