Honda has released information and photos about the upcoming hybrid version of the 2014 Accord sedan, which is expected to lead its class in fuel economy ratings with an estimated 49/45/47mpg city/highway/combined. Along with the Accord Sedan and Accord Coupe, the Hybrid will join the Accord Plug-In that went on sale in New York and California in January. Although pricing is yet to be announced, expect the Hybrid to start somewhere in between the sedan’s base price of $22,470 and the Plug-In’s $40,570.
Styling-wise, the Hybrid takes a more subtle approach than the Plug-In’s imposing grille, more closely resembling the regular Accord sedan with the exception of a few detail changes. Along with the expected hybrid badging, the Accord Hybrid also includes blue-accented grille and light lenses, LED daytime running lights, a unique wheel design, and a rear decklid spoiler. Inside, the Accord Hybrid has an updated gauge cluster with instant fuel economy and energy flow information, but is otherwise identical to the Accord sedan.
We love the 2013 Honda Accord so much that we made it one of our All-Stars this year. We hope that the hybrid model will preserve the same sweet driving dynamics as the regular Accord while still offering the eco-minded greenie credentials to celebrate.
Honda says the car’s “Sport Hybrid” powertrain will have three different driving modes: EV Drive, Hybrid Drive, and Engine Drive. As you might guess, EV Drive allows the car to run on electric power only, Engine Drive takes power from the hybrid’s 2.0-liter i-VTEC Atkinson-cycle four-cylinder engine, while Hybrid Drive combines the electric motor and gasoline engine.
The 2014 Accord Hybrid marks a notable departure from Honda’s Integrated Motor Assist (IMA) hybrid system found in the Civic Hybrid, CRZ, and Insight, which uses a much smaller electric motor primarily for assist. Hondas equipped with IMA can only use electric-only power in very limited applications, whereas the Accord Hybrid’s larger battery and more powerful electric motor will likely be more similar to Toyota’s Hybrid Synergy Drive system that uses electric-only power much more often than Honda’s IMA. The Accord Hybrid’s electric motor produces 124 kilowatts compared to the Civic Hybrid’s 17 kilowatts.
While pricing on the 2014 Accord Hybrid is yet to be announced, the car will go up against competition from Toyota, Ford, Hyundai, and Kia. Among this group, the 2013 Kia Optima Hybrid is cheapest with a base price of $26,445 with destination, and the Ford Fusion Hybrid currently leads the group with its 47/47/47mpg city/highway/combined mileage ratings. Check out how the Accord Hybrid stacks up in the chart below.
|Base Price (w/destination)||Combined System hp||MPG (city/highway/combined)|
|2014 Honda Accord Hybrid||TBA||TBA||49/45/47|
|2013 Ford Fusion Hybrid||$27,995||188||47/47/47|
|2013 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid||$26,445||199||36/40/38|
|2013 Kia Optima Hybrid||$26,445||199||36/40/38|
|2013 Toyota Camry Hybrid||$26,935||200||43/39/41|