The eagerly anticipated 2014 Honda Accord Hybrid, long in the making as the culmination of a new generation of Honda Motor Company gas-electric technology much more advanced than the company’s previous Integrated Motor Assist system, now has an on sale date, and a price. Mind you, it’s a bit different than the 2014 Honda Accord Plug-In Hybrid—namely, the price.
Starting at $29,155 plus $790 in destination charges, or just a bit more than Toyota and Hyundai’s offerings, the Accord Hybrid does can confidently make one claim those other efficient midsizes cannot. At 50 combined mpg (50 city/45 highway), it is now the fuel efficiency leader among all midsize family sedans in America without a plug.
While in years past Honda hybrids were known for outstanding reliability and good build quality, they fell short of their American , Japanese and even Korean counterparts at times when it came to the all-important mpg race. No more. Honda’s new-generation hybrid system combines a 2.0-liter Earth Dreams Atkinson-cycle four-cylinder engine with a 124-kW electric traction motor to provide power, efficiency and a smooth drive.
What’s more, the 2014 Hybrid is expected to earn a 5-star Government crash safety rating as well as the top rating of TOP SAFETY PICK+ from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the later a feat that still eludes even many of the best-constructed family cars on the road.
The 2014 Honda Accord Hybrid goes on sale this Oct. 31, Halloween, as they say, and will be built at the company’s Marysville, Ohio plant.