As promised, Honda just took the wraps off the 2014 Accord Hybrid, which is the second Accord hybrid following the introduction of the first model earlier this year. The 2014 Accord Hybrid will arrive in showrooms in October, and Honda estimates that it will lead the segment with a 49 mpg rating for city driving.
The 2014 Accord Hybrid is powered by a two-motor hybrid system that mates a 2.0L Atkinson cycle four-cylinder engine to a 124-kilowatt electric motor. In low speed driving the lithium-ion battery and electric motor provide emissions-free driving, but when more power is needed the Accord Hybrid converts to “Hybrid Drive” and both the electric motor and four-cylinder engine keep the Accord Hybrid moving. In total the Accord Hybrid features three drive modes: EV Drive, Hybrid Drive and Engine Drive. Honda estimates that the Accord Hybrid will lead the mid-size sedan class with an EPA rating of 49/45/47 mpg (city/highway/combined).
The Accord Hybrid looks almost identical to the standard Accord models with the exception of a blue-accented grille and light lenses, LED daytime running lights, a unique wheel design and a decklid spoiler.