Honda is back in the midsize sedan hybrid game, with the 2014 Accord Hybrid ($29,945, including destination). It’s based on a four-cylinder powertrain and marries sterling EPA numbers -- 50 mpg city/45 mpg highway/47 mpg combined -- with convincing performance
The Accord has power when it’s needed. It runs the zero-to-60 sprint in about 7.5 seconds, which is quick by any midsize sedan measure.
Honda’s new hybrid system teams a 141-horsepower 2.0-liter four with two electric motors. The gas engine sends power to the front wheels, while one electric motor sends torque to the rear wheels as needed. The other motor acts as a generator, converting gas into electricity and boosting battery charge.
Inside, rich materials flood the attractive cabin. Front- and rear-seat quality and passenger space are tops among midsize sedans.
All Accord Hybrids come standard with keyless ignition and entry, dual-zone automatic climate control; full power accessories, including an eight-way power driver’s seat; cruise control, 8-inch video display, Bluetooth phone and audio; rearview camera; and Honda's groundbreaking LaneWatch blind-spot display.
In the real world, some testers report average mileage of about 44 mpg, while others go as high as 50.