The Honda Accord Hybrid is back, kids. It took a year off, but will return to the road once again this spring with a second-generation, more efficient and powerful drivetrain along with the updates you’d expect.
The automaker has high hopes for what’s being billed as the 2017 model. In fact, the company says it’s increased production capacity so it can double Accord Hybrid sales from the 14,000 sold in 2014. No pricing yet though for the new model.
The new improved hybrid drivetrain will make 212 horsepower. It’s a combo of Honda’s two-motor hybrid system with an ultra-efficient 2.0-liter i-VTEC engine. Honda says it delivers 16 horses more than the 2015 model, making it more powerful than any other midsize hybrid sedan in the market.
Honda is also touting its fuel economy numbers. The 2017 Accord Hybrid receives an EPA-estimated 49/47/48 (city/highway/combined). The automaker notes these numbers are also based on new, more stringent ratings requirements enacted by the U.S. EPA for the 2017 model year. The government agency revised its system to make it more real-world.
Honda says it’s upgraded the Accord Hybrid in other areas, too. Honda Sensing safety features are now standard on all new 2017 Accord Hybrid trims. There is also an available Display Audio with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
Just so everyone will know you are driving a hybrid, exclusive design features include a special aluminum hood and wheels, blue highlighted LED headlights and taillights and “Hybrid” exterior badging. A more compact hybrid battery pack increases trunk capacity to a midsize hybrid class-leading 13.5 cu.-ft.
The new 2017 Accord Hybrid hits the road soon.