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Review: 2017 Honda Accord Hybrid

The Accord Hybrid is back, and better than ever. To account for a change in production, the best-selling sedan in America didn’t come as a hybrid last year. This Accord is now produced overseas in Japan rather than Ohio like all the other Accords. The year off helped the Accord Hybrid improve upon itself – in a big way. Without sounding too superlative, the 2017 Accord Hybrid may be the most ideal hybrid car in this model year and possibly ever.

It has everything you could ask for – looks, build quality, power, interior comfort and incredible fuel economy. But it’s my job to be critical, so to be fair, it’s not flawless. The clunky infotainment is downright frustrating, and the though it’s more powerful than some hybrids, it still lacks some punch and can be loud when fully accelerated. I’m definitely not used to an Accord being loud.

Kudos to Honda’s engineers for not overthinking the design of the Accord Hybrid. It’s attractive and resembles the standard Accord. Why reinvent the wheel? The Accord is known for its conservative, timeless design and it certainly has that. Other than the badging, there’s nothing that distinguishes the Accord Hybrid as being different from the standard midsize Accord. That is not a negative, but rather a positive. A pet peeve of mine is when car makers feel the need to “hybrid up” the looks of these cars. It usually means weird or quirky designs, but that’s not the case with this car.

The narrow grille flows well with the narrow, squinty headlights which have daytime LED running lights. The profile of the Accord is conservative and could use some more pizzazz, but that’s not Honda’s way. The pointed back end is sharp. The angular rear bumper is probably best exterior feature of the Accord.

After a year’s hiatus, the Accord Hybrid returns with more power and an improved drivetrain. A 2.0-liter four-cylinder along with two electric motors (powered by lithium ion batteries) help make 212 horsepower. This is 16 more horsepower than the 2015 Hybrid, but significantly less than the V6-powered Accord. It takes some getting used to, but frankly, it feels more powerful than those numbers. Off the line it’s not pokey like some other hybrids. On the highway, it drives much more like a regular Accord. Other than the aforementioned loud engine, when under faster acceleration speeds, the hybrid drives like the regular Accord.

For anyone who has driven the 2015 Accord Hybrid, they’ll definitely notice the improved power and performance. I’m not a hybrid guy, but this is one that I could fully endorse for just about anyone. There’s a continuously variable transmission that seems to work well with the hybrid system. You know I like a car’s performance when I’m singing the praises of a CVT.

Obviously the reason to consider this car over the regular Accord is the fuel economy. In this area, it’s superb. It has an EPA rating of 49 mpg/city and 47 mpg/highway. In a week’s worth of mixed driving, I averaged more than 48 mpg. The Accord Hybrid is a real fuel sipper, and will ensure fewer stops at the gas station. Not having to forego that much power or performance and still get this kind of fuel economy is why I’m singing this car’s praises.

Inside, the hybrid version feels very much like the regular Accord. That’s a good thing, unless you’re expecting to be blown away with luxury. There are soft materials used throughout which help improve the overall feel. Everything is clean and organized, but there’s nothing spectacular – that’s not a bad thing. There’s just no wow factor within this car. The front seats are comfortable and there’s clear sight lines for the driver. The back seat would fit three adults, although two would be ideal. Legroom is ample for those passengers. Rear headroom is a little lacking due to the angular styling of the C-pillar. In this regard, one of the Accord’s better styling points works against rear comfort in a small way.

The trunk has 13.5 cubic feet of space. This is a nice-sized trunk, especially for a hybrid that houses a rear battery pack. But, because of that, the rear seats don’t fold down and that limits versatility. Without a pass through, the overall cargo area is less impressive. See, I can be critical of this car.

