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2014 Honda Accord Hybrid

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2014 Honda Accord Hybrid Review

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KBB Expert Rating: 8.2

For nearly four decades the Accord and Honda have gone hand in hand. What began in 1976 as a tiny, no-frills 2-door hatchback has grown into today's full-featured family sedan and coupe. In the process it has set the benchmark for the midsize sedan segment, one that's crowded by rivals like the Toyota Camry, Nissan Altima and Ford Fusion. After reinventing itself in 2013 with a new design and more efficient powertrains, the 2014 Accord lineup expands with the introduction of two hybrids, a traditional version and another that can be plugged in to run on electricity alone. The additions further bolster the Accord's something-for-everyone appeal, while a starting price of under $23,000 assured it a spot on our list as one of the 10 Best Sedans Under $25,000 for 2014.

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Beyond its history of reliability and high resale value, the Accord is now more varied than ever. Whether you want a no-fuss and highly economical sedan, a sporty V6-powered coupe or a hybrid that attains 50 mpg in the city, the 2014 Accord offers something for everyone.

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Make that almost everyone. The Accord covers many bases, but it doesn't hit them all. If you require all-wheel drive, for instance, look to the Subaru Legacy or Ford Fusion. Diesel-proponents, meanwhile, can get their high-mileage happiness in the Volkswagen Passat or coming Mazda6 SkyActiv-D.

What's New for 2014

After an all-new sedan and coupe were introduced last year, only minor changes are made on mainstream models. The big news for 2014 Accords is the introduction of a regular hybrid model and a limited-production, plug-in hybrid variant.

Driving the Accord Hybrid

Driving Impressions With the Accord's various powertrains come different driving experiences, but most buyers will gravitate toward 4-cylinder models with an automatic transmission. Used in this setup is a continuously-variable transmission (CVT),...

and it's surprisingly refined. The Accord's CVT feels much like a normal automatic, mimicking gear changes. Even a base sedan has good power for acceleration and passing, yet attains up to 36 mpg on the highway. Ride quality in general is highly pleasing, with improved noise reduction vs. previous models. Versions with the 278-horsepower V6 are downright quick. Hybrid models offer an easy way to earn exceptional fuel economy. Their transitions from gasoline engine power to electric power are smooth, and the sedan is noticeably quiet when running on electricity alone. The only obtrusion we experienced from the hybrid models was a whine from the electric powertrain likely only to be heard by canines and human passengers whose ears can still sense higher frequencies.

LANEWATCH
This safety system sees where your eyes cannot by way of a tiny video camera under the passenger-side mirror that displays what's happening in the blind spot. LaneWatch – included in EX and Touring models – can be configured to stay on or automatically turn on when the right-hand turn signal is engaged.

HYBRID OPTIONS
The Accord offered a hybrid years ago, but it wasn't nearly as efficient as today's versions. The new hybrid earns up to 50 mpg. With the Accord Plug-In hybrid, initially limited to California and New York, you can drive about 13 miles on electricity before the small gasoline engine kicks in.

2014 Honda Accord Hybrid Details
2014 Honda Accord Hybrid photo Interior

The 2014 Accord's 5-passenger cabin feels familiar yet sophisticated. The familiar part comes from its roominess, excellent visibility and the fact that controls are within easy reach. You don't have to hunt and peck to turn up the radio or fan. Among the premium touches are an 8-inch screen that sits prominently in the dash and relays audio, phone and navigation information. EX-L models and higher have a secondary screen for touch-operated audio and Bluetooth wireless streaming. The front seats are supportive and comfortable, and the rear seats are roomy for two adults (as with most midsize sedans, three in back is a squeeze).

Exterior
2014 Honda Accord Hybrid photo

The latest Accord sedan is curvier and shorter than the previous generation by over three inches, but it's still easily identified. The coupe, too, has gotten slightly smaller. Especially appealing is the Accord's grille with its classy horizontal bars and Honda's logo floating in the middle. Sedans boast a low "beltline" where the side windows meet the metal. This is relevant because it improves visibility, especially for children sitting in back. Higher trims have premium touches such as LED brake lights and daytime running lights. Accord Plug-In hybrids are distinguished by an additional "fuel cap" above the front-left wheel where the charging cable is inserted.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

Even if you spend the least on a Honda Accord LX sedan, you'll get a well-equipped car that includes an 8-inch color display with rear-view camera, dual-zone automatic climate control, 16-inch wheels, and a 160-watt AM/FM/CD stereo with Pandora Internet radio compatibility. Sport models add a power driver's seat, 18-inch alloy wheels, and a slight increase in horsepower. EX models include a power moonroof and the LaneWatch system, while EX-L models gain leather, upgraded audio, heated front seats, and lane-departure warning. The top-line Touring model has a standard V6 engine, forward collision warning, and adaptive cruise control. Hybrid models include LaneWatch, LED daytime running lights and a 10-way power driver's seat.

