What’s the MPG Difference Between the Accord Hybrid and Plug-In Hybrid?

December 18th, 2013 by

Honda Accord Hybrid at Middletown HondaIt’s a great time to be looking for an alternative fuel car, especially when you’re looking for a Honda. With many hybrid and alternative fuel options available, you can get practically anything you want.

Of course, there are even multiple hybrid takes on a single vehicle like the Accord. We offer a traditional hybrid Accord—regenerative braking and all—and another hybrid that benefits from charging from a household outlet for improved fuel economy.

Which Accord Offers More Bang for the Buck?

Well, it really depends on what your needs are. If you find yourself making lots of shorter trips or have a daily commute to work, it might be a good idea to go with the 2014 Accord Plug-in Hybrid, which can run on just electric power for short distances. When you factor in the distance the vehicle is able to travel on the battery alone, the Plug-In gets an EPA-estimated 124 MPGe in the city.*

If, on the other hand, you won’t have the ability to stop by charging stations or will frequently be making longer drives, the 2014 Accord Hybrid may be a better choice. This traditional hybrid build gets an EPA-estimated 50 mpg in the city** and will feel just as comfortable hitting the road for a long trip as it will in your daily commute.

Both of these vehicles take advantage of technology that conserves energy and funnels it back into the battery, they switch to battery power while idling to keep from using excess gasoline, and have quite a bit in common.

Of course, they separate themselves from each other very clearly in appearance. While both 2014 Accord models, the Plug-In has a different design from the Accord Hybrid. If you’re more of a fan of the standard Accord design, you’ll want to go with the Accord Hybrid, as they are very similar in look and feel, but if you’d like something a little different, the Plug-In is the way to go.

*115 combined miles per gallon of gasoline-equivalent (MPGe) electric rating; 47 city/46 highway/46 combined MPG gasoline only rating. 13 mile maximum EV mode driving range rating. 570 mile combined gas-electric driving range rating. Ratings determined by EPA. Use for comparison purposes only. Your MPGe/MPG and driving range will vary depending on driving conditions, how you drive and maintain your vehicle, lithium-ion battery age/condition, and other factors. For additional information about EPA ratings, visit http://www.fueleconomy.gov/feg/label/learn-more-PHEV-label.shtml.

**50 city/45 highway/47 combined mpg rating. 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.