U.S. News & World Report ranks the 2019 Honda Accord Hybrid 4-door, 5-seat sedan #2 in Best Midsize Cars, and #2 in Best Hybrid and Electric Cars. It’s one of Car and Driver’s 2019 10 Best Cars, and Kelly Blue Book named it the 2019 Best Buy Midsize Car.
Accord Hybrid’s mileage is excellent: 48 city/48 highway, and its range is extensive: 614 miles. With an MSRP of $25,320 for the Base model, this is a highly affordable car – a bull's eye for the budget-conscious.
Year after year, Accord Hybrid is one of Honda’s best-sellers. Honda has indicated that by 2030, it wants two-thirds of its global fleet to be electrified. The company moved its hybrid production from Ohio to Japan to make expanding Honda's world hybrid supply easier, and to double production using its larger Japanese factories. Honda's seriousness about selling hybrids 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 National Highway Transportation Safety Administration awarded 5 out of 5 stars – the highest rating – for the 2019 Accord Hybrid in its 5 categories: frontal barrier crash; side crash; side barrier; combined side barrier and pole; and rollover. You can’t get better than that!
The U.S. Department of Energy calculates that driving a 2019 Honda Accord Hybrid will save you $3,500 in fuel costs over 5 years, compared to driving an average new vehicle.
The 2019 Honda Accord Hybrid comes in four trim levels: Hybrid ($25,320 MSRP), EX ($27,620 MSRP), EX-L ($30,120 MSRP) and Touring ($34,990 MSRP). All trims come with Front Wheel Drive, use a 2.0L 4cylinder gas/electric hybrid CVT engine outputting 212hp @ 6200 rpm, and a continuously variable-speed automatic transmission.
Honda’s distinctive powertrain differs from other hybrid powertrains. The system consists of a 2.0-liter naturally aspirated 4-cylinder engine and an electric motor fed by a lithium-ion battery. During most driving situations, power comes from that motor while the gas engine primarily serves as a generator to feed the battery. Total system output is a healthy 212 horsepower. Despite the slightly different approach of mixing gas and electric, superior fuel economy is achieved.
Standard features in the Accord Hybrid include dual-zone automatic climate control and an infotainment system with a 4-speaker audio system, Bluetooth, a USB port, and a 7-inch display screen.
Available features for the Hybrid trim include wireless device charging, a moonroof, an upgraded infotainment system with an 8-inch touch screen, navigation, an additional USB port, satellite radio, HD Radio, a Wi-Fi hot spot, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and an 8-speaker audio system or a 10-speaker premium audio system.
Standard active safety features – some of which are part of the Honda Sensing Suite – include: a rearview camera, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, road departure mitigation, adaptive cruise control, traffic sign recognition, forward collision warning, and collision mitigation braking. Available driver assistance features include blind spot monitoring, a head-up display, front and rear parking sensors, and rear cross traffic alert.
The EX trim adds a rear cross-traffic warning system, LED fog lights, heated mirrors, a sunroof, an 8-way power driver seat with 4-way power lumbar, heated front seats, two USB ports, an 8-in touchscreen, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, satellite and HD radios and an 8-speaker sound system.
The EX-L trim adds leather upholstery, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shifter, driver memory settings, a 4-way power passenger seat, an auto-dimming rearview mirror and a 10-speaker sound system. Integrated navigation is optional.
The Touring trim adds a head-up display, bi-LED headlamps, automatic wipers, ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, integrated navigation, wireless smartphone charging and in-car Wi-Fi.
Trunk space is considered generous, at 16.7 cubic feet.
Says Edmunds: The Honda Accord Hybrid is “among leaders in fuel economy and trunk space, and it provides two rows of comfortable seats. There's plenty of user-friendly technology, including many active safety features. It's a great choice in this class whether you're looking for a hybrid or not.”
Autotrader says: “The 2019 Honda Accord Hybrid Opens a New Window. For starters, its gets 48 miles per gallon -- regardless of whether you're looking at city, highway or combined estimates. Here's the thing about the Accord Hybrid: there aren't any significant drawbacks compared to its gas-only sibling. You get the same enormous, well-made interior. You get access to the same generous features list. And unlike past hybrid sedans, you get the same enormous trunk as a regular Accord due to the battery pack being under the back seat. That positioning also improves handling – not just in comparison to past hybrids but the regular 2019 Accord as well.”
Edmunds says: "While crossovers have quickly overtaken midsize sedans as the go-to choice for many car shoppers, there is still one area where the classic four-door has a big selling point: fuel economy. There are only a handful of hybrid crossovers, but nearly every automaker that builds a midsize sedan also produces a hybrid variant. Among them, the 2019 Honda Accord Hybrid is one of our top picks. Much of that is due to the inherent goodness of every Accord. The cabin is positively huge, and it's well stocked with convenience features. You also get a considerable number of advanced safety features as standard. Another bonus is the hybrid's big trunk, which is the same size as the regular Accord's. Of course, topping this all off is the hybrid's impressive 48 mpg combined city/highway fuel economy estimate. Buyers looking for roomy, high-tech and fuel-efficient family transport should put the 2019 Honda Accord Hybrid on their short list without hesitation."
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