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Old 29 May 2014, 09:01 pm
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Default Honda Accords Hybrid falls short on MPG claim

With gas prices at a all time high , I think all manufactuers are
'over selling' their vehicles MPG's.



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Honda Accord Hybrid Delivers Class-Leading Fuel Economy, But Falls
Well Short Of EPA's 47 MPG Estimate

Jeep Grand Cherokee and BMW 328d diesels shine, Subaru XV Crosstrek
Hybrid underwhelms

YONKERS, N.Y., May 29, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Consumer
Reports fuel economy tests found the Honda Accord Hybrid delivered
impressive overall fuel-economy, tying the smaller Honda Civic Hybrid
and just below the top-performing Toyota Prius hatchback.

The Accord Hybrid's 40-mpg performance on Consumer Reports combined
city and highway tests make it a class leader for fuel economy among
midsized sedans. Testers found the Accord Hybrid has a very impressive
hybrid system that smoothly transitions between battery and engine
power. To save fuel, even at highway speeds, the engine willingly
shuts off as soon as drivers lift their foot off the gas pedal.

But Consumer Reports' engineers caution that buyers expecting their
car to the EPA's figure of 47 mpg posted on the window sticker might
be disappointed.

"We've found that the EPA tests often exaggerate the fuel-economy
of hybrids," said Jake Fisher, director of automotive testing at
Consumer Reports.

Prior Consumer Reports tests of the Ford Fusion Hybrid and C-Max
Hybrid also found a significant shortfall between the EPA's estimated
highway fuel economy figures and those in CR's own fuel economy
tests.

Although the Accord Hybrid delivers improved fuel economy over the
non-hybrid version, the Hybrid falls short in other areas of Consumer
Reports' testing including ride comfort, emergency handling, and
quietness. As a result, the Accord Hybrid scored lower overall in
Consumer Reports' tests than the non-hybrid four-cylinder Accord while
costing about $6,500 more.

Consumer Reports has also tested the new hybrid version of the Subaru
XV Crosstrek, as well as new diesel versions of the BMW 3 Series and
Jeep Grand Cherokee.

The XV Crosstrek Hybrid underwhelmed Consumer Reports' engineers, as
testers found it to be a halfhearted hybrid. When applying the gas
pedal gingerly, the XV Crosstrek Hybrid managed to creep up to 20 mph
on electric power, but only if the outside temperature was above 50° F
and the heat or air conditioner was turned off. Moreover, this hybrid
isn't particularly refined. As with others, a start/stop system shuts
off the engine when drivers come to a halt, but it restarts with a
shudder when they're ready to go again.

The traditional XV Crosstrek Premium's 148-hp, 2.0-liter four-cylinder
engine helped it deliver a frugal 26 mpg overall in CR's test. The
hybrid version improves slightly on the drivability of the regular
one, but it averaged only an additional 2 mpg overall in Consumer
Reports tests. Considering it costs about $3,000 more than the regular
version, the hybrid is not worth the extra money for most shoppers.

The Jeep and BMW diesels turned in a more impressive showing in
Consumer Reports tests. Compared with their gasoline counterparts,
they boosted fuel economy by a significant 6 and 7 mpg overall to 24
and 35 mpg, respectively-without a significant compromise in
performance or refinement. With their excellent highway efficiency of
32 and 49 mpg, they provide lengthy cruising ranges of 785 and 735
miles. Both vehicles scored near the top of their classes in Consumer
Reports testing.

For 2014, though, the BMW 328d's new 180-hp, 2.0-liter turbo diesel,
left 328i impressive gas-mileage figure (28 mpg) in the dust. The
35-mpg CR averaged in the 328d, even with all-wheel drive, is
terrific. In this class, that's eclipsed only by the 40-mpg of the
Lexus CT 200h hybrid, which doesn't come close to the 3 Series in
luxury, sportiness and size.

There were trade offs to the 328d's impressive fuel economy. Its
acceleration isn't exactly speedy; its 8.5-second 0-to-60 mph time is
more than 2 seconds slower than the 328i's. But with 280 lb. ft. of
torque on tap, the diesel packs a nice punch for merging or passing.
With a trace of diesel clatter, the 328d is a little noisier than the
328i.

A 2014 freshening of the Grand Cherokee brought improved controls,
better fit and finish, a slick eight-speed automatic transmission, and
electric steering system. The available 240-hp, 3.0-liter turbo-diesel
V6 helps the Grand Cherokee further stand out for its impressive
versatility. Overall, this modern diesel brings a new level of fuel
efficiency to the Grand Cherokee while retaining a mostly civilized
driving experience. Consumer Reports averaged an impressive 24 mpg,
which is a 6-mpg boost in overall fuel economy compared with the
3.6-liter gasoline V6. That ties the Grand Cherokee with the
diesel-powered Volkswagen Touareg TDI as the most efficient non-hybrid
midsized SUV.
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