2017 Honda Accord to get 49 MPG
Calling it more powerful and more fuel efficient, Honda has revealed the 2017 Accord Hybrid, expected to launch this spring.
Powered by a second-generation two-motor hybrid powertrain, which includes a 2.0-liter i-VTEC Atkinson Cycle engine, the 2017 Accord delivers the highest EPA fuel economy of any midsize hybrid sedan.
Honda says the 2017 Accord Hybrid powertrain, “will achieve peak combined output of 212 horsepower, the highest of any midsize hybrid sedan and up 16 horsepower over the 2015 Accord Hybrid. EPA fuel economy ratings of 49/47/48 (city/highway/combined).”
Like other hybrids on the market, the Accord Hybrid’s powertrain transitions between three operations:
- EV Drive – using its electric propulsion motor and lithium ion battery pack drives the front wheels for short distances under light loads (with the engine turned off)
- Hybrid Drive – the electric propulsion motor drives the front wheels while the gasoline engine powers a second motor/generator to supplement electrical current drawn from the battery pack
- Engine Drive – using a lock-up clutch mechanism to connect the engine and propulsion motor, the front wheels are driven by both the motor and gasoline engine.
The 2017 Accord Hybrid will be available in three trims – Hybrid, Hybrid EX-L and Hybrid Touring – and all grades will feature increased levels of standard and available equipment over the 2016 model including:
- a wide angle rearview camera
- remote engine start
- Honda Sensing™, which includes Collision Mitigation Braking System, Lane Keeping Assist, Adaptive Cruise Control, Road Departure Mitigation, Lane Departure Warning and Forward Collision Warning.
Available new features on upper trims include a 7-inch Display Audio touchscreen with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility, heated rear seats, and front and rear parking sensors.