2014 Honda Accord Hybrid Arrives This Fall, Rated At 47 MPG

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The 2014 Honda Accord Hybrid, a mid-size sedan that competes with hybrid models of the Ford Fusion, Hyundai Sonata, Kia Optima, and Toyota Camry, will go on sale in October, its maker said today.

47 mpg combined

With a more powerful electric motor than its competitors, the 2014 Honda Accord Hybrid matches the best EPA fuel efficiency ratings in the hybrid mid-size sedan category.

It also delivers a combined rating almost 60 percent higher than its gasoline Accord counterpart.

Honda projects the new Accord Hybrid will achieve a combined EPA rating of 47 mpg (49 mpg city, 45 mpg highway).

That compares to the Fusion Hybrid at 47 mpg combined, the Sonata and Optima hybrids at 38 mpg combined, and the Camry Hybrid at 41 mpg.

It remains to be seen whether the Accord Hybrid will deliver close to 47 mpg in real-world use.

The 2013 Ford Fusion Hybrid has been criticized for under-achieving its EPA combined rating; the EPA is now looking into the matter.

Among gasoline Accord models for 2013, the highest combined EPA rating is 30 mpg--which goes to the 2.4-liter four-cylinder model fitted with Honda's new continuously variable transmission (CVT).

Three driving modes

Honda's new and compact full hybrid system for larger vehicles uses two electric motors, one housed essentially inside the other, sited between the engine and a modified version of Honda's CVT.

One motor acts as a generator to recharge the battery during regenerative braking, while the other can power the car alone or together with the engine.

The 2014 Honda Accord switches automatically among three different power sources or drive modes--EV, Hybrid, or Engine--depending on which is most efficient at any given time.

EV Drive uses only the electric motor, at lower speeds and for light-load highway cruising; Hybrid Drive blends power from the 2.0-liter four cylinder engine and the large 124-kilowatt (166-horsepower) electric drive motor; and Engine Drive mode sends engine power to the front wheels without involving the electric drive.

Built in Ohio

The hybrid Accord will be built at the same Marysville, Ohio, assembly plant as other models of the Accord.

That makes it Honda's first domestically-built full hybrid, although the company has assembled Civic Hybrids--which use a smaller, less powerful hybrid system--in the U.S. since 2011.

2014 Honda Accord Hybrid

2014 Honda Accord Hybrid

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The 2014 Accord Hybrid shares the redesign launched this year for Honda's popular mid-size sedan, which was restyled for the 2013 model year.

But the hybrid Accord can be identified by the blue tint of its grille and headlight lenses, the daytime LED running lights, a decklid spoiler, and unique alloy wheels.

It also has badges that say, not surprisingly, Accord Hybrid. They're similar to those used on the 2014 Honda Accord Plug-In Hybrid, on sale in a few dealerships since January.

The new 2014 Accord Hybrid is the non-plug-in hybrid model. It will be sold nationwide starting four months from now--and in much higher volumes than the plug-in model, which will be distributed only in limited markets.

Earlier hybrid Accord failed

The regular hybrid Accord gives Honda its first Accord Hybrid sedan since the demise of the model sold from 2004 to 2007.

It was fitted with a mild-hybrid system similar to that of the Civic Hybrid paired with a 3.0-liter V-6 engine.

That earlier Accord Hybrid was not popular with buyers, who were confused by its positioning with powerful V-6 performance that also happened to deliver decent gas mileage.

High-end features

The 2014 Honda Accord Hybrid offers informational graphics to show the driver both energy flows and fuel economy data moment to moment, to help improve driving efficiency.

It includes the LaneWatch blind-spot camera in the right-hand mirror, which shows a view of the car's blind spot on the center display in the dash when the driver signals a right turn or lane change.

Options include leather-trimmed seats, a seven-speaker audio system with Bluetooth pairing, a rear-view mutli-angle camera, Lane Departure Warning, Forward Collision Warning, and an 8-inch color touchscreen display.

Pricing and trim levels for the 2014 Honda Accord Hybrid will be announced closer to the October on-sale date.


