Honda Accord Plug-in Hybrid earns the title for being the most fuel-efficient sedan in America

2014 Honda Accord PHEV
2014 Honda Accord PHEV

Starts at $39,780

Honda has released new details about the 2014 Accord Plug-in Hybrid.

Described at the "most fuel-efficient sedan in America," the Accord is equipped with a two-motor hybrid system that consists of a 2.0-liter Atkinson-cycle engine, a 166 hp (124 kW) electric motor and a 6.7 kWh lithium-ion battery. This setup enables the sedan to travel up to 13 miles (21 km) on electricity alone which earns it an EPA rating of 115 MPGe. When the petrol engine is activated, the Accord returns 47 mpg city / 46 mpg highway / 46 mpg combined (US).

When the battery is depleted, it can be fully replenished in approximately three hours with a 120 volt outlet. With the optional 240 volt charger, the time is reduced to less than an hour.

The Accord Plug-in Hybrid starts at $39,780 and is currently on sale at select dealerships in California and New York.

Source: Honda

115 MPGe Honda Accord Plug-In Hybrid, Most Fuel-Efficient Sedan in America, Now Available at Select New York and California Dealerships

Accord Plug-In first vehicle to qualify for SULEV20 emissions standard

The 2014 Honda Accord Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle, rated by the EPA at 115 MPGe1 in all electric mode, making it the most fuel-efficient sedan in America, went on-sale at select New York and California Honda dealers on January 15 with an MSRP of $39,7802 and a monthly lease price of $4293.

Combining hybrid efficiency with a powerful dose of instantaneous electric-motor torque, the Honda Accord Plug-In is rated by the EPA with a maximum EV Mode driving range of 13 miles and a gasoline fuel-economy rating of 47/46/46 mpg (city/hwy/combined). The 2014 Accord Plug-In earned the highest EPA MPGe rating1 (115 MPGe) in its class4, topping all plug-in-class competitors. In addition to being Honda’s first plug-in hybrid electric vehicle, the Accord Plug-In is the first production car in the U.S. to meet the new, more stringent LEV3/SULEV20 emissions standard, and will also qualify for single-occupant carpool-lane access in California.

The 2014 Accord Plug-in Hybrid is powered by an all-new Honda Earth DreamsTM technology two-motor hybrid system utilizing a powerful 124-kilowatt (kW) electric motor that also acts like a continuously variable transmission (e-CVT) mated to a highly fuel-efficient 2.0-liter i-VTEC, Atkinson cycle 4-cylinder engine. Electric-only operation is supported by a 6.7-kilowatt-hour (kWh) lithium-ion (Li-Ion) battery, with high efficiency regenerative braking provided by an all-new electric-servo braking system.

To maximize driving efficiency, the new two-motor hybrid system allows the Accord Plug-In powertrain to transition seamlessly between all-electric EV Drive, gasoline-electric Hybrid Drive; and direct Engine Drive. Beyond its function as a full-electric vehicle, owners of the Accord Plug-In will be able to choose two additional driving modes to manage battery capacity and tailor the capabilities of the vehicle to their commute. In its default start-up mode, the Accord Plug-In acts as a pure electric vehicle and will remain in full-electric mode until the battery state of charge necessitates the automatic switch to gas/electric hybrid operation. At higher speeds and engine loads, such as during aggressive acceleration, the gasoline engine kicks in to provide additional power. There is also a button on the center console that allows the driver to manually select EV mode – for example, if they want to utilize EV mode in their neighborhood, or in city traffic on stop-and-go highway driving when regenerative braking potential is increased. In the driver-selectable “HV” mode, the plug-in Accord acts as a conventional hybrid, blending electric motor gasoline engine power to maximize fuel efficiency while maintaining the battery charge level.

The plug-in Accord can be fully charged from a low-charge indication point in less than three hours using the supplied 120-volt charger when plugged into a standard 120-volt household electrical outlet (use of a dedicated GFCI outlet is recommended), and in less than one hour using a 240-volt “Level-2” charger5. The free HondaLink™ EV smartphone application will allow owners to remotely monitor the charging state of the Accord Plug-In.

Based on the Touring trim level of standard Accord Sedan but featuring unique styling cues, the 2014 Honda Accord Plug-In will be available in three exterior colors, including two standard Accord shades (White Orchid Pearl and Crystal Black Pearl) plus a model-exclusive Burnished Silver Metallic.

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eddie eddie
Great job Honda. This is a fairly large car with great numbers. I would consider this car when my next purchase comes up. Honda's are built to last!
Jan 22nd, 2013 10:30pm
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TomteBoda TomteBoda
It is interesting to see non-educated poeple comment even though the evidence is crystal clear in all tests. Honda is the best technical team on the planet =)
Jan 22nd, 2013 3:01pm
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AlexHohDesu AlexHohDesu
Honda did their best, this is a huge leap better in looks ,apart from the hybrid, and tech over the previous gen Accord. All to get criticize by people who only choose to remember their 90s glory days
Jan 22nd, 2013 5:13am
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Audi V10 2010 Audi V10 2010
Honda is just copying everybody else you really look at it back looks like an old Hyundai Azera mix with the older Genesis sedan it's a shame on Hondas losing your edge and who in their right mind will pay this money for this piece of crap I mean reliability my ass I just don't see why this car is ugly it sister designers rip off
Jan 22nd, 2013 3:21am
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slim slim
Maybe my math is off, but if this accord is fully charged and only has one gallon of gas in it, how in the hell can it travel 115 miles?!!?? What does the e stand for??? Electricity?? 47mpg plus 13miles on energy equals a distance of 60miles. How do you explain almost double the mileage??? Shouldnt it be more like 60mpg combined and not 115mpge?? Can somebody please clarify how this car is rated at 115mpg? Also am I alone in thinking that NO HONDA IS WORTH $40k. For that money Im looking at BMW, Benz, Infiniti, Audi, etc.. not a Honda Accord, sorry.
Jan 22nd, 2013 1:16am
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AdamMahmoud AdamMahmoud
That's temporary until the Mazda6 diesel gets to the states it will be more fuel efficient better priced and a MUCH BETTER LOOKING!
Jan 22nd, 2013 1:09am
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Sorry but what is the difference between a hybrid, plug-in hybrid and an EV car? And those wheels? From which junk yard they got it?
Jan 22nd, 2013 1:04am
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