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2017 Honda Accord Hybrid Performance Review

Note: This performance review was created when the 2017 Honda Accord Hybrid was new.


Performance: 8.0

The 2017 Honda Accord Hybrid can hold its own on the road. Its engine delivers responsive acceleration, and it won't feel underpowered around town or on the highway. It stands out for its fuel economy, which is great even for a hybrid vehicle. While it doesn't feel overly sporty, the Accord Hybrid is composed on curvy roads, and it feels planted around turns. The ride is mostly smooth, and road imperfections don't present much of an obstacle.

  • "Thanks to the unique two-motor hybrid system, the 2017 Honda Accord Hybrid is the most fuel-efficient hybrid sedan in its class, delivering solid performance, whether driving to the store or driving down the highway." -- Motor Trend
  • Overall, we remained un-thrilled, but that's not to say this isn't a solid hybrid sedan. On the highway, the car was smooth and quiet, and people who buy it for their daily commute will be entirely pleased with their purchase." -- Autoblog
  • After a few hundred miles of driving, here's our assessment: The new Accord hybrid is quiet and comfortable for drivers and passengers alike, and seat-of-the-pants acceleration and braking performances should exceed most expectations. Now for the near misses: Although its EPA estimates are the best of the mid-size hybrid sedans, the new Honda doesn't top the Toyota Prius's figures or the 2014-2015 Accord hybrid's city mpg rating. And while other members of the Accord family equipped with conventional powertrains show true sports-sedan verve, this hybrid wanders off in the science-project direction too often to impress those with enthusiasm for driving." -- Car and Driver

Acceleration and Power

The Accord Hybrid features a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine and an electric motor that combine to produce 212 horsepower. The engine has ample power for daily driving, and though it won't throw you back into the seat, the acceleration is rapid and smooth. On the downside, the engine tends to drone loudly when it's pressed for power. A continuously variable transmission, which is a type of automatic, is standard. The transmission features a Sport mode that improves acceleration by adding more battery assist to the motor.

You can't talk about a hybrid without mentioning fuel economy. The Accord Hybrid gets an EPA-estimated 49 mpg in the city and 47 mpg on the highway. Those ratings are outstanding for a midsize car, but they also far surpass those of other midsize hybrids, such as the Ford Fusion Hybrid and the Hyundai Sonata Hybrid. However, as good as the Accord Hybrid's fuel economy is, it still falls short of the patron saint of hybrid cars, the mighty Toyota Prius.

  • Nail the gas from a stop, and the Accord Hybrid moves off (not really 'jumps' off) the line, but speed builds quickly and seamlessly. Do the same from speed, and there's only a slight delay before decent power arrives. We found that if you don't 'nail' the throttle but rather just dip into it - as would most commonly be the case - the electric motor provides an instant nudge followed shortly by a stronger one when the gas engine kicks in." -- Consumer Guide
  • "On initial acceleration the 2017 Accord Hybrid pulls strong and quietly, similar to an electric car. And that's because even though it has a 2.0-liter gasoline engine, the Accord Hybrid has been designed to act something like an electric vehicle, in which electric motors power the wheels. While the gasoline engine can power the front wheels, its role is often as a generator." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • Acceleration isn't neck snapping, but the Accord Hybrid has plenty of zip for daily driving, especially with its new Sport mode activated. Power is routed through a single speed gearbox, but the end result is a similar feeling to a Continuously Variable Transmission. As such the Accord Hybrid can suffer from engine drone when the accelerator is in use." -- Left Lane News

Handling and Braking

Like most hybrids, the front-wheel drive Accord Hybrid focuses more on a competent performance than an engaging driving experience. It capably handles winding roads and sharp corners, maintaining good road grip throughout, but it never achieves the sporty feel you'll find in competitors like the Mazda6.

The Accord Hybrid delivers a smooth ride, and it won't jostle you and your passengers when there are rough patches of pavement. Because of their regenerative braking systems, the brakes in some hybrids can be a little jarring, but the Accord Hybrid's brakes feel sturdy while remaining smooth and easy to modulate.

  • "The Accord has always leaned toward the athletic side of the midsize-sedan segment when it comes to its ride/handling balance, and that seems to remain the case with the Hybrid. Our California drive route didn't offer much in the way of bumps, but it did include lots of twisties. In these, the Accord Hybrid felt confident and planted, if not quite sporty." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Over a variety of roads, the Accord Hybrid felt buttoned up and comfortable. In harder cornering, though, the efficiency-minded low-resistance tires protested far more than the chassis. Brake feel, which has a tendency to be 'grabby' on hybrid cars due to their dual role for stopping and energy regeneration, felt natural and linear in this initial test." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • Putting the 2017 Accord Hybrid through its paces on the winding backroads on Napa Valley, California, it quickly became clear that the sedan's mission is still economy first and driving enjoyment second. That being said, the 2017 Accord Hybrid is still a competent handler with a planted feel and direct steering; just don't expected to feel any of the Acura NSX's DNA pulsing through the steering wheel." -- Left Lane News

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