Here Comes the New Honda Accord Hybrid. Contain Yourselves.

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2014 Accord Hybrid press photo

The new 2014 Honda Accord Hybrid will be the most efficient city-cruising midsize hybrid on the market and will be available at dealerships in October, Honda says. (Photo courtesy Honda.)

The 2014 Honda Accord Hybrid is headed to U.S. dealerships in October, but got its reveal this week on Honda’s consumer website. It promises to deliver best-in-class city fuel economy, continuing its appeal to sensible– if not always exciting– drivers everywhere.

According to the official Honda press release, the Accord Hybrid should achieve 49 MPG in EPA city cycle testing, which would put it at the top of the midsize hybrid class for city fuel economy. The automaker said it expects a highway rating of 45 MPG, giving the car a combined score of 47 MPG. Let’s hope their guesstimate is closer than Ford’s. So while the Accord’s performance might not light anyone’s pants on fire, the Accord Hybrid sounds like it might do just that for efficiency nerds and commuters wanting to squeeze the most out of every gallon of increasingly expensive gasoline.

The Accord Hybrid will use Honda’s two-mode hybrid powertrain, sharing many parts with the Accord Plug-In that went on sale in January, Honda said. Known as SPORT HYBRID Intelligent Multi Mode Drive, the system allows the car to operate in pure EV mode, hybrid mode, or on its gasoline engine only to maximize fuel economy, as the release explained:

In ‘EV Drive’, the Accord Hybrid uses the lithium-ion battery to run in electric-only mode at lower speeds and in medium to high speed cruising, ‘Engine Drive’ sends the engine power directly to the front wheels. In ‘Hybrid Drive,’ the powerful 124-kilowatt (kW) electric motor and the all-new 2.0-liter DOHC i-VTEC Atkinson-cycle 4-cylinder engine blend together for powerful acceleration while allowing for efficient driving in  stop-and-go traffic situations.

Another thing that might get you excited about the Accord Hybrid is its available technology– after all, you’re reading a car website dedicated to in-car technology, aren’t you? Inside the car, tech offerings include Honda’s LaneWatch blind spot display, Lane Departure Warning, Forward Collision Warning, an eight-inch color display, cloud-based HondaLink infotainment services featuring Aha compatibility, a seven-speaker audio system that can stream your phone calls and music library via Bluetooth, a Pandora internet radio interface, XM satellite radio receiver, and a multiangle rearview camera with guidelines.

While it’s not the first Accord Hybrid to grace our shores, it is the first to be built here, Honda said, noting it will be built at the Accord assembly location in Marysville, OH.

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