2017 Honda Accord Hybrid: A Better Hybrid That's Fast, Smooth, and Fuel-Efficient

Jan 06, 2017 12:43 PM EST | JP Olvido

It is difficult to say no to more of something already amazing. The 2017 Honda Accord Hybrid offers the same premium features and classic and stylish design of the 2017 Honda Accord and more.

The 2017 Honda Accord Hybrid. Accord Hybrid is a key component in Honda's move to enter the electric vehicle market. In a market that currently has more players than interest, the 2017 Honda Accord Hybrid tops the list. It is able to easily best other vehicles such as the Ford Fusion, Chevrolet Malibu, Hyundai Sonata, Kia Optima, and the Toyota Camry.

Nothing beats the 2017 Honda Accord Hybrid in the field of EPA-rated fuel economy. It is able to go 49 miles per gallon in city driving and 47 on the highway. The 2017 Fusion Hybrid can't even cut it close with only 41 miles per gallon on the highway. Although fuel economy varies in hybrids, the 2017 Honda Accord still tops the list with EPA mpgs.

The 2017 Honda Accord Hybrid definitely benefitted from the updates made to the Accord the previous year which involved the cars getting a facelift, lightened, and structurally stabilized. It was given a more powerful 2.0-liter Atkinson-cycle four-cylinder engine, two smaller, lighter, and much more energetic AC generators, a more compact lithium-ion battery pack, and an electronic control unit. Combustion and electric energy conversion are combined through a two-motor hybrid system that allows for fixed drive ratios.

Improvements were also made to make the 2017 Honda Accord Hybrid more aerodynamic. It now also features a whole lot of driver assistive technology and other comforts.

The drive on a 2017 Honda Accord is smooth and silent. With just the right pressure and a sufficient charge in its 1.3 kWh battery pack, one can go past 60 mph on the EV drive mode for, more or less, a mile before the engine fires. When the engine does fire, a generator is spun to provide AC current to its electric motor and the battery pack.

The 2017 Honda Accord Hybrid is an IIHS Top Safety Pick + just like the rest of its competition. It has a five-star overall safety rating from the NHTSA.

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