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2014 Honda Accord PHEV
Honda's Accord doesn't get class-leading fuel economy, but it's pretty darn close

Honda has revealed the specifications for its all-new 2013 Accord, which features a brand new lineup of "Earth Dreams" engines. The next generation Accord also features fresh styling inside and out and plenty of standard equipment, which marks a vast departure from Honda's typically stingy behavior when it comes to base vehicles.
 
When it comes to powertrains, the highlight is Honda's new 2.4-liter direct injected, four-cylinder engine that generates 185hp. When paired with a 6-speed manual transmission, it's rated at 24 mpg city and 34 mpg highway (28 mpg combined). However, opting for Honda's all-new continuously variable transmission (CVT) bumps those numbers to 27 city and 36 mpg highway (30 mpg combined).
 
While those numbers are quite good for a midsizer, they still don't quite match the numbers laid down by the 2013 Nissan Altima (27 mpg city/38 mpg highway).

 
The company's 3.5-liter V6 has also been revised to deliver 21 mpg city and 34 mpg highway (25 mpg combined). 
 
Other changes tucked away include a switch to electric power steering to improve fuel efficiency and a switch to a MacPherson-strut front suspension instead of the double wishbone design that has been a hallmark of the Accord. Honda claims that the move to struts improves ride/handling while also reducing interior noise levels.

 2013 Honda Accord Sport

As previously mentioned, base Hondas are typically very spartan machines with few amenities. However, Honda is changing that with the new Accord by including Bluetooth, USB/iPod integration, and a rear-view camera. However, we feel that the last inclusion is more likely due to the government's regulations on rear sight lines than its generosity.
 
Optional equipment that will be available on the 2013 Accord include Smart Entry & Push Button Start, Honda LaneWatch Blind Spot Display, Forward Collision Warning, Lane Departure Warning, Adaptive Cruise Control, and LED projector headlights.

 
On one final note, Honda also released a bit of information on the Accord plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV). The Accord PHEV features a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine which uses the Atkinson cycle. It generates 137hp and is paired with a 124 kW electric motor (total system power is 196hp) and a 6.7 kWh lithium-ion battery pack. Honda says that the Accord PHEV can travel 10 to 15 miles with a fully charged battery before the gasoline engine has to kick in. Maximum driving range is listed at 500 miles. 

We've also got a few pictures of the Accord PHEV. Let’s just say that it looks… interesting to put it nicely.




2014 Honda Accord PHEV

Sources: Honda, Wall Street Journal



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An after thought
By Dr of crap on 9/5/2012 8:27:25 AM , Rating: -1
Remember when Honda, and it's Civic, used to be the small car mpg leader?? They even had the CRV in the 80s/90s when gas was cheap and that car got over 45 mpg. Now they are not the mpg leader. Even have a V6 Accord.
Honda WTF?

Remember the Prelude? I thought that should have been kept as a sporty car. Then you'd have the high mpg, small car Civic, the mild mannered, midsize Accord, and the sporty Prelude.

Consumer Reports, who is biased FOR imports didn't like your Civic. WTF??

Guess you have new people at the helm and they know nothing about what you used to be. Sorry Honda, but you'd better get youself back together before you go down in flames. you used to be better than this! Nissan beat you in mpg numbers? For the styling, we'll have to wait and see. Hope you got it right this time.




RE: An after thought
By silverblue on 9/5/2012 8:53:34 AM , Rating: 1
Not only that, but 185bhp is rather unimpressive for a 2.4l 4cyl engine. Sure, it's no turbo, but still...


RE: An after thought
By steven975 on 9/5/2012 11:20:28 AM , Rating: 4
In this *segment* (meaning tuned for broad torque and high mileage), it's actually pretty good. Most others are in the 160-170hp ballpark. This one adds DI, and thus probably a higher comp ratio. Using a true DOHC VTEC head (not the econo-VTEC they use now) this could be a capable motor.

Honda's had a 2.4L engine that makes 200HP for almost 10 years now from the TSX and current Si. AFAIK, that's unmatched in the 2.4L category. Also, no one has matched their 2.0L 240HP offering that came out 13 years ago...and while many blast it for torque, it makes more than any other (non FI) 2.0L I've ever seen.


RE: An after thought
By silverblue on 9/5/2012 12:52:09 PM , Rating: 2
I suppose you're right. Guess I'm more used to smaller (diesel) cars! :P


RE: An after thought
By Jeffk464 on 9/5/2012 7:18:49 PM , Rating: 2
The 4cyl Honda accord is built for ultimate reliability and practicality, not really for performance. 185HP and 27-34mpg in a car this size is excellent in my estimation, better than a lot of economy cars. Who wouldn't prefer driving a nicely equipped accord over a mazda 3 or Toyota carolla?


