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Next-Generation Honda Accord Hybrid Debuts with the Fishes

Next-Generation Honda Accord Hybrid Debuts with the Fishes

By Philly Murtha, April 22, 2016
This weekend, Honda will take the wraps off its next-generation 2017 Accord Hybrid at the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach, CA, in conjunction with Earth Day celebrations (April 23-24). Honda’s new Accord Hybrid, which arrives in showrooms this spring, is more powerful and refined than prior models, produces 16 more horsepower and yet averages 49 mpg in city driving, based on EPA ratings.

The second-generation Accord Hybrid relies on a 2-motor hybrid powertrain that works with an efficient 2.0-liter i-VTEC Atkinson Cycle engine to achieve 212 horsepower, which Honda says is the most of any midsize hybrid sedan. Based on more stringent test procedures, EPA ratings for the new-generation Accord Hybrid are 49 mpg city/47 mpg highway and a combined average of 48 mpg. Honda officials said production capacity will be double in anticipation of selling more green Accords than the 14,000 Accord Hybrids sold in 2014.

Three trim levels are offered, including base Hybrid, Hybrid EX-L, and Hybrid Touring. Standard equipment for all trims includes a wide-angle rearview camera, remote engine start, and Honda Sensing advanced driver-assistance systems that feature adaptive cruise and forward-collision warning, among other features. Available features for upper trim levels include a 7-in. audio touch screen with smartphone pairing, heated rear seats, and front and rear park-assist sensors.

As previously, Honda’s newest 2-motor hybrid powertrain eliminates the need for a conventional transmission and offers transitions between three modes: EV Drive (using only electric motor and Lithium-ion battery pack for pure EV driving); Hybrid Drive (electric motor drives front wheels and gasoline engine powers second electric motor); and Engine Drive (a set clutch mechanism connects engine and electric motor to drive front wheels for higher loads and speeds).

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