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It took a year off, but the Honda Accord Hybrid is back for 2017. In the year between, the Hybrid gained a variety of updates that will up the car's appeal. The revised gasoline-electric powertrain now generates a healthy 212 horsepower (an increase of 16 hp) and returns slightly better fuel economy, too. There's also a smaller battery pack in this model that takes up less space in the trunk without detracting from its great fuel economy.
The second-generation Honda Accord Hybrid returns for 2017 without its plug-in companion, increased power and fuel efficiency. Cargo space has grown 0.8 cubic feet to 13.5 cubic feet thanks to a smaller Intelligent Power Unit, a 1.3-kW-hr lithium-ion battery pack and DC-DC converter. The exterior of the 2017 Hybrid Accord design is nearly identical to the refreshed 2016 Accord that made its debut last year. You’ll notice some discreet hybrid badges, blue-accented headlights and taillights, and the wheels have a unique quality. Unless you know what you’re looking for, you'll likely assume the Hybrid model is a conventional Accord.
The interior is gorgeous as all Accords have been since Day One. The Hybrid has the nicely appointed, well-laid-out cabin that has made the Accord a favorite among midsize shoppers.
Three trim levels are available: Hybrid, Hybrid EX-L and Hybrid Touring, each corresponding to additional content. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are available with the optional Display Audio multimedia system, and a more compact lithium-ion battery pack has improved trunk space from 12.7 cubic feet on the 2015 Hybrid model to a class-leading 13.5 cubic feet. That's big enough for a couple big suitcases, and only 2.3 cubic feet less than the standard Accord's trunk.
The 2017 Honda Accord Hybrid runs on a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine hitched up to a pair of electric motors that are fed by a trunk-mounted lithium-ion battery pack. Total system output is 212 horsepower, and it's delivered to the front wheels through a continuously variable transmission. When the electric motor and gasoline engine work together, you’ll encounter quick acceleration. You’ll have no problem passing on the street or highway when you put the pedal to the metal.
Standard features include 17-inch alloy wheels, automatic headlights, LED taillights, keyless ignition and entry, dual-zone automatic climate control, cruise control, an eight-way power driver seat, a 7.7-inch central dashboard infotainment display, active noise cancellation, Bluetooth, a rearview camera and a six-speaker sound system with a USB media interface, Pandora integration and an auxiliary audio jack.
The 2017 Accord Hybrid also gained some of the additions made to the regular Accord last year; new exterior styling, revised suspension tuning, new interior trim and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration. All Hybrids come standard with the Accord's Honda Sensing package that includes a variety of driver assistance and safety features, such as lane departure intervention and automatic emergency braking.