Honda will bring back a second model for 2016. After unveiling the new Ridgeline earlier this year, this time it’s a new Accord Hybrid we’re getting.
After skipping a model year, Honda is bringing back this new, improved and more efficient mid-size sedan hybrid, available at Bathurst Honda this summer.
The new 2017 Accord Hybrid will benefit from many improvements. It will share the same ACE body structure underlying the Ridgeline and the Civic. The Hybrid will also enjoy the Accord’s status as the best-selling mid-size sedan in Canada for a third year in a row, while also offering more power and better fuel efficiency. On top of the new structure, the exterior has been reworked, sporting more elegant and sculpted lines and integrating new and modern-looking LED headlamps.
On the inside, the hybrid Accord provides ample seating for five, with a convenient 382L trunk. Though the control panel has kept its three-deck style, it has been slightly updated with more modern finishes, reorganized controls and even wood inserts. It also comes packed with technologies and features including heated front and rear seats, a wireless charging mat, keyless entry with pushbutton start, HandsFreeLink Bluetooth connectivity, wheel-mounted controls, navigation, Apple Car Play and Android Auto for improved smartphone integration, as well as active noise cancellation. Honda is also confident that the returning hybrid will receive top-of-the-class grades in terms of security, as well as top safety ratings from the NHTSA and the IIHS thanks to the latest technologies and the now-standard Honda Sensing Suite that includes features such as adaptive cruise control, lane keeping assist, collision mitigation braking system, forward collision warning, lane departure warning and road departure mitigation.
The Accord Hybrid is powered by a 2.0L Atkinson cycle engine rated at 212 hp – an improvement of 16 hp over the last version. Thanks to a lithium-ion battery pack and a CVT transmission, the Accord Hybrid should offer an average fuel economy of 5.0L/100km. Three different engine modes come standard, helping make the transition from gas to electric as seamless as possible. While EV drive mode relies solely on the electric engine, Hybrid drive uses the gas engine to charge the electric block and finally, Engine drive employs the power of both engines in parallel.
With improved power, fuel economy and efficiency, the 2017 Honda Accord Hybrid will become the best cross between a family vehicle and a hybrid. Learn more about the updated mid-size hybrid sedan and get behind the wheel of your own this summer.