The most powerful hybrid on the market, the 2017 Honda Accord Hybrid is making a name for itself as a leader in environmentally-friendly vehicles. Also the most powerful of the current hybrid lineup, the Accord also leads with greatest storage capacity and safety features. Honda took 2016 off from launching a new model, so the 2017 is the premier since 2014-2015. It enters the market to still competition in the hybrid world of vehicles.
The latest model of Honda’s mid-size sedan is rated highest of the brand’s lineup in terms of gas-mileage ratings by the US Environmental Protection Agency. That is a direct result of the enhanced two-motor hybrid powertrain and the 2017 Accord Hybrid’s 48 mpg of combined city and highway driving is what Honda refers to as “class-leading EPA fuel economy ratings”, given the strict policies recently implemented. Three trim levels offered include the Hybrid, Hybrid EX-L and the Hybrid Touring.
The exterior is not much different from its 2014 predecessor, but has been upgraded with more modernized headlights and taillights and the front end has a slightly bolder appearance. Classified as a mid-size sedan, this four-door hybrid is identifiable with its hybrid badges. The LED headlights and taillights stand out with their blue tints and lightweight aluminum is unique to this model’s hood and alloy wheels. It comes with 17-inch Michelin Energy Saver all-season tires, with a sidewall-to-tread ratio of 225/50.
With seating for four passengers, the Accord also has space for cargo. Trunk space is increased slightly from earlier models, to 13.5 cubic feet, thanks to the reduction in size of the vehicle’s lithium-ion battery. As a sacrifice, the rear seats do not fold down in order to accommodate the battery. It is spacious all-around, though, with ample leg and head room for the driver and passengers. Power steering allows the driver to maintain consistent control and the steering wheel has easy-access control buttons. Heated rear seats are optional.
Technology is limited, but the vehicle comes with the latest standards. High-tech add-ons include an Android Auto and Apple CarPlay audio system with a seven-inch touchscreen. One reviewer, though, said, “it’s neat and all but frustrates with its lack of redundant hard controls in practice.”
The 2017 Honda Accord Hybrid is powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, combined with two electric motors. Utilizing the least amount of fuel with the innovative Atkinson Cycle combustion system, the engine, when used alongside the electric motors, produces a force of 212 horsepower. It is a relatively quiet ride, especially in all-electric mode. Three drive modes, EV Drive, Hybrid Drive and Engine Drive, are automatically determined by the vehicle and are switched between for best energy efficiency, depending on conditions.
Standard on the Accord Hybrid is a wide angle rear-view camera and the Honda Sensing bundle, which includes forward collision warning, automatic crash braking, lane-departure warning and lane-keeping assist, adaptive cruise control and road-departure migration. If the battery runs out or is too low to run the car alone, the gas engine will kick in.