2014 Honda Accord Plug-In Hybrid Priced At $39,780. 13 Miles Of Range, 115 MPGe

5 years ago by Jay Cole 28

2014 Honda Accord Plug-In Hybrid Has MPGe Bragging Rights

The battle of the MPGe talking points has begun.

2014 Honda Accord Plug-In Interior

Today, the 2014 Honda Accord plug-in hybrid was officially announced and priced at the Los Angeles Auto Show.

And if we have learned anything from listening to the press releases when it comes to plug-in hybrids, everyone who can’t travel more than 38 miles on a charge wants to talk MPGe.

The good news for Honda is their plug-in hybrid is as good as it gets at 115 MPGe.

“The 2014 Accord Plug-In has earned the highest EPA MPGe rating3 in its class (115 MPGe), surpassing plug-in-class competitors including the Ford C-Max Energi (100 MPGe), Chevy Volt (98 MPGe), and Prius Plug-in (95 MPGe).”

Its worth noting that the way the EPA rates MPGe discounts the true value of a greater electric range to a certain degree and puts emphasis on the extended range capabilities of a vehicle.

In the case of the Accord plug-in, when it comes to extended range mode, it is capable indeed, with a 47 city/46 highway rating and a combined score of 46 MPG.  The Honda Accord plug-in has an all electric range of approximately 13 miles; which to use a technical term is pretty meh.

Lots Of Seating Room For Three In The Rear

As a comparison, the Chevrolet Volt has a 98 MPGe rating, despite a (recently increased this year) 38 mile all electric range, primarily due to the fact its extended range drive component is not terribly efficient at a combing 37 MPG.

More directly competing against the Honda, is the new Ford Fusion Energi. That plug-in was just priced at $39,495 and achieves “more than 20 miles” of all electric range, with a overall 100 MPGe rating.

Rear Boot And Accessories Of Accord Plug-In

The Honda goes on sale January 15th in California and New York starting at $39,780.  And because it is an all new model entering the market in calendar year 2013 (albeit very early in the year),  it will be classed as a 2014.

The Accord Plug-in is also the first production car in America to meet the more stringent new LEV3/SULEV20 emissions standard, and will qualify for single-occupant carpool-lane access in California.

The more traditional, two-motor Accord Hybrid will launch nationwide next summer, with anticipated class-leading fuel economy ratings of 49/45/47 mpg (city/hwy/combined).

Honda says that unlike the unique styling of the Accord Plug-In, the Accord Hybrid will share styling much closer the conventional Accord Sedan.

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28 responses to "2014 Honda Accord Plug-In Hybrid Priced At $39,780. 13 Miles Of Range, 115 MPGe"

  1. chargefan says:

    >100mpge rating usually mean only electricity is used during the drive cycle during CD mode. Must have some high power output batteries in there. Any clue of the plug-in weight?

    1. Jay Cole says:

      Not yet, they say all the specs will be out shortly. I’ve put in some inquiries tonight to Honda to give out some additional info.

      /will run an update story the moment they do

  2. MrEnergyCzar says:

    The 115 mpge is meaningless…. it’s the all electric range that counts….

    MrEnergyCzar

    1. Mark H says:

      I agree. The exception is the the C-Max and Plug-in-Prius. Both of these have high MPG, less initial cost, combined with a smallish battery. Although this is a good looking sedan it is hard to justify. If you can’t do the electric miles, you can’t recoup the savings.

    2. Dr. Kenneth Noisewater says:

      Depends on your driving pattern/use case IMO. My folks would benefit more from a vehicle with better highway mileage overall, though they’re probably closer to 60-40 highway-city so it would likely be a wash between say a C-Max Energi and a Jetta TDI wagen as far as running costs go. I think they’d prefer the C-Max Energi though since finding fuel would be simpler, and they do enough local errands for the (shorter) all-electric range to add value. Alas the highway mileage needs sort of cut Volt out of the equation, at least until the next gen or two that have a genset that is specifically designed and tuned for maximum efficiency rather than an off-the-shelf iron-block kludge. A 75hp 750cc 3cyl aluminum/magnesium turbo motor should be able to garner 50-60+ mpg in a Volt.

  3. Stuart22 says:

    13 miles of EV range? How that translates into 115 mpgE (!) is confusing and therefore leans toward meaninglessness. It just seems to me EPA hasn’t come up with a real world figure that is close to accurate. If I traded my Volt in for one of these Hondas, I’m sure my ‘fuel’ expenses would substantially rise. I drive around 1200-1300 miles per month, spend maybe $10-$12/mo. on gasoline, and my electric bill is around $10-$15 a month more than before I got the car.

    Probably the biggest problem with focusing upon EPA stats is that they put no value upon the quality of life aspect of EV only mileage – the smoothness, the silence, the peace of mind.

    It’s time green media writers begin writing articles that expose EPA testing for its inadequate representation of the advantages of driving full EV. We cannot let the Toyotas and Hondas and Fords off the hook for their tepid responses to the market success GM is enjoying with the Volt.

    1. Stephen Lovett says:

      I agree. Only 13 miles of electric range and a higher MPGe than the Volt. This makes no sense even with a higher CSMPG, as the majority of driving is done within the first 40 miles of any trip. Perhaps the EPA needs to rethink how it calculates this number to make it accurate to real world driving. I think this Honda is subpar compared to the Volt or even the Fusion.

