Honda Accord Plug-in Hybrid Earns Higher MPGe Rating than Fusion Energi, Prius Plug-in and Volt
Honda has announced pricing on the 2014 Accord Plug-in Hybrid, which is on sale now in California and New York. Starting at $40,570 (including a $790 destination charge), the Accord Plug-in Hybrid is more expensive than competitors like the 2013 Chevrolet Volt and Ford Fusion Energi, which start at $39,995 and $39,495, respectively, after destination fees. The Accord Plug-in Hybrid is also more expensive than the Toyota Prius Plug-in, which starts at $32,760.
Despite a higher base price, Honda says in a press release that the Accord Plug-in Hybrid earns a better MPGe rating than the Volt, Fusion Energi and Prius Plug-in. In pure electric mode, the automaker says that the Accord Plug-in Hybrid delivers the equivalent of 115 mpg. At 100 MPGe, the Fusion Energi comes closest to matching the Accord Plug-in Hybrid’s rating, while the Volt and Prius Plug-in deliver 98 and 95 MPGe, respectively.
The 2013 Honda Accord Plug-in Hybrid is powered by a 2.0-liter Atkinson cycle four-cylinder engine, which is paired with an electric motor that also functions like a continuously variable transmission (e-CVT). Honda says that the Accord Plug-in Hybrid can travel up to 13 miles in EV mode, and that it can be fully charged from a “low-charge indication point” in less than three hours using a standard household outlet.
The Accord Plug-in Hybrid lines up closely with the Honda Accord Touring in terms of standard equipment. The Touring trim includes standard features like a rearview camera, dual-zone automatic climate control, navigation, Bluetooth, a USB port, adaptive cruise control, leather upholstery and heated front seats. Edmunds points out that the plug-in hybrid costs $6,150 more than the Accord Touring, which starts at $34,420 after destination. The Accord Plug-in Hybrid also has some styling cues that set it apart from other models in the Accord line.
Hybrid car shoppers in New York and California can lease the 2014 Accord Plug-in Hybrid for $429 per month for 36 months with $2,499 due at signing. A $3,334 federal tax credit is also available, which is more than the Prius Plug-in’s $2,500 credit, but less than what the Fusion Energi and Volt qualify for ($3,751 and $7,500, respectively). Cars.com writes, “Remember, battery capacity determines the plug-in credit. That's why most pure-electric vehicles, which need higher-capacity batteries, qualify for the highest $7,500 credit.”
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