The new 2014 Honda Accord Hybrid is set to go on sale this October, and will feature sophisticated styling, blue-accented grille and light lenses, as well as LED daytime running lights and hybrid badges. It will share the two-motor hybrid powertrain that was first seen on the Accord Plug-In, allowing the car to drive in three different modes to improve fuel efficiency.
While in EV Drive, the new hybrid will run in electric-only mode at low speeds and when cruising at medium to high speeds. Hybrid Drive offers powerful acceleration, which allows for efficient driving in stop and go traffic. Engine Drive, the last drive mode, sends the power directly to the front wheels. The company predicts the 2014 Accord Hybrid will have class-leading fuel economy, forecasting EPA estimates of 49/45/47 mpg city/highway/combined.
Honda has added new features to the Accord, including LaneWatch blind-spot display, along with available features like Lane Departure Warning, Forward Collision Warning, perforated leather-trimmed seating surfaces, a multi-angle rearview camera with guidelines, and more. It will have the next-generation Advanced Compatibility Engineering body structure and SmartVent front-side airbags.
The 2014 Honda Accord Hybrid is expected to earn both a five-star overall safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, as well as a Top Safety Pick+ rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. This new Accord will be the first hybrid assembled in Ohio, making it the second Honda Hybrid built in the U.S.