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2014 Honda Accord Hybrid Touring Passengers Side In Motion
SAN ANTONIO, Texas -- This doesn’t seem like the right place to launch a hybrid car. Texas is land of the pickup truck, land of the cattle ranch, land of the oil wells, with gasoline prices often as much as thirty cents lower than the national average. It’s hard to imagine a hybrid becoming trendy here.
Honda says it makes perfect sense as the place to launch its 2014 Honda Accord Hybrid. Old as the cliché is, everything’s still bigger in Texas. To Honda, the Accord Hybrid is big. It may not have a big engine or a lot of cargo space (3 cubic feet less trunk space than the gasoline model), but it does have something that no other four-door sedan has: a 50 mpg city EPA rating. Honda thinks that number is a game changer.

How did they do it?

When Honda decided to revive the Accord Hybrid after its early-2000s flop, which combined Integrated Motor Assist and a V-6 gas engine, they set out to become a leader in full-hybrid technology. That required no small amount of innovation from Honda’s Research and Development Team.
For starters, the 2014 Honda Accord Hybrid's 2.0-liter, 141 horsepower, 4-cylinder Atkinson cycle engine is a first for Honda. Atkinson cycle engines use slightly different valve timing than conventional internal combustion engines, which makes them efficient but at the expense of power. Honda’s VTEC technology allows the engine to operate with normal timing under heavy engine loads. The result is a car that feels plenty powerful for highway passing and quick accelerations, a refreshing change from some full hybrids that seem to be willfully sluggish.
The real innovation, though, is the transmission, which Honda calls an e-CVT. Instead of using pulleys connected to the engine and the wheels to transmit power, Honda uses its two-motor hybrid system to get power to the wheels. The Honda system has one motor – the generator motor – that’s connected to the engine and generates electricity. That electricity is then used to power the second motor – the drive motor – that powers the wheels. In this system, the engine is only rarely coupled to the wheels, not unlike the Chevrolet Volt’s system, but without the plug.

Drive modes

The 2014 Honda Accord Hybrid has three drive modes: Engine mode, Hybrid mode, and EV mode. Most driving will take place in Hybrid mode. During hybrid drive the engine powers the generator motor, which in turn creates electricity for the drive motor, which drives the front wheels. In hybrid mode, the engine is completely decoupled from the drive wheels.
In the EV mode, which doesn’t run long with the 2014 Honda Accord Hybrid’s relatively small battery pack, the drive motor propels the car using power directly from the battery, with no help from the engine or the generator motor. Honda says EV mode can last up to a couple of miles in city driving. Once the battery no longer has enough juice to power the motor, the car automatically switches back to its default Hybrid mode.
Only in Engine mode is the gas four directly connected to the drive wheels. Applied automatically at medium to high speeds, the engine uses a fixed-gear transmission that provides a mix of power and efficiency similar to that of a fifth or sixth gear in a car with a manual transmission.

A hybrid worth driving?

On a winding road through Texas hill country the Accord Hybrid handled itself with grace, feeling solid and predictable around bends in the road. It’s stable, though it’s not going to inspire daydreams. Cruising along on a sunny Tuesday morning, we wished we were driving something with a little more character through that lovely countryside.
The Accord Hybrid isn’t designed to thrill, though. It’s designed to return stellar fuel economy. With a 50/45/47 city/highway/combined rating, the Accord is almost guaranteed to impress. On our two-hour drive we easily topped 47 mpg. During a shorter mileage challenge, we saw numbers in the mid-60s. And the Accord Hybrid manages this feat without feeling like a penalty box. With 196 total system horsepower, it’s not going to win any races, though it will beat a Toyota Prius, and it will keep up with most four-cylinder midsize sedans.

So you think you want an Accord Hybrid?

