This article was published on August 26th, 2014
It is very safe to say that over the past few years, the Honda Accord has been transforming from a standard family car, into an affordable sporty luxury automobile. Honda continues to refine the Accord to give it new life, refining exterior details, packing in modern technology, improving safety, and making it feel like a higher class vehicle, but has maintained a reasonable purchase price.
At first glance, the 2014 Honda Accord Hybrid Sedan could easily stand along side many other vehicles above its class and not stand out. The gentle rolling lines of the exterior portray a feeling of power, speed and graceful style. Details like sport-style rims, the rear spoiler, two-toned grill, and metal trim all add to the excitement.
When it comes to bells, whistles and all the fun toys we are coming to know and appreciate in today’s technology era, the Honda Accord stacks up against the competition. Details like a mini camera mounted on the right side mirror displays on the centre console when the right signal indicator is turned on.
The centre command console is divided into three areas, with a top full colour display screen, a middle digital display, and a lower manual button display. The console is a bit behind because it is not a single touch-screen interface, like many other vehicles in its class; however, the controls are easy to operate, are fast acting, and the primary digital display does offer some commands by touch. Connectivity is fast and relatively simple. Setting up a new Bluetooth device takes just a few moments. Once connected, telephone, text and music functions can be controlled from the steering wheel or the main centre console.
The audio was a let down. While there are seven speakers, including a subwoofer, at low and mid-levels, the audio was crystal clear, but as soon as a track with heavy beat started to lay down, regardless of the subwoofer setting, the trunk and rear seats rattled uncontrollably. In addition, the manufacturer is still making CD a standard option in the 2014 model. They need to retire old technology. People haven’t used those round shiny coasters for years.
Driving the 2014 Honda Accord Hybrid is extremely enjoyable. The steering wheel helps navigates corners with just the softest touch of the wheel, even when negotiating tight corners. The low centre allows the car to be fast, agile and handle well at high speeds and on quick turns. The interior is full leather, with front heated seats, a fantastic electric sunroof, a steering wheel that adjusts both up and down, but also in-and-out, and has a steering wheel that can control almost every part of the environment without hardly moving your hands or having to take your eyes off the road.
Fuel efficiency is clearly a key selling feature on this car. Because it’s a hybrid, you automatically tack on huge fuel savings. In addition, it has a fuel-efficient engine under the hood. And for the ultra frugal, Honda has even thrown in the Econo button, which can help reduce and control excess fuel consumption during periods of high acceleration. Fuel efficiency is even reflected in the drivers instrument panel, during to green when the vehicle is operating efficiently, and turning blue when fuel is considered to be used excessively.
Don’t let fuel economy get confused with lack of performance. Let’s be honest, a push of the accelerator and the Honda Accord Hybrid acts just like a standard gas-burning engine does. You can feel the torque on quick accelerations, whether from a complete stop or from a cruising to passing speed.
The new transmission is pretty slick. The continuously variable transmission (CVT), is electric at low speeds, but kicks over to a hybrid six-speed transmission at higher speeds and during hard acceleration. The design is so smooth, being computer controlled, that the expected jerk of the transition from one transmission to the other is almost seamless.
Overall, the 2014 Honda Accord Hybrid Sedan is fun and easy to drive car, that has a great sense of style, sport, and class, and most importantly, retains maximum power while maintaining amazing fuel economy; and that’s the kind of car many of us all want, and an affordable price.