2017 Honda Accord Hybrid Long-Term Introduction
The newest car to join the Kelley Blue Book long-term fleet looks to be the most efficient we've had to date: the 2017 Honda Accord Hybrid. This gasoline-electric Accord, which has been revamped for 2017 after taking a year off, has EPA fuel economy ratings of 49 mpg city/47 highway.
As we recently reported in our Accord Hybrid first drive the latest version of Honda's hybrid sedan appears on paper to have a lower city mpg rating than the last model, which touted the big 5-0. But as we also noted on that story, in reality this new Honda Accord Hybrid is actually more efficient than the old one in both combined mpg -- 48 mpg now vs. 47 for the prior version -- and if the new model were to be tested under the prior EPA testing scheme. Instead, the new Accord hybrid just misses the prior version's 50 mpg city rating due to the EPA's 2017 test cycle that has become more stringent in an effort to better reflect real-world driving habits.
Part of the family
Over the next year, we'll be sharing our own real-world fuel-economy findings. But that's just the start. The Accord Hybrid is no one-trick pony, but rather a family sedan that just happens to have startling fuel economy thanks to its sophisticated gasoline engine, two electric motors and a lithium battery pack.
We'll treat and drive the 2017 Honda Accord Hybrid just as you would and report how it treats us and our passengers in both the day-in, day-out drudgery of commuting as well as longer road trips. It will carry groceries, ferry kids, and assuredly keep us in touch with far-flung friends and relatives thanks to features like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone connectivity.
We'll bring you updates that touch on myriad aspects of this Honda sedan, from how its sophisticated powertrain and infotainment system operate to how quiet (or not) the cabin is and how comfortable (or not) the driver's seat is after hours on the roads. We'll even touch on its interior and exterior design, which for the most part mimics the standard Accord sedan.
Brimming with features
Our Accord Hybrid test model is the top-line Touring trim. As such, it includes leather seating, navigation, moonroof, heated front and rear seats, LED headlights, rain-sensing windshield wipers, and 360-watt audio system with HD Radio and -- mercifully for those of us with large CD collections -- a compact disc player. As tested, the bottom line including destination checks in at $36,790. That's $6,350 beyond a base Accord Hybrid, which itself is roughly $6,000 beyond a base standard Accord with an automatic transmission. Keep in mind that even a base Accord Hybrid is considered high on the model's food chain, and as such comes well-equipped with features like dual-zone climate control, 10-way power driver's seat and, on the EX-L and Touring models, twin infotainment displays and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility.
Furthermore, all Accord Hybrids come with a slew of safety features and driving aids that include the Honda Sensing system with automatic emergency braking, road-departure mitigation, lane-keeping assist, adaptive cruise control, and the LaneWatch system that displays what's happening in the rear-right blind spot. For now, please excuse us while we grab the Accord Hybrid's key fob and log some fuel-efficient miles.
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