2017 Honda Accord Hybrid officially hits 48 mpg combined

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The latest green Accord is full of standard tech but misses magic 50 mpg mark

The Honda Accord Hybrid sedan is back, with expected fuel economy figures that just about touch the magic 50 mpg mark. Honda says the Accord Hybrid will be good for 49 mpg in the city, and 47 mpg on the highway – making a combined 48 mpg with average use. The lower rating vs its predecessor might seem surprising, but Honda claims the slight drop in economy from previous hybrid Accords is due to applying more stringent EPA tests that all automakers will be subjected to next year — in other words, it’s a more realistic number.

The new Accord Hybrid will have plenty of pep in its step with 212 combined hp from a 2.0-liter Atkinson cycle engine and two electric motors. These numbers make it the most powerful I4 equipped Accord, as well as the most potent mid-size hybrid. Like other hybrids, the Accord can run as an EV under light load, but under heavy duress, or in a low-charge situation, the gas engine will kick on.



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Honda maxed out the tech goodies inside its latest Accord Hybrid, now sporting the Honda Sensing suite of semi-autonomous features as standard equipment – tacking on lane keep assist, autonomous braking and adaptive cruise control for no extra fee. Honda will also add Apply CarPlay and Android Auto standard.

The Accord Hybrid is another drop in the bucket for Honda’s ambitious goal of electrifying two-thirds of its product line by 2030. Honda was tight lipped about the battery tech going into the Accord, but it did mention it’ll be a lithium-ion unit. The latest addition to the Accord lineup will be joined, at least in California, by Honda’s other 2017 green machine – the Clarity fuel-cell vehicle.

The Honda Accord Hybrid will motor quietly into dealerships later this spring, but Honda has yet to announce official pricing.





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