My Ride
Honda Accord Hybrid
Is Moving On Up
by Jean-Philippe Blanchard
It seems like every other car you see is a Toyota Prius, but the Honda Accord is quickly taking its place in the top spot. It is now the bestselling vehicle in California and one of the top 15 bestselling cars in the United States. This is the Accord’s time. Kelly Blue Book added the 2014 Honda Accord Hybrid to their annual list of 10 Best Green Cars, not to mention that the car is the only midsize sedan to be named to the prestigious 2014 Automobile Magazine 'All-Star' list. So now the question is, what makes the Accord so great? Well, first is its class-leading fuel economy ratings. But there is plenty more… At 50 miles per gallon it delivers the highest EPA city fuel-economy rating of any four door sedan.
The Accord Hybrid is the latest model in the completely redesigned ninth-generation Accord lineup. Based on the award-winning ninth-generation Accord Sedan, this hybrid combines crisp styling and aerodynamic efficiency. For starters, it has a Smart Entry & Push Button Start/Stop system, which simplifies approaching, entering and operating the car, especially when the driver is carrying items. Operating the system requires only that the driver has possession of the Smart Entry key. This allows the owner to gain access to the vehicle without having to unlock it with the remote transmitter or the key.
Once you’re inside, you’ll notice that the hybrid shares much of its interior design with the current-generation Accord EX sedan. Best-in-class interior volume, redesigned seating and features such as dual-zone climate control, enhance passenger comfort inside the cabin, and the controls and instrumentation, have been simplified for more intuitive control. The Accord Hybrid interior is distinguished by a black steering wheel garnish and unique hybrid instrumentation.
Perhaps the most important feature(s) of the Accord Hybrid is its design for safety with Honda's next-generation ACE™ body structure, available Lane Departure Warning, Forward Collision Warning and LaneWatch (standard), and leading-edge connectivity via the new HondaLink® connected car technology. As with the conventionally powered Accord, the Accord Hybrid EX-L and Touring have Forward Collision Warning (FCW) systems to advise the driver when the system determines a collision with a vehicle detected ahead potentially exists. The Lane Departure Warning (LDW) system will alert the driver with audio and visual alerts if the driver begins to move out of a detected lane without using the turn signals. The line-topping Accord Hybrid Touring features Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), which can regulate the Accord Hybrid's speed to maintain a pre-set following interval between it and a vehicle detected directly ahead. Now that’s a car that looks after its driver.
Fun features include: Body-colored power side mirrors, which allow the driver to adjust the mirrors position with ease. It also has a power glass moonroof with tilt feature, along with one-touch control for both open and close functions. A new audio system with touchscreen is standard in EX-L and Touring grades and features a Pandora® interface, and a convenient SMS text messaging function that can read incoming texts aloud and allow the driver to respond with factory preset text messages. A Bluetooth®6 HandsFreeLink® phone interface adds intuitive hands-free calling convenience. The Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System™ with Voice Recognition and FM Traffic is available.
Last, but not least, and quite frankly the most important reason why people buy the Honda Accord Hybrid, it has a two-motor hybrid system, part of an expanding lineup of Honda Earth Dreams Technology™ powertrains, that seamlessly blend electric-only, hybrid and engine drive modes along with powerful regenerative braking to provide responsive and efficient performance in a wide range of driving situations. Fuel efficiency is further aided by a number of features exclusive to the Accord Hybrid and Accord Plug-In. These include an all-aluminum front subframe, which replaces the steel-and-aluminum subframe used on the conventional Accord Sedan and Coupe models, and an aluminum rear bumper beam, which helps offset the additional weight of the rear-mounted battery pack, while also improving front-to-rear weight balance.   
If that isn’t enough to convince you, take one for a drive!
Pricing starts at $29,155
For more info: http://automobiles.honda.com/accord-hybrid/