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2014 Honda Accord Hybrid Named MotorWeek’s Best Eco-Friendly Vehicle

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This past week, MotorWeek handed out the honors for their annual Drivers’ Choice Awards at the 2014 Chicago Auto Show, and the hardware-earner in the Best Eco-Friendly vehicle category was none other than the 50 mpg-getting 2014 Accord Hybrid.

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From MotorWeek’s assessment of their choice for Best-Eco Friendly vehicle (which, by the way, would benefit greatly from a sharp-eyed copy editor)

“If highly practical fuel efficiency was a commodity, the Honda Accord Hybrid, our winner for Best Eco-Friendly would be the top seller.  For sure, there are more fuel stingy ways to get around, but for most Americans, EVs are not there yet, and many hybrids come with too many compromises.  Well, the Accord Hybrid is nearly compromise free. While giving up only a little trunk space for 50 miles-per-gallon economy and over 650 miles of range, it delivers all the comfort, security, and good road manners the Accord’s name is known for.”

The 2014 Accord Hybrid, which is built in Marysville, Ohio alongside its gas-powered sibling, runs on an Earth Dreams two-motor hybrid powertrain that utilizes unique drive modes and regenerative braking to get the most mileage possible. All of this, and the Accord Hybrid still offers high-end standard technologies and amenities while proudly boasting its status as top safety rating-earner from both the IIHS and NHTSA.

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“For the Accord Hybrid, our priority was not only to achieve outstanding fuel-efficiency but also make it fun-to-drive,” said Michael Accavitti, senior vice president of auto operations for American Honda, in a press release. “Being named a Driver’s Choice is proof that buying a hybrid doesn’t mean you have to give up the joy of driving.”

The title of 2014’s Best Eco-Friendly vehicle marks the 30th time that Honda has taken home a MotorWeek Drivers’ Choice Award.

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  • John Russell

    I just pray that a new model with so much hype, has deep roots in engineering that has low maintenance in cooperated in its first five years on the road. How does the stats look when you run it through your cost to own formula?

    Its very frustrating to see the price tag on such a category. Its price range jumps from $30,000 to $40,000, with all its bells and whistles. Sticker price on most hybrids are usually $10,000 above its sister.

    I guess there is little hope for people who can only afford between $18,500 to $23,000, for an outstanding fuel economy and dependability. A car owner can buy a lot of gas with $10,000. How many years does it take to break even, with such an amount? I don’t believe a car owner even gets close for the first five years and meets that goal.

    Honda has an excellent record, with depreciation, insurance, maintenance, insurance and gas mileage..

    The Civic hybrid falls in the same category. It takes an extra $10,000 to convert to a hybrid.

    No one seems to be breaking out with a diesel hybrid. The diesel usually out performs on the open highway, but drops dramatically in local traffic. If the Honda accord can excel in its city driving, why can’t the diesel. This would leave the Prius in the dust.

    It makes me proud to hear that the 2014 honda Accord is made in the USA