Honda Accord Hybrid to get 212 hp for 2017 model year
Honda has announced an updated Accord Hybrid that will be headed to showrooms for the 2017 model year.
The revised sedan features a second-generation hybrid powertrain, improving both power output and fuel efficiency. The 2.0-liter i-VTEC Atkinson-cycle engine and single electric motor now produce a combined 212 horsepower — up 16 ponies from the outgoing edition. It is unclear if the tweaks also bring more torque.
Honda claims the new Accord Hybrid is the most powerful and efficient competitor in the midsize hybrid sedan segment. It is expected to receive EPA city/highway/combined ratings of 49/47/48 mpg.
At a glance, the efficiency figures appear to represent an improved in highway efficiency at the expense of city performance. Honda points out that the 2017 model is based on the EPA’s more stringent ratings requirements, however. Using the same requirements to reevaluate the 2015 model would result in a 48/45/47 mpg rating, suggesting the 2017 gains one mpg in the city and two mpg on the highway.
The revamped hybrid also brings the range of upgrades that were introduced to the broader Accord lineup for the 2016 model year. Enhancements include Apple CarPlay and Android Auto support, along with new safety and driver-assistance tech, among other features.
The new Accord Hybrid will be formally unveiled in Long Beach, California, next week at the Aquarium of the Pacific.