- Hybrid version of the popular Accord midsize sedan
- Debuted in 2013 along with the Accord’s redesign
- 50/45 mpg city/highway
The 2014 Honda Accord Hybrid takes everything good about the Accord midsize sedan (reliability, plenty of interior room, comfort, and value) and adds a big dollop of fuel economy to the mix with its hybrid drivetrain.
When Honda redesigned the Accord in 2013, they also reintroduced a new member of the Accord family, the Accord Hybrid. From the outside, there isn’t much to distinguish the two models; the Hybrid gets its own headlights, blue accents to the grille, and unique wheels, but other than that they are pretty much identical.
The Accord Hybrid’s drivetrain combines a gas engine and an electric motor for more efficient driving. The gas engine is a 141-hp, 2.0-liter four-cylinder that combines with the electric motor for a total output of 196-hp, which is more than enough oomph for a midsize sedan. Honda has elected put an electronic CVT transmission in, a common choice in hybrid cars. The battery is lithium-ion, instead of the cheaper nickel metal-hydride batteries that can still be found in a few cars. There are three selectable driving modes: EV Drive (100% electric, until the batteries run out), Hybrid Drive, and Engine Drive.
EPA estimated fuel economy is 50/45 mpg city/highway, the city figure almost matching that of the Toyota Prius.
Inside, the Accord Hybrid adds powered front seats to the standard features list (compared to the standard sedan), joining dual-zone automatic climate control, Bluetooth connectivity, USB/iPod port, and an 8-inch color touchscreen in the center console. Leather upholstery, heated front seats, and a navigation system are still optional.
The 2014 Accord Hybrid is also very well equipped when it comes to safety features and also earned a full five-star overall rating from the NHTSA for its performance in crash testing. Six airbags, antilock brakes, an electronic stability system, and a backup camera are standard. Also standard is Honda’s LaneWatch system, which displays two lanes of adjacent traffic on the center console screen when the turn signal is activated, minimizing blind spots for safe lane changes.