2014 Honda Accord Hybrid vs. Its Competition

2014 Honda Accord Hybrid
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Deputy Editor

The 2014 Honda Accord Hybrid and Plug-In Hybrid compete most directly with the Ford Fusion Hybrid and Energi models.

The Honda is a known vehicle in its ninth generation, with a built-in audience.

The new and stylish Fusion is a strong contender that's doing well, and Ford's hybrids are well-respected, but the Fusion Hybrid seems to miss its 47-mpg combined EPA rating--leaving Honda an opening.

Then there's the Toyota Camry Hybrid, the first mid-size sedan to come in a hybrid model (though Toyota offers no plug-in model).

It's bland but reliable, and Toyota's sold lots of them.

The Hyundai Sonata Hybrid and Kia Optima Hybrid had their fuel-economy ratings cut, and their hybrid systems were often lumpy and lurchy, but there are new versions for the 2013 model year that we haven't yet driven.

Finally, there's the Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid, a five-door hatchback rather than a four-door sedan--but the second best-selling plug-in electric car sold in the States during 2012.

It has the lowest electric range, but then it reverts to a standard Prius, rated at 50 mpg and with legendary Prius solidity.

There's also the Chevrolet Volt, which only seats four and is a smaller car, but offers the highest electric range (38 miles) of any plug-in hybrid.

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8.4
The 2014 Honda Accord Hybrid and Plug-In Hybrid, two new entries into the growing mid-size sedan hybrid segment, are more pleasant to drive than a Prius, more spacious than a Volt, and offer all the usual virtues of the popular Accord range.
7.6
The 2014 Chevrolet Volt is one of the best plug-in vehicles on the market, and it costs $5,000 less than it did last year.
8.8
The 2014 Ford Fusion Hybrid and Fusion Energi are strong contenders that compete well against the Toyota Camry and Hyundai Sonata Hybrids--and are selling well.
8.2
The 2014 Hyundai Sonata remains one of the best buys among mid-size sedans--although with so many much-improved rival models, it's no longer such a standout.
7.2
The 2014 Toyota Prius remains the iconic, highest-mileage gasoline car on the market; it's a practical and spacious hatchback that can seat five while returning jaw-dropping fuel economy
MSRP From     
$29,155$34,185N/A$21,450$26,140$24,200
Gas Mileage     
50 MPG City / 45 MPG Hwy35 MPG City / 40 MPG Hwy21 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy40 MPG City / 39 MPG Hwy51 MPG City / 48 MPG Hwy
Engine     
Gas/Electric I-4Gas/Electric I4N/ARegular Unleaded I-4Gas/Electric I-4Gas/Electric I-4
EPA Class     
Mid-Size CarsCompact CarsN/ALarge CarsMid-Size CarsMid-Size Cars
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4-Door Sedan5-Door HBN/A4-Door Sedan 2.4L Automatic GLS PZEV4-Door Sedan LE (GS) *Ltd Avail*5-Door HB Two (GS)
Drivetrain     
Front Wheel DriveFront wheel driveN/AFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
54N/A555
Passenger Doors     
N/A4N/AN/AN/AN/A
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SedanHatchbackN/ASedanSedanHatchback
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CVT w/ODAutomaticN/AAutomatic w/ODCVT w/ODCVT w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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