You won’t have to make lots of decisions about how you want your Plug-in equipped. It comes in one trim only, which is very similar but not quite identical to the gasoline-powered Accord’s top-level Touring trim. In fact, your only decision will be which of the three exterior color choices—white, black or silver—will look best in your driveway.
Among the differences you’ll see in the Plug-in is its bio-fabric upholstery, available only in gray and exclusive to the Plug-in. It’s not even used in the non-plug-in hybrid line. The Plug-in also features a body-colored rear decklid spoiler to help with aerodynamics, and some of its frame and exterior parts, such as the hood, are aluminum to lessen the car’s overall weight.
The Plug-in Hybrid is powered by a 2-liter 141-horsepower four-cylinder gasoline engine, a 124-kilowatt electric motor and a 55-horsepower lithium-ion battery pack. Power is channeled through an electronic continuously variable transmission (CVT), while a regenerative braking system helps recharge the battery pack. The plug-in charging system will fully charge in about three hours when plugged into a 120-volt wall outlet; with the available 220-volt charger that time is cut to approximately an hour.
Safety, comfort and convenience features abound in the Accord Plug-In Hybrid. The electronics suite includes navigation, an 8-inch screen and a host of audio interfaces and links. The rearview camera includes guidelines and Honda’s Lane Watch system allows you to see the area to the car’s right whenever you turn on the right-turn signal. Additionally, forward-collision and lane-departure warning systems, along with adaptive cruise control, provide extra safety. Also included is an acoustic vehicle alerting system, a long term for an external beeper that sounds when the car is moving at low speed under electric-only power. It’s designed to alert pedestrians to the car’s presence as it moves quietly through areas such as parking lots or after-school pick-up zones.