2014 Honda Accord Plug-In Hybrid

Posted by: Kenny Chan onNovember 28th, 2012

After a few years of tinkering it appears that Honda is finally ready to release to the public the Honda Accord Plug-In Hybrid. Seen here at the Los Angeles Auto Show, you can see that it receives a few exterior tweaks to distinguish the plug-in hybrid from the regular non-hybrid Accords. Blue highlights seem to be the key ingredient for Honda. The gas cap is trimmed in a blue chrome ring, the grill receives a horizontal bar with the same look and even the insides of the headlights have this same blue chrome material. While it looks decent, I think it looks strange coming from the factory and looks like the work of an aftermarket tuner.

When we introduced the Sport Hybrid SH-AWD system we explained that it was the top tier of a trio of Honda’s Earth Dreams hybrid systems developed by Honda. The 2014 Honda Accord Plug-In Hybrid uses the middle tier technology which is the two-motor Sport Hybrid Intelligent Multi Mode Drive / Plug-in system. The two-motor hybrid system matches a 2.0L gas engine with a pair of electric motors. Total power output of the system is 196hp and 226 ft/lb of torque.

As the name implies there are three drive modes that can be used: “EV Drive” for driving by electric motor only, “Engine Drive” for higher speed cruising with the engine and axles directly connected by the lock-up clutch transferring engine power directly to the wheels. “Hybrid Drive” utilizes electricity generated by the gas engine to drive the electric motors. The best part is that the system automatically switches between these three drive modes based on the driving situation without any input from the driver. Very cool.

If the emergency recall of the Honda Civic was an indication, Honda is going to be playing it safe when it comes to new vehicles and especially so when one of their most important vehicles receives a brand new powertrain. The great news is that the two-motor hybrid system fits well with the Accord as it provides both peppy performance along with great fuel economy. People like my parents would pick one of these up and just get in and drive–provided Honda doesn’t put too much of a premium on it.

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