Kamis, 20 Juni 2013

New Car: 2014 Honda Accord Hybrid

When Honda released the 2013 Accord sedan and coupe, it  announced that Plug-In and Hybrid versions would be coming to the U.S. as well. The Plug-In went on sale in New York and California this January and now Honda has released photos on the conventional Hybrid sedan. The automaker expects the 2014 Accord Hybrid to be rated at 49/45/47 mpg city/highway/combined, at the top of its class. Pricing is yet to be announced, but the Hybrid should slot in somewhere between the regular sedan’s $22,470 base price and the Plug-In’s $40,570.

The 2014 Honda Accord Hybrid takes a more subtle approach than the Plug-In’s imposing grille, more closely resembling the regular Accord sedan with the exception of a few detail changes. Along with the expected hybrid badging, the Accord Hybrid also includes blue-accented grille and light lenses, LED daytime running lights, a unique wheel design, and a rear decklid spoiler. Inside, the Accord Hybrid has an updated gauge cluster with instant fuel economy and energy flow information, but is otherwise identical to the Accord sedan.
 Honda says the car’s “Sport Hybrid” powertrain will have three different driving modes: EV Drive, Hybrid Drive, and Engine Drive. As you might guess, EV Drive allows the car to run on electric power only, Engine Drive takes power from the hybrid’s 2.0-liter i-VTEC Atkinson-cycle four-cylinder engine, while Hybrid Drive combines the electric motor and gasoline engine.

The 2014 Accord Hybrid marks a notable departure from Honda’s Integrated Motor Assist (IMA) hybrid system found in the Civic Hybrid, CRZ, and Insight, which uses a much smaller electric motor primarily for assist. Hondas equipped with IMA can only use electric-only power in very limited applications, whereas the Accord Hybrid’s larger battery and more powerful electric motor will likely be more similar to Toyota’s Hybrid Synergy Drive system that uses electric-only power much more often than Honda’s IMA. The Accord Hybrid’s electric motor produces 124 kilowatts compared to the Civic Hybrid’s 17 kilowatts.
 While pricing on the 2014 Accord Hybrid is yet to be announced, the car will go up against competition from Toyota, Ford, Hyundai, and Kia. Among this group, the 2013 Kia Optima Hybrid is cheapest with a base price of $26,445 with destination, and the Ford Fusion Hybrid currently leads the group with its 47/47/47mpg city/highway/combined mileage ratings.

Thanks to: Motor Trend

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