Speaking of being critical, the Accord’s infotainment system is one of my least favorite on the market. While aesthetically pleasing to look at, the seven-inch touchscreen system is not intuitive and frequently is slow to respond. There are too many virtual buttons that don’t respond well, which becomes a distraction to the driver. The simple task of changing a radio channel should be a breeze, but required several frustrating taps or agonizing seconds to react. The controls and organization of information on the steering wheel help overcome some of the system’s shortcomings. Smartphone integration is easy as the infotainment system employs Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

The Accord Hybrid comes with the Honda Sense package, usually an added-on option for the regular Accord. This includes such sensor-based safety features like adaptive cruise control, collision avoidance, lane assist and road departure mitigation. The lane keeping system is overly aggressive. One could even call it annoying. I disabled this feature as it would noticeably sway the car back with any slight variance, including changing of lanes without a turn signal (which I know I should do, but how many of us do it every time diligently?) Still, much praise to Honda for making these features standard.

There are three trim levels: Base, EX-L and Touring. My tester was the top-of-the-line Touring trim which adds the sharp LED headlights, a sunroof, parking sensors, heated rear seats and an advanced navigation system. Most of these are merely just cosmetic additions, but the LED lights are sharp and the sunroof is welcome. The average consumer will be satisfied with the EX-L trim which has plenty of perks including the seven-inch touchscreen and heated front seats. It’s also about $3,000 less than the Touring. My tester had an MSRP of $36,790, compared to the $33,000 price tag of the EX-L and the under-$30,000 price of the Base.

It’s rare when an already established car like the Accord can significantly better itself. But really, you’d be hard pressed to convince me that you shouldn’t just opt for the more fuel-efficient hybrid over the regular model this time out. There’s little downside in comparison. With the 2017 Honda Accord Hybrid, you get everything you expect from an Accord, only with less stops to refuel.

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10 Things You Need To Know About The 2017 Honda Accord Hybrid

After skipping a model year following the only just-released 2015 Accord Hybrid, Honda has returned to win the mid-size efficiency race with an EPA combined 48 mpg estimate.

The front-wheel-drive sedan promises to vie well against others in this competitive mid-sized, five-passenger hybrid class, and sometimes the hare does beat the turtle.

Here are 10 things you need to know.

1. It’s More Efficient

The 2017 Accord Hybrid gets an EPA rating of 49 mpg city, 47 highway, 48 combined using the U.S. EPA’s newly updated guidelines for testing. The next runner-up is the Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid with 47/46/46. The competing hybrid Ford Fusion, Hyundai Sonata, and Toyota Camry hybrid models are significantly lower.

2. It’s Faster and More Powerful

The 2017 Accord hybrid sports a class-leading 212 horsepower of peak total system output, up from 196 horses in 2015, when the 2.0-liter gas engine, electric motors, and battery pack are combined at speeds between around 40 and 70 mph.

We’ll have more on this in a drive review after an embargo imposed by Honda through 12 a.m. EDT Monday is lifted.

3. It Has New Features

Honda’s new Accord Hybrid comes with the Honda Sensing package of advanced safety features which includes Active Cruise Control (ACC) which automatically maintains a safe distance from the car ahead of you and brakes or accelerates to the set speed automatically depending upon conditions. Previously, ACC was an option.

4. It Only Costs a Little Bit More

The base model Accord Hybrid is $29,605 which is $300 more than the 2015 model. Three trim levels are available as was the case before. These are the Hybrid, Hybrid EX-L and Hybrid Touring.

5. It Has Better Suspension, Steering, and Braking

New suspension bushings, power steering logic, and braking have been utilized, and Honda says these improve the Accord Hybrid’s ride and driving characteristics. Again, we’ll let you know how it all works after the embargo lifts.

6. It Has a Huge Cruising Range

The 15.8-gallon gas tank provides 758 miles of range assuming the 48 mpg EPA combined city and highway estimate.

7. It Integrates the Latest Smartphone Features

The 2017 Accord Hybrid supports both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto so apps on your phone like navigation, music, and podcasts can seamlessly display on the car’s infotainment system.

