2014 Honda Accord Plug-in Hybrid Debuts With 100 MPGe


Last week, Honda pulled the covers off of the 2014 Honda Accord Plug-in Hybrid, and perhaps some people wish they would have left it on. While it may not be the prettiest belle at the ball, the Honda Accord Plug-in Hybrid does offer some impressive numbers that will make it a real contender in the marketplace. Chief among those numbers, an estimated 100 MPGe rating, as well as a pure-electric range that is competitive with its rivals.

100 MPGe, Up To 15 Miles Of EV Range
The 2014 Honda Accord Plug-in Hybrid will hit dealerships in early 2013, and it comes with a new 2.0 liter “Earth Dreams” engine a 124 kW electric motor, and a 6.7 kWh battery pack. This combination will offer total output of 196 horsepower (137 from the gas engine, 59 from the electric motor) and between 10 and 15 miles of electric-only driving. It also qualifies, according to Honda, for a 100 MPGe rating under the EPA guidelines.

15 miles enough range to cover most around-town trips, and the 6.7 kWh battery pack qualifies the Accord Plug-in Hybrid for $3,750 in gov’ment money via a Federal Tax Credit. Honda has yet to announce the MSRP of the Accord Plug-in, though if Ford and Toyota’s pricing is any indication, it should be in the low-30’s/high 20’s with the tax credit.

More Than Powertrain Improvements

The Accord Plug-in Hybrid will come with special wheels, more aerodynamic design, and less weight. The wheels are designed to produce less drag, as are underbody trays for the engine and cabin floors. An aluminum hood, sub-frame, brake pedal, and rear bumper drop a substantial (though unspecified) amount of weight from the Accord Plug-in Hybrid. It no doubt also adds to the MSRP, while giving this new Honda a bit of a funky-but-not-fresh look.

Honda is taking a different route than most automakers by released the plug-in version of the Accord prior to the “standard” hybrid version. This is the case with all of Honda’s alt-fuel cars including their only pure electric car, the Honda Fit EV. While the first leases have already been signed for the Fit EV, you can only lease it in California and you can’t buy it just yet.

Impressive Enough?

So far, Honda has been just another “also ran” in the hybrid game, unable to match the efficiency of the Toyota Prius, or the versatility of the Ford C-Max Energi. Unfortunately, the 2014 Accord Plug-in Hybrid already appears to have the same issue, falling squarely in the middle of the pack, at least on paper. Hell, even the debut pictures feature a car painted a very boring beige. Like, come on Honda! Give me a blue, a green, even white. But beige? Ugh. It’s like you want to be boring.

The interior is even less exciting though. Yes, there is a long list of standard features, but the interior couldn’t be more…appropriate. Touchscreen navigation and infotainment? Check. Standard gauge cluster? Check. MOST BORING SHIFTER EVER? Double check. Yawn.

Having just sold a ‘98 Honda Accord that served me very well, I really am rooting for the 2014 Accord Plug-in Hybrid to find a rabid customer base. While there was nothing exciting about my car, I did appreciate its frugality and reliability. Not once did that car, with nearly 180,000 miles on it, leave me stranded.

But the 1998 Honda Accord comes from a time when reliability was itself a rate quality. The average American really only had two choices when it came to reliable vehicles; you either drove a full-size pickup, or a Toyota/Honda. Everything else was a crapshoot at best. These days, the few new car buyers left have a lot of excellent, better-looking, more versatile and frankly more exciting options.

I hope Hibda has a great ad campaign lined up.

Source: Honda

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  • I don’t like that it’s all electric range only stays in electric mode if you don’t accelerate too hard and or stay below a certain speed…


    • The point is to maximize efficiency, and aggressive acceleration isn’t as efficient on the electric side of things as it is on the ICE side. There’s similar thinking on the Volt. If it bothers you, don’t accelerate so hard. 🙂

      • The Volt is pure electric the first 38 miles regardless of hills or speed, they purposely did it this way. I’ve owned one for a year. It’s misleading for Toyota, Honda and Ford to say they have an all electric mode, I don’t want the industry to get a bad rap which will hurt all plug-ins. They should call it blended mode or something…..


        • There is no mileage or speed or other “magic cutoff” in the Volt. If the computer decides the ICE will be more efficient in a given scenario, it turns it on and the clutches engage and the engine drives the wheels through the electric motor. That’s what caused such a hullabaloo in ’10.

  • Marc P.

