2014 Honda Accord Hybrid Review

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2014 Honda Accord Hybrid Overview

Well, Honda’s done it again. With the introduction of the new and improved 2014 Accord Hybrid sedan, they’ve gotten the folks at Toyota’s Prius division tearing their hair out at this well-wrought hybrid’s performance attributes and class-topping gas mileage. Unlike the previous Accord Hybrid, which ran from the 2005 to the 2007 model years and sported a hefty pricetag but virtually no improvement in mileage over the non-hybrid Accord, the present iteration touts up to 50 mpg city, with at least one test drive showing a truly impressive 55.4 mpg in downtown driving. This vastly improved 5-passenger gas-electric family and commuter car 4-door, though still pricy, is expected to quiet the grumbles of Honda dealers who were stuck with thousands of unsold first-gen Accord Hybrids. According to nearly all the major reviews, this next-generation Accord Hybrid has the power, the mileage numbers and the panache to give Ford’s Fusion Hybrid and Nissan’s Camry Hybrid, not to mention the industry-standard Prius, some capable competition.

Look for 3 trims, the Base, EX-L and Touring to comprise the Accord Hybrid lineup for 2014, with all versions sporting the stylish exteriors and premium interiors of their non-hybrid kinfolk. Be advised, however, that where the non-hybrid Accord boasts 15.8 cubic feet of trunk space, the state-of-the-art lithium-ion battery pack in the Accord Hybrid, though a bit less bulky than the old nickel-metal hydride batteries, still cuts trunk space to 12.7 cubic feet.

Anyhow, powering all Accord Hybrid trims is a variable-valve-timed (VVT) 2.0-liter hybrid inline 4-cylinder gasoline engine that mates with a 124-kilowatt electric motor for a total of 195 hp and 226 lb-ft of torque. Unlike yesteryear’s Accord Hybrid, this present iteration carries a continuously variable transmission (CVT) to handle power management responsibilities, with EPA-estimated mileage running 50 mpg city/40 highway. Of course, this hybrid sports auto engine stop-start technology to save on gas, as well as the ability to accelerate from a stop on electric power alone. Finally, one test had the newest Accord Hybrid scooting from 0-60 in 7.4 seconds, which isn’t at all bad for a family-oriented hybrid commuter car.

Furthermore, standard features packed into the debuting 2014 Accord Hybrid Base include 17-inch alloy wheels, a rear spoiler and heated power-adjustable mirrors outside, and cloth upholstery, a power-adjustable driver’s seat, full power accessories and simulated alloy cabin accents inside. Cruise control and telescoping tilt-wheel steering of course adorn this entry-level trim, as do a rear-view camera and dual-zone auto climate control. Bluetooth hands-free calling, meantime, is complemented by a 160-watt audio system boasting a single-CD player and 6 speakers.

The EX-L adds a power sunroof, leather upholstery, heated power-adjustable front seats with driver's memory settings and a 360-watt stereo with 7 speakers and satellite radio. Additionally, this midlevel trim flaunts the Japanese automaker’s touted HondaLink smartphone apps.

Moving up to the top-shelf 2014 Accord Hybrid Touring gets you such standard extras as adaptive cruise control, a remote garage door opener, LED headlights and hard-drive-based navigation with real-time traffic.

Accessories for all trims, meanwhile, include underbody spoilers and upgraded exterior moldings.

Finally, the brand-new Accord Hybrid comes with standard 4-wheel antilock brakes, traction and stability control and, in a nod to modern trends, a standard blind-spot monitor. The standard front and rear head airbags, meantime, are complemented by front side-mounted airbags, while LED running lights, turn-signal-integrated mirrors and a remote antitheft alarm also come delivered on each trim.

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