The 2014 Honda Accord Hybrid is touted by Honda to achieve 49 mpg city, 45 mpg highway and 47 mpg combined. For those of you keeping score, those numbers are best in class. The Toyota Camry Hybrid, the 2014 Honda Accord Hybrid’s main competitor, has a 41 mpg rating.
“The 2014 Accord Hybrid will use Honda’s new two-motor hybrid powertrain, much of which is shared with the Accord Plug-In that went on sale in January. The two-motor SPORT HYBRID Intelligent Multi Mode Drive powertrain in the Accord Hybrid allows the vehicle to move through three different driving modes – EV Drive, Hybrid Drive and Engine Drive – to optimize fuel efficiency.
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. The Accord Hybrid is anticipated to obtain a class-leading mid-size sedan EPA fuel economy1 rating of 49/45/47 mpg (city/highway/combined).” – – Honda Media
The 2014 Honda Accord Hybrid will be assembled in Marysville, Ohio.
The Fast Lane Car recently drove the Honda Accord four-cylinder with a six-speed manual and one with a continuously variable transmission (CVT). The CVT equipped Honda Accord was one of the quietest most composed CVT yet. I mention this because the 2014 Honda Accord Hybrid uses the same transmission. If you combine that with the quality we experienced in the new Accord, Honda is off to a good start.
“Inside, the Accord Hybrid’s well-appointed and intuitive layout provides the driver with instant fuel economy and energy flow information for efficient driving performance. Along with innovative new features such as Honda’s LaneWatch™ blind-spot display, an industry-first that debuted on the Accord last fall, other available features on the 2014 Accord Hybrid include Lane Departure Warning (LDW) and Forward Collision Warning (FCW), an 8-inch color i-MID display, perforated leather-trimmed seating surfaces, cloud-based HondaLink™ featuring Aha™ compatibility, seven-speaker audio system with Bluetooth® streaming audio, Pandora® interface and XM® Radio, and a multi-angle rearview camera with guidelines.
The 2014 Accord Hybrid features the same next-generation Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) body structure as the 2013 Accord, along with Honda’s new SmartVent™ front-side airbags. Like the 2013 Accord, the 2014 Accord Hybrid is expected to earn top safety ratings including an NCAP 5-Star Overall Vehicle Score and a TOP SAFETY PICK+ rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).” – – Honda Media
Honda will augment the 2014 Honda Accord Hybrid with unique badges, wheels, spoiler and lights (among other touches) to differentiate it from other models. The 2014 Honda Accord Hybrid will be in dealerships this October. No word on pricing, but expect it to be competitive with the Toyota Camry Hybrid’s $26,140 base price.
Enjoy this mile-high 0 to 60 mph video review of the Honda Accord Sport!