What's New for 2014:
- Hybrid model with 13 miles of electric-only range
- Rated by the EPA at 115 MPGe
- 46 mpg using just gasoline
- Recharges in 3 hours using household outlet
- Qualifies for HOV carpool lane access in California
The 2014 Honda Accord Plug-in Hybrid is a midsize family sedan equipped with a gas-electric hybrid powertrain that offers electric-only vehicle operation for a short distance, and as determined by the driver. This model's closest competitors are the Ford Fusion Energi and the Toyota Prius Plug-in.Models and Features
Honda bases the Accord Plug-in Hybrid on the Accord Touring model, which means it is a fully equipped vehicle. Styling differences set the plug-in model apart, and include a redesigned front end with blue-tinted LED headlights, different aluminum wheels, a revised rear end with blue-tinted LED taillights, and instrumentation tailored to the car's unique nature.
Highlights from the standard equipment list include 17-inch forged aluminum wheels with aerodynamic covers, heated exterior mirrors with LED turn signal indicators, and a battery charging door mounted on the left front fender. Inside, the Accord Plug-in Hybrid is equipped with bio-fabric upholstery, dual-zone automatic climate control, heated front and rear seats, 10-way power driver's seat, and a leather-wrapped tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel.
This version of the Accord also comes standard with keyless Smart Entry with push-button ignition, a navigation system, and HondaLink telematics with real-time traffic and weather reports, and Aha compatibility. The standard touch-screen audio system includes Bluetooth streaming audio, SMS text messaging capability, Pandora Internet radio, USB port, and a 16 GB music hard drive with Song By Voice retrieval capability.
Standard safety equipment for this model is listed below in the safety section.Options and Packages
Accord Plug-in Hybrid buyers choose from three paint colors and a handful of dealer-installed accessories. They include wheel locks, body side moldings, all-season floor mats, illuminated doorsill trim plates, and a cargo hook for the trunk.Under the Hood
Though the Accord Plug-in Hybrid looks different than the standard Accord, the real differences are under the car's hood where a new Earth Dreams 2-motor hybrid powertrain resides. Pairing a 141-horsepower, 2.0-liter Atkinson-cycle 4-cylinder engine with a 124-kW electric motor and a 6.7-kWh Lithium-ion battery good for 55 horsepower, this system provides an estimated 13 miles of electric-only driving, according to Honda.
The car's default powertrain setting is EV Drive, or electric-only mode. If the driver wishes to conserve battery power to be used at a later time, Hybrid Drive calibrates the drivetrain to operate like a standard gas-electric hybrid system.
When the battery reaches its minimum state of charge, the car automatically switches to Hybrid Drive. To recharge the battery, the owner plugs the car into a standard household electrical outlet for 3 hours. Using a 240-volt Level 2 charging source, the car's battery tops off in less than one hour, Honda says.Fuel Economy
Rated in terms of Miles Per Gallon equivalent, the Accord Plug-in Hybrid gets 115 MPGe in combined driving when the driver uses all of the EV range before switching to Hybrid Drive. In terms of fuel economy in Hybrid Drive mode, the Accord Plug-in Hybrid gets 47 mpg in the city, 46 mpg on the highway, and 46 mpg in combined driving, according to the EPA.Safety Ratings and Technology
As this overview is written, neither the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) nor the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has performed crash tests on this model. Because the Accord Plug-in Hybrid isn't identical to the standard Accord sedan, crash-test ratings for the latter do not apply to the former.
The Accord Plug-in Hybrid is equipped with the automaker's Advanced Compatibility Engineering II (ACE II) body structure, as well as SmartVent side-impact air bags, a multi-angle reversing camera, expanded-view driver's side mirror to help see in the car's left-side blind spot, and a Lane Watch camera showing the right-side blind spot on the dashboard display screen. Additionally, this model is equipped with an Acoustic Vehicle Alerting System to ensure pedestrians know an electric car is operating nearby, as well as a forward-collision warning system and a lane-departure warning system.