    2. chargefan says:

      Its not that complicated actually, 115mpge efficiency for 13 electric miles and 47mpg for gasoline miles. Compared to 98mpge for 38 electric miles and 37mpg gasoline for the Volt. I think the EPA stopped trying to combine both numbers with EV range, maybe they still use that for CAFE.

      1. chargefan says:

        The EPA will also give the kwh/100 miles (electric mode) also when its officialy on
        fueleconomy.gov

  4. Anthony says:

    I think I read the top EV speed was 80MPH, which is mostly adequate.

    Earlier this week I said that the MPGe ratings were getting on my nerves, and it looks like I was on to something – cars with higher AERs are getting penalized (weight penalty of larger batteries) over cars with smaller batteries.

    Maybe we need to just have two numbers – electric range and MPG on gasoline for the PHEV segment. MPGe should be used only for pure EVs.

    1. chargefan says:

      It comes down to journalists and consumers understanding which number is more important and making a educated decision. EPA gives all the numbers needed (efficiency, range etc)

    2. James says:

      Exactly! I agree 100%

      1. James says:

        Oops! I mean I agree 100% with Anthony’s conclusion – MPGe rating for BEVs,
        and a seperate gas / electric rating for PHEVs.

  5. taser54 says:

    Honestly, good looking car; however, the miniscule plug-in range doesn’t justify choosing this car over a non-plug-in hybrid.

  6. Brian says:

    13 miles? Meh indeed. Any idea how large the battery is?

    1. vdiv says:

      Sounds like a couple of D-size cells 😉

  7. Schmeltz says:

    I was under the impression that manufacturers were developing these PHEV’s with smaller batteries and shorter ranges to keep the price of the car lower, so in turn more vehicles would be sold. So far…not one of the manufacturers who chose this route, (I’m looking at you Toyota, Ford, and now Honda) has developed a PHEV with a much lower price than a Volt. The cars are nice, and very efficient in some scenarios, but are no cheaper than a Volt. And I thought that was the foremost goal?

    Disappointing.

    1. vdiv says:

      What is disappointing is that they are compromising/diluting the benefits of all-electric plugins. After over a decade of dinky hybrids on the road the technology is here to scrap the ICE. This is the lesson learned from my Volt, which only has about half the AER of the current EVs (i.e Leaf, FFE or even the MiEV and Th!nk City). Include the 150 mile range RAV4 EV and Model S and the trajectory is clear.

      We don’t need no stinky ICE regardless of the fuel that it burns.

      1. taser54 says:

        I have to disagree with your final sentence. No fast-charging infrastructure to support EVs. And the price for a 300mile EV is too much right now. Until battery costs fall an order of magnitude and until there are fast charging networks, we need range extended EVs.

    2. James says:

      Surprising how they’re playing the MPGe game but the prices are
      still around $40gs U.S.!

      It just makes the Volt look smarter and smarter for people with
      average needs, aka: 30-40 miles driven per wkday. People with
      longer daily drives may fare better with a PIPrius or even the
      Fusion, C-Max or Accord.

      Don’t you wish GM could’ve popped for a better range extender
      for gen 1 than the old, cast-iron 1.4 Ecotec? If they had, this
      argument would be moot. A Volt with a CS mode number
      close to 50mpg would make it the clear choice for both uses.

  8. evnow says:

    Why only valaible in NY & CA ? AFAIK, this is not a compliance car – and they should be aiming for nationwide rollout (may be in a couple of stages).

    1. evnow says:

      BTW< I should add, I'm disappointed with the price of Fusion & Accord plugins. The very high premium over the ICE version (and hybrid too) make these real niche vehicles. Considering this segment is the largest car segment in the US, it makes little sense.

      1. vdiv says:

        It does make sense if they were intended to be niche vehicles and not sell too many because the manufacturers would be losing money on them. This is indeed why they are so disappointing, lack of long-term vision and willingness to take the risk.

        1. evnow says:

          I don’t see how they are losing money on the plug-ins, but not on hybrids. The marginal part cost I bet is smaller than the marginal price.

          It is important to note that camry/accord/focus/Altima segment is the largest selling car segment. In the future I expect this segment to be leading the plugin cars.

  9. James says:

    It’s as if these manufacturers don’t realize that crude oil is a non-sustainable resource
    it’s kinda like they feel suddenly some big magical source of oil us just gonna pop up
    and suddenly all their financial worries will be over.

    Of course, the hybrid versions of these cars will highly outsell the PHEVs, and the
    turbo’d, direct-injected cheapo four-bangers will be the best sellers overall – For a while.

    Car manufacturers must know what we already know —– that gas goes up over $4.00/gal
    and hybrid sales go through the roof. What these tactics do is just lengthen the
    unavoidable end we see before us – the scarcity of oil bringing on affordable batteries
    from economies of scale…. This process of car companies being “drug” into the electric
    biz by force is painful to watch sometimes.

    GM had it right, and they’re selling Volts as a stand-alone car while the others are afraid
    to do so.

  10. kdawg says:

    “The Honda Accord plug-in has an all electric range of approximately 13 miles”
    ————-

    yawn….

  11. Adarondax says:

    Comparing specs, a 13-mile-EV-range PHEV is competition for conventional hybrids. At $40,000, a 13-mile-EV-range PHEV isn’t competition for anything.

    1. Bonaire says:

      Sure – it’s competition for the plug in prius 🙂