The 2014 Honda Accord plug-in hybrid (PHEV) has started to arrive in select dealerships in the U.S. Initially, this model will make it to dealerships in New York and California. The Accord PHEV will eventually be offered throughout the country. It’s possible that it will be available across the nation this summer.
According to Honda, the non-plug-in Accord Hybrid, which features basically the same driveline, will be offered all throughout the country in summer 2013. Honda’s new two-motor hybrid system is used in all 2014 Accord PHEVs.
This system is coupled with a 2.0-liter, Atkinson cycle I-4 with a CVT and a pair of electric motors. While one motor works as a generator, the other drives the wheels. Honda hasn’t announced the final power outputs for the driveline yet but its lithium-ion battery pack offers around 13 miles of pure EV driving.
It should be noted that recharging on a 120-volt supply takes 3 hours. Honda’s plug-in Accord has an EPA rating of 115 MPGe combined when running in EV mode. But when it operates as a traditional hybrid, it offers 47/46 mpg (city/highway). In comparison, the Ford Fusion Energi plug-in (which is the nearest rival) can achieve 100 MPGe combined. Ford’s PHEV has an EPA rating of 44/41 mpg when it works as a plug-in hybrid.
The Ford model has 21 miles of EV range, outpacing the Accord PHEV’s 15 miles. Ford’s unit is priced at $39,495 (including destination fees of $795) while the Accord is priced at $40,570 (including destination fees of $790).
Nevertheless, the Accord model features a lengthy list of standard equipment, such as adaptive cruise control, blind-spot detection, forward collision warning, and lane departure warning that are included in an optional Fusion Energi package that costs $1000.