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Driven: 2014 Honda Hybrid

Honda has long known throughout the industry for its engineering and the 2014 Accord is the latest example.

Here we Honda at its best elegant, engineering resulting in a mid-size with micro-car fuel numbers; a family car with no in the classic sense, and regenerative that could serve as to other hybrids.

This is the Accord, introduced as a new model year and quickly acclaimed as the car of the year by my fellow AJAC

The hybrid version however is new, a complete rethink of the with a two-motor hybrid called i-MMD (Intelligent Drive).

Like all hybrids it a combination of internal combustion and electric motor for motivation.

But the manner in which that is delivered sets a new standard for and transparency.

Like virtually all hybrids, the Accord Hybrid has a four-cylinder engine. Operating on the Cycle, which allows efficient combustion and easier it provides 141-horsepower; less an engine operating under means.

That slight in power is offset by that the electric motor which maximum torque from and 166 horsepower.

The combined output of the two is 196 You can’t simply add the two numbers because they reach power at different times.

The system incorporates two electric two control units and a high-output 1.3 kWh battery. Where it differs is the two electric motors replace the

One motor, producing 226 lb-ft of from rest, using from the lithium-ion battery drives the wheels, changing as necessary, thus acting as a

The other motor drives a which supplies power to the pack.

Above 80 km/hr or heavy throttle application or a clutch engages connecting the to the drive wheels.

The Accord thus operates in three

1. pure electric; energy battery powers the car;

2. engine on and powering the generator drives the electric motor and with assistance from the pack;

3. engine only; at speeds.

The Accord Hybrid in electric mode and always to be in electric mode. The control selects which of the three, EV, and engine modes the vehicle is in and pushes for electric operation.

Where others lurch electric and hybrid drive the Accord does so seamlessly only the sound of the engine on stream to tell you things are

Honda provides an aptly-named ‘EV’ button that pure electric operation as as there is sufficient battery

The second example of Honda’s engineering is the brake system for the Hybrid.

The Electric Servo is used to not only to slow the but regenerate electricity just other hybrids.

But in this it does so seamlessly, without the grab felt in other as the regeneration and braking functions forces.

The system on the new Accord a ‘Pedal Feel Simulator’ to the pedal assembly, to maximize capture while providing brake feel.

This proprietary design was utilized on the Fit Hybrid sold in the Upon initial and under pedal application (up to 0.2 G) the regenerative system slows the car while energy.

It feel like a brake and re-powers the battery With more pressure, the kick in and conventional friction comes into play.

Lincoln MKZ Hybrid (2nd gen)

The is all but impossible to detect.

Other the drive and braking systems, the Accord Hybrid is essentially the as other Accord sedans.

all dimensions are the same except for the which drops in capacity 450 litres to 360 because of the battery which also precludes the rear seat back for room.

Honda countered the weight of the electric motors and pack with extensive use of instead of steel for the hood, bumper supports and some components.

The external differentiation is limited to wheels, a tiny rear lip a rear air diffuse and blue accents around the grill, and tail lights.

Inside, the panel is unique with a central speedometer flanked by a bar on the left displaying power and on the right fuel; and battery levels are visible.

The center of the is sued to display various pieces of information.

The Accord comes in two trim levels, and Touring at prices $6,000 and above the equivalent base and V6 models.

In addition to the fuel-saving drivetrain both have a of additional standard equipment compared to their counterparts.

2014 Honda Accord

Price: $31,645 base, Touring, includes freight and PDI

2.0-litre DOHC four-cylinder, motor, electric transmission, wheel drive

Dimensions: 4,682 mm; width, 1,849 mm; 2,775 mm

Competition: Chevrolet Eco, Ford Fusion Hyundai Sonata Hybrid, Kia Hybrid, Lincoln MKZ Hybrid, Camry Hybrid

Lincoln MKZ Hybrid (2nd gen)


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