While the much revered Consumer Reports bashes Honda Accord Hybrid for not averaging the EPA stated combined 47 mpg average, they do love the Accord for overall comfort, driving manors, fit and finish. They also state that at the average combined 40 mpg that CR recorded while testing, the 2014 Honda Accord Hybrid retains the title of North America’s most fuel efficient midsize sedan.
Will consumers shy away from the best selling midsize hybrid sedan in North America?
We say no.
Consumer Reports and Consumer Reports.Com weilds a very large power of influence in our world of price and quality conciouse driven consumerism. C.R. is the go to guide for auto and manufactured goods comparative ratings. More than one automaker has floundered under the scrutiny and programed disdain of a Consumer Report driven public perception.
Late last year the Honda Fit lost its “best buy” rating from Consumer Reports due to the failing of a 2014 Fit in an off-center front end collision test. Did the news impact future sales of the Fit ? Probably not, but Honda did roll out a very effective safety campaign following C.R.’s announcement and redesigned the safety cage and crumple zone for 2015.
The automotive press loves to capitalize on Honda’s toe stubbing at the hands of C.R..
Thursdays online press regurgitated the negative accounting of an (EPA tested) fuel rating that tested false with the crew of Consumer Reports. None the less, the Accord Hybrid meets or exceeds mpg numbers recorded by Toyota in the Hybrid race. We doubt that Accord sales momentum will be lost to the C.R. fuel efficiency report.
Wass up Johnnie, can’t the crew at C.R. read ?
As stated in the disclosure prominently displayed on the driver’s side window of every new car sold in North America, “ your actual mileage may vary”. And yes, it often does.
Aggressive driving habits, regional fuel blends, road and weather conditions, percentage of grade, all contribute to your experienced mpg. We don’t believe that Consumer Reports can exactically duplicate test conditions utilized by the EPA, in rating the Honda Accord or any other car for that matter.
We’ve received comments and reviews from readers stating that their Honda Civic and Accord Hybrid often surpases the factory stated average mpg. We’ve interviewed Accord owners that are absolutely and without reservation elated with their fuel economy. The same holds true for our Europe and Asia readers. Reports of 75 mpg are not uncommon for the diesel powered Vezel and CR-V..
While Toyota and Honda has been successfully sued in the past for over-stating fuel economy, in the case of the 2014 Accord Hybrid, we find the 40+ combined driving mpg stated by Consumer Reports to be bordering on miraculous.
40 mpg effectively returns your average fuel cost per mile to the days of $1.00 per gallon gasoline. Thank you Honda.