2014 Honda Accord Hybrid – The 2014 Honda Accord Hybrid and 2014 Honda Accord Plug-In Hybrid adds a couple of new hybrid options for the latest generation of the Accord mid-sized sedan. Restyled and updated for the 2013 model year in the gas-only, the Accord expanded for the 2014 model year, both a standard hybrid and the company’s first-ever plug-in hybrid, with an electric range far exceeds the to include Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid.
We spent a day driving a prototype2014 Honda Accord Hybrid, but had not driven the standard hybrid version, which goes on the market later in 2013. The plug-in model is launched in a few selected markets, including California, in January 2013. While Honda sold light intersections that do not go to all-electric – since 2000, the previous Accord Hybrid in 2004-2007 tuned for performance rather than fuel economy. Confused consumers did not get it, and the model was withdrawn. Honda has a new two-motor hybrid system for larger vehicles, all the usual hybrid virtues. It provides electric running at low speed and light loads, electric torque to help a small gasoline engine, and regenerative braking to recover and reuse energy otherwise wasted as brake heat.
The styling of the 2014 Honda Accord Hybrid is largely that of the redesigned 2014 Honda Accord petrol models, but with a different grille and front bumper, special aerodynamic wheels, and a few detail differences such as LED taillights. It is a clean, nice sedan many form of Accords past, and we give Honda’s designers special praise for keeping the BELTLINE low – improving the driver’s rearward visibility and allows for shorter rear passengers to looking out the windows.
The 2014 Honda Accord Hybrid 137-hp, 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine runs on ultra-efficient Atkinson cycle, and an electric motor, which acts as a generator to charge the battery pack on engine overrun – stuck to the back of it. A second electric motor powers the vehicle is attached to the differential that transfers power to the front wheels, and can also recharge the pack under regenerative braking.
Unusually, Honda’s new large hybrid system offers three different types of operation – all of them chosen automatically by its control software. It can run all electrically up to 30 or 40 mph. It can work as a Volt-like series hybrid with the engine turning the first generator to produce electricity that powers the second motor (with the clutch open between them), and finally it as a conventional parallel hybrid engine and car transfer torque (with the clutch engaged). The plug-in retreat toward all-electric running under light loads, like the hybrid, at speeds as high as 60 mph.
The 2014 Honda Accord Hybrid driver will not necessarily know what is happening under the hood when the engine is well muffled and comes at a very smooth when needed. Managers, too, by the way, a “HV” button on the plug-in model that allows them to set up the car to work in mixed mode and keep the battery when it might be needed later. There is also a “HP Control” mode that keeps the engine on longer to charge plug-in battery pack to its capacity for a maximum electric range later on.
The EPA has not yet rated the 2014 Honda Accord Hybrid for fuel economy, so we can not compare the ratings to compare hybrid models of Toyota Camry, Hyundai Sonata or Ford Fusion. The EPA released electric range for the 2014 Accord Plug-In Hybrid, so we can not compare it to the upcoming Fusion Energy plug-in hybrid or the only hybrid with a plug on the market today, the Toyota Prius Plug- In Hybrid.
But the management of the 2014 Accord Plug-In Hybrid, we can say that it is a longer electric range and stronger all-electric acceleration as the plug-in Prius. Honda expects the plug-in Accord 10 to 15 miles of continuous electric range to provide the 6.7-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery pack mounted in the trunk behind the rear seat.
A day of driving a prototype 2014 Honda Accord Hybrid proves that point, the car stays in electric mode in all but the most aggressive driving conditions and under circumstances in which the plug-in Prius in engine would have switched long ago. The plug-in Accord in electric mode up to 45 mph, and often switched back to electric running with the throttle steady at speeds as high as 60 mph. When the engine is on, it only noisy foot-to-the-floor acceleration, and even then it was more of a subdued turbine noise than the anguished cry of the plug-in Prius engine.
2014 Honda Accord Hybrid Release Date
Within the new2014 Honda Accord Hybrid is pretty much standard-issue Accord, with different displays on the gauge cluster and the central touchscreen more detail about the vehicle’s operation and energy use. We particularly like Honda’s power meter graphic on the left of the speedometer, which is easy intuitive, with work in the bars to show where the engine would have to disable acceleration. Our prototype has an attractive pale gray, silver and black interior, with only the gold sparkly metalflake-like finish of some piano-black glossy plastic trim as a head-scratcher.
2014 Honda Accord Hybrid Auto Show
The one drawback we found is that our plug-in hybrid feels considerably heavier than the petrol Accord models. Honda could not give us a precise weight difference, but it is probably a few hundred pounds. While handling and road-holding was good, it feels like a heavier larger vehicle rather than the light, easier to throw around four-cylinder 2014 Honda Accord petrol model. It was reprehensible, but it was a surprising difference in a car that looks more or less the same.
The 2014 Honda Accord Hybrid in particular is at the highest end of the range, with essentially every function on the top-of-the-line Accord EX-L petrol engine, including LED daytime running lights, adaptive cruise control offered, and other features. The 2014 Honda Accord Plug-In Hybrid will go on sale in California and other markets in early 2013, a few months later by the national launch of the 2014 Honda Accord Hybrid model without a plug. No prices have been released so far.