2017 Honda Accord Hybrid
The first Honda Accord hybrid didn’t go over that well because it highlighted the performance aspect of the added electric motors rather than its fuel savings. A mistake the new Accord hybrid does not make.
Actually, after a quick spin in this 2017 Honda Accord hybrid; we think Honda has hit upon the perfect formula, with a class-leading 212-horsepower as well as a tops-in-class EPA rating of 49-city, 47-highway, and 48-combined.
Both powerful and efficient, its new 2.0-liter I4-based 2-motor hybrid powertrain is also very compact. The downsized lithium-ion battery pack keeps trunk space at a reasonable 13.5 cu-ft., only about 2 less than the standard accord.
The Accord hybrid adds a unique aluminum hood and bespoke 17-inch alloy wheels; colors, badging, as well as the expected blue tint to head and taillights.
As for the driving experience…
GREG CARLOSS: “…driving the Accord hybrid you’re going to get a few different things here and a lot of good characteristics, mostly the switch between the driving modes. So, from EV to hybrid to full-on engine power, all of it’s very seamless and it’s really rather quiet. It handles itself really well in a lot of situations, like driving in the city, driving on the highway, it’s all very quiet… …the best part about it is it drives pretty much like a standard accord, but you’re just getting the fuel economy that you want out of a hybrid…”
Inside there’s an updated touchscreen, remote engine start, and available rear heated seats. Unchanged? The Accord’s interior is as spacious and inviting as always.
The 2017 Honda Accord hybrid is available now, starting around $30,000.
Engine: 2.0 liter
Price: Starting around $30,000