When Honda first rolled out the updated 2013 Accord lineup last year, it warned us we’d have to wait a while until the 2014 Accord plug-in hybrid (PHEV) made it into dealers. Apparently, that waiting period is now over, as the model is now trickling into select U.S. dealers.
Those dealers, for the record, are only located in California and New York. As previously reported, the Accord PHEV will initially be marketed only in those two states before it is ultimately rolled out across the country. We wouldn’t be surprised if national availability comes this summer, as Honda says the non-plug-in Accord Hybrid – which uses essentially the same driveline – will be available nationwide in the summer of 2013.
All 2014 Accord PHEVs are powered by Honda’s new two-motor hybrid system, which pairs a 2.0-liter, Atkinson cycle I-4 with a CVT and a pair of electric motors. One motor functions as a generator, while the other is tasked with driving the wheels. Honda has yet to release finalized power output figures for the driveline, but notes the car’s lithium-ion battery pack provides for about 13 miles of pure EV driving (and, for the record, takes 3 hours to recharge on a 120-volt supply).
Honda’s plug-in Accord is EPA rated at 115 MPGe combined when running in EV mode, and 47/46 mpg (city/highway) when operating as a traditional hybrid. How does this compare to the Accord’s closest competitor, the Ford Fusion Energi plug-in? Ford’s PHEV earns 100 MPGe combined, and an EPA rating of 44/41 mpg when functioning as a plug-in hybrid.
The Ford bests the Accord PHEV in EV range (21 miles compared to 15) and in price -- $39,495 versus $40,570 (both figures include destination fees of $795 and $790, respectively). That said, the Accord does boast a long list of standard equipment, including adaptive cruise control, blind-spot detection, forward collision warning, and lane departure warning that are part of an optional $1000 package on the Fusion Energi.
As the Accord PHEV also comes with navigation, HondaLink telematics, Bluetooth connectivity, and LED headlamps as standard equipment, buyers will only need to choose what colors they’d like to order. In this case, they have but three exterior hues – white, black, and a “Burnished Silver metallic” and one interior color – grey, with bio-fabric seat trim – to pick from.