2014 Honda Plug-In Hybrid-Puts the Competition on Notice!

Honda’s new entry in the Green Car market makes a splash with the claim that its new hybrids, which include an Accord Hybrid in addition to the Plug-In Hybrid model, will achieve the best fuel efficiency in their respective class. Will the new Honda’s move to the front of the ECO class? Take a look at this personal walk-around and see what you think!

Here are some highlights from CarsDirect.com and GreenCar.com, reviews.

Fuel Efficiency: The Honda Hybrids have put Ford, Toyota, Chevrolet et al on notice, with Honda achieving fuel efficiency nothing short of remarkable. 2014 Accord Plug-In Hybrid – 115 MPGe. The 2014 Accord Plug-In Hybrid will go on sale in California and New York on Jan. 15, 2013 with a nationwide rollout in the months to follow.

The EPA rates the Plug-In at 115 MPGe, handily beating the Toyota Prius Plug-InChevrolet Volt and upcoming Ford Fusion Energi. While the all-electric range is unremarkable at around 13 miles, the savings will stack up with a gasoline-only EPA rating of 47 city/46 highway/46 combined mpg once the EV range is exhausted.

2014 Honda Accord Hybrid – 49/45/47 mpg. The dual-electric-motor 2014 Accord Hybrid will go on sale nationwide in Summer 2013. Honda hasn’t released pricing info as of this published post, but we estimate around $28,000 to match the Ford Fusion Hybrid and Toyota Camry Hybrid (both available now).

Pricing:  Pricing will start at $39,780 – a pretty penny to be sure, but this is a lot of car. The Honda Accord Plug-In Hybrid a is priced a bit higher than the 2013 Ford Fusion Energi at 39,495, which in turn is a little more than the Chevy Volt’s starting price of $39,145. Toyota’s plug-in Prius remains the low price point leader, starting at $32,000, but is also a smaller vehicle overall. While the Accord is the most expensive of the bunch, it will also be one of the most efficient.

Summary: Accord Plug-In drivers will see 13 miles of all-electric range, and EPA fuel economy ratings of 47 mpg city, 46 highway, and 46 combined in regular hybrid mode. Those figures are better than we’re expecting from the Fusion Energi, but a little off the plug-in Prius’ 51 city, 49 highway and 50 combined. It’s the first car in the U.S. to meet the new LEV3/SULEV20 emissions standards, and will get single-occupant carpool access in California.

What do you think about the Accord Plug-In’s fuel efficiency and pricing? How do you think it compares to the king of the ECO hill, the Toyota Prius Plug-In? Let us know your comments.