Honda’s mid-size Accord is the brand other automakers’ hope to be, in style, content and popularity; two hybrid models added to the lineup for 2014.
Base 2.4-liter four-cylinder makes 185-189 horsepower and features an optional continuously variable transmission; pptional V6 remains optional on coupes and sedans. Both plug-in and conventional hybrid powertrains are now available.
The Ohio-built Accord that was introduced for 2013 is similar in looks, although a bit smaller than its predecessor. The sedan is 3.5 inches shorter in overall length and nearly an inch between the front and rear wheels, while half-inch in width. Concurrently, trunk space has increased by five percent, thanks to a more compact rear suspension. The coupe underwent a more subtle transformation and remains one of the most appealing models of its type on the road. The base 2.4-liter four-cylinder makes 185 horsepower, while the optional 3.5-liter V6 makes 278. A six-speed gearbox on four-cylinder Accord sedans and up-level V6 coupes remains available. A continuously variable transmission (CVT) replaced the five-speed automatic option on all four-cylinder models, but a six-speed automatic remains the only choice for V6 sedans and base V6 coupes. For 2014, Honda is introducing the Accord Plug-In hybrid with a 141-horsepower 2.0-liter four-cylinder mated to a 166-horsepower electric motor. The Plug-In can travel up to 13 miles on electric-only propulsion and has a maximum 570-mile range. It takes about three hours using 120-volt house current to replenish the lithium-ion battery (about 10 minutes for a 50 percent charge), or about an hour with a 240-volt charger. The Plug-In is initially available in California and New York only, but for all states a regular (non-plug-in) Accord Hybrid sedan that uses the same powertrain (but a lighter battery pack) is coming on stream. It’s rated at 50 mpg in the city and 45 mpg on the highway (compared to 47/46 for the Plug-In).
Base price (incl. destination): $22,800 (sedan); $24,400 (coupe); $28,500 (Hybrid, est.); $40,600 (Plug-In)
Type: Two-door coupe; four-door sedan
Base engine (hp): 2.4-liter DOHC I4 (185)
Optional engines (hp): 2.4-liter DOHC I4 (189); 3.5-liter SOHC V6 (278); 2.0-liter DOHC I4 with 166-kilowatt electric motor (196, net)
Layout: Front-engine, front-wheel-drive
Transmissions: Six-speed manual; six-speed automatic (opt.); six-speed manual (opt. on V6 coupe)
MPG (city/hwy): 27/36 (2.4, CVT)
Safety: Front airbags; side-impact airbags; side-curtain airbags; anti-lock brakes; traction control; stability control
Weight (lb.): 3,220 (sedan)