Whether you opt for the four-cylinder engine or the V-6, the 2014 Honda Accord gets great mileage--by the ratings, or by what we've seen in real-world road tests.
Four-cylinder Accords, with their continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT), and direct-injection, earn up to 36 mpg highway (and an excellent EPA city rating of 27 mpg). V-6 models haven't been left out of the gains, though; they put to use measures like variable cylinder management (VCM) and now achieve up to 34 mpg highway.
Press the Econ button in the Accord and you get a set of fuel-saving measures that include more conservative accessory use (like A/C) and softened throttle response.
In drives of both four-cylinder and V-6 models, we've seen real-world combined numbers approaching the 30-mpg mark.
The 2014 Honda Accord Plug-In Hybrid and Accord Hybrid models are covered by a separate review; they use a lean 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, plus lithium-ion battery pack and a new two-motor hybrid system that can operate in three different modes, including full-electric operation. Altogether, it's EPA-rated at 50 mpg city. The only sacrifice in packaging (and functionality) is that you get a bit less cargo space.