2014 Honda Accord Plug-In Hybrid Specs: 10-15 Miles Of Range, 100+ MPGe, HOV Eligible

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Honda has released details on its upcoming Accord Plug-In Hybrid, and there is not a lot of surprises over expectations, but still a few.

According to the company, the 2014 Accord Plug-in Hybrid is powered by Honda’s first two-motor hybrid system, consisting of a 2.0-liter i-VTEC 4-cylinder engine producing 137 horsepower, teaming with a 124-kilowatt (kW) electric motor, which is powered by a 6.7 kilowatt-hour (kWh) lithium-ion (Li-Ion) battery, total system output is rated at 196 horsepower.

Selectable “HV” or Hybrid Mode

That size battery most will instantly recognize as being about 50% larger than that of the plug-in Prius (4.2 kWh), so the expected “real world” range will certainly be in the top half of Honda’s 10-15 miles estimate for the car.  The battery pack is mounting against the back of the rear seats.

Also, a larger battery means a larger federal rebate on the car for purchasers.  In the case of the Accord Plug-In, qualifying buyers will receive a $3,750 credit back from the tax man.

The car does also comply with the restrictive AT-PZEV emission standard, which means it qualifies for the same green HOV sticker that the Chevrolet Volt and Prius Plug-In does.

Like the 2013 Volt with its “Hold” button, the Accord has a “HV” button that allows the driver to stay in the standard hybrid mode, thereby saving electric range for when its desired.  The car also has a “HV Charge” mode that allows the “Accord PHEV (to) blend gasoline and electric power while also augmenting the battery charge level.”

Perhaps in anticipation of the 2013 LEAF’s 6.6 kW onboard charger, or just wanting to out pace its Japanese rival at Toyota, the Accord plug-in comes equipped with a 6.6 kW charger of its own.  Meaning a full L2 (240v) charge can happen in less than an hour.

While not yet rated by the EPA, Honda estimates it will receive a MPGe rating over 100.

2014 Honda Accord PHEV Interior

Honda says that the car will only come in three color choices,

  • White Orchid Pearl
  • Crystal Black Pearl
  • plus a model-exclusive “Burnished Silver Metallic”

Also exclusive to the Accord PHEV is a weight-saving aluminum hood, 17-inch forged alloy wheels, a unique front bumper along with enhanced underbody aerodynamic treatments.

You will notice Honda references this car as a 2014 model, whereas the standard and hybrid models are 2013.  That is becuase it will not hit dealerships until early 2013, allowing it to be branded a 2014.

Although not stated, the Accord PHEV’s 124 kW electric motor is twice the size of the Prius PHEV, so we assume that not only is the all electric performance better (and full time), but will not be limited to 62 mph; more in line with the Ford C-Max/Fusion Energi.

The 2014 Accord Plug-in Hybrid Sedan will be built in Sayama, Japan.  And no, pricing has not been released as of yet. Lots of other specs and features can be found from Honda’s press release here.

New Accord PHEV Front Grill

Honda Accord PHEV Engine Bay

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13 Comments on "2014 Honda Accord Plug-In Hybrid Specs: 10-15 Miles Of Range, 100+ MPGe, HOV Eligible"

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10-15 miles is kind of lame, no? Slightly better than the Prius, but 50% behind the Ford C-Max and one third of the Volt’s EV range. When will it be in dealerships?

Agree. The Accord is a midsize sedan, couldn’t they find space for a larger battery? It will be two years after the release of the Volt and none of the upcoming models can match the Volt’s performance. Although this signifies a recognition for GM, it speaks badly of everyone else and the industry as a whole. It is not that they can’t make a capable EREV, it seems that they do not want to make one. At least they are finally reluctantly installing plugs on their hybrids.

Yeah, it’s funny you mention that the competitors of GM are finally reluctantly installing plugs on their hybrids. I remember in 2008 top teir Honda executives publicly mocking the idea of the Volt, and saying many negatives to that end. Now 4 years later we are looking at their version of the very thing they were openly critical of in the recent past. Water under the bridge I guess. I’m glad more companies are getting on board.

Seems like availability to should be handy to know. Not sure why it was not included in the original story.

You will notice it is labelled a 2014, while the new Accord hybrid is a 2013. That is because it is a touch slow getting out to dealers. According (no pun intended) it will go on sale in early 2013.


I am pretty impressed with this car as a first impression. I am hoping that with the lower EV range also comes a lower pricetag than competitors.

My guess…$30,000 after the tax refund.

Just thought of this…
So within the next several months we will have 2 meat of the market Plug-in sedans being offered, i.e. the Ford Fusion Energi and now the Honda Accord PHEV. Where in the world is Toyota on this front? It wouldn’t seem to take a whole lot of effort for the master of hybrids to outfit the Camry Hybrid with a larger battery and a plug, would it? Does Inside EV’s have any clues as to Toyota’s plans on this front?

Hey Schmeltz,

Toyota is going to do a plug-in midsize (or at least they have plans to), but your not going to see it in the short term. Your looking at late 2015 (as a 2016) model for this, because the Camry as it exists now just doesn’t make sense/isn’t feasible to add a plug and 6-10 kWh of on board pack.

Toyota has talked about adding a seperate mid-size alongside the Camry that they can be a little less conservative with (don’t want to mess up the sales on a good thing), but IDK, that might have just been idle Auto Show concept talk, and it would be no sooner, still looking at 2015.

Thanks Jay. I guess I shouldn’t be that surpised with that news being that Toyota takes the slow, methodical road just about every time. Nothing wrong with that…it’s worked very well for them in the past.

All these plug-ins (Prius, C-Max, Accord, etc) are priced around 30K after tax rebate. That’s interesting… you know what would be funny? Jay mentioned this the other day – a Volt incentive/price cut early in 2013 to put the Volt at the same price as all these other plug-ins (30K) after rebate. Force the other automakers to either lose sales or cut price.

If it comes (and I think it is IMO), it will be more like May-June when we will see it. No precedent for an ongoing brand/car to switch MSRPs mid model year.

Two major things separate the Volt price and put it in a slightly different category.
1) 16KW battery vs 4KW-7.5KW battery giving from double to triple the range
2) a larger electric motor with greater 273 ft pound torque and 149 hp vs 129 ft pound of torque on C-Max. Kinda like comparing a 4cyl to a 6cyl in the ICE world.

I read a report that Ford is already discussing a 40 mile version of the C-Max. Of course that will increase the cost of that version. I am not saying that the Volt will not come down in price, nor that the Prius and C-Max are not awesome EVs. I am just pointing out that a bigger motor and bigger battery makes for a bigger price tag.

And what you are saying implies that the motivation behind making these, let’s call them “mild” PHEVs is very different from the motivation that drove GM to develop the Volt or that of Nissan, Fisker, Tesla, Coda, etc. GM got the majority of the blame for killing the EV1 (since they were the first to make a modern production EV, and being “the biggest and the baddest”), but Honda, Ford and Toyota were as equally responsible for squishing their EVs and keeping them so for a decade. Their behavior/reluctance is not a surprise, just a grave disappointment.

As a Volt owner, I say “meh?”

This wouldn’t sway me away from a Volt nor would it sway someone to pay more from a standard Accord to go PiHV.

Honda has to do better than this. Maybe a CUV-sized EREV? The first company with a CUV is a winner, in my opinion, as there is a huge market for that beyond these “commuter sedans”.