The all-new 2014 Honda Accord Hybrid made its debut today and the Japanese manufacturer announced that the new car will hit the US dealerships this October. According to the official press release, the 2014 Accord Hybrid uses Honda’s new two-motor hybrid powertrain, much of which is shared with the Accord Plug-In that went on sale in January.
2014 Accord Hybrid features the two-motor SPORT HYBRID Intelligent Multi Mode Drive powertrain which allows the driver to use three different driving modes: EV Drive, Hybrid Drive and Engine Drive. In the EV Drive, the 2014 Accord Hybrid uses the lithium-ion battery to run in electric-only mode. The Engine Drive uses the 2.0-liter DOHC i-VTEC Atkinson-cycle 4-cylinder engine.
The Hybrid Drive uses the 124-kilowatt (kW) electric motor and petrol engine. The Accord Hybrid is anticipated to get a class-leading mid-size sedan EPA fuel economy rating of 49/45/47 mpg (city/highway/combined). Regarding the design, the 2014 Accord Hybrid features the same styling found on the Accord Sedan plus unique hybrid badging and blue-accented grille and light lenses, LED daytime running lights, a unique wheel design and a decklid spoiler.
Inside, we find 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.
Moreover, the 2014 Accord Hybrid comes with innovative new features such as LaneWatch blind-spot display, Lane Departure Warning (LDW) and Forward Collision Warning (FCW). Accord Hybrid will be the first Honda hybrid vehicle assembled in Ohio and the second built in the U.S.
The sides of the Sedan are also dramatic, with character lines that flow up and back over the doors’ surfaces, and a recessed shape cleverly placed at the lower portion of the doors, providing form and a feeling of moving. Dazzling window surrounding trim inserts a luxurious feel, while at the back, the top parts of the rear fenders swerve in toward the C-pillars just like muscles flexing. The EX-L and Touring models come with chrome door handles and added trim on the back panels for additional sophistication.
The Accord Coupe is the most exciting two-door Honda Accord to date. Its front is differentiated from others with its big lower radiator opening and dual faux brake scoops, which also act as fog-lamp coverings on all models except for the LX. The huge front wheel arches transform into intense character outlines flowing over the doors and rearwards to the powerful rear wheel arches, while the continuous roofline catches the attention upward and over the breezy cabin.
Delicate sculpturing on the lower portion of the door sides keeps the active appearance of the Accord Coupe, while assisting to move the air flowing around the back tires. The roofline, side body character outlines, and rear wheel arches all meet at the deck-lid, turning the gaze to the rear spoiler on the V-6 models and giving a resounding final impact as the Coupe motors off.
All LX and Sport Sedan models come with a handy manual remote entry system, while the EX, EX-L, and Touring models have a new Smart Entry system with a start/stop feature. The EX, EX-L, and Touring models also come with an adjustable power glass moonroof.