Honda might be selling more hybrids if it could just get them to dealers. While the second-generation Insight never lived up to sales expectations and production is ending, the Japanese automaker is seeing strong demand for the Accord Hybrid here and abroad. However, there is so much global consumer desire that it can't keep them in US showrooms.
There was never a chance for a pure electric vehicle to win the 2014 Green Car of the Year – that's because the editors of didn't nominate one. Out of the five-car list of finalists, the many variants of the Honda Accord drove away with the win at the LA Auto Show.
Honda has announced pricing for the new, 50-mile-per-gallon 2014 Accord Hybrid today, with three trims – Hybrid, Hybrid EX-L and Hybrid Touring – for owners to choose from. Prices for the base car start at $29,155, while the mid-range model will run $31,905. The top-of-the-line Touring trim starts at $34,905. Prices do not include the *$905 destination charge.
It was just a few months ago that Honda was saying the 2014 Honda Accord Hybrid would enter the crowded hybrid market with a 49-mpg city fuel economy rating. As it turns out, like other automakers of late, Honda didn't get its mpg number quite right. But unlike Ford and Hyundai, which each had to downgrade published EPA numbers for certain models, Honda's 49-mpg estimate was apparently too low. Honda has just announced that the Accord Hybrid is the "top-rated four-door sedan with [an] EPA fuel e