After taking one year off to move production from Ohio to Sayama, Japan, Honda is launching new 2017 Accord Hybrid this spring. This mid-size 4 door has several drive line revisions aimed at improved mileage and performance.
Accord hybrids sold for 2014 and 2015 model years had a 2.0-liter 4 cylinder engine and two motor-generators capable of providing electric-only, or mixed gas, gas-only and electric propulsion with no need for efficiency-sapping gear changes. The 2017 Accord Hybrid features two-liter 4 cylinder engine and Honda’s two-motor hybrid system, which will produce 212 horsepower. That is 16 horsepower more than the 2015 model and makes the Accord Hybrid the most powerful midsize hybrid sedan.
While Honda has released very few engineering details, we know the 2017 Accord hybrid will have a lithium-ion battery pack. Honda’s optional Display Audio infotainment gear which includes a 7.0-inch touchscreen with both Android Auto functionality and Apple CarPlay; it is neat and all but frustrates with its lack of redundant hard controls in practice. The Honda hybrid Sensing bundle of driver-assist and safety technology will be standard . Blue-tinted LED head and taillamps are exclusive in this model. It also gets the requisite hybrid badges and an aluminum hood to trim a few pounds. To provide more space for the battery pack, the hybrid’s rear seat does not fold and its trunk volume, at 13.5 cubic feet, is 2 cubic feet smaller than that of regular Accords. Three trim levels: EX-L, base, and Touring—will be offered.
Price has not yet announced, Honda hints there will be minimal rise from the 2015 Accord hybrid’s $30,140 base.