2015 Honda Accord: What's Changed

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Most significant changes: A few small conveniences are now available on lower trims

Price change: $150 across the board

On sale: Now

Which should you buy, 2014 or 2015? 2014

For 2015, the ninth-generation Honda Accord enters its third model year with a handful of minor changes and a $150 price hike across all trims. All the updates involve equipment: A HomeLink universal remote is now standard on four-cylinder EX-L trims, while the four-cylinder EX coupe gets the automaker's LaneWatch camera system, which was previously restricted to higher trims. Finally, an auto-dimming rearview mirror comes on the EX-L coupe.

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Those are minimal changes for a car that won Cars.com's six-car family sedan comparison in late 2012. Honda continues to offer the Accord as a coupe or sedan, with more than a dozen trim levels between the two, including a hybrid sedan. All of them are on sale now for the 2015 model year. In California and New York, Honda also markets an Accord Plug-in Hybrid, which stays in the 2014 model year for the time being. Details on the 2015 Accord Plug-in Hybrid are still forthcoming, spokesman Chris Naughton told us.

Editor's note: This post was updated on Aug. 20 to reflect more details on the Honda Accord Plug-in Hybrid.

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By Kelsey Mays | August 20, 2014 | Comments (10)

Small Trunks in Midsize Hybrid Sedans Limit Usefulness

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Family-friendly hybrids are still more elusive than you'd think. My test of the 2014 Honda Accord Hybrid proved that hybrid midsize sedans can be a great option for small families that don't haul a lot of stuff in the car's trunk. Alternatively, they also merit careful consideration if those families carry around a lot of gear.

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In the Accord Hybrid, as in its competitors, the hybrid system's batteries take up some quality trunk space. But how does its cargo space compare to other Accord models? And what about its competitors?

By Sara Lacey | July 21, 2014 | Comments (3)

Most-Read Car Reviews of the Week

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In the category of least-surprising things on this week's list of most-read reviews: The 2014 versions of the Toyota Highlander, Nissan Rogue and Jeep Cherokee are at Nos. 1, 2 and 3, respectively (right where they were last time); the roster overall is dominated by SUVs and crossovers; and the 2013 Toyota RAV4 refuses to fall off. In new developments, however, the 2014 Chevrolet SS performance sedan and 2014 Honda Accord Hybrid sedan debuted at Nos. 4 and 6, respectively. Check out what else was popular:

1. 2014 Toyota Highlander
2. 2014 Nissan Rogue
3. 2014 Jeep Cherokee
4. 2014 Chevrolet SS
5. 2014 Subaru Forester
6. 2014 Honda Accord Hybrid
7. 2014 Infiniti Q50
8. 2013 Toyota RAV4
9. 2013 Honda Fit
10. 2013 BMW 328i

By Matt Schmitz | January 26, 2014 | Comments (0)

2014 Honda Accord Hybrid Cars.com Review

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Honda's midsize sedan is one of the best in the class, and a new hybrid model with impressive fuel economy promises to make the 2014 Accord even more appealing — at least on paper, says Cars.com reviewer David Thomas. During Thomas' test, however, the sedan fell short of its 50/45/47 mpg city/highway/combined EPA rating. Still, plenty of features, pleasing road manners and a comfortable cabin should earn the hybrid model a place on shoppers' lists. 

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By Jennifer Geiger | January 16, 2014 | Comments (8)

2014 Honda Accord Hybrid: Car Seat Check

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Honda's midsize sedan is one of the best-selling cars in the U.S., and it's no secret why. The comfortable, affordable Accord easily holds five occupants, including room for two child-safety seats in the backseat. What about the new-for-2014 hybrid version? It too impressively handles two child-safety seats thanks to easy-to-access Latch anchors and a spacious backseat.

How many car seats fit in the second row? Two

By Jennifer Geiger | January 9, 2014 | Comments (1)

Honda Announces 2014 Accord Hybrid Price

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In the market for a high-mileage hybrid around the Halloween holiday? Honda has a treat for you. On Oct. 31, the 2014 Accord Hybrid will begin haunting dealerships at a starting price of $29,945; all prices include a $790 destination charge.

