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GREEN | 7 out of 10
Four-cylinder, manual: 24 mpg city, 34 highway
Four-cylinder, CVT: 27/36 mpg
V-6 automatic: 21/34 mpg
Four-cylinder manual: 24 mpg city, 34 highway
Four-cylinder CVT: 26/35 mpg
V-6 manual: 18/28 mpg
V-6 automatic: 21/32 mpg
The 2013 Honda Accord gets much-improved gas mileage--and that holds true whether you get the base four-cylinder engine or the V-6.
With the all-new continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT), and direct-injection, four-cylinder Accord sedans now achieve up to 36 mpg highway (and an excellent city rating of 27 mpg). Perhaps even more impressive, though, is that V-6 models now achieve up to 34 mpg highway--though measures including variable cylinder management (VCM).
In an early preview drive of the Accord, we averaged about 29 mpg in an EX-L V-6, in a mix of more than 100 miles of expressway, two-lane highway, and mountain backroad conditions. On a comparable route, about the same length and speed, we also saw 29 mpg in a four-cylinder/CVT model.
All models include an Econ button that engages a set of fuel-saving measures like more conservative use of accessories and softened throttle response.
For 2014, Honda Accord Plug-In Hybrid and Accord Hybrid models will make their debut. With a new two-motor hybrid system that can operate in three different modes, including all-electric and direct-drive modes, and includes a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine and lithium-ion battery pack that reduces trunk size somewhat.
Thanks to a new CVT and direct injection, the 2013 Accord four-cylinder gets up to 36 mpg--but the V-6's 34 mpg highway is even more impressive.