- Class-leading 49 mpg EPA city fuel economy rating1 anticipated
- Shares sedan’s design highlighted with hybrid styling accents
- Honda’s first hybrid to be assembled2 in Marysville, Ohio
- Accord Hybrid to go on-sale nationwide in October 2013
BY GERRY MILES
Honda released the first pictures of its all-new 2014 Accord Hybrid that will join the 2014 model year lineup.
To differentiate it, the hybrid will sport a hybrid bad, blue-accented grille, LED daytime running lights and rear spoiler.
Power will come from the two-motor hybrid power train that’s shared with the Accord Plug-In. The hybrid provides three different driving modes: EV Drive, Hybrid Drive and Engine Drive – catering to the driver’s desire to optimize fuel consumption.
- EV Drive: uses the lithium-ion battery to run in electric-only mode at lower speeds and in medium to high speed cruising.
- Engine Drive: sends the engine power directly to the front wheels
- Hybrid Drive: the 124-kilowatt (kW) electric motor and all-new 2.0-liter DOHC i-VTEC Atkinson-cycle 4-cylinder engine combine for powerful acceleration while allowing for efficient driving in stop-and-go traffic situations. Accord Hybrid is anticipated to obtain a class-leading mid-size sedan EPA fuel economy1 rating of 49/45/47 mpg (city/highway/combined).
Inside, the Accord Hybrid’s well-appointed and intuitive layout provides the driver with instant fuel economy and energy flow information for efficient driving performance.
Key among the features, and one that I really liked once I got used to it, was Honda’s LaneWatch™ blind-spot display, an industry-first that debuted on the Accord last fall. Other options include Lane Departure Warning (LDW) and Forward Collision Warning (FCW), an 8-inch color i-MID display, perforated leather-trimmed seating surfaces, cloud-based HondaLink™ featuring Aha™ compatibility, seven-speaker audio system with Bluetooth® streaming audio, Pandora® interface and XM® Radio, and a multi-angle rearview camera with guidelines.The 2014 Accord Hybrid features the same next-generation Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) body structure as the 2013 Accord, along with Honda’s new SmartVent™ front-side airbags. Like the 2013 Accord, the 2014 Accord Hybrid is expected to earn top safety ratings including an NCAP 5-Star Overall Vehicle Score and a TOP SAFETY PICK+ rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).
The 2014 Honda Accord Hybrid will be the first Honda hybrid vehicle assembled in Ohio and the second built in the U.S.
How to Connect with Honda:
For consumers: http://automobiles.honda.com/accord-hybrid/
1 Preliminary mileage ratings determined by Honda. Final EPA mileage ratings not available at the time of printing. Use for comparison purposes only. Your actual mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle.
2 Honda cars are built using domestic and globally sourced parts.