RE: An after thought
By Alexvrb on 9/5/2012 10:14:08 PM , Rating: 2
Those older Honda motors you are talking about weren't really all that efficient, so they wouldn't be welcome in a 4 cyl Accord. Also it wasn't just "not enough torque", as in peak torque as a target number. Their power curves were not so hot. This new 2.4L is a much more balanced engine designed to provide good-enough power at all times, not just WOT at high RPMs. If it was a small sports car with a stick, then it wouldn't matter quite as much.


RE: An after thought
By Marlin1975 on 9/5/12, Rating: 0
RE: An after thought
By NellyFromMA on 9/5/2012 9:48:01 AM , Rating: 1
I couldn't agree more. I'm a huge fan of 90 - 03 depending on the model but everything in the passed 10-13 years has been awful. Just bring the Honda Integra already.

Honestly though, Japan's economy went through a huge period of inflation I believe and they just couldn't offer up the deals they once had.

It's not that Honda's are overpriced or under performing it's just they aren't bargains by any means. And they're so ugly...

Also, CVT for the fail?!?


RE: An after thought
By GulWestfale on 9/5/2012 10:46:58 AM , Rating: 2
That design looks like a copy if a hyundai genesis sedan with some acura ugliness mixed in. But at least it's not as boring as a camry.


RE: An after thought
By Brandon Hill (blog) on 9/5/2012 10:47:32 AM , Rating: 3
Yeah, the whole rear (including the taillight shape) is a complete rip of the Genesis sedan.


RE: An after thought
By GulWestfale on 9/5/2012 10:59:03 AM , Rating: 2
Yeah the Japanese have moved on from copying Europeans to copying Koreans.


RE: An after thought
By bah12 on 9/5/2012 11:02:54 AM , Rating: 2
What is really strange is the Koreans clearly copied the Japanese early on. Oh how the tables have turned. Never thought I'd agree that a Honda looked too much like a Hyundai. :)


RE: An after thought
By Jeffk464 on 9/5/2012 7:22:16 PM , Rating: 2
Kia hired a German designer to sculpt the optima, which came out as one of the best looking cars in my book. So,not Japanese or Korean.


RE: An after thought
By fsd on 10/4/2012 12:28:27 AM , Rating: 2
I see it as a more modernized version of the 98-02 Accord. That model was boxy and with flat large light lens areas. This 2013 is rounded out boxy with smoothed out lens areas. The biggest trick was they maintained a fairly large interior space on this model (about 1-2 cubic foot less interior/trunk space, but a few inches shorter than the last model).


RE: An after thought
By Jeffk464 on 9/5/2012 7:24:05 PM , Rating: 2
I worked at a Nissan dealership for a while, so was around CVT's a lot. I personally like how they drive and they didn't seem to have a reliability problem, and gave a huge boost to mileage. So what is your objection to them?


RE: An after thought
By Samus on 9/6/2012 12:37:33 AM , Rating: 2
Bring back the Prelude, the S2000 and a non-hybrid CRZ, all with a 6-speed, and you'll capture the young audience again, Honda.

Until then, they'll all just buy Scion, Hyundai, VW and Ford.


RE: An after thought
By corduroygt on 9/5/2012 11:06:16 AM , Rating: 2
Don't get the hate this Accord is getting. Its looks are third behind the visibility-challenged Fusion and the excellent Passat, and it'll be more reliable than either of them. Camry, Altima, Koreans don't look any better than this Accord.

Not a bad choice for a family car.


RE: An after thought
By Brandon Hill (blog) on 9/5/2012 1:04:08 PM , Rating: 2
The regular sedan looks handsome. It's the PHEV that looks like it got beat with an ugly stick, pushed down two flights of stairs, then puked on by Lardass from "Stand by Me"


RE: An after thought
By GulWestfale on 9/5/2012 6:48:12 PM , Rating: 2
the hyundai sonata is in my humble the best-looking car in this class by faaaaar.


RE: An after thought
By Jeffk464 on 9/5/2012 7:28:19 PM , Rating: 2
yup my looks rating

1 Fusion
2 Optima
3 Passat
4 2013 accord
5 2011 altima - not big on the brand new one

Still, I love Honda reliability and you can't just go on looks.


RE: An after thought
By Jeffk464 on 9/5/2012 7:13:19 PM , Rating: 2
Oh thank god, saw that first picture and nearly lost my lunch. What an eye sore, the rest of the photos look good, conservative in accord fashion but good.


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