Learn about the Honda Accord Hybrid: The combination of snappy performance and outstanding fuel economy
The Honda Accord Hybrid offers a well designed approach, gas-electric drive, snappy performance and is equipped with premium features. This vehicle gets a fuel economy in the high 40 miles per gallon range. The Accord Hybrid is based on the 10th generation Accord platform, and the two motor hybrid powertrain. It pairs a 4 cylinder engine to an electric propulsion motor for a total system output of 212 horsepower. The two-motor system operates without a conventional automatic transmission, using direct-drive gearing. Both powerplants can provide drive to the front wheels alone, or together when you need more speed.
The Accord Hybrid Sedan comes in four trim levels satisfying a broad range of hybrid sedan shoppers:
Well-Equipped Base Hybrid
Touring, the top-of the line edition.
The Accord Hybrid comes well-equipped throughout the lineup. The LED headlights and taillights with a special Hybrid blueish-tint and badging is standard on all models. every Accord Hybrid comes with the Honda Sensing safety and driver-assistive technologies. The Accord Hybrid's shape is enhanced, note the aggressive front, with an elongated hood, and the wheelbase has been stretched more than 2 inches. Aerodyanmics have been improved all the way back to the rear taillights and bumper Steering wheel-mounted Deceleration Selectors aid energy generation. Similar to transmission paddle shifters, these allow the driver to toggle between four levels of regenerative braking performance. The right selector increases braking and the left reduces it. The system simultaneously helps reduce stress on the brakes while increasing battery charging via regeneration.
The Accord Hybrid's powertrain operates by seamlessly shifting between three distinct drives:
EV, which is 100 percent electric,
The last two use a combination of the electric motor and gas engine for motive power, depending on conditions. You can also select an Econ button that lessens throttle response. Sport mode keeps the engine on for max acceleration.
Driving an Accord Hybrid Vehicle is not much different than driving a gas only car. In fact, with the assist of the electric motors from a standing start, you actually have better acceleration from 0 to 60 mph.
The fuel economy for the Accord Hybrid is outstanding. All trim levels is EPA rated at 48 miles per gallon city, 47 on the highway and 48 combined.
In the performance testing done by us, measured by the VBOX GPS unit, the Accord Hybrid went from 0 to 60 mph in 7 seconds and has a highway passing time of 5.6 seconds. The Accord ran the quarter mile in 15.2 seconds at 90.3 mph at the finish line. The Accord Hybrid is maneuverable, too, and our testing confirmed the the curb-to-curb turning diameter of 38.1 feet. The Hybrid rolls on 17-inch machine finished alloy wheels.
The Accord Hybrid offers much-appreciated console and dash improvements. Volume and tuner knobs are offered for the 8-inch Audio touchscreen that displays navigation, phone settings and much more. Also, the main instrumentation is an easy-to-read display that includes a 7-inch Thin Film Transistor driver's meter that can present a wide range of useful information, an analog speedometer is to the right.
The Accord Hybrid provides the same passenger and cargo hauling space and flexibility as the gas only Accord. That's a class-leading trunk space of 16.7 cubic feet and 122.3 cubic feet of overall interior space. Rear seat passengers can get in and out easily and enjoy legroom of more than 40 inches, and also have 60/40 split-folding seatbacks.
Conclusion: By sharing the same features as the 10th generation gas-only Accord, the Hybrid offers increased interior space, a muscular look and the latest in high tech entertainment and safety. That puts this eco-friendly midsize sedan at the top of a crowded list of hybrids and one that's definitely worth a good long test drive.