You don't need to work with us here at Mungenast St. Louis Honda to know how much folks care about fuel economy these days. Even if you ride a tricycle to work, even if you're one of the last horse-and-buggy holdouts on the highway, as long as you've been riding/galloping past gas stations on your way to the town dairy, it's hard to ignore how prices have risen. The less our customers have to pay when they drive their new or used Honda to the pump, the better it is for all us.
Now, for anyone out there who lives in Japan, get ready for some savings like you won't believe. With the upcoming launch of the 2013 Accord Hybrid in Japan this June, Honda has recently claimed that the car will get a whopping 29KPL (or in other words, 68MPG*, beating out the gas mileage of every other Honda on the market). But here's the thing about Honda's figures: their exclusive only to the Japanese version of the Accord Hybrid.
Which brings us to the US version. Thanks to differences in how the American MPG scale works and how the Japanese MPG scale works - differences that we admittedly know little about, so don't shoot the messenger - Honda is reporting that the US version of the Accord Hybrid is said to have a fuel economy of 47 combined MPG (meaning 49MPG in the city, and 45MPG on the highway). Now, before anyone starts rallying up a posse over the matter, keep in consideration that the Hybrid Accord won't be hitting the US until mid-2013, and that's a lot of time for things to change.
But even if they don't, even if the US Hybrid Accord does end up getting 47MPG, that's still some gas mileage worth writing home about. And better yet, the 2013 Accord Plug-In Hybrid will be launching at the same time. Our advice: keep checking back for all the latest updates, and come visit us at 5939 S Lindbergh Blvd St. Louis, MO 63123 while you're at it. Amazing what a test drive can do to ease a worried mind.
* Based on 2013 EPA mileage estimates. Use for comparison purposes only. Do not compare to models before 2008. Your actual mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle.