|2014 Honda Accord||2014 Honda Accord Hybrid|
|24/34/28 MPG||Fuel Economy*||50/45/47 MPG|
|Yes, please||Transmission||Far from traditional|
|185 horsepower||Base Engine Power||141 horsepower|
|15.8 ft.3||Cargo Volumne||12.7 ft.3|
2014 Honda Accord vs. 2014 Honda Accord Hybrid
Rumor has it that Honda executives considered changing the name of the 2014 Accord to the Album Sleeve…because it holds so many records.
All joking aside, this year the Honda Accord was named to Car and Driver’s 10 Best Cars list for a record 27th time. With all of the attention the Accord tends to draw to itself, it stands to reason that the wave of drivers exploring the 2014 model may have some questions about the Honda’s various options. For this reason Continental Honda lays two of the popular sedan offerings side-by-side for a 2014 Honda Accord vs. 2014 Honda Accord Hybrid comparison.
The two Accord sedans are understandably similar in many ways. Nevertheless, the differences between the models help to identify the unique combination of specs and processes that mark an innovative hybrid drivetrain. Of course, the hybrid records higher fuel efficiency numbers while sacrificing a bit of cargo space to accommodate an advanced battery pack. The real intrigue in comparing the 2014 Honda Accord vs. 2014 Honda Accord Hybrid, however, comes directly from an analysis of these vehicles’ transmissions…
or lack thereof.
2014 Honda Accord Hybrid Transmission
The standard 2014 Honda Accord model can be fitted with either a six-speed manual or a continuously variable automatic transmission. What makes comparing the 2014 Honda Accord vs. 2014 Honda Accord Hybrid interesting though is the fact that the hybrid technically has no transmission at all. Of course, traditional transmissions apply engine power to the wheel axles through a series of gears. The caveat with the 2014 Honda Accord Hybrid is that it uses no gears at speeds under 44 mph. Contrary to the typical transmission, the Accord’s engine instead channels all of its power to an electric motor, and the electric motor in turn delivers power to the wheels.
To draw personal conclusions concerning the 2014 Honda Accord vs. 2014 Honda Accord Hybrid, test drive each at Continental Honda near Chicago, IL.
*Based on 2014 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on driving conditions, how you drive and maintain your vehicle, battery-pack age/condition, and other factors. 2014 Honda Accord Hybrid recieved a 50/45/47 MPG rating.