What Is It?
The Honda Accord is a midsize sedan than consistently ranks among the most popular cars in the U.S. At this year's Los Angeles Auto Show, the new Honda Accord Hybrid and plug-in Accord PHEV took home the 2014 "Green Car of the Year" title, awarded annually by Green Car Journal.
The Accord Hybrid is all-new for the 2014 model year. It uses a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder mated to an electric motor for a combined 141 horsepower. While acceleration isn't the Accord Hybrid's strong suit, gas mileage certainly is: Its 50 miles per gallon city and 45 mpg hwy make it much more efficient than rivals such as the Toyota Camry Hybrid (43 mpg city/39 mpg hwy) and even the Ford Fusion Hybrid (47 mpg city/47 mpg hwy).
But if you're looking for even more efficiency, Honda offers it with the second member of its Green Car of the Year-winning duo. That would be the Honda Accord PHEV, which stands for "plug-in hybrid electric vehicle." The plug-in Accord can travel around 15 miles on electric power alone before a range-extending gasoline engine kicks in. The Environmental Protection Agency rates the Accord PHEV at 115 mpg equivalent -- higher than the Chevrolet Volt's 98 mpge rating.
The Honda Accord Hybrid starts around $30,000 with shipping, while the Accord PHEV's base price with destination tops just $40,000.
When Can You Get It?
Both models are on sale now.
Add It to Your Shopping List Because...
If you're looking for a fuel-efficient midsize sedan, the 2014 Honda Accord lineup proves there's something for everyone. The Accord Hybrid returns a whopping 50 mpg city/45 mpg hwy, which is close to the Toyota Prius model's impressive 51 mpg city/48 mpg hwy rating. And the plug-in model lets drivers cruise on fully electric power for up to 15 miles, meaning some shoppers will only rarely have to buy gas.
Other Cars to Consider
Ford Fusion -- The Fusion is the only other midsize sedan to also offer hybrid and plug-in models. While the Fusion Hybrid doesn't return the same city fuel economy as the Accord Hybrid, its highway mileage is better. The plug-in Fusion Energi offers a slightly longer range.
Hyundai Sonata Hybrid -- You can't plug it in, but the Sonata Hybrid still has a lot to offer. Think 38 mpg in combined city and highway driving, new-age styling and a long list of standard and optional equipment.
Nissan Altima Hybrid -- The upcoming Altima Hybrid boasts a fuel-efficient hybrid 4-cylinder, a miserly CVT automatic and a reported combined fuel economy rating of around 40 mpg.
Toyota Camry Hybrid -- The Toyota Camry Hybrid boasts a hybrid powertrain and the familiar shape and driving experience of Toyota's midsize Camry sedan.