For 2017, the Honda Accord Hybrid sedan is back with a refresh for 2017. The four –door hybrid is almost the same as its non-hybrid twin, apart from the powertrain, sharing the same roomy four/five passenger cabin.
The Honda Accord hybrid is powered by a unique “Two-Motor” powertrain using two electric motors, a 181 horsepower (135 kilowatts) traction motor and a 142 horsepower (106 kilowatts) generator motor.) A clutch, and a single fixed gear ratio instead of a conventional multi-speed or Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) link the engine and wheels. Using its Intelligent Multi-Mode Drive (I-MMD), the hybrid Accord can accelerate solely on battery power from a stop and also uses electric mode under low torque demand and when slowing the car by regenerating electricity back into the 1.3-kWh lithium-ion battery. The technology behind the Accords drive system is very clever. There are three operating modes called “EV Drive,” “Hybrid Drive,” and Engine Drive.” The car’s hybrid powertrain computer automatically switches between these modes while driving. It works by utilizing the small and larger electric motors used in the system. Once running, the engine can use the smaller motor to generate electricity for use by the larger motor (known as series “Hybrid Mode”). The larger traction motor can also draw at least 30 horses (23 kilowatts) from the hybrid battery during acceleration.
In terms of accessories and feature content, the standard base Accord ($31,200) features a generously equipment roster and such goodies as the Honda Sensing package of advanced safety features. Other hybrid trims include the top line Touring model ($37,030) with leather seating, moonroof LED headlights, parking sensors, rain-sensing windshield wipers, wireless phone charging and a host of power conveniences. On the road the Accord hybrid features a roomy comfortable interior with ample front and rear head and legroom as good as any of its competitors. There is an ample 13.5 cubic feet of rear trunk space. Fuel economy figures for the Honda hybrid Accord are rated at a very respectable 4.9/5.1/5.0 100km/L (City/Hiway/Combined). Reliability, resale and the ownership experience will be very high as it’s a Honda. Highly recommended for those looking for a fuel efficient, green credentialed family car.
2017 Honda Accord Hybrid sedan priced from $31,200 to $37,030