For the 2018 model year, Honda introduced a redesigned Accord. The automaker also did the same for its fuel-efficient, earth-friendly variant of the midsize sedan – the Accord Hybrid. The previous generation of the Accord Hybrid was one of the more fuel-efficient midsize vehicles on the market. While the new version isn't as efficient as its predecessor, it's still one of the more fuel-efficient offerings in the segment.
What's New for 2018
Just like the non-hybrid variant of the Accord, the Accord Hybrid is new for 2018.
Choosing Your Honda Accord Hybrid
The entire Accord Hybrid lineup is powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine and a pair of electric motors – one is solely used to start the engine, while the other is responsible for getting the car up to speed from a standstill. Total output for the system is rated at 212 horsepower and 232 pound-feet of torque. Those figures, for anyone that's concerned with power numbers for hybrids, match those of the previous generation.
The most pertinent piece of information for the Accord Hybrid is its fuel economy rating. The entire lineup is capable of getting 47 mpg across the entire board. That means 47 mpg in the city and 47 mpg on the highway, which results in – you guessed it –a combined rating of 47 mpg.
Surprisingly, the new Accord Hybrid is slightly less fuel efficient than the 2017 model year. The previous generation of the hybrid was rated by the EPA to get 49 mpg in the city and 47 mpg on the highway, resulting in a combined rating of 48 mpg.
Besides the new look, the 2018 Accord Hybrid also gets a host of new safety features. The automaker's Honda Sensing suit of advanced safety and driver-assist technologies are standard throughout the entire lineup. The suite brings adaptive cruise control, lane-keeping assist, forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking, traffic sign recognition, and automatic high beams. A blind-spot monitoring system is available, but it's not standard on the base Accord Hybrid.
The Accord Hybrid is available in five different trims: Hybrid, Hybrid EX, Hybrid EX-L, Hybrid EX-L Navi, and Hybrid Touring.
Even if you’re not into hybrids, the Accord Hybrid is an excellent vehicle that happens to get great fuel economy. With Honda Sensing as part of the model’s list of standard features, moving up from lower models can be a tough sell. The EX trim looks like the most attractive model, as it’s priced under $30,000 and comes with smartphone integration. The range-topping Touring trim, though, is handsomely equipped and reasonably priced – a rare commodity in today’s market.