|2014 Honda Accord Hybrid Click to enlarge.|
Honda’s new 2-motor MY 2014 Accord Hybrid, built with the rest of the Accord lineup in a Honda plant in Marysville, Ohio, will go on sale in the US in October. The two-motor hybrid system, which is paired with a 6-speed automatic transmission, has already made its debut in the Accord Plug-in Hybrid, which went on sale in California and New York on 15 January 2013. (Earlier post.)
Honda anticipates the new Accord Hybrid will obtain an EPA fuel economy rating of 49/45/47 mpgUS (4.8, 5.2 and 5.0 l/100 km, respectively) (city/highway/combined). The two-motor SPORT HYBRID Intelligent Multi Mode Drive powertrain in the Accord Hybrid supports three different driving modes—EV Drive, Hybrid Drive and Engine Drive—to optimize fuel efficiency.
In EV Drive, the Accord Hybrid uses the lithium-ion battery to run in electric-only mode at lower speeds and in medium- to high-speed cruising.
Engine Drive sends the engine power directly to the front wheels.
In Hybrid Drive, the 124-kilowatt (kW) electric motor and the new 2.0-liter DOHC i-VTEC Atkinson-cycle 4-cylinder engine blend together for powerful acceleration while allowing for efficient driving in stop-and-go traffic situations.
Along with new features such as Honda’s LaneWatch blind-spot display, which made its debut on the Accord last fall, other available driver assistance features on the 2014 Accord Hybrid include Lane Departure Warning (LDW) and Forward Collision Warning (FCW).
The 2014 Accord Hybrid features the same next-generation Advanced Compatibility Engineering (ACE) body structure as the 2013 Accord, along with Honda’s new SmartVent front-side airbags.
Other models in the 2014 line-up. The 2014 Accord Sedan is available in eight model choices, including six gasoline-engine versions (LX, Sport, EX, EX-L, EX-L V6 and Touring), the Accord Plug-In Hybrid Sedan, and the new Accord Hybrid Sedan. The 2014 Accord Coupe is available in four model choices (LX-S, EX, EX-L and EX-L V6).
The 2014 Honda Accord lineup will include a direct injected 4-cylinder engine and a powerful and fuel-efficient V-6. A sporty CVT (4-cylinder models only) and a 6-speed manual transmission are also available.
Chassis features include a MacPherson strut front suspension (with Amplitude Reactive Dampers on Hybrid models), a hybrid steel-and-aluminum front subframe (all-aluminum on Hybrid models) and electric power steering (EPS). Active Noise Control (ANC) and Active Sound Control (ASC) on both 4-cylinder and V-6 models counteract noise.
Starting at $21,955, the 2014 Honda Accord Sedan goes on sale 22 August 2013, and the Coupe, with prices starting at $23,625, launches on 20 August. The 2014 Accord Plug-in Hybrid Sedan, with prices starting at $39,780, debuted in early 2013. Pricing for the 2014 Accord Hybrid Sedan will be announced closer to its October on-sale date.
The Accord Sedan and Coupe offer Honda’s greatest range of active and passive safety and driver assistive features. Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) is standard on all Accord models, and available new technologies include Forward Collision Warning (FCW) and Lane Departure Warning (LDW).