Comparing the 2014 Honda Accord Plug-In with the 2013 Ford Fusion Energi

2014 Honda Accord Plug-In vs 2013 Ford Fusion Energi

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The 2014 Honda Accord offers three modes of driving: normal, sport and ECON.

Discussing hybrid and electric-only vehicles have been a top priority for us at Benson Honda in San Antonio. That’s because Honda continues to release these options in models which never offered them before. This shouldn’t scare you away. Instead we want you to become informed about these eco-friendly options and hopefully adapt to them.

Often the best way to see what hybrid or electric vehicle may be best for you is to put two models side by side. We wanted to compare two vehicles which have been popular in the switch to hybrid technology. Today we bring you the 2014 Honda Accord Plug-In vs 2013 Ford Fusion Energi.

The 2014 Honda Accord Plug-In does have a smaller battery, rated at 6.7 kWh. The battery is capable of an electric range of 13 miles. The 2013 Ford Fusion Energi has a 7.6 kWh and an electric range of 21 miles, but it has less of a combined fuel rating. The lower electric-only range of the Accord Plug-in should not be much of an issue for drivers. The electric-only range is more important for electric-only cars such as the 2014 Honda Fit.

Hybrid owners should be more concerned about the EPA rating when fuel and electric power are combined. This is where the 2014 Honda Accord Plug-In is superior. The Accord Plug-In beats out the 2013 Ford Fusion Energi with a 46 mpg combined rating, 3 mpg more than the Energi. That calculates to 115 MPGe for the Accord Plug-In and only 100 MPGe for the Energi.

When it comes to these hybrids and electric-only vehicles, something Honda has been very successful in is the charging times of the lithium-ion batteries. The Honda Accord Plug-In can be charged anywhere from one to three hours depending on the voltage of the outlet. The Energi takes a bit longer. Even with a 240-volt quick charge system, the Energi takes 2.5 hours. That’s an hour and a half more than the Accord using a 240-volt. When using a standard household electrical outlet, the Energi charging time moves up to a dragging seven hours.

The 2014 Honda Accord is lighter than the Energi and it does have a smaller battery, but it has more torque and still manages to deliver the same amount of horsepower. With more than 100 lb-ft of torque than the Energi, the smaller size isn’t too much of an issue. It also helps to increase the acceleration of the Accord which can hit sixty from zero almost a full second quicker than the Ford Fusion Energi.

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An intrusion-free trunk offers plenty of storage space in this compact hybrid.

Something that we really like about the Accord Plug-In is the larger trunk space, because storage space is often a key element in these compact hybrids. The 2013 Ford Fusion Energi’s trunk is only smaller by one cubic foot, but the space is full of intrusions and makes storing difficult.

The Honda Accord will also be available in a fuel-only option, but after looking at the 2014 Honda Accord Plug-In specs, we’re really liking what we see. Please contact Benson Honda in San Antonio if you have any questions, or if you are ready to get yourself into a hybrid. We can get you plugged in and on the road to saving money.

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