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You might be familiar with the Honda Accord as one of the most popular and bestselling sedans in the world, and now we are able to say that it is also eco-friendly. The 2014 Honda Accord Plug-In and the 2014 Accord Hybrid both offer a more eco-friendly drive than the regular Honda Accord. Luckily, they’re available at our Tucson Honda dealership. But, what makes these different from one another? How do you know which one is right for you and your lifestyle?

The 2014 Honda Accord Hybrid makes 50-mpg using a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that boasts 166 horsepower. The car is moved by one of three powertrain settings: EV drive, engine drive, and hybrid drive. Hybrid drive is where the Accord is for most of the time and where the most fuel is saved. When you’re cruising around town or using higher speeds, it is best to use the engine drive option. Finally, in EV drive, the electric drive motor powers the front wheels from stored energy. Where does the stored energy come from? That would be the lithium-ion battery.

If you’re looking for an even more eco-friendly vehicle, the plug-in version would be the ideal choice. It has a four-cylinder engine, an electric motor, and an extremely quiet powertrain. The battery for the Plug-In Accord can be charged as quickly as three hours. The eco-friendly ride also gets 47/46 mpg city/highway when it is on hybrid mode. When it is in electric-only driving mode, however, it gets 115 mpg.

The interior of the plug-in and the hybrid is a whole different story since it is filled with high-tech gadgets and spacious, comfortable seats. Both of these cars have the same amount of space inside so the only difference would be a few gadgets. The cars can fit up to five people with enough leg space and back space that makes it perfect for road trips.

Some of the new toys on the interior of the Accord Plug-In include the push button start, which turns your car on by pressing a simple button and is smart enough to know when your key fob is inside or outside of your vehicle. The ECON button is also available to adjust fuel-consumption to maximize efficiency. The other gadgets inside the Accord Plug-In include a rearview camera, Honda Lane Watch adaptive cruise control, audio touch-screen, heated bio-fabric seats, a steering wheel with mounted controls, an instrument panel design, and a USB Audio Interface.

The Accord Hybrid has mostly the same tricks inside, including the Honda Lane Watch, which improves your passenger-side visibility by placing a tiny camera on the side of your passenger-side mirror. The only difference between these two cars, actually, is the engine capacity.

If you are a driver that rarely accelerates to high speeds, or doesn’t travel for long distances, the best choice for you is the Accord Plug-In version. If you’re still looking to save on fuel costs, yet drive your car for longer distances, it would be best to purchase the Accord Hybrid. Either way, you can test drive both at Chapman Honda.