Optional Equipment

Except for choosing an automatic transmission in lower models instead of a manual, major options for the 2014 Accord are obtained by moving up trim levels. Among the most desired features are satellite navigation, the V6 engine, a 7-speaker/360-watt audio system, 18-inch wheels, leather seating, the multi-angle rear-view camera, HomeLink remote system, LED headlights, blind-spot display, and adaptive cruise control. Accessories for further personalization include a sport grille, underbody kit, rear spoiler, remote engine-starting unit, and illuminated doorsill.

Under the Hood

Two engines and three new transmissions are offered in gasoline-powered versions of the 2014 Honda Accord. The base is a 2.4-liter 4-cylinder that makes a healthy 185 horsepower (189 in Sport versions). The optional engine is a 3.5-liter V6 that makes 278 horsepower. In the sedan, 4-cylinder engines are linked to a 6-speed manual transmission or CVT automatic, and V6 engines are connected to a 6-speed auto. In the coupe, the V6 can be connected to a satisfying 6-speed manual. The Accord Plug-In uses a 4-cylinder gasoline engine and a 124-kilowatt electric motor. The lithium-ion battery recharges in less than three hours on a standard 120-volt outlet or under an hour on a 240-volt outlet. Electric-only range is rated at 13 miles, and total range when factoring in the gasoline engine is 574 miles.

2.4-liter inline-4
185 horsepower @ 6,400 rpm
181 lb-ft of torque @ 3,900 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 24/34 mpg (manual, sedan and coupe), 27/36 mpg (automatic, sedan), 26/34 mpg (automatic, coupe)

3.5-liter V6
278 horsepower @ 6,200 rpm
252 lb-ft of torque @ 4,900 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 18/28 (manual, coupe), 21/34 mpg (automatic, sedan), 21/32 mpg (automatic, coupe)

2.0-liter inline-4 + 124-kW AC synchronous permanent-magnet electric motor (hybrid models)
141 horsepower @ 6,200 rpm (gasoline engine)
166 horsepower (motor power, hybrid)
55 horsepower (battery power, Plug-In hybrid)
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 50/45 (mpg, hybrid), 47/46 mpg (gasoline-engine only, Accord Plug-In hybrid model)

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2014 Honda Accord Hybrid Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
9.2
Out of 10

Based on 28 Ratings for the 2014 - 2015 models.

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  • Value
    8.9/10
    Quality
    9.2/10
  • Reliability
    9.1/10
    Performance
    9.1/10
  • Comfort
    9.0/10
    Styling
    9.4/10

2015 Accord Hybrid One Smooth Ride

By on Saturday, January 23, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 18,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
7/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Mileage, style, smooth ride, pick up"

Cons: "A few cheap components, MPG lower than advertisted"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I love this car. I love the style, the mileage, and the ability to ride in my local HOV lane. I love the shark fin antenna and cool wheels. I love the pick up it has and the smooth ride. It was a little pricey & it does have some cheap plastic components (side mirrors), but I suppose all cars do these days. I get about 43 MPG overall. The only thing that bugs me is no spare tire."

Exceeds my overall expectations

By on Wednesday, December 23, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 4,800

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Mileage, cmfrt, looks and well laid out instr pan"

Cons: "No spare tire and trunk space"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I always wanted to try a hybrid vehicle and after owning a number Honda vehicles decided to try their accord hybrid because I have been very satisfied with their Odyssey, CRV and other accords. I have had this car for 4 months now and average around 46 miles per gallon per tank full. This is with both City and Highway Driving. You actually do get better gas mileage in the City. Living in Western Pa. has a lot of hills and this affects overall gas mileage but this vehicle is heads and shoulders above the competition. I could not be happier with this vehicle. My only concern with this vehicle is like so many others have discussed is that there is no spare tire and the trunk is smaller than the non hybrid accord. But, this would not stop me from purchasing another one in the future. Since some of Honda's competitors do have spare tires, I feel that it is only a matter of time when Honda offers the same."