8. Honda Aims to Sell Twice as Many This Time

The 2015 model sold about 14,000 cars in the U.S. Honda is planning to sell 30,000 Accord Hybrids in the U.S. during the 2017 model year. Production has moved from Honda’s factory in Ohio to a factory in Japan closer to its hybrid-specific component suppliers.

9. Its Eco Big Brother, The Clarity, Arrives Later This Year

John Mendel, executive vice president, Automobile Division, announces the 2017 Honda Accord Hybrid and Honda Clarity series of electrified vehicles.

The Honda Clarity will be available late this year with a fuel cell powertrain. An all-electric version will arrive in the summer of 2017 and a plug-in hybrid based on the Accord Hybrid’s 2-motor system will arrive in fall 2017.

10. The Accord Hybrid is On Sale at your Dealer Now

Accord hybrids are available from U.S. dealers beginning last month in June, 2016.

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2017 Honda Accord Hybrid preview (updated)

The 2017 Honda Accord Hybrid mid-size sedan was unveiled in April 2016—ending a one-year hiatus for a model that now offers the highest EPA gas-mileage ratings in the Honda lineup.

The new model uses an updated version of the two-motor hybrid powertrain fitted to earlier hybrid Accords, which were sold as 2014 and 2015 models, but the plug-in hybrid Accord will not return.

That low-volume plug-in Accord will be replaced by a 2018 Honda Clarity plug-in hybrid, also announced the same day.

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The 2017 Accord Hybrid offers what Honda calls "class-leading EPA fuel economy ratings" of 48 mpg combined (49 mpg city, 47 mpg highway).

It notes that those ratings are based on new and more stringent EPA test procedures instituted for the 2017 model year.

Under those new procedures, the 2014 and 2015 Accord Hybrids would have been rated at 47 mpg combined (48 mpg city, 45 mpg highway) rather than the 50-mpg highway rating that the earlier version received.

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Honda says it has doubled production capacity for the car, and is targeting annual sales of more than double the 14,000 Accord Hybrids that were sold during 2014.

Limited availability of the earlier model years, which were well reviewed by many outlets, frustrated potential buyers, who reported waits of up to several months for dealers to get Accord Hybrids onto their lots.

Those shortages persisted for more than a year, and Honda ultimately chose to move hybrid production to the Accord's Japanese assembly plant.

GET FULL DETAILS: 2017 Honda Accord Hybrid first drive

The second generation of Honda's two-motor hybrid system is paired to a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that uses the lean Atkinson Cycle combustion sequence for the highest output on the least fuel.

Combined output ratings between the engine and the two electric motors is 212 horsepower, an increase of 16 hp over the previous model.

Honda says that's the highest power in the segment, which includes the Volt-derived Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid, Ford Fusion Hybrid, Hyundai Sonata Hybrid, Kia Optima Hybrid, and Toyota Camry Hybrid.

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As before, the Accord Hybrid offers three drive modes, including EV Drive, which gives all-electric propulsion through the front wheels with the engine off as long as there is sufficient charge in the battery.

Hybrid Drive blends electric-only running from the propulsion motor with the gasoline engine recharging the battery using the second motor as a generator.

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Finally, Engine Drive locks the engine and propulsion motor together, combining gasoline-electric power for higher loads and road speeds.

The Accord Hybrid shifts automatically and continually among these three drive modes, depending on which is the most energy-efficient at any moment.

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Honda has also made the lithium-ion battery pack slightly more compact in the 2017 hybrid sedan, giving it a trunk capacity of 13.5 cubic feet.

The company says that's the largest volume in the segment.

Unique features of the hybrid Accord include LED headlights and taillights with blue accents, an aluminum hood, aluminum alloy wheels, and various badges and "Hybrid" identifiers.

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As well as the upgraded powertrain, the 2017 Accord Hybrid incorporates all the updates made to conventional Accords for their mid-cycle update going into the current 2016 model year, including an array of standard and optional electronic active-safety systems.

