The 2023 Honda Accord Hybrid aims to be the sportier half

With the upcoming 11th generation version of the Honda Accord premiered this morning, Honda suggests the sportier version of the Accord and the high-output hybrid version of this best-selling sedan are now one and the same. .

Honda appears to be ditching the high-performance 2.0-liter turbo-4 offered in the outgoing Accord, and it’s putting what it calls a more responsive hybrid system in its Accord for “a sporty, exhilarating driving experience.” Additionally, it’s looking for Accord Hybrid versions to account for about half of the nameplate’s U.S. sales.

To achieve this, Honda has expanded the availability of the hybrid. It will be offered in four of the Accord’s six trim levels: Sport, EX-L, Sport-L and Touring, with only the LX and EX for the Accord’s base 1.5-liter turbo-4.

The Accord, like the latest CR-V hybrid, gets a more powerful fourth-generation version of Honda’s two-mode hybrid system, here with a 2.0-liter direct-injected inline-4, a more rear-wheel-drive engine. big and a boost to 204 hp and 247 lb-ft. This is part of a redesigned hybrid system, with the two motors no longer on the same axis.

If it’s anything like the CR-V’s system, handling will be improved, with the electric motor’s instant torque available over a wider speed range than before and the gas engine much smoother when revved up. regime. The new CR-V Hybrid also added progressive behavior when the gasoline engine plays the generator, as well as supplementation of the engine sound from the speaker, although neither is mentioned in Honda’s announcement. for the Agreement.

The 2023 Accord is 195.7 inches long, more than three inches longer than its predecessor, but it rides on the exact same 111.4-inch wheelbase and has the same 57.1-inch overall height. The appearance on the outside is clean and sleek, without a lot of creases or coating.

Honda Civic 2023

Look at the latest Civic or the all-new 2023 Honda CR-V and you’ll get a good look at where the Accord’s interior is headed – a cleaner look dressed up with a horizontal mesh beltline across the dashboard. edge and more premium materials throughout. Honda claims that, at 16.7 cubic feet, the new Accord has the most cargo space in its class; the backs of the rear seats also fold down to enlarge the space.

Expect the Accord to improve further in terms of refinement and handling. All Accord models receive a retuned four-wheel independent suspension along with front shock mounting bearings and ball joints to help with smooth steering.

The Accord Hybrid now also includes a 12.3-inch touchscreen infotainment system with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, as well as a physical volume knob. A 10.2-inch driver information display is also included. The top-of-the-line Accord Hybrid Touring version features Honda’s first Google integration, bringing a voice assistant and support for Google Maps and Google Play. And it’s the first Accord to offer over-the-air software updates.

The safety feature package for the Accord includes several other active safety features, including a low-speed brake control feature and traffic jam assist. Knee airbags and side airbags for rear passengers are included, and front airbags are a new design aimed at reducing brain and neck injuries.

The company says the Accord gets new body-stabilizing front seats across the lineup, while slimmer front pillars will help with outward visibility. Touring trims come with a head-up display, 12-speaker Bose sound system and 15-watt smartphone charging.

Honda Civic 2023

Honda Civic 2023

Honda has yet to say what efficiency the Accord hybrid will gain. But when transitioning to the reconfigured hybrid system, the CR-V Hybrid handles much the same as the outgoing version – at 40 mpg with front-wheel drive or 37 mpg combined with all-wheel drive. The outgoing Accord hybrid, with its lighter weight and more aerodynamic shape, achieves a combined 47 mpg and a particularly impressive range of 602 miles.

Honda has made the pricing of the hybrid CR-V one of the keys to the generalization of the hybrid in the updated version of this model. We’ll soon see how well the 2023 Accord can keep up and if it even wins over half of the customers.

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