The Honda Accord is one of America's best, and best-selling midsize sedans, and this year sees the arrival of the restyled and reengineered 2017 Hybrid Accord. The 2017 Honda Accord Hybrid is now America's most powerful and fuel-efficient midsize hybrid sedan, which builds on what was already a rock-solid reputation for quality, style, reliability and excellent resale values of the regular Accord.
Like any hybrid, the first thing any prospective buyer will want to know about with the 2017 Honda Accord Hybrid is that gas/electric powertrain. The Accord Hybrid utilizes a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that runs on the ultra-efficient Atkinson cycle, coupled to a pair of electric motors. One of the pair of electric motors is fixed to the back of the gas powerplant to operate as a generator for charging the battery pack on engine overrun, while the other motor is used for powering the vehicle as it's connected directly to the differential transferring the power to the front wheels. Although the primary function is adding power, the second electric motor is also able to recharge the battery through regenerative braking.
Features and equipment
A base Accord is not the same as a base Accord Hybrid. A base hybrid comes with standard technology that includes keyless entry, push-button and remote start, Honda LaneWatch, power, HomeLink, and the impressive HondaSensing driver assistance suite. To get all of these with the regular, non-hybrid Accord would require an Accord in EX trim and then adding an automatic transmission and HondaSensing. For not much more money, the Accord Hybrid delivers masses of tech as well as hybrid fuel-economy.
Although some of today's super cars and hyper cars are now using hybrid systems to provide mind-blowing amounts of power and performance, in mass market cars such as the 2017 Accord Hybrid they're still very much about fuel economy. That doesn’t mean the unit in the Honda lacks power though, because with a combined output of 212 horsepower that's 16 horsepower more than was available with the previous version, that's certainly not the case here. In fact, the Accord Hybrid now boasts the highest power rating of any mid-size hybrid sedan currently on sale here in the U.S.
The 2017 Honda Accord Hybrid therefore delivers what are now class-leading EPA fuel economy ratings of 49 mpg in the city, 47 mpg on the highway, and 48 mpg combined.* Those who know about such things might question that class-leading claim as the previous 2015 model year Accord Hybrid was rated better than the new model. However, changes to the EPA testing regime are the reason for the differences, so the blame doesn’t lie with the Accord itself as the testing procedures are now considerably more rigorous now than they were previously.
Of course, it takes more than just a fuel-efficient powertrain to make a car like this a success. Apart from the powertrain, this car is still every-inch a Honda Accord, and that means the Accord Hybrid shares all the other attributes that make the nameplate such a stunningly successful model for the Honda brand. For a start, that means the Accord Hybrid is likely to get top safety ratings from both testing authorities, which is a five-star rating from the NHTSA and a Top Safety Pick+ rating from the IIHS. Those ratings come to some degree as a result of the impressive levels of standard safety features and equipment found in each of the three trim levels of Hybrid, Hybrid EX-L, and Hybrid Touring. Add into the mix the legendary reliability and quality the Accord is so renowned for and it's stunningly attractive styling, and it's hard to imagine the Accord Hybrid being anything other than another resounding success for Honda.
The 2017 Honda Accord Hybrid is available right now from J.L. Freed Honda, your number one choice for all things Honda in the Montgomeryville area.
*All vehicle mileage based on 2016 EPA mileage estimates. Use for comparison purposes only. Do not compare to models before 2008. Your actual mileage will vary, depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle.