The 2018 Honda Accord Hybrid has arrived.
Honda has released EPA mileage and pricing for their soon-to-be-here hybrid sedan, and there’s already some impressive numbers being thrown around by Honda.
According to Autoblog, The 2018 Hybrid Accord will be an incredible $4,505 cheaper than the current base model. MSRP starts at $25,990 (including destination) for the base Hybrid and goes all the way up to $35,600 for the luxurious Touring trim.
The new Hybrid Accord also comes with an incredible array of standard features, including 17-inch alloy wheels, LED headlights and taillights, dual-zone climate control, push start and key fob entry, 7-inch LCD screen for the instrument cluster, and a multi-angle rearview camera.
All trims of the Hybrid Accord will also come with Honda Sensing, a suite of safety and driver-assistive technologies including adaptive cruise control with low-speed following, emergency collision braking, lane following, and road departure mitigation.
As with any hybrid, it’s the mileage you’re mostly after. The Hybrid Accord doesn’t disappoint, with a flat 47 miles per gallon on all trim levels. That’s for highway and city driving too, so your gas consumption will be consistent based on how far you travel.
Compare that to the 30-33 mpg you get on the standard model, and the cost savings are considerable.
The regular accord comes with a 1.5-L turbocharged engine, but the Hybrid Accord comes with a naturally aspirated 2.0-L Atkinson-cycle inline 4-cylinder engine mated to an electric motor. Combined, the two motors get 212 hp.
An interesting feature of the Hybrid Accord is the inclusion of deceleration selectors on the steering wheel. They’re basically the same as paddle shifters, only instead of selecting your gear, you select how much deceleration is performed by the regenerative capacitance brakes. The more power you select, the more your battery regenerates during braking. It changes the feel of how the car stops since it uses electrical capacitance rather than friction to slow down, but it also improves your mileage.
Amazingly, the Hybrid now finally has the same cargo space as its conventional brethren, finally having miniaturized the electrical motors to the point where no sacrifice to leg room need be made.
The new Hybrid Accord hits dealers March 23, 2018.