2014 Honda Accord Plug-In Hybrid Sedan - Rating Details


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Edmunds Rating
Vehicle Tested 2014 Honda Accord Plug-In Hybrid Sedan Driven On 7/9/2013 Ratings Summary The Accord Plug-In Hybrid packs all the virtues of the highly rated gasoline-only powered Accord into a remarkably efficient, smooth and quiet sedan. It's the best plug-in hybrid (PHEV) we've driven in many ways. But, like all PHEVs, its high cost relative to the non-hybrid version means you need to be motivated by more than money to consider buying one.
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Performance The Accord Plug-In Hybrid acquits itself admirably on the road. Sure, its ultimate handling is slightly duller at the limit due to extra battery weight, but even so its overall performance is more than adequate for the segment.
Acceleration
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Acceleration is on-par with its conventional gas-powered counterpart, which is impressive. This also puts it at the top of the plug-in hybrid segment.
Braking
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Our panic stopping distance of 122 feet is decent for any sedan, let alone a PHEV with low rolling resitance tires. Tracks straight and true, pedal feel is reasonable in normal use.
Steering
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Electric power steering offers adequate feel and feedback to prudently guide the car. Normal for an Accord feels a cut above compared to other plug-in hybrids.
Handling
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Additional 400 pounds reduces peak handling numbers somewhat, but isn't significant in normal driving. Weight is only burdensome as limits approach.
Driveability
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A terrific-feeling hybrid transmission with few drivability downsides. Gas/electric transition is nearly imperceptible. It's quiet and it's easy to drive.
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Comfort As comfortable as it needs to be. Very little difference in ride vs. standard Accord, which is impressive given the additional weight. And it's quieter, especially in EV mode.
Seating Comfort
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Vastly improved over 2012 Accord, which had awkward lower back support.
Ride Comfort
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Few buyers will find fault here as the Accord hits a sweet spot between too firm and too soft.
Quietness
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Very little engine or road noise, even during gasoline operation and gas/electric transition. EV mode is smooth and pretty much noiseless.
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Interior A step above the old Accord and on par with the best in the segment when it comes to space, usability and functionality. That said, the plug-in battery does take a bite out of the trunk.
Ergonomics
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Fewer buttons than before, which is appreciated. And just about every control is logical and well placed. Good driving position with a nice range of adjustment.
Ingress/Egress
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Ingress and egress are never a problem in the Accord.
Space/Room
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Smaller than the 2012 Accord outside but the same size passenger space inside, which is an impressive engineering feat.
Visibility
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Above average for the class. A low waistline aids visibility from the rear seat.
Cargo/Storage
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Large plug-in battery occupies a significant portion of the Accord's trunk space. Works with soft bags for weekend trips, but there's not enough space for a large suitcase. Rear seat doesn't fold.
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Value The Accord Plug-in is as good or better than a standard Accord EX-L w/Navigation, and it certainly burns less gas. But the plug-in price premium ($8,000 to $10,000) is unlikely to ever pay for itself. Your purchase reasons must include factors beyond fuel savings.
Build Quality (vs. $)
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Better than many competitors. Quality materials and assembly are an Accord strength. And the PHEV version matches the top end of the Accord range.
Features(vs. $)
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Good safety features including LaneWatch. HondaLink, too, helps bring the Accord up to current feature-tech standards. Plug-in version includes all the goodies on a loaded gas-powered EX.
Cost
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Your reasons for buying a plug-in Accord need to extend beyond mere fuel savings. Recovering the plug-in price premium will require more time than most owners will keep the car.
MPG
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Very good fuel economy of 46 Combined (47 city/46 hwy). Edmunds observed mileage was 44 mpg Combined. We saw up to 17 miles of all-electric range.
Warranty
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Average warranty for the segment. Basic: 3-years/36,000 miles. Powertrain: 5-years/60,000 miles. Hybrid: 8-years/80,000 miles.
Ownership
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Battery isn't large enough to require an expensive Level 2 240-volt charger. Eligible for carpool lane access stickers and a modest federal tax credit.
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Fun To Drive More satisfying and practical than fun. Many will enjoy this car's livability, practicality and impressive efficiency. Provides enough EV range to feel like an electric car some of the time, but has the gas engine for cross-country jaunts, too.
Driving Experience
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Though its CVT transmission is rarely fun, it brings buttery smoothness to the table instead. Beyond that, the first 12-17 miles of electric-drive mode are seamless and satisfying.
Personality
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More Honda-like personality than many Honda products in recent years, even in plug-in hybrid form. Solidly built with good materials, good visibility and a powertrain that's efficient and utterly smooth.
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