A base model Accord Hybrid starts at $29,945, and includes a USB audio interface, Bluetooth connectivity, power windows, and an eight-inch i-MID display, which shows the standard backup camera, fuel economy information, and audio functions. The mid-level EX-L adds leather trimmed seats, XM radio, Lane Departure and Forward Collision Warning, a premium audio system, and other upgrades. That model starts at $32,965. For $35,695 drivers can upgrade to the top Touring trim level, with Adaptive Cruise Control and a navigation system with FM traffic information.
The Accord Hybrid easily outfoxes much of its competition in terms of packaging and driving enjoyment. Add in its class-leading fuel economy and it seems like the right choice for many green shoppers, though the price tag is higher than many of its competitors. Bargain hunters will prefer the Hyundai Sonata Hybrid, which comes in at $30,550 in top trim level, or the Ford Fusion Hybrid, which starts south of $27,000. Though its styling is a bit staid for our tastes, it certainly will attract traditional Honda customers at the same time its 50-mpg city rating attracts traditional hybrid customers.

2014 Honda Accord Hybrid

Base Price: $29,945
As-Tested: $32,695
Powertrain: 2.0-liter Atkinson cycle DOHC I-4
Horsepower: Gasoline engine: 141 hp @ 6200 rpm. Total hybrid system power: 196 hp
Torque: 122 lb-ft @ 3500-6000 rpm
Transmission: e-CVT
Drive: Front-wheel
Measurements: 192.2 x 72.8 x 57.5 in.
Legroom F/R: 42.5/38.5 in.
Headroom F/R: 39.1/37.5 in.
Cargo capacity (trunk): 12.7 cu ft, 12.3 cu ft in EX-L and Touring due to subwoofer
Curb Weight: 3550 lbs
EPA fuel economy: 50/45 mpg city/hwy
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2014 Honda Accord

New For 2014

Honda raised the starting prices of the 2014 Honda Accord by $275 for the new model year. A second hybrid joins the lineup in October. Changes are minimal, including new cloth seat fabric on LX models and a standard rear-dimming mirror; V-6 models get different exhaust tips.

Vehicle Summary

The Honda Accord is one of the best-selling, most popular cars in America. It appeals to a range of customers and is available at a wide variety of price points, offering everything from a powerful V-6 engine to a fuel-sipping hybrid. It can be loaded up to near luxury levels or as a more modest base model and comes in coupe and sedan versions. The 2014 Honda Accord is not one of the most exciting cars in the market, but it excels in many user-friendliness, utility, and value for the money, which is why we named it an Automobile Magazine All-Star for 2013.


The 2014 Honda Accord offers choices, which is one of its most appealing qualities. The base 2.4-liter in-line four-cylinder engine produces 185 hp and 181 lb-ft of torque, while the top-end V-6 makes 278 hp and 252 lb-ft. There are three transmissions available depending on the model: a six-speed manual, a six-speed automatic, and a CVT. Honda already sells a plug-in Accord hybrid, and this year it is adding a second (non-plugin) hybrid variant to the portfolio.

The Accord has always scored well in our All-Stars balloting, but the V-6 coupe with the manual appeals to us as enthusiasts. We were particularly taken with it during a test drive from the factory in Ohio where the Accord is assembled. One of our editors summed things up: "The 2014 Honda Accord is, in general, very good to drive -- hence its well-earned 2013 All-Star award -- but a V-6 manual coupe is on another level. I know it's front-wheel drive, but the soul of the NSX is in there, I tell you. If you've got 500 miles to dispatch in a single shot, this is a fine way to do it."

Honda also upgraded the Accord's interior, adding richer materials, a streamlined center stack, and more comfortable seats. There is an optional navigation system, adaptive cruise control, and forward collision-warning systems. A new feature, called LaneWatch, uses a camera to enhance the driver's visibility on the right-side blind-spot. The Accord also gets a new strut-type suspension setup in front, which noticeably improves the ride character compared with the previous generation.

