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MSRP: $29,155 - $34,905
Invoice: $26,667 - $31,912
MPG: 50 City / 45 Hwy
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Honda Accord Hybrid Interior

The automotive press agrees that most of the materials used in the 2014 Honda Accord Hybrid are premium and attractive. They also think the cabin is well-built. Critics are also on the same page when it comes to the amount of passenger space in the Accord Hybrid, saying it is very spacious and comfortable in the front and back seats. The Accord Hybrid’s trunk is a bit larger than the trunks found in some of its hybrid competitors. Some reviewers like that you can see fuel economy information on the gauges, and others are disappointed that you can’t see more information about driving in EV mode.

  • "Inside the cabin, the Accord Hybrid's interior is simple and elegant." -- Motor Trend
  • "With a few exceptions, the materials in the 2014 Honda Accord Hybrid have a high-quality look and feel. The overall cockpit design is elegant, and the cabin's tight construction gives the impression of an entry-level luxury car. The dash design embraces the spirit of legibility with an effective three-tier layout.” -- Edmunds
  • "We tested both the base and top-of-the-line Touring versions of the Accord Hybrid and found them both well-equipped with soft touch material throughout. The standard version featured a high-quality fabric seat covering, but we would opt for the full-cow leather seating found in the Touring." -- Left Lane News

Seating

The five-seat 2014 Honda Accord Hybrid comes standard with a 10-way power-adjustable driver seat. Buyers can upgrade to leather-trimmed seats, a four-way power-adjustable passenger seat, memory settings for the driver seat and heated front seats. Test drivers agree that the Accord Hybrid is roomy and comfortable, adding that it offers excellent forward visibility for the driver.

  • "Both front and rear occupants will find plenty of legroom and shoulder room -- the sedan's backseat is arguably best-in-class with its combination of space and comfort. We're also fond of the clear outward visibility afforded by the Accord's design. As a downside, though, we've found the Accord's front seats less comfortable on long drives than others in this segment." -- Edmunds
  • "It was also comfortable and not burdened by the cheesy eco-friendly interiors some hybrid cars insist on. No, here you can have comfortable leather seats (standard in EX-L and Touring trim levels) and sleek piano black accents on the dashboard and steering wheel." -- Jean Knows Cars
  • "From the driver's seat, where we couldn't get the adjustable lumbar support to feel quite right, the first thing we noticed was the Honda's great visibility. The pillars don't get in the way too much no matter where you look." -- Autoblog
  • "If your liked the interior of the newly designed ninth-generation 2013 Honda Accord Sedan, you will be equally at home in the Accord Hybrid. Everything from the well-designed front seating with nicely contoured bolstering to the more than accommodating (and relatively deep-set) rear seats with their substantial legroom and width for three passengers, has been carried over into this new model." -- Left Lane News

Interior Features

The Honda Accord Hybrid comes standard with features like dual-zone automatic climate control, Bluetooth, a USB input, an 8-inch infotainment screen, a rearview camera, Pandora Internet radio compatibility, hands-free text messaging capability and Honda LaneWatch (which uses a camera mounted under the passenger side mirror to show the driver what’s in his or her right side blind spot via the 8-inch screen). Available features include a seven-speaker premium audio system, a touch-screen interface, HondaLink smartphone app integration, satellite radio, a moonroof, a multi-angle rearview camera, forward collision warning, lane departure warning, navigation and adaptive cruise control.

Critics are somewhat divided on the amount of useful information the Accord Hybrid provides on its gauges. Some say the fuel economy data is helpful, while others wish it provided more information about the car’s electric-only mode. One critic says the camera-based LaneWatch blind spot system is useless, but on the Accord and Accord Plug-in, the system receives praise from many reviewers who say it’s easy to use and gives added assurance to help show what’s hiding in their blind spot.

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  • "The infotainment system in the base model we drove wasn't anything special, but served us just fine. We didn't like the way the system wasn't able to display our iPod album art for a few seconds at the beginning of each song, but this is a minor complaint. The most useful screen was the fuel economy readout, showing us a record of our current trip and recent ones to see if our driving was getting more efficient or less." -- Autoblog
  • "Honda also uses that screen to display its LaneWatch feature that mounts a camera to the passenger side external mirror. The image will show the car's blind spot, meaning the driver does not need to turn his head 90 degrees to see the blind spot. While a neat piece of technology, I find it mostly pointless. Perhaps the one place it would come in handy is Portland, Ore., where having a peek behind you for bicyclists approaching before making a right-hand turn would come in handy. Other than that, I cannot find a use for it other than to impress passengers." -- Motor Trend
  • “At the top is the crisp-looking 8-inch display that offers varying levels of information and, depending on the trim level, audio and navigation interfaces. Meanwhile, the main instrument displays provide enough information without being cluttered and overwhelming." -- Edmunds
  • "Honda's engineers tell us that EV mode works up to ‘a little over 60 mph.’ It's hard to tell when you're about to tip out of EV operation, as Honda's gauges are terse and tight-lipped for the most part. Ford's hybrids, as it turns out, still have the upper hand in gauge gadgetry." -- AutoWeek

Cargo

The base Accord Hybrid has 12.7 cubic feet of cargo space, which is a bit more space than what some rival hybrids have. For example, the Ford Fusion Hybrid has 12 cubic feet of trunk space and the Hyundai Sonata Hybrid has 12.1 cubic feet of room. Reviewers are pleased with the amount of trunk space the Accord Hybrid offers.

  • "Compared with the standard Accord, the hybrid's trunk space takes a hit due to the packaging of the battery pack. As such, the Hybrid's checks in at 12.7 cubic feet, or 3 fewer cubes than the non-hybrid Accord sedan. Still, that's on par with the trunks of other midsize hybrid sedans." -- Edmunds
Review Last Updated: 5/12/14

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