2014 Honda Accord Plug-in Hybrid Priced at $40,570

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Honda announced yesterday the 2014 Accord Plug-In Hybrid will start just over $40,000, including a $790 destination charge. It’s on sale now but only in New York and California. The automaker announced the plug-in Accord's EPA mileage — 115 miles per gallon equivalent — at the 2012 L.A. Auto Show. It bests 2013 plug-ins like the Ford Fusion Energi (100 MPGe), Chevrolet Volt (98 MPGe), Toyota Prius Plug-In (95 MPGe) and Ford C-Max Energi (100 MPGe).

The Accord Plug-In Hybrid has a maximum EV range of 13 miles, after which its electric-motor-assisted 2.0-liter four-cylinder fetches an EPA rated 47/46 mpg city/highway. That's a low EV range but strong gas mileage compared to the Prius Plug-In (11 miles EV range and 50 mpg thereafter), Fusion/C-Max Energi (both 21 miles then 43 mpg) and Volt (38 miles then 37 mpg on premium gas).

Blame the low EV range on the Accord Plug-In Hybrid's 6.7-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery pack, which falls short of the 7.6-kwh packs in the plug-in Fords and the Volt's 16-kwh unit. That means the plug-in Honda qualifies for a modest federal tax credit of up to $3,334. Remember, battery capacity determines the plug-in credit. That's why most pure-electric vehicles, which need higher-capacity batteries, qualify for the highest $7,500 credit. Honda's credit beats the Prius Plug-In ($2,500) but falls short of the Fusion Energi and C-Max Energi (both $3,751) and the Volt ($7,500).

Base pricing for this plug-in set, assuming the destination charge and a maximum federal tax credit — for which not everyone qualifies — pans out as follows:

  • 2014 Honda Accord Plug-In Hybrid: $37,236
  • 2013 Ford Fusion Energi: $35,744
  • 2013 Chevrolet Volt: $32,495
  • 2013 Toyota Prius Plug-In: $30,295
  • 2013 Ford C-Max Energi: $29,994

Though pricey, the Accord Plug-In Hybrid goes for broke on technology, with a standard navigation system, backup camera, forward collision and lane departure warning systems, adaptive cruise control, a power driver's seat, heated seats and Honda's Bio Fabric upholstery. Only the Prius Plug-In has standard navigation, but both Fords include standard leather. Compare the group here.

Honda also will offer the Accord Plug-In Hybrid for a $429 monthly lease in both New York and California. Remember, the leasing party gets the tax credit, which allows Honda — like other automakers that lease their plug-ins — to subsidize the monthly rate. Honda has no plans to offer the Accord Plug-In Hybrid outside California and New York.

"We looked at the states where there was significant recharging infrastructure in place," spokesman Chris Martin told us. "It's going to be very limited production of this vehicle. Consumers are not going to necessarily be able to drop into every dealer and do a test drive. … [But] a lot of dealers are signed up."

Honda will offer a plug-free Accord Hybrid nationwide later this year, but mileage and pricing details are still pending.

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Comments 

Wow.

$40k??

That's going to be a tough sell...

Danny

As a very happy owner one PEV in our household (Nissan Leaf) I'd gladly pay the $40K today if it was available in my state. Very disappointed that it will only be sold in NY, CA!

The rationale quoted in the article about only selling in states with "Significant Recharging Infrastructure" sounds completely bogus to me ... if it charges in only 3 hours on 120V, any owner can easily charge it at home without installing an L2 charger.

sheth

paying over $41k for a car like this on the basis that it gets 40mpg on gas doesnt make sense. The only reason to pay for a pricey plug in is to get decent electric range. This car has minimal electric range and worse mileage than the Prius, Cmax or Fusion hybrid but costs far more than those cars.

Jacob

We've been looking at plug-in's for the past four months and have decided to purchase the Accord. Our second choice was the Fusion but given we've had Toyota's, Ford's, and Honda's we don't want to take the risk on reliability. Our past Honda's have been exceptionally reliable. The $4,700 difference between the Accord and Volt is a total steal. Having driven all of the plug-in's at least 3x (Accord 2x) I would rank the Volt at the bottom not much ahead of the C-Max Energi.

That's sleek, this is great news! its going to sell like pancakes in the market. Ed of YanabahTea.com

Brian

Well, first, Jacob sounds like a Honda shill. Second, please tell me how this makes any sense?

"The Accord Plug-In Hybrid has a maximum EV range of 13 miles, after which its electric-motor-assisted 2.0-liter four-cylinder fetches an EPA rated 47/46 mpg city/highway. That's a low EV range but strong gas mileage compared to the Prius Plug-In (11 miles EV range and 50 mpg thereafter)"

Hmmm, Prius gets 50mpg and Accord gets 46/47. Shouldn't it say, "The Accord has a low EV range and is also weak on gas mileage compared to the Prius Plug-In, which gets 50mpg"

Yes, that would make more sense.

This one of the coolest Honda cars ever. Buy now! Save later.
Ed of HondaOfCleveland.com

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ken

I bought one today at Capital Honda. It is nothing short of awesome. 200hp, exotic lighting, smooth torque and a gas gauge that doesnt move. There are more electronics on that car than you can set in a day. It also drives incredibly smooth around corners...very good handling. For those wanting to care for the environment without feeling like they are driving a golf cart, this car delivers.

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Spence

I'm rather surprised that this doesn't have more range. As a Volt driver I'm used to getting between 40-50 miles per charge and while they say to use premium gas I normally get from 35-42 mpg on just regular unleaded. Seeing as these are a comparable price I wouldn't see why anyone would go with the accord.

Again, their V-6 engine for the coupe is the regular gasooline version; compression ratio is lower 10.5: 1 v. 11.2:1. avoids premium fuel and lesser power, too.
Get the prius. for you eco-types.

This isn't worth it; thoug my Acura TL V-6 takes premium fuel; it's just a few thousand more than the Accord above and its de-fanged V-6 if they use the Accord gizmo in the article, above; you buy it not this one.

I still want to see what the new TL-X will be as; reportedly a 4 WD version with 4WS and will have electric motors that supposedly will generate its own power with one of the drives; this I've got to see; no thanks for the prius-like propulsion in this article. Zoom Zoom...

CAB

This is a great deal -- I paid 40k for the hybrid trash I drive which Lexus has pulled off the market after only 3 yrs!

Hope Honda really isn't dumb enough to offer this only in CA and NY. (Do oil lobbys pay off car manuf's too????)

CAB

The article info is incorrect - it WILL be sold in more states than CA & NY. Ck w your local dealer. May be able to test drive one next month.

Apathy

Guys, JUST BECAUSE an Accord or Avalon can reach over $40,000 does NOT mean that they're in the same league as an A6 or 5-Series.

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