2017 Honda Accord Hybrid Rated at 49 MPG City

Craig Cole
by Craig Cole

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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Craig Cole
Craig Cole

Born and raised in metro Detroit, Craig was steeped in mechanics from childhood. He feels as much at home with a wrench or welding gun in his hand as he does behind the wheel or in front of a camera. Putting his Bachelor's Degree in Journalism to good use, he's always pumping out videos, reviews, and features for AutoGuide.com. When the workday is over, he can be found out driving his fully restored 1936 Ford V8 sedan. Craig has covered the automotive industry full time for more than 10 years and is a member of the Automotive Press Association (APA) and Midwest Automotive Media Association (MAMA).

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  • Repairman Repairman on Apr 22, 2016

    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.

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    • William H. William H. on May 16, 2016

      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.

  • Shahnyboy Shahnyboy on Apr 26, 2016

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

    • TIE TIE on May 17, 2016

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