2017 Honda Accord Hybrid Arrives at Dealerships This Spring | Edmunds

2017 Honda Accord Hybrid Arrives at Dealerships This Spring

DETROIT — The updated 2017 Honda Accord Hybrid midsize sedan will go on sale at Honda dealerships in the U.S. this spring, featuring a new two-motor hybrid system and improved fuel efficiency.

Pricing was not announced, but "it won't differ all too substantially from where we were positioned with the 2015 model," said John Mendel, American Honda Motor Co. executive vice president of the automobile division, in a statement.

The base 2015 Accord Hybrid started at $30,125, including an $820 destination charge.

The refreshed Accord Hybrid is aimed at the Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid, Ford Fusion Hybrid, Hyundai Sonata Hybrid and Toyota Camry Hybrid.

Unique exterior touches on the 2017 Accord Hybrid including blue accent headlights and taillights and a special aluminum hood. Key technology upgrades include Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, as Honda targets buyers under 35 years old.

Powertrain details include a new two-motor hybrid system and a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine for 212 total horsepower. Fuel economy is pegged at 49 mpg in city driving, 47 mpg on the highway and 48 mpg combined.

Honda said the new ratings reflect changes to the EPA ratings tests that take effect for the 2017 model year and put the Accord Hybrid at the top of the midsize hybrid class.

The Accord Hybrid will be offered in three trim levels — Hybrid, Hybrid EX-L and Hybrid Touring.

New standard features include a wide-angle rearview camera, remote engine start and Honda Sensing.

Mendel said shoppers will find a greater supply of 2017 Accord Hybrids at dealerships compared to the previous model.

"To be perfectly frank, customers were challenged to find the prior generation on dealer lots," he said.

Honda will shift production of the Accord Hybrid from Ohio to Japan.

"This combined with improved manufacturing methods and hybrid battery supplies will put us in a much stronger position to meet customer demand," Mendel said.

Honda plans to more than double sales of the Accord Hybrid from the 14,000 units in 2014.

Mendel acknowledged that the 2017 Accord Hybrid is facing a challenge with low gas prices.

But he noted that younger buyers "have a much stronger interest in hybrids and other alternative fuel powertrains than does Gen-X or their Boomer parents."

Edmunds says: Honda is bullish about the 2017 Accord Hybrid and expects buyers to feel the same way.

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