2014 Honda Accord LX-S PZEV FWD 2-Dr Coupe I4 Overview
2014 Honda Accord Overview
The 2014 Honda Accord Plug-In is the first of its kind from the popular nameplate. The Accord has been a big seller since sales began in 1976. It has been available as a compact, midsize, and full size sedan or coupe (the Plug-In only as a sedan model) and the most recent editions have been in the midsize category. Historically it is known for affordability and dependability. The Plug-In’s initial reviews have been positive in the areas of charge time, standard features, handling, and acceleration within its class. It has received some criticisms for its lack of cargo space, small tax credit, limited availability (planned for New York and California only) and a starting price that is a bit higher than some competitors.
New for 2014
The 2014 Honda Accord Hybrid Plug-In is all new to the Accord lineup as the first hybrid plug-in from this popular nameplate. The Plug-In model runs differently than other Accord hybrids that have been available. Instead of an electric engine that uses the gasoline alternator to recharge as needed, the electric plug-in setup is plugged into an outlet and recharges with up to a 13 mile driving radius in this model on electric only. It offers better fuel efficiency than typical hybrid models, but it may offer less power and less convenience since it needs to be plugged in occasionally in order to fully charge. Currently Honda plans to only sell the Accord Hybrid Plug-In in New York and in California due to their plug-in infrastructure already in place. As far as exterior design, interior layout, and various features, changes for this specific Accord model include an aluminum hood for an overall lighter curb weight, a new rear spoiler, new wheel covers, and inside it uses more environmentally-friendly materials.
The Plug-In is only available as a sedan model. Some alterations for the exterior of the 2014 Honda Accord Hybrid Plug-In include an aluminum hood for a lighter overall weight and alterations to the wheels for less drag. It gets 17-inch wheels as available on other models. Other standard features include LED front and taillights, fog lights, and heated side mirrors with LED turn indicators. Despite the alterations, the 2014 Plug-In model resembles previous editions as far as its profile—a typical sedan look compared to competitors with a sharper front than some models. The Accord has thin headlights and a prominent grille with horizontal bars over the intake and the Honda logo above.
Interior & Cargo
The interior uses Bio Fabric, a more environmentally-friendly material than used other Accord models. It seats five people, is roomy in the front, and it may be crowded for three adults in the rear positions. Some unique features to the Plug-In model, which may also be available in the Plug-In models in from other carmakers, include a smartphone app that can display the charge rate of the electric engine, schedule charging, and preheat or cool the cabin remotely. A gauge that shows the driving range and the battery level has been added. The cargo space has decreased in this model due to the powertrain. Some features include dual-zone climate control, navigation, adaptive cruise control, backup camera, USB input, sound system with CD and MP3 compatible, and a power driver’s seat with two memory positions.
Safety features include front, side-impact, and side curtain airbags, electronic stability, Honda Lane Watch, which incorporates blind spot cameras, forward collision and lane departure warnings, and an alert system for pedestrians when in EV mode.
The 2014 Honda Accord Hybrid Plug-In uses a 141-hp, 2.0-liter, four-cylinder engine with its electric counterpart, which works similarly to a traditional hybrid engine as far as function; taking over operation when coasting, slowing down, or when stopped. In addition the Plug-In model has a range of up to 13 miles on all electric, saving a considerable amount of gasoline for shorter trips. Unlike other hybrids Plug-In models from all makers need to be literally plugged in. Reportedly the Accord Plug-In has a comparatively short charge time and can use a 120V outlet. It is rated 47/46 mpg city/highway. Models are equipped with a two-speed CVT with overdrive. The Plug-In accelerates well compared to some models with a similar powertrain setup but may feel sluggish compared to non-hybrids and even some of the sportier hybrids available.
Key Competitors of the 2014 Honda Accord Hybrid Plug-In
- Ford Fusion Energi
- Chevrolet Volt
- Toyota Prius
- Ford C-Max Energi
The 2014 Honda Accord has 26 models that range from $24,475 - $24,475. The 2014 Accord is a coupe with front wheel drive that gets between 27 mpg (city) - 36 mpg (highway) fuel efficiency using a 2.4L I4 engine. The 2014 Honda Accord has a seating capacity of 5/5, wheelbase is 107.3 inches, cargo capacity of 13.70 cu.ft., and ground clearance of N/R inches. Choose one of the trims like the 2014 LX-S PZEV FWD 2-Dr Coupe I4 to get specific details on prices, rebates, and warranties.