On the Road 6/3: 2022 Honda Accord Hybrid Touring – centraljersey.com

By Peter Perrotta

These days, just going to your local gas station can be a scary proposition.

It seems that the prices change every day and they don’t go down. In fact, as they get closer to the $5 a gallon mark in New Jersey, it gets even scarier.

So the timing couldn’t have been better when I recently got behind the wheel of the 2022 Honda Accord Hybrid Touring model for a week. Usually, when the price of gasoline rises, interest in hybrid and electric vehicles intensifies.

The logic is simple. If you’re getting around 20 miles per gallon (mpg) on ​​your all-gas car or SUV and you see vehicles like the Touring Hybrid Accord model getting 43 mpg overall, that’s a huge difference.

I’m no expert on math or anything like that, but it sounds like you can cut your gas bill in half by switching to a hybrid model like the Accord.

For the record, Honda is not a neophyte when it comes to manufacturing hybrid vehicles. In fact, the Accord Hybrid was launched 15 years ago.

In fact, even before Honda started making the Accord Hybrid, it produced the Honda Insight two-seat hybrid beginning in 1999. While the Accord Hybrid is considered a mid-size sedan, the Insights from first generation were two-seat subcompacts. .

The theory behind hybrid technology is simple. They power the vehicle with a combination of a fuel gas engine working in sync with an electric motor, creating a hybrid power system.

The car has a built-in intelligent system that alternates the use of gasoline and electricity as it sees fit. Everything works in a seamless, well-coordinated operation.

The 2022 Accord Hybrid comes in four different trim levels, LX, Sport, EX-L, and the top-of-the-line Touring that I drove for a week.

The LX starts at a base price of $28,815 and the Touring at a base price of $38,685.

The Accord and Civic have been Honda’s bread-and-butter cars for decades. The Accord is consistently ranked among Car and Driver’s Top 10 vehicles each year.

So, it came as no surprise when I found the 2022 Accord Hybrid to perform very well during my week-long test drive.

This Accord is roomy and comfortable, at 6 feet tall I didn’t feel cramped at all. Lines of sight are clear and safe, and the ride is comfortable and stable.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) fuel economy rating on the Touring Accord Hybrid is 44 mpg in city driving, 43 on the highway and 41 mpg overall.

The Accord Hybrid model I tested was powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine combined with a lithium-ion battery. Combined, the hybrid system produces around 212 horsepower and goes from 0 to 60 mph in 6.7 seconds.

Personally, I found this Accord Hybrid to be more than fueled enough to handle all types of traffic situations. It’s not a speed burner by any means, but it gets the job done.

Overall, the Accord Hybrid has a very solid ride. It accelerates smoothly and makes the transition from gas to electric seamless.

The Accord’s exterior design follows the same overall design it’s had for a few years now, with a few minor tweaks here and there.

The interior is a little more upscale than in years past, but it’s not a mid-size luxury sedan. It has a more utilitarian feel, but overall it gets the job done on many factors.

The folks at Motor Trend give the 2022 Accord Hybrid high marks for its great fuel economy, snappy acceleration and spacious cabin.

“We can’t hide our excitement for the Accord,” Motor Trend wrote. “With its attractive handling, added value and spacious interior, this Honda outshines its mid-size competitors.

“The Accord Hybrid captures the same magic as the standard model, while offering much better fuel efficiency. You can go over 600 miles on a full tank of gas.

According to the EPA, by owning the Accord hybrid, you could potentially save $2,500 over five years when compared to an average new vehicle.

Additionally, the EPA also estimates that the average annual fuel cost for the 2022 Accord Hybrid is $800 per year because it uses only 2.3 gallons of gasoline per 100 miles.

The 2022 Accord Hybrid Touring also earned high marks in its government crash tests, earning five stars – the highest rating – for its Overall Vehicle Score; five stars in the event of a frontal collision; five stars on the side crash and five stars on the rollover test.

All in all, if you’re looking to step into a midsize hybrid sedan, the Accord Hybrid in any of its models is well worth a look.

Peter Perrotta’s On The Road column appears every two weeks.

On The Road is sponsored by Capital Motor Cars of Springfield, NJ

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