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Comments (15)
  1. So no specs?

  2. 47 mpg combined, attractive styling inside and out, built in Ohio... I think I'm in love.

  3. You'd love the Volt even more.....built in Detroit, gets 98 MPGe, and has the highest reliability record of ANY vehicle in Consumer Reports 2011 survey. My Volt is actually returning 160 MPG (some owners have never refilled the gas tank), and uses about $19. worth of electricity per 1000 miles. After rebates, tax credits, and GM car rebate, I paid a little over $27k, plus tax. And it costs no more to own over 5 years than a Honda Civic, according to Edmunds.

  4. So it sounds like it's the '14 plug-in without the plug and ability to charge from a plug. Those excluded bits must lead to a large price reduction if they expect to sell "in much higher volumes than the plug-in model".

  5. Sounds like Hybrid Accord is a revised version of the Accord Plug-in Hybrid without plug & charger. MPG is +1 (47 vs 46). The question what is the battery size (electric-only range) and will it have a "plug-in" option?

    If this is a non-plug-in version, it's an interesting approach by Honda to lower price and drive up production volume. A non-plug-in hybrid will still deliver much of the energy savings with re-generative breaking. A "small battery" limits the amount of gas that can be displaced by not plugging into electric-grid. The difference would be most noticeable for short trips under 10 miles that could be all-electric.

  6. @Brian: This is the volume model, a regular hybrid that competes straight across with hybrid mid-size sedans from Ford, Hyundai, Kia, and Toyota. Its pack is likely about 1.5 kWh and it will likely do ~ 1 mile on electric-only power, under gentle driving ... just like all the rest.

    Not sure what "will it have a 'plug-in' option?" means. If you want an Accord Hybrid with a plug, you buy the Accord Plug-In Hybrid.

    This car is the basic example of the core technology. Honda just launched the PHEV first because all of those cars will be built in Japan, whereas this is built in Ohio--and that plant hasn't yet built hybrids, so ramp-up is slow.

  7. Great news. I am planning to replace the existing Honda Accord with this one in my household if the price is reasonable.

    How is the trunk space? Is it going to be as terrible as the plug in version or as bad as the Fusion Energi? I hope NOT, because that might be a deal breaker for a "mid size family sedan".

  8. My only concern is if the 47mpg a real number or another fantasy number. Car companies do themselves no favors by exaggerating mpg claims. Let's hope Honda paid attention to the Hyundai and Ford debacles.

  9. It might be more Ford like since it has a strong motor and powerful battery that allows it to stay in EV mode longer.

    But the Ford mpg problem hasn't prevented Ford from selling a lot of Fusion or C-Max.

    As long as Ford can still advertise that 47mpg, people will flock to the dealership.

  10. If this gets 47 MPG, howcome the crappy lil Insight gets only 44?

  11. Well, variety of things to be said here.

    First, the real-world mileage of the Accord is TBD. It may be like the Ford hybrid twins, never hitting its EPA numbers.

    Second, the Insight is underrated by the EPA. Real-life mileage often exceeds the ratings. On fuelly.com, the 2013 averages 47.5mpg, and the 2012 46.3mpg.

    Third, the Insight is much cheaper than the Accord.

    Finally, the Insight uses an older hybrid system, originally designed in the late 90's and refined up to today. Honda is going to be phasing out that system. (And if I'm not mistaken, the motor in the Accord is Atkinson cycle? Not so in the Insight.)

  12. We'll see if it really hits those numbers. Hoping so!

  13. It's HP and engine displacement and engine combustion cycle specs (Atkinson) are very similar to the Fusion and C-max hybrid. I sure hope it gets more than the 39/41 real world average MPG of the C-max and Fusion hybrids! Not holding my breath though

  14. The original Accord Hybrid was a six cylinder not a four.

  15. @Kacey: You're quite right, so it is--same 3.0-liter V-6 as in the regular Accord, but with cylinder deactivation added. Thanks for catching that! I've altered the article to reflect the correction.

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