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2014 Honda Accord Hybrid Touring Long-Term Update 7

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 7/16/2015 Benson Kong, Motor Trend Staff

The long-term Honda Accord Hybrid Touring entered our lives with 124 miles on the odometer, and precisely 359 days and 8 hours later, the digital counter turned over to 40,000. My celebratory act was to zip to the closest Chevron station so the documented fuel stop would read the exact "40,000." That evening, new fuel flowed into the car for its 73rd fill-up overall. The missus rolled her eyes for the umpteenth time as I babbled on about fuel economy and reliability (also for the umpteenth time).

2014 Honda Accord Hybrid Touring Long-Term Update 7

Each of those 73 fill-ups could weave its own tale; we'll begin with the longest one. The farthest the Accord Hybrid has traveled on one tank of fuel is 717.3 miles. Not as far as our former interstate warrior 2012 Volkswagen Passat TDI — it once leapt 732.2 miles in a single (big) bound — but still pretty great.

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MotorTend Image© Provided by MotorTrend MotorTend Image I remember the 717.3 miles well. They were covered during a three-week span where I only had to commute to and from the office and didn't have to go anywhere too far out of my way, a rare moment in time indeed. Each mile rolled by in comfort and quietness, and there was little babying of the gas pedal. Not coincidentally, the car's two farthest single-tank distances were completed back-to-back within that 20-day period: 703.7 and 717.3 miles. The aggregate miles per gallon? A stellar 46.7, essentially matching the Real MPG city score of 46.8.

Including the two 700-plus-mile outings, there have been 24 fill-ups where the trip meter registered in the 600s. The quick stats of my 24-pack:

  • Distance high: 717.3 miles
  • Distance low: 606.7 miles
  • Distance mean: 653.4 miles
  • Total distance: 15,681 miles
  • Observed fuel economy: 44.5 mpg

There were another four fill-ups in the 590-something-mile range, one at an OCD cringe-worthy 599.9 miles. Linking the four with the 24 brings the observed fuel econ to 44.3 mpg, identical to the Real MPG combined rating. The lifetime average resides at 42.3 mpg thanks to miles and miles of high-speed highway work.

The LED headlights, furnished only at the Touring level, are the bee's knees.© Provided by MotorTrend The LED headlights, furnished only at the Touring level, are the bee's knees. In short, you can go a long way in the Accord Hybrid while getting eye-popping mpg. Its two efficiency weaknesses are still (A) brief trips with frequent cold starts, and (B) sustained high speeds above 75 mph. Scenario A is the worst-case scenario for any vehicle, save for a plug-in hybrid or electric car where the interior cabins can be preconditioned while on the electrical grid teat. Scenario B forces the engine to stay on at higher speeds, which is tough on a hybrid that earns its keep with engine-off driving.

Now, the stewardship low: paying $379.42 for maintenance.

At 40,000 miles, the Accord Hybrid has been serviced thrice. That's three oil changes and inspections, two tire rotations, and two air filters (one apiece for the cabin and engine). This test car's onboard maintenance reminder system reliably hit the 5 percent oil life/"service now" mark at 11,297-mile intervals. And it's been plenty dependable throughout its stay.

More on our long-term 2014 Honda Accord Hybrid Touring:

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