Honda Offers Appealing New Accord Plug-in Hybrid
Honda welcomed a new addition to its lineup for 2014: say hello to the Honda Accord Plug-in Hybrid. The new addition makes Honda one of the few automakers to offer a midsize family sedan with a plug-in hybrid configuration.
The Accord Plug-In utilizes an all-new hybrid system that can operate the vehicle using a pure electric power. It has a 6.7 kWh lithium-ion battery pack that powers the electric motor and provides an estimated electric-only range of up to 13 miles before it switches over to normal hybrid operation. In hybrid mode, the vehicle gets an estimated 46 mpg combined (47 city/46 highway).
With some hybrids, performance is a concern. Yet don't worry about performance because the Accord Plug-in Hybrid delivers surprising power in multiple driving situations. It has a 2.0-liter, four-cylinder engine with 196 horsepower. It has been clocked at 0-60 mpg in 7.5 seconds, which makes it one of the quickest mainstream hybrids.
If the Accord Plug-in Hybrid sounds appealing, beware it's only sold in two states - California and New York. There is only one trim model for the Plug-in Hybrid, which has an estimated sticker price of $39,780.
2014 Honda Accord Plug-in Hybrid
- Performance: 2.0-liter, four-cylinder, 196 horsepower
- Mileage estimate: 46-47 mpg
- Estimated price: $39,780
- Warranty: 3 years/36,000 miles; drivetrain: 5 years/60,000 miles; roadside assistance: corrosion: 5 years/unlimited
Rivals include the Ford Fusion Energi, which also employs a plug-in package. Toyota Prius has a Plug-in Hybrid and so does the Chevrolet Volt.
Introduced in 1976, the Honda Accord arrived with very little fanfare - it was a modest two-door hatchback. Who could have predicted that 38 years later the Accord would become the benchmark for midsize sedans?
The Accord went through a redesign in 2013, becoming the ninth generation. Very little has changed in 2014. The "new" Accord is now slightly smaller and lighter than previous models. That went against Honda's normal redesign playbook for its high-volume selling sedan/coupe.
In previous revamping years, the Accord would typically be bigger, longer and heavier. More bulk was obviously not part of the latest redesign scheme.
The redesign incorporated interior refinements (better audio, improved dashboard) and convenience. There were performance upgrades as well, with a new four-cylinder engine and updates for the V6 offerings.
There are some nice interior changes that result in an upgraded cockpit. Practically all the materials are high quality and the center stack has been redesigned with more bells and whistles. The Accord continues to provide impressive interior room and comfort. But note that the trunk space -8.6 cubic feet - is very limited in the Plug-in Hybrid.
The Honda ride is still solid in all models. The Accord delivers a refined ride that gives any driver an added feeling of confidence behind the wheel. The feel is almost sporty and there's little apprehension when taking a corner a little faster than the speed limit. The braking is solid and the Accord has practically no noise issues.
Honda has always been an innovator and continues that trend with the Accord Plug-in Hybrid. It's an impressive vehicle with high gas mileage, good performance and the overall Honda quality.
Pet Care | Real Estate | Restaurants | Tech | View All | * Add/Upgrade Business
Placer County News HeadlinesMolly Ringwald at Rocklin's Quarry Park September 17thRocklin, Calif. - Golden Globe nominated actress and jazz musician Molly Ringwald descends into Rocklin's Quarry Park Amphitheater on Saturday, September 17
Roseville to Host Barbara Boxer FarewellRoseville, CA - The Placer County Democratic Party in partnership with the Nevada County Democratic Party and El Dorado County Democratic Party will be hosting a Fond Farewell
Roseville Skatetown to Host International Curling BonspielRoseville, CA - The Crush Bonspiel, which began in 2006, is back this Labor Day Weekend at Roseville's Skatetown Ice Arena after taking a one year hiatus.
County renews $10 Million Emergency Services ContractThe county board of supervisors OK'd a $10.6 million contract for fiscal year 2016-17. The contract will provide fire and emergency service for about 52,000 residents.
Roseville Flash Crime Report (8.24.16)The Roseville Police Department's latest activity and crime log digest update covering the period of August 12-21, 2016.
Sierra College Patrons Invite Public to MeetingRocklin, CA-- The Sierra College Patrons, a support group of the Sierra College Foundation, invites the public and those interested in becoming members of the organization
California Fires Update Summary (8.24.16)Over 10,000 firefighters are battling 8 large wildfires in California. Two new large fires were reported yesterday in Tulare and Alpine counties on National Forest land.
Napa's Uptown Theatre: On LocationNapa, CA- Band of Horses trekked into Napa's Uptown Theatre last night for a stop along their "Why Are You Ok Tour".
California Fires Update Summary (8.23.16)Last week firefighters across California battled nearly 250 new wildfires containing most to a small acreage. Since the beginning of the year there have been over 4,900 wildfires that have burned over 417,000 acres.
Nevada City Hosts Festive Celebration September 10-11NEVADA CITY, Calif. - The 50th Annual Nevada City Constitution Day Parade tops a full weekend of family fun Sept. 10-11 in this colorful Gold Rush town.
Humboldt Pilot Program to Track and Trace CannabisWith the state of California on the verge of approving the recreational use of marijuana in November, at least one company is ahead of the curve
Sierra College Supports Former Foster YouthRocklin, CA - As the school year begins, Sierra College is taking an extra step to ensure that one group of students gets off to a good start.
NEWS: In Case You Missed It