Yellow Pages |   News Updates |   Events Calendar |   Movie Times | Recycling
Rocklin & Roseville Today Local Events
HOME

Honda Offers Appealing New Accord Plug-in Hybrid





Honda Accord 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.



Follow Us On Facebook



Weidel on Wheels author Jeffrey Weidel is an award-winning writer from the Sacramento region who has reviewed automobiles for more than two decades. He can be reached at skiweidel@gmail.com
Follow him on Twitter at @jeffweidel.






Placer County News Headlines

9 Interesting Facts about Winter Home SalesSacramento area Realtor Julie Jalone of MagnumOne Realty in Roseville writes about a recent Redfin real estate study which indicates sellers should not discount the winter months to list their homes.

New California Laws 2017 (Part 3)New California laws for 2017. Part 3 includes pro sports teams, bankruptcy, state employees, foster care, voting rights, organ transplants, marijuana and more.

Autism: Great Minds Don't Always Think AlikeSteve Silberman will present "Great Minds Don't Always Think Alike," a deep look at the hidden history of autism and the promise of a future

$1 Million Grant Targets Chronic Homeless in Placer CountyPlacer County will receive a $1 million grant from Sutter Health to help house its chronically homeless population under a grant agreement approved

Martis Valley Groundwater Management UpdatePCWA Board approves alternative submittal for the Martis Valley Groundwater Basin.

Robert Dugan joins Sacramento Metro ChamberThe Sacramento Metro Chamber announced that Robert Dugan will join the organization as Senior Vice President of Public Policy & Economic Development

Roseville Councilmembers to be Sworn In December 7thRoseville, CA - Newly-elected Roseville City Councilmembers Bonnie Gore, John Allard and Scott Alvord will be sworn in on Wednesday, December 7th.

$250,000 for Local Nonprofits Working on Mental Health IssuesRoseville, CA - Placer Community Foundation recently made $250,000 in grants for mental health prevention and early intervention in Placer County.

Hacker Lab Maker of the Month: Heather Lee(ROCKLIN, CA) -- Hacker Lab announced that Heather Lee, a Sierra College student studying Graphic Design and Illustration

New California Laws 2017 (Part 2)Roseville, CA - New California laws for 2017. Part 2 includes water, budget act, hazardous materials, deportations to Mexico, mental health, animal research and more.

Volvo XC90: elegant and sophisticatedRoseville, CA- The 2017 Volvo XC90 review shares why there are plenty of reasons to be enamored with the XC90.

Roseville Gas Prices Pushing HigherRoseville, CA - With Brent crude oil prices rising above $55 a barrel for the first time in 16 months, Roseville residents


NEWS: In Case You Missed It