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.