The long drive between Winnipeg and Calgary is just over 1,300kms. Last month, I drove a Toyota Tundra and spent approximately $300 in fuel. Driving the 2014 Honda Accord Hybrid back to Winnipeg, the fuel cost for regular unleaded was approximately $125. Even with premium unleaded gas, I would have spent an equivalent of approximately $150. Average fuel consumption over the 1,300kms long drive was approximately 6.7l per 100kms. After driving previous hybrid vehicles along that stretch, the Honda Accord Hybrid was a rockstar when it comes to fuel efficiency.
Driving the Accord through the Canadian Rockies and on the TransCanada through the prairies was enjoyable. Even with a hybrid engine, driving didn’t seem underpowered. The ride was quiet and comfortable.
While driving in Banff, Calgary and Winnipeg, I tried using every single trick in the book to use the electric engine in the city. That meant very slow acceleration on green lights, keeping my speed under 40km/hr to keep the ECO drive engaged. The Honda Accord Hybrid performed extremely well and given the start-stop traffic during construction season in Winnipeg, this car would perform well in saving on annual fuel costs.
The Honda Accord Hybrid was named as the top Canadian Green Car for 2014 earlier this year in Toronto at the Canadian Green Car Awards. The Accord Hybrid took top honours after beating other category winners.
Powering the Honda Accord Hybrid is the 2.0 litre 16-valve, Atkinoson DOHC i-VTEC 4-cyclinder engine coupled to an electric motor that pumps a combined hybrid system power of 196hp.
The Honda Accord is a great vehicle already. Providing a hybrid option makes the Honda Accord line of vehicles even better. The one noticeable difference, which really isn’t noticeable, is the size of the trunk. Honda has to put the batteries somewhere and as a result, had to sacrifice trunk space. While the size of the trunk is smaller, I was able to use the 348 litre trunk space adequately for luggage, camera gear and pasalubong.
The 2014 Honda Accord Touring Sedan has a base price of $35,690. Price as tested including freight, AC tax is $37,485.
Other hybrid vehicles in this class include the Ford Fusion Hybrid, Toyota Camry Hybrid, Kia Optima Hybrid, and Hyundai Sonata Hybrid.
Photos by Ron Cantiveros | Filipino Journal