2014 Honda Accord Plug-in Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2014 Honda Accord Plug-in was new.


Interior: 7.1

Most test drivers think the cabin materials used in the 2014 Honda Accord Plug-in are upscale and that the interior is made well. However, some think the design is busy and disorganized. Some critics say the seat fabric is seems cheap, while another points out that the key fob was not able to open the trunk. Reviewers are also in agreement when it comes to the trunk, saying it’s too small for a family car. They also wish the back seat could fold down to increase cargo space.

  • "Based on the top-level Touring trim, the Plug-In Accord Hybrid has a premium-feeling cabin complete with a high-resolution 8-inch display with navigation and a leather-wrapped steering wheel." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Its interior is a hot mess of competing chromes, and the dashboard graphics reflect a Y2K aesthetic - not good for a high-tech car." -- The New York Times
  • "With a few exceptions, the 2014 Honda Accord Plug-In Hybrid features an elegant and well-constructed cabin trimmed with high-quality materials that you could almost mistake for an Acura." -- Edmunds
  • "The interior is well thought out and functional for the most part." -- Autoblog


The five-seat Honda Accord Plug-in has seats covered in what Honda calls eco-friendly Bio-Fabric, which is made in part from sugar cane. It also has heated front seats, heated outboard rear seats and a 10-way power-adjustable driver seat. Reviewers say the Accord Plug-in has plenty of passenger space in the front and back, but they’re disappointed with the Bio-Fabric, saying that it appears and feels too low-quality.

  • "The new, Bio-Fabric upholstery looks and feels cheap, even if it's produced by an environmentally friendly manufacturing process." -- Car and Driver
  • "Despite the new Accord's slightly smaller exterior dimensions compared to the previous generation, its interior room remains impressive. There is plenty of leg and shoulder space for front occupants, and rear-seat passengers should be quite comfortable and happy." -- Edmunds

Interior Features

The Honda Accord Plug-in comes standard with features like lane departure warning, forward collision warning, dual-zone automatic climate control, navigation, a multi-angle rearview camera, an 8-inch infotainment screen, Honda LaneWatch (which uses a camera mounted under the passenger side mirror to show the driver what’s in his or her right side blind spot via the 8-inch screen), Bluetooth, hands-free text messaging capability, push-button start, adaptive cruise control, the HondaLink multimedia and telematics system (which can link to a smartphone app that lets you access your music, social media and other information through the car’s infotainment screen), a six-speaker CD audio system, a touch screen for the audio system, Pandora Internet radio capability and USB and auxiliary audio jacks.

Most auto critics like the center stack’s simple design, saying the placement of the controls makes sense. The camera-based LaneWatch blind spot system receives praise for the assurance it gives drivers by showing what’s hiding in their blind spot. Still, some reviewers point out some missteps with the Accord Plug-in, including a key fob that wouldn’t open the trunk.

See the full list of 2014 Honda Accord Plug-in features and specs »

  • "Even though the side view will displace navigation information, it's still an incredibly effective safety device and we suspect it won't take long for side view features like this to become as common as backup cameras are today. It's intuitive and you can see both the video screen and the actual mirror with one glance." -- Autoblog (on the LaneWatch system)
  • "The key fob on my test car malfunctioned, failing to open the trunk." -- The New York Times
  • "The center stack embraces the spirit of legibility with an effective three-tier layout, capped at the top with an 8-inch display." -- Edmunds
  • "Inside, the plug-in is much like other Accords, with a good driving position, a logical control layout, and plenty of room." -- Car and Driver


The 2014 Accord Plug-in has 8.6 cubic feet of trunk space. The Ford Fusion Energi has comparable trunk space at 8.2 cubic feet, but if you need more space, check out the Toyota Prius Plug-in, which has 21.6 cubic feet of room. Reviewers are disappointed with the amount of trunk space in the Accord Plug-in, and they also note that battery’s location means that the back seat does not fold down to expand cargo space. 

  • "And drivers better not be hauling much stuff, because the battery knocks trunk space down to a puny 8.6 cubic feet-little more than half that in other Accords-and without the option of folding the rear seat forward." -- Popular Mechanics
  • "Unfortunately, the presence of the plug-in hybrid's battery pack means the rear seat does not fold down, thus limiting the Accord's cargo usefulness." -- Edmunds
  • "With the interior space, it had the potential to be a family vehicle. But the primary problem is the trunk space. Even though you can seat 5 in comfort, you're not going to be able to take a road trip with them, carry their school bags or sports gear or place a stroller in the trunk." -- The Chicago Tribune

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