Chart Of The Day: The Discontinued Honda Accord Plug-In Hybrid Was All Kinds Of Rare

Timothy Cain
by Timothy Cain
chart of the day the discontinued honda accord plug in hybrid was all kinds of rare

You thought you saw one once, didn’t you? A hint of blue trim was visible in the distance; some unique badging, as well.

But then when you Googled the images at home later, you realized that no, the front fascia was too normal. You saw the ninth-generation Honda Accord’s hybrid model, not the plug-in hybrid.

Indeed, spotting a Honda Accord Plug-In Hybrid is now statistically not all that different from catching a glimpse of a Porsche 918 Spyder. You roar ahead, trying to get a closer look, but it’s already pulled into Jerry Seinfeld’s exclusive parking garage. Or in the case of the Plug-In Hybrid, a Honda executive’s enclosed charging station.

As if Honda dealers haven’t had a hard enough time stocking Accord Hybrids, the Accord Plug-In Hybrid was so rarely built that only 1,030 have been sold in the United States since the car arrived in January 2013. That’s an average of 36 sales per month. No wonder Honda is, wait for it, pulling the plug.

Yes, the current version of the Honda Accord Plug-In Hybrid is done for. Only fifteen have left showrooms over the course of the last three months. We’re now some 20 months removed from the Plug-In’s best ever month of 71 sales. After reporting 526 Plug-In sales in 2013, volume slid 15% to 449 units last year. Year-to-date, the Accord PHEV is down 64% to just 55 units.

Meanwhile, May 2015 turned out to be the non-Plug-In Accord Hybrid’s best month in a year with 1,463 sales, equal to 4.5% of the overall Accord lineup’s volume last month. In 2014, for every Accord PHEV sold, American Honda sold 31 copies of the Accord Hybrid. Over the course of its 29 months, the Plug-In accounted for just 0.12% of all U.S. Accord sales.

Total Accord sales are down 16% so far this year, which makes it America’s fifth-best-selling car, down from third at this stage of 2014.

Timothy Cain is the founder of, which obsesses over the free and frequent publication of U.S. and Canadian auto sales figures. Follow on Twitter @goodcarbadcar and on Facebook.

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  • KOKing KOKing on Jun 17, 2015

    I don't know what, if any, trunk money was on these things, but that price didn't help. Roommate was x-shopping Accords (previous car) and Priii (long commute) and the $40k Accord PHEV made no sense. Ultimately ended up with a 4cyl Accord for little more than half that.

  • Runs_on_h8raide Runs_on_h8raide on Jun 17, 2015

    I love Honda hybrids. Why? They laid around so long that the owner/GM puts $500 to $1000 spiff on them just to get rid of them (Insights, CRZs and Civics...yum!) I'll never forget the day I sold a 2012 Insight for full sticker to some guy who just didn't give a crap as long as he didn't have to drive his Dodge Ram anymore. Mind you gas was near $5 bucks a gallon near me at the time. With the spiff I think I think I made close to 2k commission on that car. Lovely my Honda days were! On a side note, I got to have pretty extensive time in the seat of a 2015 Accord that is a Hybrid done right. My friend gets 50-60mpgs on his 28 mile commute. His best on a tank is 806 miles. That's pretty insane.

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    • EChid EChid on Jun 18, 2015

      Yeah, everything I've heard about the new Hybrids indicates that it is *finally* competitive (and perhaps better) than Toyota's and Ford's systems. Now, put it in the CR-V and Civic and Honda might actually develop a decent reputation for them.

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