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2019 Honda Accord Hybrid Performance Review


Performance: 8.3

The 2019 Honda Accord Hybrid doesn't wow you with its athleticism, but it gets the job done in all situations. Acceleration and power are decent, and handling is composed. Ride quality and fuel economy are excellent. The regenerative brakes are also smooth.

  • "So how is the driving experience? The answer is long, but it can be summed up in three words: Pretty darn good." -- Automobile Magazine (2018)
  • "It's always fun to think about mountain roads and road trips, but the reality is that most of us spend more time in parking lots. The Honda is good in that environment, too, thanks in part to variable-ratio steering, excellent outward visibility and a multi-angle rearview camera." -- Kelley Blue Book (2018)
  • Honda has made the steering noticeably heavier for its new Accord, a change that will please driving enthusiasts and frustrate those looking for an easy ride." -- New York Daily News (2018)

Acceleration and Power

The Accord Hybrid features a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine and two electric motors that combine to produce 212 horsepower. It also comes with an electronic continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) that’s outstandingly smooth.

This Honda’s powertrain delivers ample juice for driving around town or on the highway, but acceleration is leisurely at times. The engine also drones somewhat loudly under heavy acceleration.

According to Honda estimates, the Accord Hybrid gets 48 mpg in the city and 48 mpg on the highway. Those are excellent ratings for the class, even beyond those of most other midsize hybrids.

We cover the nonhybrid Honda Accord in a separate review.

  • The hybrid powertrain feels torquey and strong off the line, but power is less abundant at highway speeds. As you ask for more power, the engine's steady, strained growl makes max acceleration unpleasant. We clocked the hybrid's 0-60 mph run at 7.2 seconds, which is quick for its class." -- Edmunds
  • "Its continuously variable transmission (CVT) is among the best out there, feeling similar to a traditional automatic." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • Like the previous Accord hybrid, the new car revs high, groans, goes quiet, and shoots to high revs all over again like it's packing a continuously variable automatic (CVT), despite the fact that this Honda doesn't have a transmission at all (it employs direct-drive gearing). … Honda says our test car was from early in the production run and that it was essentially 'built by hand,' and officials claimed the hybrid's driving behavior might improve by the time it goes on sale early next year. But for now, it's not much different from what we found in our test of the 2017 Accord hybrid." -- Car and Driver (2018)

Handling and Braking

You won't even notice most road imperfections while driving this Honda. It rides smoothly even when the pavement is a bit rough. Some rivals handle better than the Accord Hybrid, but it still provides good steering feel and is pretty easy to drive. Its regenerative brakes are also smoother than in some other hybrids.

  • "Honda also nailed the suspension tuning. Here, the hybrid delivers the same creamy, unperturbed ride and alert handling as the other Accord models. When driven in stop-and-go traffic under moderate throttle, it may be the best version for appreciating the Accord's quiet interior and upscale finishes." -- Car and Driver (2018)
  • "Handling recalls the well-mannered Honda Civic, with quick-ratio steering and limited body roll. Flick the wheel a few degrees, and the noise repoints immediately. Nose-heavy understeer comes steadily if you push the car hard – an area the Camry (yes, really) and Ford Fusion have an edge – but the Accord's dynamics are far from a liability." -- (2018)
  • Combined with excellent highway steering feel and helpful Honda Sensing technologies … the Accord is as comfortable covering long distances as it is running errands. We expected a smoother highway ride as a result of the tuning flexibility afforded by the adaptive dampers, but while the suspension was well-sorted the Touring's 19-inch wheels and low-profile tires rendered it more sensitive to road imperfections. Most Accords will be equipped with 17-inch wheels and taller tires, which will help it better soak up the small stuff." -- Kelley Blue Book (2018)
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