Honda Accord Hybrid misses 47 mpg label, Consumer Reports finds

Consumer Reports on Honda Accord Hybrid: "Buyers looking for the EPA estimated 47 mpg may be disappointed."

LOS ANGELES (Bloomberg) -- Honda Motor Co.’s gasoline-electric Accord is the most fuel-efficient U.S. mid-size sedan yet doesn’t get its window sticker average, Consumer Reports found, making it the latest hybrid to fall short in the magazine’s road tests.

The 2014 Accord Hybrid, priced from $29,155, averaged 40 miles (64 kilometers) per gallon of gasoline in combined city and highway driving, Consumer Reports said today in a statement. That may disappoint buyers expecting the car to achieve its Environmental Protection Agency city/highway window sticker rating of 47 mpg, the magazine said. Such labels are intended to show the actual fuel economy for new cars and trucks.

“We’ve found that the EPA tests often exaggerate the fuel economy of hybrids,” said Jake Fisher, director of automotive testing for Consumer Reports. The magazine also said Honda’s hybrid scored lower than the four-cylinder engine gasoline version due to ride comfort, emergency handling and cabin noise issues.

The lackluster review comes after Consumer Reports found a significant shortfall in the fuel economy of Ford Motor Co.’s Fusion and C-Max hybrids in 2012. While the magazine and other reviewers say EPA tests don’t accurately reflect real-world driving conditions, particularly after Ford, Hyundai Motor Co. and Kia Motors Corp. restated fuel ratings for some models, the agency hasn’t revised its methods.