The restyled and re-engineered 2017 Accord Hybrid launched at dealers Wednesday with a starting price of $29,605. It has a new more powerful and efficient powertrain. The other big news is that the Honda Sensing safety and driver assistance suite comes standard on all three trim levels.
The Accord Hybrid’s gas-electric powertrain debuted on the Japanese Odyssey earlier this year. The next-generation powertrain has a lithium-ion battery that’s 33 percent smaller and 13 percent lighter than the old one, so it’s more fuel efficient as well. (It also means more trunk space, too.) Gas power comes from the 2.0-liter i-VTEC Atkinson Cycle engine.
The 2017 gets a power boost over the last model by around 16-horses, depending on the make and model. Honda claims a class leading 212-horsepower and estimated fuel economy of 49 city and 47 highway mpg.
The Accord Hybrid’s power system has three drive modes. EV Drive is the all-electric mode. Hybrid Drive uses both the electric and gas motor. Engine Drive uses a lock-up clutch system to directly connect the engine and propulsion.
The 2017 Accord Hybrid has all the styling, handling and tech upgrades of the updated 2016 Accord, which includes sharper lines on the front end and new LED fog lights.
The hybrid model stands out from the crowd with an aluminum hood and exclusive 17-inch alloy wheel design, along with blue-highlighted LED headlamps, taillamps, and special Hybrid badging. There are five new colors and a new tricot upholstery. A wood grain-styled dash is optional.
There are three trim levels: Base, EX-L, and Touring. The EX-L comes with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Touring adds navigation, heated rear seats, Auto High-Beam lights, rain-sensing wipers, and front and rear parking sensors. Remote engine start is available.
As we mentioned earlier, all three trims come standard with Honda Sensing. It includes Collision Mitigation Braking System, Lane Departure Warning, Forward Collision Warning, Lane Keeping Assist System, Road Departure Mitigation, and Adaptive Cruise Control. Other standard safety features include a multi-view rearview camera and Expanded View Driver’s Mirror.
The new Honda Accord Hybrid is in dealer showrooms now.