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. 

Other Green Car of the Year nominees included the Audi A6 TDI, BMW 328d, Mazda3 and Toyota Corolla Eco. Past winners have included the Ford Fusion, Honda Civic Natural Gas and Chevrolet Volt

How Much?

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.

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Doug DeMuro has a wide range of automotive industry experience, from work at a Ferrari dealership to a manager for Porsche North America. A lifelong car enthusiast, Doug's eclectic vehicle purchases include a Porsche 911 Turbo, an E63 AMG wagon, an old Range Rover and a Mercedes Benz G-wagen.

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