Gas prices may still be relatively low and standard cars' fuel efficiency keeps increasing, but that doesn't mean there's no reason to consider a hybrid. A hybrid powertrain's energy recuperation can add up to lots of savings at the pump, especially for drivers who do a lot of stop-and-go driving.
With the 2018 Honda Accord Hybrid, you don't even need to make any major sacrifices to live with a hybrid. We love the regular Accord midsize sedan, and all of its virtues -- a roomy interior, an excellent feature set and class-leading road manners -- carry over to the hybrid version. It's an outstanding daily driver that also happens to post fantastic fuel economy figures.
The heart of the Accord Hybrid is Honda's two-motor powertrain that combines a 2.0-liter gas engine, two electric motors and a lithium-ion battery pack. The gas engine is rated for 143 horsepower and 129 pound-feet of torque. The drive motor offers up 181 horsepower and 232 pound-feet, and the total system output is pegged at 212 horsepower.
The Good Excellent fuel economy, easy-to-use technology and impressive spaciousness.
The Bad The powertrain sounds unhappy under brisk acceleration.
The Bottom Line Turning the Accord into a hybrid yields even greater efficiency with essentially no sacrifices.
The parts are found in old and new vehicles from Fiat Chrysler, Honda, Hyundai, Kia, Mitsubishi and Toyota.
This is not your average auto show debut.
It's a big step forward for Honda's smallest SUV, and it can help educate the public on safety.
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Seriously, don't touch it. Look at all those sharp bits!
An eminently likable sedan, especially when it has 252 horsepower and a manual transmission.
The figure adjustments are so small, you probably won't even notice 'em.
A skilled crew of Honda factory workers from Alabama will build the SUV over three days at Barber Motorsports Park.