Most importantly, this fuel-sipping family car will be rated at 49 mpg in the city and 47 mpg on the highway for a 48-mpg combined rating. These impressive digits should make it the thriftiest midsize hybrid sedan in America.
Further enhancing the Accord’s efficiency story, it has been rated under the new 2017 model-year CAFE fuel-economy test, which is more stringent than ever thanks to bigger adjustment factors. This regimen includes more full-power runs and takes into account air-conditioning usage, things that should result in more realistic window-sticker numbers. If this car were rated under the old system, it would be 1 to 2 miles per gallon more efficient in each drive cycle.
Not only is the 2017 Honda Accord Hybrid a fuel-economy wonder, it’s also more powerful. It features the company’s second-generation two-motor drivetrain, which is now centered around a 2.0-liter i-VTEC four-cylinder Atkinson-cycle engine. A lithium-ion battery pack stores and releases precious electrons as needed. All told, this system delivers 212 horsepower, 16 more than the 2015 Accord Hybrid model.
This car’s powertrain offers three distinct drive modes. For starters, it can be run as a pure electric vehicle for short distances at low speeds and light loads. Of course it also operates as a hybrid, where the electric motor powers the wheels and the gasoline engine charges the battery. Finally, it can run on pure internal-combustion power if necessary.
But don’t think that just because this car is all about efficiency that it’s some stripped down economy car. “The Accord Hybrid will be marketed at the very top of the Accord lineup,” said John Mendel, executive vice president of American Honda.
Appropriately, this sedan should come in three well-equipped trim levels including Hybrid, Hybrid EX-L and Hybrid Touring. It will come standard with luxury amenities including a wide-angle rearview camera, remote start and of course, Honda Sensing, the company’s suite of cutting-edge driver-assistance technology. This includes things like adaptive cruise control, road departure mitigation, lane departure warning and more. Additionally, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto will be prominently featured, making seamless smartphone integration a snap.
Other standout features of this fuel-sipping hybrid include a unique aluminum hood, special wheels, blue highlights in its LED headlamps and, naturally, hybrid badging. You can’t offer a gasoline-electric vehicle without telling the whole world, right?
As for trunk space, it measures a generous 13.5 cubic feet, which is supposedly class leading among hybrid midsize sedans. Expect this Accord’s ACE body structure to yield Top Safety Pick+ honors from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
With so much to trumpet, the new Accord Hybrid sounds like it will be a showroom success. Honda estimates that it will sell twice as many as they did of the previous version. Back in 2014 it sold around 14,000 Accord Hybrids. “We simply couldn’t keep up with demand,” said Mendel, something they’re going to change with the 2017 model. Production has been transferred from Ohio to Japan.
The 2017 Honda Accord Hybrid is set to launch this spring, which is, like, right now. Look for it at dealers shortly. Pricing has not been announced but it will be comparable to the previous version that started around $30,000.