Images of the 2014 Honda Accord Hybrid have leaked sooner than expected, as Honda’s Japanese website has them live (at the time of this writing ). We’ve known for some time that Honda would debut the hybrid version of its most important vehicle, the Accord, sometime this summer. We can confirm what we’ve expected aesthetically: the production 2014 Honda Accord Hybrid will have unique blue accents on the headlights and grille, and receives special designs and hybrid badges. The design is overall similar to the unique nose on the Accord Plug-In Hybrid.
A glance inside and the interior looks very similar to the non-hybrid Honda Accord, though there does appear to be unique hybrid graphics on the instrument controls. The 2014 Honda Accord Hybrid will compete against hybrid versions of the familiar midsize competition, such as the Ford Fusion, Toyota Camry, Hyundai Sonata, as well as others like the Chevrolet Volt. The Accord Hybrid is expected to get high 40s mpg, impressive numbers that you’ll have to pay a hefty premium for. While an entry-level Honda Accord starts under $23,000, the hybrid will add a few thousand dollars to the starting price, meaning the gas-savings could take a half-dozen years or more, depending on driving habits. Still, in a country with a growing appetite for fuel-efficient hybrids, the Accord Hybrid is likely to deliver the space, comfort, and driving dynamics that are synonymous with the Accord, and dial up efficiency. We should have more details in the coming weeks.
Update: Honda North America has informed us that, although this is defintely the Japanese version of the Accord Hybrid, it is definitely not what the U.S. version of the hybrid will look like. According to a Honda spokesman, the U.S. model of the 2014 Accord Hybrid will have styling that’s “very similar” to the non-hybrid Accord, leaving the plug-in with its own unique nose and other treatments.
Source: Honda Japan