In the latest of a series of new US cars that failed to meet expectations in the road tests taken by the famous magazine, Honda’s Accord Hybrid did not meet the official 47 mpg fuel economy standard.
In the spirit of fairness, Consumer Reports did found that Honda’s gasoline-electric Accord did live up to the promise of being the most fuel-efficient US mid-size sedan now on sale.
“We’ve found that the EPA tests often exaggerate the fuel economy of hybrids,” said Jake Fisher, director of automotive testing for Consumer Reports.
“We’re very happy to see that in Consumer Reports’ testing, they confirmed that its 40 mpg average ranks it as the most fuel-efficient four-door mid-size sedan that they’ve measured in at least the last 10 years,” said Chris Martin, a Honda spokesman. “Actual Accord Hybrid owners have reported even better mileage in their real world experiences.”
According to the tests taken by the magazine, the car doesn’t live up to its Environmental Protection Agency city/highway rating of 47 mpg, as the $29,155 sedan only managed 40 miles (64 kilometers) per gallon of gasoline in combined driving. The testers also rated lower the hybrid then its gasoline only counterpart, with failings in the ride comfort, emergency handling and cabin noise departments.