If you didn’t already know, the 2014 Honda Accord Hybrid is here. Its been a while since an Accord Hybrid was brought to market. The first Accord Hybrid sedan was introduced in 2005 and its changed for 2014 for the better!
The new 4-door Accord Hybrid has a calculated driving range of 673 miles, capable of driving 43 miles further than any vehicle in its segment and an EPA estimated fuel economy rating of 50 mpg in the city, 45 mpg in the highway and 47 mpg combined. . The 2014 Honda Accord Hybrid combines the sophisticated exterior styling and spacious interior of the gas-powered Accord sedan with the highly efficient two-motor hybrid system from the advanced Honda’s Earth Dreams Technology powertrain series. Honda also expects this new hybrid to earn the highest safety ratings by the IIHS and NCAP.
Here’s a look at a test drive review published in New York Daily News:
From a standing start, the Accord Hybrid acts as a pure electric vehicle by default, and remains electric-only unless the battery is depleted or intervention from the engine is necessary. Under hard acceleration, the engine decouples to power the Accord Hybrid’s generator, which in turn powers the motor and charges the battery. At highway speed, however, the gas engine switches to power the wheels, using electric boost only when necessary. If that sounds complicated, you’ll be relieved to know that real-world application of the technology is unburdened by a steep learning curve. The transmission provides smooth power delivery, much like the CVT on gas-powered Accord models, without the saturnine thrum of its competitors’ gearboxes.
Acceleration, while neither brisk nor particularly exciting, is linear and free of drama. The best part about the hybrid system, other than its inherent efficiency, is the shrewd precision with which it provides enjoyment to the driver. Along a test route composed of highways and stretches of back roads in the Texas Hill Country, the Accord Hybrid proved itself as the virtuoso of its class.
Nothing about the favorable driving dynamics of a traditionally powered Accord is mitigated on the Accord Hybrid, from the responsiveness of its chassis damping to the delivery of power to the road. Steering has real weight, crispness, and accuracy. Its regenerative braking system apes the one implemented on the Fit EV, maintaining natural feel without the numbing sponginess endemic to less-advanced hybrid systems.And its eco-friendly tires ensure that cornering is a game worth playing.
For all of this efficiency, Honda claims fuel economy figures of 50 mpg in the city and 45 mpg on the highway: the highest in the four-door sedan segment. The results of a day’s worth of flogging the Accord Hybrid, with no specific attention paid to fuel-efficient driving technique, yielded between 38 and 44 indicated mpg. Based on these completely unscientific results, 50 mpg in the city is not an unreasonable estimate.
Standard Features on The Accord Hybrid include but are not limited to:
- Smart Entry System
- Push Button Start
- Body-Colored Decklid Spoiler
- Projector-Beam Halogen Headlights with Auto-On/Off and Blue-Tinted Chrome Bezels
- LED Headlights with Auto-On/Off and Blue-Tinted Chrome Bezels
- Heated, Body-Colored Power Side Mirrors with Integrated Turn Indicators and Expanded View Driver’s Mirror
- Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System™ with Voice Recognition, FM Traffic and Interface Dial
- i-MID with 8-Inch High-Resolution WVGA (800×480) Screen and Customizable Feature Settings
- Rearview Camera with Dynamic Guidelines
- Honda LaneWatch™
- Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink® and Streaming Audio 
- SMS Text Message Function
- Hard Disk Drive (HDD) including 16-GB Audio Memory
 Based on 2014 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on driving conditions, how you drive and maintain your vehicle, battery-pack age/condition, and other factors.
 Actual driving range and fuel mileage will vary depending on driving conditions, how the vehicle is driven and maintained, lithium-ion battery age/condition, and other factors. Range estimate determined using EPA methodology: EPA combined mpg rating x (90% x fuel tank volume).
 The Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System™ is standard on the Touring model in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico. (FM Traffic service only available in the United States, except Alaska). Please see your Honda dealer for details.
 Display accuracy will vary based on weather, size of object and speed, and the display may not show all relevant traffic. The display is not a substitute for your own direct visual assessment of traffic conditions before changing lanes.
 The Bluetooth® word mark and logos are owned by the Bluetooth SIG, Inc., and any use of such marks by Honda Motor Co., Ltd., is under license.
 Compatible with select phones with Bluetooth®. Your wireless carrier’s rate plans apply. State or local laws may limit use of texting feature. Only use texting feature when conditions allow you to do so safely.
 Audio memory is a component of navigation system’s hard disk drive (HDD).