Whereas a car platform that is a decade last looks like a dinosaur in today’s tech-driven market, Honda’s Accord Hybrid Touring faucets into the historical reputation and reliability of the 10th-generation traditional powertrain Accord, adapting its virtues to a hybrid model whereas delivering at present’s cutting-edge know-how. It combines a 2.0-liter fuel engine, twin electrical motors, and a lithium-ion battery pack beneath the rear seat. This enables it to deal with the movement and silence of an electrical automobile; however, it nonetheless ships a clean experience when the fuel engine is accessed. It is a terrific midsize sedan for everyday commuters and earns our Editors’ Alternative.
Pricing and Design
The Accord Hybrid is on the market in 4 trim ranges: Hybrid, EX, EX-L, and Touring. All include an inline 4-cylinder engine producing 192 horsepower. The EX, EX-L, and Touring trims add turbocharging, upping the horsepower to 252.
The Accord Hybrid comes with three driving modes: battery-only EV Drive, Hybrid Drive (which electrical energy to propel the automobile whereas the gasoline engine powers the generator), and Engine Drive (which solely makes use of the gasoline engine). The engine is paired with two electrical motors—a propulsion motor and a generator/starter motor.
The electrical motors are the primary from Honda to use magnets containing no heavy rare-earth metals, a brand new Honda-patented design that the corporate says reduces price and weight. All trim ranges roll on 17-inch machine-finished alloy wheels geared up with low-rolling-resistance 225/50R-17 Michelin Vitality Saver all-season tires.
The Honda Sensing suite of driver-assist features is customary throughout all trim ranges and consists of collision mitigation braking system, highway departure mitigation, lane protecting help, hill begin to support, adaptive cruise management with low-speed observe, and a site visitors signal recognition system.
The entry-level Hybrid trim begins at $25,995. It comes customary with such inside facilities as push-button begin, dual-zone auto local weather management, and energy doorways with programmable auto-locking. In-cabin tech features a 7-inch display screen, voice activation, a single USB port, Pandora compatibility, and Bluetooth for cellphone and audio. Honda is one in every of just a few automakers implementing Close to Discipline Communication (NFC) know-how that enables easy and fast Bluetooth smartphone pairing, and it comes customary in all Accord Hybrid trim ranges. Commonplace exterior options embody body-colored energy aspect mirrors, and door handles, variable intermittent windshield wipers, distant entry, and distant begin and trunk launch.
The EX begins at $29,785 and comes with all of the options discovered on the entry-level trim plus blind-spot detection with rear cross-site visitors monitoring, LED fog lights, heated and energy aspect mirrors, an influence moonroof with tilt, a 12-way powered driver’s seat with 4-way energy lumbar help, and heated entrance seats.
The HondaLink infotainment system with smartphone integration comes customary within the EX, EX-L, and Touring trims and consists of Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. The EX-L edge begins at $32,335 and provides a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, a HomeLink storage door opener, an automatic-dimming rearview mirror, and leather-trimmed seats.
The Accord Hybrid Touring mannequin we examined is priced at $35,605, with a vacation spot cost of $895, and sports activities an external crystal black paint with black leather-based inside. The Touring trim appears identical to the 10th-generation Accord, apart from hybrid logos and different wheels. Different customary options embody entrance and rear parking sensors, a rain-sensing wiper, heated energy door mirrors with flip indicators, leather-trimmed seats, heated and vented entrance seats, heated rear seats, a wi-fi cellphone charger, and a Wi-Fi hotspot.
The Accord Hybrid design is identical to its non-hybrid counterpart, with a similar daring new entrance fascia. Our Touring tester is framed by modern LED headlights and contours that elegantly taper to the car’s tail for a fastback look. Hybrid badges on the fenders and decklid and the absence of a bare tailpipe are the modifications to the Hybrid mannequin.
Because of the 10th-gen Accord’s broader physique and longer wheelbase, backseat passengers acquire virtually two inches of legroom compared to the earlier model, whereas 2.5 cubic toes of further inside quantity make the cabin feel bigger. The inside has a contemporary feel with high-quality supplies; however, we want a conventional gear shift over the wonky push-button selector within the middle console.
Infotainment and Connectivity
We examined the Touring trim options Honda’s 8-inch Show Audio contact display screen augmented by physical energy/quantity, tuning, and shortcut buttons. The most recent model of Show Audio provides a quantity knob and tuning buttons in a welcome change from the all-touch show in older Accords.
The system is simple to make use of, with giant icons that may be personalized and reordered. We additionally like that the display screen’s format might be personalized by rearranging characteristic icons and establishing shortcuts on the house display screen. It options navigation with HD Radio site visitors in choose areas, however not linked search, which is why we want the Google Maps app provided by Apple CarPlay and Android Auto voice recognition.
The Touring trim additionally features a premium audio system with ten audio systems, SiriusXM, HD Radio, and a separate Pandora app, as effectively Wi-Fi functionality that may connect with a stationary hotspot, one generated by a smartphone or a subscription-based information plan from AT&T.
A heads-up show (HUD) exhibits data on the windshield equivalent to velocity, tachometer, hybrid energy movement, navigation instructions, a compass, site visitors signal recognition, adaptive cruise management, the lane protecting help system, pop-up warnings, and cellphone name data. We like that the motive force can alter the HUD and the data it shows through switches on the sprint or by a steering wheel-mounted thumb dial as an alternative of getting to drill down right into a menu on the in-dash display screen.
Efficiency and Conclusions
Below regular driving, the Accord Hybrid offers strong and serene driving expertise, and the Honda Touring trim we examined sacrifices none of this, whereas amping up gasoline effectivity. Nevertheless, the powertrain performs crudely when quickly accelerating, making a loud revving engine with occasional backside grunting sounds coming from beneath the hood. When you raise your foot, the Accord reverts to a calmer experience.
The four ranges of regenerative braking accessed from the suitable hand steering wheel paddle are clean, with the max-regen mode slowing the automobile whereas recapturing as a lot of power attainable to bolster the battery-charge degree. Every other faucet dials again the regenerative energy for an extra freewheeling vibe. We discovered that on an enjoyable stretch of curler coaster-style pavement, it might probably turn out to be addictive to try to recapture power on lengthy, steep descents.
Whereas the $35,605 sticker value of Honda Accord Hybrid Touring is a grand more significant than the standard Touring trim, an equally geared up Camry XLE Hybrid (our earlier Editors’ Alternative) tops off at almost $2,000 extra. Given the worth distinction, the Accord’s glorious mixture of gasoline effectivity and efficiency, it earns our newest Editors’ Alternative award for hybrid midsize sedans.
- Intelligent battery placement.
- Excessive gasoline effectivity.
- Easy experience.
- Customizable infotainment display screen.
- Powertrain complains when quickly accelerating.
- Adaptive cruise has lengthy cease gaps.
- Awkward push-button gear selector.