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2018 Honda Accord Hybrid Interior Review

Scorecard

Interior: 8.2

The redesigned 2018 Honda Accord Hybrid provides a generally nice look and feel throughout the interior. However, a few critics note that some areas use noticeably low-rent materials, preventing the cabin from feeling as upscale as some rivals' do. The seats are supportive and comfortable, and the trunk is among the largest in the class. There are plenty of standard and available features, including a user-friendly infotainment system.

  • Cabin quality takes two steps forward and one step back. Soft-touch materials cover the upper doors and armrests up front, and stitched padding girds the center console on higher trim levels. Many controls have elegant two-tone detailing, and none felt rickety in my preproduction test cars. But ribbons of cheap, shiny plastic span mid-level areas on the doors and dash, and the rear doors revert to cheaper materials - an area where many competitors and the prior Accord maintain better consistency." -- Cars.com
  • "Inside, the new Honda Accord manages to pack more refinement, more features and even more room into a sedan that's actually a little shorter than the model it replaces. The design is familiar but elevated, thanks in part to a more liberal application of high-quality materials." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Plus, with an 8-inch floating infotainment screen and nice, buttoned down interior, it feels nicer than a vehicle that starts at less than $24,000." -- New York Daily News

Seating

The Accord Hybrid seats five and comes with cloth upholstery. Leather upholstery, heated and ventilated front seats, power-adjustable front seats, and heated rear seats are available. There are two full sets of LATCH connectors for installing car seats.

The front seats have a lower position than in many rivals, which leads to a low driving position that some may dislike. They're comfortable and supportive, though. The rear seats are sublime, feeling almost limo-like. They have abundant legroom and aren't short on headroom either, though they, too, may be positioned too low for some.

  • "Though the new Accord is smaller on the outside, it's bigger on the inside. Thanks to an increase in wheelbase and a back seat that nestles deep into the C-pillar, the 2018 Accord offers an absurd amount of rear-seat legroom—2.5 inches more than last the outgoing model—and a decent level of headroom considering the swooping roofline." -- Automobile Magazine
  • "In our extended highway evaluations the cabin remained quiet and we found the driver's seat comfortably supportive." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • It's all part of a hunkered-down stance that translates into a slightly lower seating position for both rows. Some may not like the driving position, which feels distinctly lower than many rivals - the Camry in particular - even when you raise the driver's seat. The passenger gets no such provision; the Accord is overdue for a passenger height adjustment. The same situation goes for the backseat, which has abundant legroom but sits low to the floor. Adult passengers may find their knees uncomfortably elevated - a characteristic common in this class." -- Cars.com

Interior Features

Standard features in the 2018 Accord Hybrid include dual-zone automatic climate control, a four-speaker audio system, Bluetooth, a USB port, and a 7-inch display screen. Standard active safety features include a rearview camera, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, road departure mitigation, adaptive cruise control, traffic sign recognition, forward collision warning, and collision mitigation braking. Some of these features are part of Honda Sensing.

Available features include a moonroof, an additional USB port, an eight-speaker audio system, a 10-speaker premium audio system, satellite radio, HD Radio, navigation, wireless device charging, a Wi-Fi hot spot, an 8-inch touch screen, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto. Available driver assistance features include a head-up display, blind spot monitoring, front and rear parking sensors, and rear cross traffic alert.

As part of the redesign, the Accord Hybrid sees some updates that vastly improve the infotainment system. It now features physical controls for some audio functions, greatly improving usability. The touch screen responds well to inputs and features easy-to-decipher menu layouts. This Honda has plenty of standard and available driver assistance features as well, and they work superbly.

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  • "The Accord's dashboard is simple and low-set, with a tabletlike multimedia system and prominent knobs for the climate and stereo controls. Speaking of which, sanity has prevailed at Honda: The Accord gets physical stereo buttons plus volume and tuning knobs instead of the aggravating touch-sensitive controls on many versions of the old car. The touchscreen itself … has intuitive menus and quick response, with tiled apps on the home screen that you can customize as on a smartphone. Honda needs to spread this across its other cars pronto." -- Cars.com
  • "The driving-assist features are numerous and excellent. And the robust infotainment system is our new favorite in the segment." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The previous Accord's ridiculous dual-screen dashboard has been tossed into the dumpster, where it belongs. Replacing it is a dash that is smooth and sleek and modern. Climate controls have been simplified and the stereo finally has freakin' dials—two of them, even; one for volume and one for tuning. … The stand-up display stereo also gets accessory buttons for common functions, and while Honda's graphical infotainment interface still trails the best in the biz, it's getting better." -- Automobile Magazine

Cargo

As part of the 2018 redesign, the Accord Hybrid's battery pack gets moved under the rear seats, so the hybrid now has the same amount of trunk space as the nonhybrid Accord – 16.7 cubic feet. That's more trunk space than most other midsize cars, and it's far more than some hybrid rivals offer. The rear seats fold down if you want even more space. However, you may have some trouble loading large items because the trunk opening is on the narrow side.

  • "The trunk is bigger as well, but with the bottom edge of the rear window dragged so far rearward, the opening is rather small—it may be time for Honda to follow Buick's lead and turn the Accord into a liftback." -- Automobile Magazine
  • "While the outgoing model's trunk space was compromised by the battery, the new model features a full-size trunk expandable into the cabin via 60/40 split rear seat backs. The Accord Hybrid's biggest shortcoming has been solved." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The new, smaller lithium-ion battery pack now disappears into the structure of the car, meaning exactly the same 16.7 cubic feet of trunk space as the normal sedan. That's 0.9 cubic feet up over the 2017 Honda Accord -- the non-hybrid. And, with the batteries situated beneath the seats, the Hybrid also gets the same 60/40 split rear seatback." -- CNET

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