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2014 Honda Accord Plug-in Hybrid is America's Most Fuel-Efficient Sedan

2014 Honda Accord Plug-in Hybrid is America's Most Fuel-Efficient Sedan

By Jeff Youngs, February 01, 2013
The 2014 Honda Accord Plug-in Hybrid went on sale on January 15, available at selected Honda dealers in California and New York for $39,780. Interested buyers can also lease this new version of the Accord for $429 per month for 36 months with $2,499 down at lease signing and a 12,000-mile annual mileage limit. This introductory deal expires March 4, 2013.

The new variant of the Accord Sedan is rated to get 115 MPGe when the car is operated in electric mode, making it "the most fuel-efficient sedan in America," according to Honda, and the first vehicle to qualify for the EPA's Super Ultra-Low Emissions Vehicle 20 (SULEV20) standard. When operated as a gas-electric hybrid, the Accord Plug-in is rated to get 47 mpg in the city, 46 mpg on the highway, and 46 mpg in combined driving.

In contrast, the new 2013 Ford Fusion Energi plug-in hybrid model is rated to get 100 MPGe and 43 mpg in combined driving; the Chevrolet Volt is rated to get 98 MPGe and 37 mpg in combined driving; and the Toyota Prius Plug-in is rated to get 95 MPGe and 50 mpg in combined driving.

The 2014 Honda Accord Plug-in Hybrid is equipped with the automaker's new Earth Dreams 2-motor gas-electric hybrid powertrain, which combines a 2.0-liter Atkinson-cycle 4-cylinder engine with a 124-kilowatt (kW) electric motor that also acts as a continuously variable transmission. A rechargeable 6.75 kilowatt-hour (kWh) Lithium-ion battery provides a claimed electric-only range of 13 miles. When the battery reaches a minimum state of charge, the car operates as a traditional hybrid.

With the Accord Plug-in Hybrid, the driver can choose when to use the car as an electric vehicle and when to use it as a hybrid vehicle. Honda says it takes less than 3 hours to recharge the battery using a standard 120-volt power outlet. Employ a 240-volt Level 2 charger, and the battery is topped off in less than an hour.

The new 2014 Honda Accord Plug-in is based on the Accord Touring model, and has unique design cues in addition to its different powertrain. Honda says the Accord Plug-in Hybrid qualifies for single-occupant carpool-lane access in California.

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