Auto Nsider Review: 2017 Honda Accord Hybrid Touring

 

Welcome to “Hybrid 2.0 1/2”.

 

Here’s what I mean.

 

Most hybrids to date have called for compromises.    Compromises in size for the most part…and some might say looks, performance, and comfort, too.

 

Honda’s 2017 Accord Hybrid breaks that mold.

 

This is Honda’s second generation Accord Hybrid.    The first Accord Hybrid came out in 2005….and offered mileage that was just “OK”, for it’s time.    It was in production for just a few years.

 

Honda went back to the books…studied and improved….and came back with a new Hybrid for the 2014 model year…took a year off in ’16 while they moved production back to Japan…and came back for ’17 with a vengeance.

 

What kind of “vengeance”?  Try 49 city and 47 hwy mpgs plus performance + space, comfort and a good dose of luxury.

 

In fact, Honda bills it’s new Accord as it’s performance model…..and with both battery and Atkinson-engine power putting out a combined 212 HP and  232 ft lbs of torque, “performance” isn’t really a stretch.     And putting the CVT transmission into “Power” mode will literally let you jump when the light turns green.

 

Accord Hybrids will start a hair under $30,000 + destination fees.

 

Adding leather, a moonroof, power heated front seats, and a display audio interface will put you into an EX-L…and run around $3,300 more.

 

Our test Accord Hybrid was a “Touring” model that added satellite nav, voice-recognition, front and rear parking sensors, multi-view rear camera, premium audio with Honda’s CarPlay /Android audio integration, Honda’s LaneWatch, heated rear seats, keyless entry, auto high-beams, remote start and a bit more….and stickered at $36,790….all in.

 

That’s roughly $4,000 more than Honda’s non-hybrid Accord Touring would go for.    At today’s gas prices, you’d break even somewhere around 100,000 miles.

 

But if it’s not just about mileage for you….if you’re a “smaller footprint” type of person…Honda’s ’17 accord Hybrid won’t require that you make any sacrifices other than the slightly higher sticker….and the 2 cu feet missing in the trunk that are taken up by the battery.

 

Yes….if you want to wear your “green” as something of a martyr’s badge of honor, the Accord hybrid may not be for you.    It may be too “normal”.

 

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