Standard safety features include a rear-view camera with a wide-angle display, and the Honda Sensing suite of forward collision warning, automatic crash braking, lane-departure warning and lane-keeping assist, adaptive cruise control, and road-departure mitigation.

The company expects the 2017 Honda Accord Hybrid to receive the highest safety ratings: an overall five-star rating from the NHTSA, along with an IIHS Top Safety Pick+ designation as well.

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On the road, the Accord Hybrid is mostly quiet, although the engine note rises sharply under high load—it's more noticeable than expected precisely because the car is so quiet in more gentle usage.

The Accord still handles nicely, with decent if not superb electric power steering, and it's responsive to traffic once you get used to the engine note varying from changes in road speed.

The hybrid Accord has stronger all-electric running than some other hybrid mid-size sedans, and that's to its credit. Attentive drivers can keep the car in electric mode longer, while the rest will simply notice the smooth, quiet operation without focusing on which pieces of the powertrain are involved at any given moment.

But with the arrival this year of the excellent Volt-based Chevy Malibu Hybrid, some minor updates to the Ford Fusion Hybrid, and new hybrid versions of both the Hyundai Sonata and the Kia Optima, the highest-mileage Accord now has more competition than it did three years ago.

It's still among the top of the segment, and we look forward to spending enough time with it to see if its EPA ratings are backed up in real-world use.

It's just not quite as head-and-shoulders above its competitors as it used to be. Which is why it's doubly unfortunate that Honda's supply problems crippled the first rollout, when gasoline was pricier than it is today.

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Honda offers the hybrid Accord sedan in three trim levels for 2017: Hybrid, Hybrid EX-L, and Hybrid Touring. The latter two roughly correspond to the highest trim levels on the conventional Accord sedan.

Options (which vary by trim level) include a 7-inch touchscreen audio system that incorporates Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, front and rear parking sensors, and heated rear seats.

The 2017 Accord Hybrid went on sale in June 2016. Prices start at just above $30,000 (including a mandatory delivery fee) for the base Accord Hybrid trim level.

[EDITOR'S NOTE: This preview was adapted and updated on May 9, 2016, from a story that was first published on April 21, 2016. It was further updated with driving impressions on August 3, 2016.]

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Honda Accord Hybrid 2017 цена фото и характеристики

Honda Motor Corporation официально представила обновлённый гибридный седан Honda Accord Hybrid 2017 модельного года. На североамериканском рынке «зелёная» автомобильная новинка появиться в ближайшее время и будет предлагаться в трёх модификациях: Hybrid, Hybrid EX-L и Hybrid Touring. Цены автомобиля огласят ближе к старту продаж.

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Обновлённый гибрид Honda Accord Hybrid 2017 обзавёлся новым передним и задним бампером, пересмотренной решёткой радиатора, модифицированной светодиодной оптикой, новыми креслами, информационно-развлекательным комплексом нового поколения с поддержкой Android Auto и Apple CarPlay и новой приборной панелью.

В состав гибридной силовой установки обновлённого седана Honda Accord Hybrid 2017 модельного года входит 2,0-литровый 4-цилиндровый бензиновый двигатель внутреннего сгорания, работающий по циклу Аткинсона и электрический мотор. Суммарная отдача гибридной установки – 212 лошадиных сил. В компании отмечают, что средний расход топлива новой модели не превышает 4,8 литра на каждую сотню пути. Гибридная система обновлённого седана может работать в трёх режимах: водитель может выбрать режим передвижения на электротяге EV mode, в режиме Hybrid Drive активируется работа бензинового двигателя, который подзаряжает электрический мотор, а при активации режима Engine Drive за питание отвечают оба силовых агрегата.

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От обычного седана гибрид Honda Accord Hybrid 2017 модельного года отличается уникальными литыми дисками и светодиодными фарами головного света с синей подсветкой. Как уже отмечалось, продажи новинки стартуют в ближайшее время.

Фото Honda Accord Hybrid 2017

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