2014 Honda Accord Plug-in
2014 Honda Accord Plug-in Review
Test drivers say the 2014 Honda Accord Plug-in’s top-notch fuel economy and roomy cabin will appeal to midsize car shoppers, but they agree that its high price doesn’t make financial sense over the long haul.
The Accord Plug-in’s powertrain consists of a four-cylinder engine, electric motor and continuously variable transmission. Reviewers think the Accord Plug-in packs ample power when driving on a hill, pulling away from a stop or when passing other cars. Reviewers note that the powertrain is quiet, especially in electric-only driving. They’re a bit divided on the powertrain’s transition between power sources: Some think the transition is flawless and others say it’s unrefined. The Accord Plug-in’s battery can be recharged in three hours on a standard outlet and the car can travel 13 miles on electric power alone. The Accord Plug-in gets 47/46 mpg city/highway in hybrid mode, and in electric-only driving, it gets 115 mpg-equivalent. These ratings are some of the best in the class. The Honda Accord Plug-in is praised for its competent handling, smooth ride and steady regenerative brakes. However, its steering is criticized for its numb, light feel.
Most critics think the materials used inside the 2014 Honda Accord Plug-in are high-quality and nice-looking. On the other hand, some test drivers note a busy cabin design and some cheap materials, like the Bio-Fabric seat material. Reviewers equally dislike the small trunk, saying it’s not big enough for families’ cargo needs. They do think that there is plenty of passenger space, even in the back seat, though. The Accord Plug-in comes standard with features like dual-zone automatic climate control, navigation, a multi-angle rearview camera, an 8-inch infotainment screen, 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), lane departure warning, forward collision warning, adaptive cruise control, Bluetooth, a touch-screen audio system, Pandora Internet radio capability and USB and auxiliary audio jacks. Reviewers say LaneWatch is intuitive and a handy safety feature for checking blind spots.
- "Everything works well, the car behaves exactly how you'd expect an Accord plug-in to work and the included LaneWatch display is incredibly well done, but there is more going on under the hood than will make sense to the average driver." -- Autoblog
- "… it's tough to figure how the plug-in can pay for itself over its lifetime. Refinement is one thing. Accounting is something else. For those not concerned about pure economics or trunk space, the Accord delivers a rewarding experience." -- Popular Mechanics
- "With quick recharge times, plenty of creature comforts and the satisfying driving manners long associated with Honda's venerable mid-size sedan, this electrified Accord makes an enticing option in the burgeoning field of plug-in hybrids." -- Kelley Blue Book
- "Compared with a well-equipped conventional Accord, which costs about six grand less, if you drive 10,000 miles in 20-mile chunks, with a full charge between each one, the plug-in will save you about $750. At that rate, you'll break even after 80,000 miles. That rate of payback will have to improve before the plug-in becomes as mainstream as the rest of its Accord siblings." -- Car and Driver
- "Even with at their premium prices, the Fusion Energi and Accord Plug-In Hybrid could have been satisfying to mainstream consumers looking for a middle-of-the-road vehicle that can run on electricity. But their pipsqueak trunks kill the deal." -- The New York Times
Other Cars to Consider
The Toyota Prius Plug-in has almost three times as much cargo room than the Accord Plug-in. The Prius Plug-in also takes three hours to charge on a 120-volt outlet and can travel a shorter 11 miles in EV mode versus the Accord Plug-in’s 13-mile range. Although its mpg-equivalent fuel economy isn’t as good as the Accord Plug-in’s, the Prius Plug-in still has superb fuel economy for the class.
The Ford Fusion Energi has a roomy cabin like the Accord Plug-in, and critics say the Fusion Energi’s cabin is fitted with high-quality materials, like standard leather seats. The Fusion Energi takes a longer seven hours to charge on a standard 120-volt outlet but can go much farther (21 miles) on electric-only power. The Fusion Energi’s mpg-e rating isn’t as good as the Accord Plug-in’s, but is still excellent among affordable midsize cars.
Details: 2014 Honda Accord Plug-in
The 2014 Honda Accord Plug-in is an all-new plug-in hybrid sedan for the 2014 model year, which seats five and has front-wheel drive. It’s available in one trim, which comes with a four-cylinder engine, electric motor and continuously variable transmission. The Accord Hybrid and gas-only Accord are reviewed separately.