The 2014 Honda Accord Hybrid will use the Japanese automaker’s new two-motor hybrid powertrain, much of which is found on the Accord Plug-in that went on sale earlier this year. Three different driving modes will be available on the Accord Hybrid, EV Drive, Hybrid Drive, and Engine Drive to help optimize fuel efficiency.
In the EV Drive mode, the Accord Hybrid utilizes the lithium-ion battery for electric-only mode at lower speeds and in medium-to-high speed cruising. Engine Drive will send power directly to the front wheels while Hybrid Drive takes advantage of the 124-kilowatt electric motor and the 2.0-liter, DOHC i-VTEC Atkinson-cycle four-cylinder engine. Honda anticipates that the Accord Hybrid will receive an EPA rating of 49 mpg in the city and 45 mpg on the highway.
Unique to the Accord Hybrid will be hybrid badging, blue-accented grille and light lenses, LED daytime running lights, special wheels, and a rear trunk spoiler.
The 2014 Honda Accord Hybrid will be the first Honda hybrid vehicle assembled in Ohio and the second built in the U.S.
GALLERY: 2014 Honda Accord Hybrid
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