    Don’t take this personally, but I really don’t give a hoot what you or any reviewer thinks of the esthetics of this car’s shifter, color or any other part of it for that matter. Sorry, but I’m just plain tired of reviewers taking up to half their car review’s space giving their opinion about the vehicle’s looks. I’ll make up my own mind, thank you very much.

    What I’m interested in are the numbers… and they’re frankly quite good. If you live close to work and don’t accelerate too hard, you could use very little fuel with this car. If the price turns out to be not THAT much more than the regular Accord sedan, now that will be interesting. I hope these “bridge” cars multiply so we get more and more efficient (and not too expensive) cars and SUVs to choose from.

    • Christopher DeMorro

      @ Marc P.

      No offense taken. That said, as someone who has sat in and driven many, many, many different cars, I find that certain things speak to me and certain things don’t. Many people buy a car not based on numbers, but looks. That is a big part of Hyundai’s recent rise; their cars look great.

      Look at history. Funky-looking cars rarely succeed in the marketplace. The Subaru SVX, the Merkur XR4, the Honda Del Sol. These are cars with limited appeal and selling power not because of their numbers, but because of their looks.

      In other words, feel free to skip over my personal assessments. Opinions are like buttholes, everybody has one and they all stink. But that won’t stop me from writing mine down.

      • Marc P.

        Yes, of course, people buy cars based on how they look and that explains the failure and success of many car models. I fully agree. I, personally am interested in the numbers and looks is an afterthought. Call me geeky…

        I just find that sometimes reviewers not only ramble on about the vehicle’s esthetics, they express their views not as an opinion, but as a fact. This color IS hideous, this shifter IS ugly, and so on. Hey, it’s a writing style and that’s o.k. It’s just not my preferred one.

        Oh, and for Jo…
        Sorry for leaving my opinion in the “comments” section… of all places !

        • Christopher DeMorro

          @ Marc P.

          We really do appreciate all opinions here, and I do hear what you’re saying.

          That said, I am hoping someone lights a fire under Honda’s ass, because while the numbers are good, they aren’t GREAT…and they are cars out there with GREAT numbers and GREAT looks. I am just afraid the new Accord will end up being just another “also-ran.”

    • We will continue to tailor all of our articles to your specific tastes, Marc. Thanks for letting us know you’re tired of our opinion, then immediately sharing yours.

      • Marc P.

        Hahaha… good one, I must admit.

  • danwat1234

    The press article mentions that it is an Atkinson cycle engine, but really, it’s an Earth Dreams 2L engine, where it is Atkinson cycle when throttle is low, but OTTO cycle when you need the power!

  • The 2014 Accord Plug-In Hybrid from Honda Motors is more likely to have a longer electric driving range and a more traditional interior cabin as compared to the plug in hybrid edition of Toyota Motors’ upcoming quintessential hybrid.

  • Well, I’m actually a bit impressed with not only the numbers for this model but also the looks of it. I currently drive a 1998 Toyota Corolla and it has been a gem with respect to reliability and fuel efficiency. However, my car has no bells and whistles and I’m definitely looking to upgrade my next car to include some luxurious features, an elegant design and NOT sacrifice fuel efficiency and reliability. Prius, Volt owners etc can brag about their solid numbers but to me THOSE cars are boring and funky looking. I’ve seen so many Priuses with CA tags driving here in Texas and I just find those to be a passe’ fad that I’m not too keen on. Finally Honda has introduced a pretty nice redesign for the Accord and I’m even more impressed with the body style of this soon-to-be-introduced model. Moreover, I’ve seen pics of the 2014 Honda Accord Plug-in Hybrid in white as well as black and (IMHO) it’s refreshing to see nice lines on an aerodynamic frame for a change especially with all the Nissan Cubes and Kia Souls clogging the roads (yuck). The interior looks to have the usual cluster of instruments, I don’t see a problem there. From what I’ve read the Plug in Accord Hybrid has comparable standard features to others in it’s class. I was hoping to see if the interior comes standard with head-up display and a toggle button for the navigation system but those look to be lacking. I will eagerly await the release of this model and the regular Accord Hybrid because if the price is competitive I’ll carefully consider it in my next purchase. Thanks!

  • The forthcoming 2014 Accord Plug-in hybrid vehicle is expected to come with the ability to drive for up to 15 miles on electric power alone, which is really impressive.

  • Jason Carpp

    This is one of the ugliest looking Honda Accords I’ve ever seen. Between its styling and the fact that it’s all electric, rather than a hybrid (electric/gasoline, or electric/diesel), I would run the other way.

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