How much “hybrid premium” is too much these days, especially as conventional gas-powered cars are getting more and more efficient? We may soon find out, as the 2014 Honda Accord Hybrid will go on October 31 at a starting price of $29,945, including $790 for destination and handling. That’s at least $2,000 more than the next-most-expensive hybrid in its class, the 2014 Ford Fusion Hybrid.
Then again, it might be worth it.
Rated at 50 mpg city/45 mpg highway/47 mpg combined, the Accord Hybrid comes out a few mpg ahead of the 47/47/47 Ford Fusion. However, owners are reporting the Fusion averaging 39.9 mpg on FuelEconomy.gov, and recently, Ford had to lower the EPA ratings of its C-Max hybrid wagon.
The 2014 Honda Accord Hybrid is equipped similarly to an EX model, meaning that it comes with quite a lot of stuff, including a standard rearview camera, LED headlight accents, rear camera for turning, Bluetooth, alloy wheels, and a 10-way power driver’s seat. The 2014 Honda Accord Hybrid is also available in EX-L trim with leather seats and a few more options as well as the top-level Touring level with navigation, LED headlights, and active cruise control, among other features. It costs $35,695.
The 2014 Honda Accord Hybrid comes in well below the $40,000 Honda Accord Plug-In Hybrid, which we sampled recently. A good car, we weren’t sure it was quite worth the luxury car pricing. This one, however, could be worth it. We’ll see when we drive it shortly.