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2014 Honda Accord Plug-In Hybrid Priced Sub-$41K, 115 MPGe

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2014 Honda Accord Plug-In Hybrid

2014 Honda Accord Plug-In Hybrid

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Honda has revealed pricing for its upcoming Accord plug-in hybrid at the 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show.

The car will be priced from $39,780 when it goes on sale January 15 in California and New York.

That's just a little higher than the recently-announced price for the 2013 Ford Fusion Energi at $39,495, which in turn is a little more than the Chevrolet Volt's starting price of $39,145. Toyota's plug-in Prius starts at $32,000.

Honda's destination and handling fee is $790. You'll also pay $850 for D&H on the Volt, and $760 on the plug-in Prius.

While the Accord is the most expensive of the bunch, it will also be one of the most efficient.

The company confirms that the 2014 Accord Plug-In has earned an EPA figure of 115 MPGe in electric mode.

2014 Honda Accord Plug-In Hybrid: First Drive

By comparison, the Chevrolet Volt is rated at 98 MPGe, and the Prius Plug-in at 95 MPGe. Ford is promising "over 100 MPGe" from the Fusion Energi--so it remains to be seen whether it can top the Honda.

Accord Plug-In drivers will see 13 miles of all-electric range, and EPA fuel economy ratings of 47 mpg city, 46 highway, and 46 combined in regular hybrid mode. Those figures are better than we're expecting from the Fusion Energi, but a little off the plug-in Prius' 51 city, 49 highway and 50 combined.

It's the first car in the U.S. to meet the new LEV3/SULEV20 emissions standards, and will get single-occupant carpool access in California.

The regular, two-motor Honda Accord Hybrid will also get some impressive economy figures, with an EPA-rated 49 mpg city, 45 highway and 47 combined. The hybrid will arrive next summer.

What do you think about the Accord Plug-In's fuel efficiency and pricing? Let us know in the comments section below.

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Comments (21)
  1. Which tax credit level will this qualify for? So far I really like what Honda has done, but between this and the volt is a tough choice. For tax credit and electric only range.
     
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  2. @Mittar: I believe the 2014 Honda Accord PHEV will qualify for a $3,750 Federal income-tax credit based on the size of its battery pack (same amount as the Ford Fusion Energi, incidentally).
     
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  3. I thought that the Honda had a 6.7 kWh battery. Doesn't the Energi have 7.5 kWh for its battery. How is that the same size?

    Even assuming they are the same size, the Energi will go farther on the same size battery.
     
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  4. @Jesse: The income-tax credits cover brackets of battery sizes. Not in a place where I can do a lot of research right now, but both cars fall into the same bracket and get the same tax deduction. Sorry for imprecise wording.
     
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  5. @John,
    Don't worry about it. I was just curious. I apologize if i sounded rude.
    The only thing I can find is this from the IRS website:
    http://www.irs.gov/Businesses/Plug-In-Electric-Vehicle-Credit-(IRC-30-and-IRC-30D)
    "the credit is equal to $2,500 plus, for a vehicle which draws propulsion energy from a battery with at least 5 kilowatt hours of capacity, $417, plus an additional $417 for each kilowatt hour of battery capacity in excess of 5 kilowatt hours."

    PIP: $2500 since its battery is less than 5kWh
    Calculate for the CMAX: $3751(2500+417+417+417)
    Then Accord should be: $3334(2500+417+417)
    But maybe they round the number, CMAX rounded down to 7 and Accord rounded up to 7. That is what it looks like for the CMAX, based on 7kWh battery
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  6. Here is the link to the list of qualified cars and the amount of deduction. Doesn't list Honda yet, but maybe soon?

    http://www.irs.gov/Businesses/Qualified-Vehicles-Acquired-after-12-31-2009
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  7. Just to clarify... the 13 miles electric is continual electric not electric on and off?
     
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  8. The Ford Fusion looks better inside and out, and has a longer useful range than the Honda but less than the four-seat Volt.
     
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  9. Wow, a gas car that is more efficient than my all electric Nissan Leaf. Who knew?
     
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  10. For only 13 miles though...
     
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  11. Why haven't any of you screamed that this pricing is outrageous for the Fusion AND Accord plug-ins? Same range as pip, less gas mpg when ev mode is depleted yet over $7K more...? Why???? Volt has nearly three times the range, has a hatchback, better tax n rebate incentives, and now has a two year history of high reliability n the highest consumer ratings.

    It seems that Ford n Honda don't want to produce n sell many of these new plug-ins of theirs with such outrageous prices. Freaking ridiculous when for another $10K one could get a bigger, better base Telsa S with ten times the ev range.
     
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  12. But they are the ONLY pair of Plugin 5-seater "sedan" out there...

    They want a "premium" for that new segment.
     
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  13. @Xialong: Ummmm, you forgot one! 2012 Tesla Model S? :)
     
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  14. @Erik: I've driven the Prius and the Accord plug-ins, as well as the Fusion Hybrid (though not the Energi version).

    I think this is a case where buyers who are predisposed to want a Prius will go that way, while other buyers who value acceleration, more sustainable electric range, a more conventional interior, and the looks of a "regular car" may go for the Fusion or Accord.

    And if those buyers want five seats and decent cargo capacity, that may exclude the Volt. And the lack of a combustion engine for unlimited distances may exclude the Tesla.

    In the end, I feel that the more alternatives, the better. It's not just one plug-in market, it's likely to be several. Bring 'em ALL on!
     
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  15. John, you misread my comment and are off target greatly with your reply.

    1) Tesla never mentioned by me n irrelevant to this conversation.
    2) What are u referring to when you wrote "more sustainable electric range?" Maybe...one more mile. Again, that's irrelevant.
    3) Sure conventional styling n more power are unique differences that will bring some to these sedan plug-ins that would not get a pip or volt. However, unlikely more then a handful, literally, of these buyers are going to say the 5 passenger seating of the plug-in sedans over the 4 seats for the volt was a significant factor.
    4) Finally, I never stated anything about the Fusion or Accord plug-ins shouldn't be built or that they were bad cars. My gripe is the high pricing!
     
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  16. @Erik: Your idea of what is "irrelevant" may not be shared by all buyers.

    I have no data on the relative importance of 5 seats versus 4. Some GCR commenters have said it's one factor against the Volt. Do you have any data on that?

    As for pricing, that's in the eye of the beholder. The Volt and Prius Plug-In are presently the # 1 and # 2 best-selling plug-ins, but I don't think we have enough info to make hard & fast judgments yet about what's better value for money.

    In the end, I stand by my point: Different buyers will weight these cars' mixes of features, ranges + prices differently. I think that's a GOOD thing!

    Finally, I never wrote that you said they shouldn't be built or are bad.
     
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  17. I expect better from you.
     
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  18. @Erik - the Volt is a more expensive compact car with only four seats - that's why.
     
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  19. Glad to see this car on the market but hate the blue mustache.
     
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  20. I'm not keen on the silly grin below it.
     
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  21. Honda Accord is a large (full size) car, so yes, the MPG suffers a bit when compared to other much smaller cars... but not by much. Well done, Honda.
     
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