The 2018 Accord Hybrid will begin arriving in dealerships at the end of April as the latest addition to Honda’s growing portfolio of electrified vehicles.
The Accord Hybrid lineup will come in two trim levels – Hybrid starting at $30,090 and Hybrid Touring starting at $39,790.
The Accord Hybrid still offers a lengthy list of standard equipment, such as 17-inch alloy wheels, LED headlights (low beam) and taillights, dual-zone climate control, Smart entry with Push-button Start, a seven-inch TFT digital driver’s metre, a multi-angle rearview camera, and the Honda Sensing suite of advanced safety and driver- assistive technologies, which bundles together Adaptive Cruise Control with Low-Speed Follow, Collision Mitigation Braking System, Road Departure Mitigation, Lane Departure Warning, and Traffic Sign Recognition.
The 2018 Accord Hybrid is powered by the third generation of Honda’s innovative two-motor hybrid powertrain, which pairs a 2.0-litre DOHC i-VTEC Atkinson-cycle inline four-cylinder engine with 40 per cent thermal efficiency to an electric propulsion motor that churns out 232 lb/ft. of torque for a class-leading total system output of 212 hp.
As before, the Accord two-motor system operates without the need for a conventional automatic transmission.
Helping to maximize energy generation are steering wheel-mounted Deceleration Selectors.
Similar to transmission paddle shifters, the Accord Hybrid’s Deceleration Selectors allow the driver to easily toggle between four levels of regenerative braking performance.
The right selector increases regenerative braking and the left selector reduces regenerative braking. The system simultaneously helps reduce stress on the brakes while increasing battery charging via regeneration.
The Accord Hybrid’s powertrain operates by seamlessly shifting between three distinct drive operations: EV Drive (100 per cent electric motor); Hybrid Drive (electric motor and gasoline engine driving the generator motor) and Engine Drive (gasoline engine), utilizing power from the gasoline engine and electric motors to accommodate the current driving conditions.
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