You'll like:

  • Lots of choices
  • Handsome cabin
  • Two hybrid variants
  • Excellent fuel economy

You won't like:

  • Somewhat dull styling
  • Steering in the V-6
  • Storage space is compromised (hybrid)

Key Competitors

  • Toyota Camry
  • Hyundai Sonata
  • Nissan Altima
  • Ford Fusion
2014 Honda Accord EX L V 6 Coupe Front Three Quarter In Motion
With its most recent redesign, the Honda Accord went from blandly competent to truly impressive, earning an AUTOMOBILE All-Star award in the process. And when we gathered the latest crop of midsize sedans, the Accord came out on top. Based on all the accolades, we decided that the new Accord had earned itself a long-term stay with us.
2015 Honda Accord Sport Side Profile
Pent-up demand from the recession years appears to be pretty well sated, but automakers were able to keep sales on the boil in August with a flurry of sales and incentives. Moderating gas prices gave trucks and SUVs an additional boost. Overall, the month of August—which this year included all of Labor Day weekend—closed out a strong summer, with an annualized sales rate of over 17 million units.
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The Honda Accord has managed to beat the Toyota Camry in the monthly sales race. Last month, Honda sold 51,075 Accords, compared to 44,043 Camrys. That brings the Honda’s year-to-date tally to 271,426, which is still behind the Camry and its total of 306,471 units.
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The 2015 Honda Accord arrives in the new model year with more equipment, which means prices for the coupe and sedan have increased slightly. A 2015 Honda Accord LX sedan with a manual transmission now starts at $22,895 with destination, up $150 versus last year's base model price; the cheapest 2015 Honda Accord Coupe is an LX-S with a manual transmission, at $24,565; and the 2015 Honda Accord Hybrid sees its sticker rise $150 to $30,095.

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2014 Honda Accord Specifications

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2.4L I4Engine
Fuel economy City:
24 MPG
Fuel economy Highway:
34 MPG
185 hp @ 6400rpm
181 ft lb of torque @ 3900rpm
  • Air Conditioning
  • Power Windows
  • Power Locks
  • Power Seats (optional)
  • Steering Wheel Tilt
  • Cruise Control
  • Sunroof (optional)
  • ABS
  • Stabilizer Front
  • Stabilizer RearABS
  • Electronic Traction Control
  • Electronic Stability Control
  • Locking Differential (optional)
  • Limited Slip Differential (optional)
  • Airbag Driver
  • Airbag Passenger
  • Airbag Side Front
  • Airbag Side Rear (optional)
  • Radio
  • CD Player
  • CD Changer (optional)
  • DVD (optional)
  • Navigation (optional)
36,000 miles / 36 months
60,000 miles / 60 months
Unlimited miles / 60 months
Recall Date
American Honda Motor Co. (Honda) is recalling certain model year 2014 Accord L4 vehicles manufactured July 29, 2014, to July 31, 2014, 2015 Accord L4 vehicles manufactured August 14, 2014, to January 30, 2015, and 2015 CR-V vehicles manufactured September 9, 2014, to February 6, 2015. The affected vehicles may have been assembled with improperly torqued connecting rod bolts, which can cause the engine to lose power or leak oil.
Loss of engine power may result in a vehicle stall, increasing the risk of a crash. If the engine leaks oil in the proximity of hot engine or exhaust components, there is an increased risk of a fire.
Honda will notify owners, and dealers will replace the engine short block, free of charge. The recall began on March 27, 2015. Owners may contact Honda customer service at 1-888-234-2138. Honda's number for this recall is JP2 (for Accord models) and JP3 (for CR-V models).
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Recall Date
Honda (American Honda Motor Co.) is recalling certain model year 2014-2015 Honda Accord Hybrid vehicles manufactured August 29, 2013, to May 30, 2015. Electrical interference may cause the hybrid system to switch into fail-safe mode, disabling the gasoline engine, limiting the vehicle's speed to 40 miles per hour and functioning only on battery power. Once the battery is discharged, the vehicle will stall.
A vehicle stall increases the risk of a crash.
Honda will notify owners, and dealers will update the hybrid system software, free of charge. The recall began on November 6, 2015. Owners may contact Honda customer service at 1-888-234-2138. Honda's number for this recall is JT7.
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