2014 Honda Accord Hybrid
The Honda Accord has long been a favorite for families looking for a comfortable, safe, reliable, yet reasonably priced mid-size sedan. Now they can add ultra-fuel efficient to that mix with the 2014 Accord Hybrid.
No, this is not a rehash of the disappointing V6 Accord Hybrid we tested for 2005. The 2014 Accord Hybrid uses an entirely new hybrid system that has earned class best fuel economy ratings of 50 City, 45 Highway, and 47 Combined. Why --That’s Prius territory!
In operation, however, it is more like the Chevrolet Volt. The Hybrid uses a new 2.0 liter Atkinson cycle 4-cylinder gasoline motor/generator combo to power a 124 kW electric drive motor, and charge a small lithium ion battery in the trunk.
The Hybrid has three driving modes:
- EV, for short distance battery only operation.
- Hybrid, where the gas engine generates power for the electric drive motor which alone turns the front wheels.
- And, Engine mode where the gas engine alone drive the single speed transmission for higher speed efficiency.
BEN DAVIS: The Accord Hybrid is so refined, that when you’re switching between modes, it’s virtually undetectable. Aside from some low, unique noises at low speeds. I like to drive more on the sporty side of casual…I like to get to my speed quickly. And on the highway, I prefer to be in a quick pace of things. That being said, I still averaged 46 miles to the gallon.
JOHN DAVIS: You can order the 2014 Honda Accord Hybrid now starting at $30,000. An Accord Plug-In Hybrid is available in California and New York for about 10 grand more.
Engine: 2.0 liter
Price: Starting at $30,000