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2013 Honda Accord Fuel Economy, Other Details Announced

  • The 2013 Accord will reach 36 mpg.
  • The Plug-In Hybrid recharges in an hour.
  • The Accord goes on sale in September.

Honda recently confirmed several new details about its fully redesigned 9th-generation 2013 Accord, including charge times for an upcoming plug-in hybrid variant and estimated fuel economy for the popular model’s entire lineup. According to the automaker, the 2013 Honda Accord offers up to 36 mpg with its standard 4-cylinder engine, while drivers can recharge the Accord Plug-In Hybrid in less than an hour using a standard level two charger.

For many shoppers, the most important Accord-related news–in addition to several new photos of both sedan and coupe body styles–is fuel economy ratings for the model’s gasoline engines. According to Honda, base-level 2013 Accord models feature a 185-horsepower 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine that delivers up to 27 mpg in the city and 36 mpg in highway driving with an available continuously-variable automatic transmission. Buyers who stick with the standard 6-speed manual will see up to 24 mpg in the city and 34 mpg in highway driving.

For drivers interested in more power, Honda is also offering a 3.5-liter V6 that produces a muscular 278 hp and 252 lb-ft of torque. The automaker says Accord models equipped with that powerplant will return up to 21 mpg in the city–an increase of one mile per gallon over last year’s V6–and 34 mpg on the highway, which is a jump of four mpg compared to the 2012 Accord V6. Those figures are quoted with a new 6-speed automatic, since Honda has not yet confirmed if it will offer a manual transmission in V6-powered Accord models.

Environmentally friendly drivers will also be interested in the upcoming Accord, since the midsize sedan will offer a plug-in hybrid variant for the first time in its history. While Honda offered an Accord Hybrid from 2005 through 2007, the latest model uses a fully electric motor that can power the sedan for up to 15 miles without any help from its range-extending gasoline engine.

Although that range is lower than competitors like the Chevrolet Volt and upcoming Ford Fusion Energi, which can travel up to 50 miles on a single charge, the Accord Plug-In Hybrid offers a major benefit: charge time. While the Volt and Fusion Energi both take several hours to fully recharge, the Accord Plug-In Hybrid can be charged in less than an hour using a traditional level two charger, or in under three hours with a 120-volt outlet. The automaker says it expects around 100 mpg “equivalent”–the EPA’s rating system for plug-in hybrid vehicles–when the government agency announces official figures later this year.

Honda also revealed several other details about the 2013 Accord, including newly standard features like automatic climate control and a rearview camera. The automaker is also adding a new Sport trim level, which includes 18-inch alloy wheels, fog lights, a rear spoiler and a dual exhaust system to the standard Accord LX.

The 2013 Honda Accord sedan will arrive in showrooms in mid-September, with the coupe following closely behind on October 15. The Accord Plug-In Hybrid, which will officially debut as a 2014 model, is scheduled to go on sale early next year.

What it means to you: With the 2013 Accord, it looks like Honda has delivered a competitive product in the cutthroat midsize sedan segment.

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