2017 Honda Accord Hybrid Touring 4-Door Sedan (Review)

As gas prices remain high and as concern for the environment increases, more consumers are seeking more fuel efficient vehicles that help save money and reduce carbon emissions, but yet still are stylish and fun to drive.  Honda has responded to this need and desire by introducing the Accord Hybrid Touring.

The Accord Hybrid comes in three trims- Base, EX-L, and Touring. I tested the Touring and was very impressed with the excellent way the vehicle feels on the road, comfortable interior details, and hi-tech features, but it is more expensive than some other midsized hybrids, such as the Toyota Prius.  The Honda Accord Hybrid is one of the best hybrids in its segment and yields an amazing 49 mpg in the city and 47 mpg on the highway.

The base Hybrid trim comes fitted with- automatic headlights, 17-inch alloy wheels, LED taillights, an 8-way power driver seat with two-way power lumbar, key-less ignition and entry, cruise control, an auxiliary audio jack, a large 7.7 inch infotainment display screen, Pandora, active noise cancellation, Bluetooth connectivity, a USB port, rear view camera, a 6-speaker audio system, and dual-zone automatic climate control.

The EX-L trim adds a sunroof, leather upholstery, auto-dimming rear view mirror, a 4-way power front passenger seat, driver memory settings, heated front seats, satellite and HD radio, smart phone connectivity, a better sound system with 7 speakers, an additional USB port, and a 7-inch touch screen in addition to the 7.7-inch infotainment display screen that comes standard on the base model.

Finally, the top of the line Touring trim adds a navigation system, LED headlights with automatic high-beam control, front and rear parking sensors, and heated rear seats.

Inside and on the road, the Accord Hybrid does not disappoint with a well-designed cabin, comfortable seating in the front and rear cabin, quiet interior, quick acceleration, and advanced technologically advanced features. There is so much to like about this vehicle and is sure to please even some of the most selective drivers.

As far as price is concerned, the Accord Hybrid is definitely higher than many of its rivals with a starting MSRP of $29,605; however, you do get a lot more upscale features for the money with the base trim, such as a full driver assistance suite, LED daytime running lights and taillights, power seats, push-button/remote start, and keyless entry.

What I really like about the Accord Hybrid is that it looks so much like the gas powered Accord, and it is hard to tell them apart, unlike the majority of hybrids, the Accord Hybrid does not appear to be a typical hybrid vehicle.  The headlights are different and there are small, blue-accented badges that show that the vehicle is a hybrid and eco friendly, but other than that, the Accord Hybrid has a mainstream and attractive exterior with a smooth and aerodynamic design that sets it apart from the competition. The Honda Accord Hybrid is also available in four exclusive colors.

Safety features include-  a rearview camera, active front head restraints, antilock disc brakes, stability and traction control, front seat side airbags and side curtain airbags, side blind-spot monitoring, Lane Watch, forward collision warning and forward collision intervention with automatic braking, lane departure warning, lane and road departure intervention.

On the road, the Accord Hybrid is quick and takes off smoothly and silently when gently pushing the accelerator pedal in electric mode and when the engine comes on, it works with the electric motor in a tandem way to help replenish and power up the battery pack in the Hybrid Drive mode. When you lift your foot off the accelerator, then the motor becomes a generator to change unnecessary energy to electricity to recharge the battery.

Although the Honda Accord Hybrid has great features, an elegant design, advanced technology, and is a strong performer on the road, I also recommend checking out the Honda Fit EX because, even though it is smaller, it definitely has a lot to offer too, is comfortable, has plenty of cargo space, is inexpensive, fun to drive, fuel efficient, and has an MSRP of only $16,090.

 

In summary, I highly recommend the 2017 Honda Accord Hybrid to anyone who is looking for a stylish hybrid with a beautiful exterior, excellent fuel economy, quiet and luxurious interior, advanced technology, quick acceleration, and great on the road performance. It is definitely one of the best fuel efficient and high performing hybrid sedans available today.

To find out more about the 2017 Honda Accord Hybrid, please visit- www.Honda.com

 

 

 

Philippa Lane is an automotive writer, expert author for Ezine Articles, and staff writer for Cable Muse Network.

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