The 2014 Accord Hybrid comes in three trim levels: base, EX-L ($32,695) and Touring ($35,695). The base model comes standard with a blind spot warning system, rearview camera, LED running lights, Bluetooth connectivity, alloy wheels and a 10-way power-adjustable driver's seat. The EX-L adds forward collision and lane departure warning systems, leather-trimmed heated front seats, the HondaLink multimedia system, a memory driver's seat and a one-touch moonroof. The Touring package adds navigation with voice recognition and traffic data, and adaptive cruise control.

All models share the same mileage ratings, an EPA-estimated 50/45 mpg city/highway; Honda says it's the highest among four-door sedans. The sedan's powertrain combines a 124-kilowatt electric motor and lithium-ion battery with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, and is operable in fully electric mode, gas-only or combined power. The 2014 Accord Hybrid is the first hybrid to be manufactured at Honda's Marysville Auto Plant in Ohio, and the automaker's second hybrid produced in the U.S., joining the Civic Hybrid, built in Greensburg, Ind.

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By Matt Schmitz | September 23, 2013 | Comments (3)

2014 Honda Accord Hybrid Rated at 50 MPG

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Honda initially expected the hybrid version of its midsize sedan to get an EPA rating of 49 mpg on the highway. Turns out, the Accord Hybrid can eke out a bit more mileage: The 2014 sedan is rated at 50/45/47 mpg city/highway/combined, besting the Ford Fusion Hybrid (47/47/47) and the Toyota Camry Hybrid (43/39/41).

The sedan's powertrain combines a 124-kilowatt electric motor and lithium-ion battery with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. It can operate in fully electric mode, gasoline only or mixed power. Honda says it's good for a driving range of 673 miles.

Production of the sedan starts today at the automaker's Marysville, Ohio, assembly line; it'll go on sale this fall, but Honda has yet to release pricing. Expect it to slot between the top-line 2014 Accord Touring's $34,270 price and the Accord Plug-in Hybrid's $40,570 sticker (both prices include destination).

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By Jennifer Geiger | September 6, 2013 | Comments (13)

2014 Honda Accord Hybrid to Get EPA 47 MPG Combined

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When the 2014 Honda Accord Hybrid rolls out this October, Honda expects the Accord's resurrected gas/electric variant to get an EPA rating of 49/45/47 mpg (city/highway/combined). The car joins the Accord Plug-in Hybrid, which went on sale in January, and a redesigned Accord that arrived last fall. It's the first Accord Hybrid we've seen since 2007, two Accord generations ago.

The 49 mpg city figure leads the Accord's class, and the combined figure ties the Ford Fusion Hybrid (47/47/47 mpg city/highway/combined). It sails ahead of the Toyota Camry Hybrid (40-41 mpg combined depending on the trim level), Hyundai Sonata Hybrid (37-38 mpg combined depending on trim) and diesel Volkswagen Passat TDI (34-35 mpg combined depending on transmission).

By Kelsey Mays | June 20, 2013 | Comments (12)

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).

By Kelsey Mays | January 22, 2013 | Comments (17)

Honda's Ohio Plant to Build Accord Hybrid

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Call it a hybrid hat trick: Honda announced today that it will manufacture the 2014 Accord Hybrid at its auto plant in Marysville, Ohio, becoming the automaker's third hybrid model to be built in the U.S.

Honda stated in a news release that it will invest $23 million and hire about 50 new workers at the plant, which will undergo a 95,000-square-foot expansion to accommodate the hybrid-production processes. Like the 2014 Accord Plug-in Hybrid sedan, the new Accord Hybrid will use Honda's first two-motor hybrid system, which teams a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with a 124-kilowatt electric motor.

With the news that Marysville will manufacture the Hybrid Accord, it becomes the first of its four Ohio plants — only the second in the U.S. — to manufacture a Honda hybrid. The automaker's Greensburg, Ind., facility, which makes both the Civic Hybrid and Acura ILX Hybrid models, was the first plant in North America to manufacture a Honda hybrid. In the past three years, Honda has announced more than $800 million in investments at its Ohio plants, which manufacture nearly 700,000 vehicles and more than a million engines and automatic transmissions a year, the automaker stated.

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