The current Accord Hybrid is one of the most awarded cars in the segment, so we wonder whether the refreshed model can do better. Well, judging by the improvements that received, the updated 2017 Honda Accord Hybrid will do even better from the predecessor. The desirable mid-size sedan sports the same styling and tech changes as the regular model. What’s more important, the updated powertrain will be even more efficient.
2017 Honda Accord Hybrid: Under The Hood
Except of the class-leading fuel economy that’s EPA rated 49 mpg city, 47 mpg highway, 48 mpg combined, the car also gets more power. The car still uses a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder Atkinson engine and two electric motors, but the whole system is significantly updated. While the first electric motor stays fixed to the back of the engine, and runs as a generator, the second sends the power to the front wheels. It also recharges a 1.3-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery pack. Altogether, the powertrain delivers 212 horsepower, and this is 16 ponies more from the predecessor.
The refreshed Accord Hybrid will keep three driving modes: EV Drive, Hybrid Drive, and Engine Drive. Both the top speed and 0-60 sprint should be slightly improved too. We still have no the official figures, but according to some reports, top speed will be limited on 119 mph, while the 0-60 speed up should be blow 7.3 seconds.
Styling Changes, Tech, Safety
The Japanese automaker hasn’t change much on the exterior, but every single change is very clever and just perfect. In the front, the 2017 Accord Hybrid gets very posh styling cues and more aggressive front fascia. There are LED headlights and fog lamps, as well as very handsome grille. Both the hood and wheels sports aluminum, while the rear hatch gets chrome accent and completely new taillights.
Inside, you will find nothing but luxury. The amazing hybrid features updated tech, which is smartly focused on the driver. The center stack gets a seven-inch touchscreen, while the other comes on the top, which is the perfect place. This so called Display Audio system has Apple CarPlay and Android functionality. Honda Sensing safety system will be standard for all three rim levels (Hybrid, Hybrid EX-L, and Hybrid Touring). It includes forward-collision warnings, automatic emergency braking, lane-keeping assist, adaptive cruise control, lane-departure warning and road-departure mitigation. Car’s safety is additionally boosted by a rearview camera with a wide display.
The amazing sedan with crisp styling and impressive powertrain is already available worldwide. In North America, you will have to set out $29,605 for the base 2017 Honda Accord Hybrid.