We spotted the 2014 Honda Accord Plug-In Hybrid when it was still gestating in development. And we drove it briefly during our First Drive experience with the mainstream 2013 Honda Accord sedan, a car that we like a lot.
Now it’s finally available to buy at a dealership near you, or it is if you live in select areas of New York or California.
Starting at $40,570, the 2014 Honda Accord Plug-In Hybrid represents a substantial price increase over the base $22,470 Accord sedan, but it’s not a whole lot more than a loaded-up Honda Accord V-6 Touring. With very few options available, the 2014 Accord Plug-In comes standard with 166 horsepower generated by two electric motors powering the front wheels. In all-electric mode, it’s able to travel up to 13 miles in all-electric mode with its 6.7-kilowatt-hour battery pack, taking between one and three hours to recharge depending on the electricity source. After the battery pack is empty, a 2.0-liter four-cylinder kicks in and acts as a generator. Honda says the car is able to achieve a 115 mpg equivalent with the battery at full charge, or 47 mpg city/46 mpg highway when used as a normal hybrid.
While its plug-in range is none too impressive, its fuel economy is among the best of any hybrids this side of a Toyota Prius, at least on paper. Ford claims 44 mpg city/41 mpg highway for its similar Fusion Energi plug-in hybrid, but the real world has not been so kind to its tested fuel economy. Most are averaging in the high-30s. We’ll see how the plug-in Accord does in the real world in due time.
The 2014 Honda Accord Plug-In can be switched into a hybrid mode from the get-go to keep the battery full for when it’d be more advantageous to use electricity exclusively. For instance, there are laws against letting an engine idle in some big cities like New York City; electric mode would make more sense there.
Available in three colors–White Orchid Pearl, Crystal Black Pearl, and Burnished Silver Metallic–the Honda Accord Plug-In comes with every option available in the top-level Accord Touring, sans leather seats. Because no one ever killed a cow in the process of going green. Interestingly, however, it does have a leather-wrapped steering wheel as standard equipment.
Honda says the Accord Plug-In will boast a 574-mile driving range and will be eligible for single-occupancy in HOV lanes in California. The only thing the automaker hasn’t said yet is when it’s going on sale nationwide.