The 2017 generation Honda Accord Hybrid offers the highest EPA fuel economy ratings in all of Honda’s line-up. Now, Honda plans to improve this again with its 2018 Honda Accord Hybrid by borrowing the updated 2-motor hybrid powertrain of the existing model.
Honda itself brags about the “class-leading EPA fuel economy ratings” of 2017 Accord Hybrid which is 49 mpg in city, 47 mpg on highways and 48 mpg combined. The chances are high that Honda will try their best to push this benchmark higher for dominating the HEV segment.
2018 Honda Accord Hybrid Exterior Changes
2018 Honda Accord Hybrid is said to come in 3 different trim levels which are Hybrid EX-L, Hybrid and Hybrid Touring. A slew of standard exterior features has been presented in the current generation model which will be carried over to 2018 Accord Hybrid as well.
Other than the hybrid powertrain, Accord Hybrid is a standard mid-sized luxury sedan. The clean and elegant body profile of 2017 Accord Hybrid will be retained in the new model. This will include the sharp cuts of front fascia that contribute to an aggressive stance. However, there will be no major change as Honda looks forward to presenting a competitive price.
An interior cabin feature of Honda Accord varies with its trims. Experts have predicted that some standard cabin features will get updates. This might include top notch upholstery and a premium audio system.
The center console integrates intuitive rotary controls for ease of use. The dashboard has a clean layout and holds an infotainment touchscreen display. All in all, the overall layout of the interior cabin will remain pretty much the same.
New Honda Accord Hybrid – Drivetrain
To keep the overall the overall price in check, Honda will use the same drivetrain which is featured in the current generation Accord Hybrid. This drivetrain includes a 2-motor hybrid system that is paired with a 2.0 liter 4 cylinder engine.
The gasoline power mill offers excellent fuel efficiency as it uses the lean Atkinson Cycle combustion sequence. The combined output of existing model is 212 HP of power and 129 lb-ft of torque. Expect these figures to improve in this next generation Accord Hybrid.
Honda has optimized the 1.3 kWh Li-Ion battery pack for offering more trunk capacity. This will be done in the upcoming Accord Hybrid as well. EV Drive mode gives all-electric propulsion with a front wheel drive configuration which helps in saving fuel.
Honda gives a top most priority to safety, and this has been reflected on 2017 Accord Hybrid. Likewise, 2018 Honda Accord Hybrid will also incorporate several safety features like:
- Child safety rear door locks
- Tire pressure monitoring
- Back-up camera
- Stability control
- Traction control
- Daytime running lights
Price and Release Date
To put out some speculations, 2018 Honda Accord Hybrid might have a starting price of more than $29,605, which is also the starting price of 2017 Accord Hybrid. Several reports confirm that Honda is going to unveil this next generation Accord Hybrid during the last quarters of 2017.