Honda fully redesigned the Accord last year, improving the sedan's interior, adding the latest technology features and increasing fuel economy on four-cylinder models. But the real tweet-tastic gain in fuel economy comes out this year. Here we have the new 2014 Accord Hybrid model, and it's promising a nice, round 50 mpg in the city. You can bet the Toyota Prius just did a spit-take.
This new Accord joins a small group of hybrid family sedans this year. Its closest competitor is the 2014 Ford Fusion Hybrid, which offers virtually identical fuel economy and a quieter, comfier ride. We ranked it higher in a Hybrid Sedan Comparison Test, but the Accord Hybrid still managed to prove itself superior to the less efficient 2014 Toyota Camry Hybrid. One could also consider the Hyundai Sonata Hybrid and Kia Optima Hybrid, but they don't come close to any of the aforementioned hybrids' fuel economy. If you're shopping for a hybrid sedan this year, the 2014 Honda Accord Hybrid certainly merits a close look.
The 2014 Honda Accord Hybrid is powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine combined with an electric motor. Together, they send a total of 196 hp and 226 pound-feet of torque to the front wheels through a continuously variable transmission (CVT). In Edmunds performance testing, it went from zero to 60 mph in 7.5 seconds, making it one of the quickest non-luxury hybrids on the road.
The 2014 Honda Accord Hybrid comes with antilock disc brakes, stability and traction control, active front head restraints, front seat side airbags, side curtain airbags, blind-spot monitoring (LaneWatch) and a rearview camera as standard. Lane-departure and forward-collision warning systems come with the EX-L and Touring trim levels.
Pleasingly, the 2014 Honda Accord Hybrid drives, well, like an Accord. It is peppy, stable and responsive around turns and pretty comfortable and quiet. Braking is smooth and without the slow-speed grabbiness some hybrids and EVs exhibit as a side effect of the switch from regenerative to mechanical braking. The only potential downside is that the ride quality is a bit stiffer than most competitors, but unless you're really expecting a cushiony ride, it's not likely to be an issue.