2014 Honda Accord Hybrid: First Look

Posted on 05. Sep, 2012 by in Auto News

  • Competes with: Toyota Camry Hybrid, Ford Fusion Hybrid, Hyundai Sonata Hybrid
  • Looks like: A Honda Accord after a rhinoplasty
  • Drive: 196-hp, 2.0-liter gas-electric drive with CVT, front-wheel drive
  • Hits Dealers: 2013

In addition to the redesigned 2013 Honda Accord sedan and coupe introduced the Accord Hybrid for 2014. It is the first Accord Hybrid since 2007, but unlike its predecessor, two generations ago, using a green fast V-6 gas-electric drive, the ninth generation Hybrid maximizes gas mileage with a four-cylinder.

Like the Ford Fusion Hybrid and Fusion Energi, the Accord Hybrid will come as a conventional hybrid and a plug-in hybrid that is capable of 10 to 15 miles of all-electric range. The Accord Plug-in hybrid coming in early 2013, the conventional hybrid show up later this year.

EPA figures are still pending, but expected the Honda Accord Plug-in Hybrid to 100 MPGE beat – what Ford expects the Fusion Energi – a total range of 500-plus miles. The automaker has not revealed many details on the conventional Accord Hybrid, including mileage expectations.

Both vehicles combine a 2.0-liter four-cylinder in a more efficient Atkinson cycle with two electric motors on electric or gasoline engines, or through a combination of the two. Combined output is 196 horsepower and 226 pound-feet of torque. The Accord Plug-in Hybrid used to travel a 6.7-kWh lithium-ion battery and 124-kW electric motor up to 15 miles purely on electricity, says Honda. That beats the Toyota Prius Plug-in (11 miles, according to the EPA), but far behind the 2013 Chevy Volt (38 miles).

Accord hybrid carries dramatic visual changes, including a unique grille immersed in the direction of the lower bumper. Aerodynamic alloy wheels, blue-tinted headlamps and the requisite hybrid badges round out the visual changes. Inside, unique gauges flanking the speedometer, with power and charge meter on the left side and battery and fuel cell area on the right side. An information display with different screens – including a real-time display that shows driving efficiency – sits on the speedometer, but it is not as elaborate as the Fusion hybrid LCDs. Boot capacity has not yet been announced, but they will shrink a lot because of the battery.

Like other plug-in hybrids – but not extended-range EVs like the Volt – causes hard acceleration, the engine. Charge for the 15-mile route takes less than three hours on a 120-volt outlet, says Honda, or less than an hour on a 240-volt plug in (Level 2). The Accord Plug-in hybrid does not accept Level 3 fast charger, though. As with most EVs, dashboard controls and a smartphone app you can set load times or condition of the cabin.

We'll let you know as we hear more details.

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