Honda Accord Hybrid
The Honda Accord Hybrid has an incredibly long range: 743 miles. With an MSRP of $29,605, this highly affordable car is a bull’s eye for the budget-conscious.
The 2017 hybrid is a major step in Honda’s move to electrified vehicles with an expanded range of hybrids, plug-in hybrids, fuel-cell models, and battery electrics. Honda had indicated that by 2030, it wants two-thirds of its global fleet to be electrified. Hybrid production was moved from Ohio to Japan to make expanding Honda’s global hybrid supply easier and double production using its larger Japanese factories. Honda’s seriousness about selling the car is borne out by the fact that the Honda Accord Hybrid is sold in all 50 states. Many other hybrids are not – they’re sold in a few select states where eco-conscious customers are clustered.
The sedan features a next-gen 2-motor hybrid powertrain with improved fuel economy. An industry-first, the two-motor hybrid system uses one motor to accelerate Accord Hybrid from a dead stop, and a second to start the engine and charge the first motor. Sportier styling, upgraded feature content including Honda Sensing driver assist and safety technologies come standard. The base model features standard dual-zone automatic climate control, hands-free keyless entry and ignition, power driver’s seat, Bluetooth, rearview camera, and a USB port. Because of its compact battery pack, trunk space has been increased.
The sedan is offered in three trim levels, gets power from a 4-cylinder engine paired with a two-motor hybrid system, and features an electronic continuously variable transmission (E-CVT) with Sport Mode. The Accord Hybrid comes with lots of safety features, including: a standard ACE body structure, front, side, and curtain airbags with rollover sensors, and the Honda Sensing suite which features collision mitigation braking and road departure mitigation. More safety features include vehicle stability assist with traction control, ABS brakes, brake assist, LED daytime running lights, and a multi-angle rearview camera with guidelines. The Accord Hybrid’s 13.5 cubic foot trunk is the most spacious in the midsize hybrid sedan class.
A Car And Driver reviewer says: “To create the new, better hybrid, Honda engineers gave it a more powerful 2.0-liter Atkinson-cycle four-cylinder engine; two smaller, lighter, and more energetic AC motor/generators; a more compact lithium-ion battery pack and electronic control unit; significant aerodynamic improvements and reduced friction; and a wealth of driver assists and creature comforts. The one major carryover is the basic powertrain arrangement: What Honda calls a two-motor hybrid-drive system combines combustion and electric-energy conversion with fixed drive ratios. After a few hundred miles of driving, here’s our assessment: The new Accord hybrid is quiet and comfortable for drivers and passengers alike, and seat-of-the-pants acceleration and braking performances should exceed most expectations.”