8.1

Overall

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Critics' Rating: 7.2
Performance: 7.5
Interior: 7.1
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.5
Safety: 10.0
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2014 Honda Accord Plug-in Review

The 2014 Honda Accord Plug-in is a reliable fuel miser with energetic acceleration and a bevy of standard features, including numerous driver assistance technologies. However, it ranks in the bottom third of a tough class, in part because of its petite trunk and low-quality seat fabric.

Pros & Cons

  • Fantastic fuel economy
  • Tons of standard safety features
  • Good reliability rating
  • Respectable power for a hybrid
  • Small trunk
  • Cheap-feeling seat fabric
  • Higher price than most rivals

2014 Honda Accord Plug-in Overview

Is the 2014 Honda Accord Plug-in a Good Used Car?

The Accord Plug-in has a 13-mile electric-only range, suitable for those who have a short commute. On longer trips, the Accord’s efficient powertrain does a great job of keeping fuel costs down. While many hybrids come up short on power, the Accord Plug-in provides all the get-up-and-go you’ll need. Few nonluxury vehicles come with as many standard features. In fact, the Accord Plug-in leaves no options on the table. Still, if you’re looking for ample cargo space, leather-trimmed seats, or a budget-friendly price, you may want to look elsewhere.

Used 2014 Honda Accord Plug-in Performance and Interior

The Accord Plug-in’s powertrain consists of a four-cylinder gasoline engine, an electric motor, and a lithium-ion battery pack. Altogether, this hybrid system produces 196 horsepower. The Accord delivers brisk acceleration from a stop and is no slouch on the highway either. Despite its numb steering, the Accord feels in control around corners. A steady ride and smooth regenerative brakes also help it stand out among other plug-ins.

Transitions between the all-electric and gasoline-electric propulsion are seamless. However, rival plug-in hybrids feel more refined. The electric-only mode allows the Accord Plug-in to whiz along quietly for about 13 miles, achieving 115 mpg-e before the gas engines kicks in. Some other plug-in hybrids have longer electric ranges. When you’re not driving solely on electric power, the Accord Plug-in returns an impressive 46 mpg combined city/highway.

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Inside, the Accord Plug-in has an Acura-like look and feel, with high-quality materials and an excellent fit and finish. One exception is the seat fabric: Honda uses its plant-based Bio-Fabric, which feels cheap to the touch. All models come with a power-adjustable driver’s seat, heated front and outboard rear seats, and seating for five. 

There’s plenty of room to stretch out in the Accord’s large cabin. For installing car seats, there are two complete sets of LATCH connectors on the rear outboard seats and a tether-only connection on the middle seat. While seating space is plentiful, the 8.6-cubic-foot trunk does not have a lot of room for your stuff. 

Although cargo space is in short supply, standard features are not. All models come with push-button start, dual-zone automatic climate control, a navigation system, an 8-inch touch screen, Bluetooth, a USB input, a six-speaker audio system, and HondaLink smartphone integration. 

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Used 2014 Honda Accord Plug-in Prices

The average price of a used 2014 Honda Accord Plug-in sedan is $25,400, which is more than what most rivals cost. Prices fluctuate based on demand and the vehicle's condition, mileage, and location.

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How Reliable Is the 2014 Honda Accord Plug-in?

The 2014 Honda Accord Plug-in has a reliability rating of 3.5 out of five, which is typical compared to class competitors but above average compared to all cars on the road.

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How Safe Is the Accord Plug-in?

The Accord Plug-in has stellar safety scores. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named it a Top Safety Pick+, the agency’s highest honor. There are plenty of standard driver assistance features in the Accord Plug-in, including forward collision warning, a multiangle rearview camera, lane departure warning, the HondaLink emergency notification system, and adaptive cruise control. An uncommon standard feature is Honda LaneWatch, which provides a camera feed of the passenger-side blind spot when the right turn signal is activated. 

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Should I Consider Another Used Accord Plug-in?

The ninth-generation Accord debuted for 2013, but the plug-in hybrid was only available for the 2014 model year.

Which Used Honda Accord Plug-in Is Right for Me?

There’s only one trim level of the Accord Plug-In, and there are no option packages. As a result, all models come with the same features. Choosing a model is as easy as picking which exterior color you want. 

You may want to consider a certified pre-owned Accord Plug-in. Honda extends its original new-car limited powertrain warranty to seven years or 100,000 miles for all certified pre-owned models, and it extends the new-car non-powertrain warranty to four years or 48,000 miles. If the CPO Honda you purchase is more than four years old or has more than 48,000 miles, you’ll receive a one-year/12,000-mile non-powertrain limited warranty. Honda CPO vehicles must pass a 182-point inspection. Additional benefits like towing and roadside assistance may be available, so read Honda’s warranty page carefully. 

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2014 Honda Accord Plug-in and Other Cars to Consider

Which Is Better: 2014 Honda Accord Plug-in or 2014 Toyota Prius Plug-in?

The Toyota Prius Plug-in is a great alternative if the Accord Plug-in’s price is too high or you need more cargo space. However, the lower cost comes with a few undesirables; the Prius Plug-in has sluggish acceleration, clumsier handling, less rear-seat legroom, and fewer standard features than the Accord. Although the Prius Plug-in returns better combined fuel economy, it has a shorter 6-mile electric-only range and a lower mpg-e rating. Still, the Prius touts one of the highest reliability ratings on the market and over twice the cargo space of the Accord Plug-in.

Which Is Better: 2014 Honda Accord Plug-in or 2014 Ford C-Max Energi?

Although the Ford C-Max Energi provides more cargo space and a more engaging driving experience than the Accord, there are more than a few reasons to skip it in favor of the Accord Plug-in. For starters, the C-Max has a below-average reliability rating. Also, it gets worse fuel economy and has less highway passing power than the Accord. The C-Max Energi doesn’t offer as many standard features, like navigation or the full complement of active safety features that comes with the Accord Plug-In.

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