2017 Honda Accord Hybrid Rated at 49 MPG City


Honda revealed important information about its all-new 2017 Accord Hybrid, including fuel-economy ratings and drivetrain-output figures.

Most importantly, this fuel-sipping family car will be rated at 49 mpg in the city and 47 mpg on the highway for a 48-mpg combined rating. These impressive digits should make it the thriftiest midsize hybrid sedan in America.

Further enhancing the Accord’s efficiency story, it has been rated under the new 2017 model-year CAFE fuel-economy test, which is more stringent than ever thanks to bigger adjustment factors. This regimen includes more full-power runs and takes into account air-conditioning usage, things that should result in more realistic window-sticker numbers. If this car were rated under the old system, it would be 1 to 2 miles per gallon more efficient in each drive cycle.

Not only is the 2017 Honda Accord Hybrid a fuel-economy wonder, it’s also more powerful. It features the company’s second-generation two-motor drivetrain, which is now centered around a 2.0-liter i-VTEC four-cylinder Atkinson-cycle engine. A lithium-ion battery pack stores and releases precious electrons as needed. All told, this system delivers 212 horsepower, 16 more than the 2015 Accord Hybrid model.

This car’s powertrain offers three distinct drive modes. For starters, it can be run as a pure electric vehicle for short distances at low speeds and light loads. Of course it also operates as a hybrid, where the electric motor powers the wheels and the gasoline engine charges the battery. Finally, it can run on pure internal-combustion power if necessary.

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But don’t think that just because this car is all about efficiency that it’s some stripped down economy car. “The Accord Hybrid will be marketed at the very top of the Accord lineup,” said John Mendel, executive vice president of American Honda.

Appropriately, this sedan should come in three well-equipped trim levels including Hybrid, Hybrid EX-L and Hybrid Touring. It will come standard with luxury amenities including a wide-angle rearview camera, remote start and of course, Honda Sensing, the company’s suite of cutting-edge driver-assistance technology. This includes things like adaptive cruise control, road departure mitigation, lane departure warning and more. Additionally, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto will be prominently featured, making seamless smartphone integration a snap.

Other standout features of this fuel-sipping hybrid include a unique aluminum hood, special wheels, blue highlights in its LED headlamps and, naturally, hybrid badging. You can’t offer a gasoline-electric vehicle without telling the whole world, right?

As for trunk space, it measures a generous 13.5 cubic feet, which is supposedly class leading among hybrid midsize sedans. Expect this Accord’s ACE body structure to yield Top Safety Pick+ honors from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

With so much to trumpet, the new Accord Hybrid sounds like it will be a showroom success. Honda estimates that it will sell twice as many as they did of the previous version. Back in 2014 it sold around 14,000 Accord Hybrids. “We simply couldn’t keep up with demand,” said Mendel, something they’re going to change with the 2017 model. Production has been transferred from Ohio to Japan.

The 2017 Honda Accord Hybrid is set to launch this spring, which is, like, right now. Look for it at dealers shortly. Pricing has not been announced but it will be comparable to the previous version that started around $30,000.

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  • Repairman

    I held such high hopes for this new Accord Hybrid, but, “Production has been transferred from Ohio to Japan.” and that left a really bad taste in my mouth. This continuing downhill trend of outsourcing US jobs over the past 50 years is devastating to our economy. All the Hondas I have owned were American manufactured here, and I refuse to buy differently. Shame on Honda for this latest move.

  • TIE

    Honda did that so that they could build more ICE Accords, TLXes, and RDXes. No American jobs were lost or outsourced – American workers are just building different models for Honda now.

  • Repairman

    Unless we are actually making some components to ship to produce these models in Japan, there are certainly no production jobs gained from it here, and anytime products are imported here for resale then those products “could” have been manufactured here! Excuse me for saying so, but your view on this is the very reason much of this country has fallen onto hard times. We use to make literally everything here! Look at the inner city of Detroit now. And, that’s just one of millions of tragically depreciated examples, along with all of the decades of devastating side effects it has had on people. I’m hoping we can turn all this around and become a strong and productive manufacturing country once again. Sorry, nothing personal, and I didn’t mean to turn this into political banter, but my point can’t be emphasized strongly enough, and I feel Honda of America didn’t help us on this one. By the way, there aren’t too many bigger Honda fans out there than myself, and there are many worse offenders, but I do hold Honda to higher standards than this because of their level of success in business here in the states with all their extremely loyal American customers and employees.

  • TIE

    American workers at the Honda plant in Marysville are building just as many vehicles as they were before, if not more. If anything, MORE parts are being produced here since the entire drivetrain of the ’14-’15 Accord Hybrids were manufactured in Japan and then shipped over. The engines and transmissions being put in the Accords, TLXes, RDXes, and whatever else Honda is producing in its Ohio plant are almost certainly built here in the USA. Therefore, since those models are selling far better than the Accord Hybrid ever did, there is now more work and opportunity for American workers.

    Yes, the content of the new Accord Hybrid will be almost exclusively Japanese. If that bothers you to the point where you won’t purchase one…well, then, that’s your decision. However, the reason why Honda chose to move the Hybrid production to Japan was, among other things, to better utilize its plants in the USA which ultimately benefit their ‘extremely loyal American customers and employees’.

  • Repairman

    Well, Tie, thanks for updating, and informing me about the more positive production news about Honda. I didn’t mean to come off sounding like a jerk about it all, but a lot of my family was directly affected by being sold out and companies moving production overseas. My own life could have been much better had those greedy traders not turned their backs on their own. I’m pretty sure Honda was, at one time, a major leader in the camp of bringing jobs here to the US. I’m sure I will buy from Honda again, but mine will only have a 1 as the first digit in the VIN number.

  • shahnyboy

    My 2012 ct200h regularly averages 47-49.
    It shouldn’t be news if a 2017 model can manage the same.

  • William H.

    Tie, you are correct. Engines for those Accords, TLXes and RDXes – the K-series 4cyl and J-series V6 – are also manufactured right here in Ohio. The cars are built in Marysville, the engines are built about 50 miles west in Anna, Ohio — which is Honda’s #1 largest engine plant.

  • TIE

    The ct200h cannot accommodate 5 adults comfortably. It’s a different class of vehicle.