Early Look: 2014 Honda Accord Hybrid


Honda is releasing early pics and info on the 2014 Honda Accord Hybrid sedan which will go on sale in October. The Accord Hybrid is expected to post EPA-estimated numbers of 49 mpg/city placing the new sedan at the top of the mid-size hybrid sedan ratings. While we all know about the hubbub surrounding the Ford Fusion and Toyota Camry and Prius EPA mileage claims (mileage numbers unachievable etc.), one can hope that Honda will have used the time it took to get to market to improve hybrid mileage or that they will revise down the numbers to more closely resemble the "real world." The Accord Hybrid utilizes the all-new Accord's upmarket looks (I always misconstrue the tail of the new Accord with a Hyundai Genesis) with some subtle differences like the blue-accented grille and light lenses, LED daytime running lights, a unique wheel design, a decklid spoiler, and hybrid badging. The two-motor SPORT HYBRID Intelligent Multi Mode Drive allows the Accord Hybrid to offer three different driving modes – EV Drive, Hybrid Drive and Engine Drive to maximize fuel efficiency. The Accord Hybrid will be fitted with all of the safety, infotainment, and tech that hybrid buyers expect for the more "upscale" prices. On a side note, the 2014 Accord Hybrid will be the first hybrid Honda built in Ohio. BTW: no rear-end shots were provided but it looks like the taillight lenses are darkened. More to come...

Source: Honda - Press release after the jump.



Press Release:
Honda Expands Accord Lineup this Fall with 2014 Accord Hybrid Featuring Class-Leading MPG Ratings and Exclusive Styling


  • Class-leading 49 mpg EPA city fuel economy rating1 anticipated
  • Accord Hybrid shares Accord Sedan's sophisticated design highlighted with exclusive hybrid styling accents
  • Honda's first hybrid to be assembled2 in Marysville, Ohio
  • Accord Hybrid to go on-sale nationwide in October 2013
The first official photos of the U.S. version of the all-new 2014 Honda Accord Hybrid set to hit dealerships nationwide this October are now available on the Honda consumer site. The Accord Hybrid features the same sophisticated 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.

The 2014 Accord Hybrid will use Honda's new two-motor hybrid powertrain, much of which is shared with the Accord Plug-In that went on sale in January. The two-motor SPORT HYBRID Intelligent Multi Mode Drive powertrain in the Accord Hybrid allows the vehicle to move through three different driving modes – EV Drive, Hybrid Drive and Engine Drive – to optimize fuel efficiency.

In 'EV Drive', the Accord Hybrid uses the lithium-ion battery to run in electric-only mode at lower speeds and in medium to high speed cruising, 'Engine Drive' sends the engine power directly to the front wheels. In 'Hybrid Drive,' the powerful 124-kilowatt (kW) electric motor and the all-new 2.0-liter DOHC i-VTEC Atkinson-cycle 4-cylinder engine blend together for powerful acceleration while allowing for efficient driving in stop-and-go traffic situations. The Accord Hybrid is anticipated to obtain a class-leading mid-size sedan EPA fuel economy1 rating of 49/45/47 mpg (city/highway/combined).

Inside, the Accord Hybrid's well-appointed and intuitive layout provides the driver with instant fuel economy and energy flow information for efficient driving performance. Along with innovative new features such as Honda's LaneWatch™ blind-spot display, an industry-first that debuted on the Accord last fall, other available features on the 2014 Accord Hybrid include Lane Departure Warning (LDW) and Forward Collision Warning (FCW), 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.

The 2014 Accord Hybrid features the same next-generation Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) body structure as the 2013 Accord, along with Honda's new SmartVent™ front-side airbags. Like the 2013 Accord, the 2014 Accord Hybrid is expected to earn top safety ratings including an NCAP 5-Star Overall Vehicle Score and a TOP SAFETY PICK+ rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).

The 2014 Honda Accord Hybrid will be the first Honda hybrid vehicle assembled in Ohio and the second built in the U.S. The Accord Hybrid joins the diverse Accord lineup, which includes the four-cylinder and V-6 powered Accord Sedan, sporty Accord Coupe and the advanced Accord Plug-In, which has the highest EPA MPGe rating of any mid-size hybrid sedan in America at 115 MPGe.

1 Preliminary mileage ratings determined by Honda. Final EPA mileage ratings not available at the time of printing. Use for comparison purposes only. Your actual mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle.

2 Honda cars are built using domestic and globally sourced parts.