2017 Honda Accord Hybrid Sedan Review

2017 Honda Accord Hybrid Sedan Review

After a one-year hiatus and the Accord Hybrid is back for 2017. Significant improvements consist of more power, enhanced fuel economy and a brand-new collection of standard driver security helps.

Well, the Honda Accord Hybrid was gone for a year. We certainly did, as it's one of the few genuinely satisfying hybrid sedans on the market.

2017 Honda Accord Hybrid Sedan Review

The revised gasoline-electric powertrain now produces a healthy 212 horse power (a boost of 16 hp) and returns slightly much better fuel economy, too, signing in at an approximated 48 mpg integrated in spite of more rigid EPA standards for 2017. There's likewise a physically smaller battery pack this year that uses up less space in the trunk without compromising efficiency.

Honda pushed pause on the Accord Hybrid after 2015 due to a shift in production to Japan (routine Accords are still being built in Ohio). While doing so, the 2017 Hybrid acquired a range of updates that need to boost the car's appeal. 

The 2017 Accord Hybrid further take advantage of the updates Honda made to the regular Accord in 2014, including updated exterior styling, revised suspension tuning, brand-new interior trim and Apple CarPlay and Android Automobile mobile phone integration for the optional touchscreen user interface. Significantly, all Hybrids come conventional with the Accord's Honda Sensing package that includes a variety of driver assistance and security functions, such as lane departure intervention and automatic emergency situation braking. You do pay more for the Hybrid compared with a routine Accord, but if getting a car with a low carbon footprint is a priority, it's definitely a top choice.

Of course, it is not your only choice if you are looking for a hybrid midsize sedan. The Toyota Camry Hybrid and Hyundai Sonata Hybrid ride a bit more comfortably than the Accord does, and the Ford Fusion Hybrid is quite much like the Accord in the way it stresses sport and design. The transformed Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid is another strong contender. These competitors typically have lower prices, too. All things thought about, though, we think the Accord Hybrid is the most preferable hybrid midsize sedan this year. We don't blame you if your heart has grown fonder.

2017 Honda Accord Hybrid Sedan Body Styles, Cut Levels, and Options

2017 Honda Accord Hybrid Sedan Review

The 2017 Honda Accord Hybrid sedan comes in three trim levels: touring, base and ex-l.

Standard equipment for the base Hybrid consists of 17-inch alloy wheels, automated headlights, LED taillights,  entry, dual-zone automated climate control and keyless ignition cruise control, an eight-way power motorist seat (with two-way power lumbar), a 7.7-inch main dashboard infotainment screen, active noise cancellation, Bluetooth, a rearview cam and a six-speaker sound system with a USB media interface, Pandora combination and an auxiliary audio jack. Extra safety-oriented features are noted in our review's Security area.

Move up to the EX-L and you'll get an auto-dimming rearview mirror, driver memory settings, a four-way power front traveler seat, heated pole positions and leather upholstery. On the tech front, this trim level likewise gets a 7-inch touchscreen (in addition to 7.7-inch infotainment display screen), robust mobile phone integration (through Honda Link, Apple CarPlay and Android Car) and an upgraded stereo with seven speakers, satellite and HD radio and an added USB port.

Finally, the Touring adds LED headlights (with automated high-beam control), a sunroof, front and rear parking sensors, heated rear seats and a navigation system.

2017 Honda Accord Hybrid Sedan Powertrains and Efficiency

2017 Honda Accord Hybrid Sedan Review

Powering every 2017 Honda Accord Hybrid is a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine hitched up to a pair of electric motors that are fed by a trunk-mounted lithium-ion battery pack. Overall system output is 212 horsepower,.

Authorities EPA approximates for the Hybrid weren't readily available since this writing, but Honda states to anticipate 48 mpg in combined driving (49 mpg city/47 mpg highway).

We have actually yet to put the Accord Hybrid through its speeds at our test track. Our informed guess is that it will accelerate from zero to 60 miles per hour in the low-to-mid 7-second range, which would make it notably quicker than most people competing hybrid sedans.

2017 Honda Accord Hybrid Sedan Security

In government crash testing and the Accord Hybrid received five out of 5 star for general security, with 4 stars for total frontal impact safety and 5 star for overall side-impact safety. The coupe earned 5 star across the board. The Insurance coverage Institute for Highway Safety hasn't particularly tested the Hybrid, but the regular Accord made a best possible rating of "Great" in the moderate-overlap, small-overlap frontal-offset impact tests,  roof-strength , along with a "Great" rating in the side-impact,and seat/head restraint (whiplash security) tests. The Accord's frontal crash intervention system also earned a top IIHS score of "Superior" for its efficiency.

Interior decoration and Special Functions

2017 Honda Accord Hybrid Sedan Review

With couple of exceptions, the products in the 2017 Honda Accord Hybrid have a top quality look and feel. The base trim has simple physical audio controls, while the EX-L and Touring have a touchscreen user interface in that location rather, nixing familiar interface aspects like the volume knob. You can offset some of this by utilizing the buttons on the steering wheel, but in general we choose the infotainment systems found in rival sedans.

The sedan's backseat is one of the finest in this class, thanks to generous passenger space and a high bottom cushion. As a drawback, though, we've found the Accord's front seats less comfy on long drives than others in this section.

The trunk can hold 13.5 cubic feet of baggage, which is bigger than average for this class. Sadly, there's no pass-through or fold-down performance constructed into the rear seat. If you think you'll need to frequently bring long cargo products, other hybrid sedans might be much better choices since of their folding rear seats.

Driving Impressions

With its strong electric motor and fuel engine working together, the 2017 Accord Hybrid speeds up quickly. Mash the gas pedal for a hand down the highway and this large sedan shoots forward with authority. At times, the Accord Hybrid's fuel engine makes more obvious noises than rival engines, but overall it's hard to grumble considering the outstanding power and fuel economy it offers.

In general, we appreciate how the Accord Hybrid goes down the road. Honda tuned the 2017 model to be sportier than in the past, and the outcome is a pretty satisfying hybrid to drive around turns.