Honda goes for the green with the 2017 Accord Hybrid
Honda's debuting the 2017 Accord Hybrid today, April 20th, also known as 420.
An apt day to be feeling green.
But since you're not watching this until the 21st, we'll dispense with the dank means and get right down to it.
The Accord Hybrid took a year off because Honda was busy re-jiggering the gas powered Accord.
Now it's back and sporting a new front and rear fascia that we've already seen on the 2016 Accord.
The interior is largely unchanged, save for some hybrid specific gauges and that's about it.
Let's talk about the meat and potatoes of the 2017 [INAUDIBLE] hybrid.
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The Honda system utilizes two electric motors, one propels the wheels and the other acts as more of permanent generator and starter mode.
These motors combine with a 2L, Atkinson cycle gas engine to create 212 horsepower.
16 more before.
EPA economy estimates stand at 49 MPG city and 47 highway.
Now, you might be thinking, wait a second, that seems a little lower than it used to be.
And you're right, it is.
However, the EPA changed their testing measures for 2017.
And since Honda was one of the first to adhere to those measurements, the numbers are a little bit lower than normal.
When you put both the 2015 and the 2017 Accords together on the same metrics it is, still an improvement.
The accord hybrid operates on one of three different modes.
EV mode is pretty self explanatory, but it only works for short amounts of time under light loads.
Hybrid mode uses the electric motor to power the wheels, while the gas engine provides juice to that second generator motor.
Engine drive mode can join the gap.
Engine and propulsion motor with both powering the front wheels.
No matter which of the three trims you pick, base, exl or touring, you'll get a wide angle back up camera, remote engine start and Honda sensing.
Honda sensing is the company's suite of active and passive safety systems which include adaptive cruise control,forward collision warning, autonomous emergency braking, lane keep assist And a couple others.
Opts for a higher trim, and you can also pick out heated rear seats, parking sensors, and a seven inch touch screen infotainment system with both, Apple Car Play and Android Auto.
The 2017 Honda Accord Hybrid goes on sale later this spring.
Honda hasn't yet announced pricing, but says it won't be that much different from the 2015 Honda.
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