2 people out of 2 found this review helpful

Get this Car if you're a Techie

By on Tuesday, December 08, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 20,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Mileage, a real car, sporty"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"A fun car. Great acceleration, amazing ride, Accord comforts. In fact, the only clue that this is not a gas-only Accord is the engine pitch when it is on not being connected to the car speed. Be warned that once you stop, even at a stop sign, the whole car generally goes into EV mode -- engine stops -- dead silent. It will freak you out at first. Why a Techie car -- ya gotta love seeing on the dash when you brake the battery filling up, to be used when you go. And the coolness of watching the gas engine shut off when travelling (normally constant speed, level). Thank goodness the dash lights up entertainingly -- it is easy to exit the car with the thing still "on" -- except the keyless entry in your pocket beeps at you to make you feel like a fool. Did I mention it is an Accord -- you get the legendary design of that car model -- only eating a bit of the trunk for the battery. (Interestingly, that heavy chunk in the back seems to counterbalance the metal stuff in the front to give a neutral stance when cornering and driving vigorously.) We drive 100 miles to and from work -- what was an every two day stop at the gas pump with an Accord V6 has become -- top it off on Sunday night just to make sure. Dramatic difference -- but still fun to drive. ALMOST like it better than my MDX."

2 people out of 2 found this review helpful

Almost No Compromise Hybrid Sedan

By on Saturday, November 07, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 5,800

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Mileage, Power, Comfort, Quiet, Sound System."

Cons: "Trunk not large, but merely adequate."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I bought this car in July, traded in my 5 year old CrV 4wd. This car is much quieter, handles better and gets TWICE the real world mileage! The CrV got 10.5-11L/100km, and the Accord Hybrid gets an honest 4.8-5.5L/100km (43-49 mpg US), with lots of short trips and even city/highway mix. It drives, handles beautifully, and passing is always an uneventful experience. I really like the styling of the car, more classic conservative with some curves. However my wife finds it too bland. But I think this car will look good as it ages, unlike some other designs. Trunk is merely adequate in size at 12.3 cubic feet."

9 people out of 14 found this review helpful

Awesome Hybrid Nugget

By on Monday, November 02, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 1,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Awesome gas milleage, nice size, loaded!"

Cons: "Series Hybrid Drive confuses a lot of drivers"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"This car has not done well in the American market. They are a finicky bunch. First of all, the car is a hybrid not made by Toyota, secondly Honda has been slow to adopt, and lastly the Accord series hybrid system has not wowed a lot of owners. But this is a great car, that can be had for invoice right now. If you are looking for a really nice, fuel efficient car, and are willing to learn how to drive a series hybrid, and understand and appreciate what it does for you, you'll love the car. But if you need to have car that when the engine rev's the car goes, and you cannot handle a car that uses any other paradigm; this will not be for you."

4 people out of 8 found this review helpful

Legend of 21st Century

By on Monday, October 05, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 45,585

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "mpg, comfort, fun to drive, value, you get more"

Cons: "trunk space"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

Amazing MPG

"Amazing MPG if drive in city or back roads highway 55-60 miles per hour, drops about 10 miles in cold winter and heavy rain, I have been getting 55 mpg easily on City and small highway, I got repeatedly 60-70 mg in a prolonged City drive, I cannot believe it myself. Interstate 45 mpg at 70 miles per hour, and drops if you go faster. I rented a Toyota pruis, the ride and and quality of the Honda is far much better, a difference of day and night, you feel like you are in a luxury car in the Honda accord hybrid. I am surprised how people pay for the Toyota pruis while the got get a Honda accord hybrid . The mpg is not much better in the Toyota pruis , actually the Honda hybrid accord gets better MPG in certain situations and roads. It is a car with no transmission, only one in the world for this price, so it is unique and it is a history in the making. I think the KARMA does not have transmission too. Honda always do stuff like that like the Honda S 2000 only street car with RPM up to 9000. or Tesla an electric car with a range of 300 miles and beats M5. In other words this is a historic car, NO TRANSMISSION . Change between different driving modes feels like a gear change, and becomes predictable when you get used to driving. Loud noise at certain slow driving situations is understandable when you know how the iMMD works. I call it the iVTEC SYMPHONY. It makes you feel like you are driving a FORMULA 1 CAR, which is hybrid by the way. The car is sporty like a Honda accord and faster than the 4 cylinder accord, and priced right between the v6 and 4 cylinder accord, so you do not feel like you spend too much on a hybrid and worry about recovering the cost of the hybrid. Gas prices are down below 2$, I feel I made a good choice by buying a Honda accord hybrid, I have not lost any power or fun going hybrid. I feel all cars should have this system. you can watch my you tube videos at physics Honda accord hybrid."

14 people out of 17 found this review helpful

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Amazing MPG

64 miles trip on short highway

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