2021 Honda Accord Hybrid: 48-mpg sedan goes faster, will get tech updates

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Honda has announced some substantial performance upgrades to the Accord Hybrid’s powertrain for the 2021 product 12 months, although preserving its 48-mpg put together rating.

In accordance to Honda, performance has improved via updates for the two-motor hybrid method amounting to “a a lot more immediate and speedy throttle response” and a much more natural sensation concerning acceleration and the way the 4-cylinder engine’s revs increase.

At experience price, the Accord Hybrid has output numbers in line with the new CR-V Hybrid and carrying above with the similar 212 horsepower and peak torque of 232 pound-feet—which would make the Accord Hybrid a distinctive move up in efficiency from non-hybrid Accord designs with their 1.5-liter turbo-4 gasoline motor.

2021 Honda Accord Hybrid

The revised behavior amongst the motor and motor procedure intently describes what we observed in a initially generate of the Honda CR-V Hybrid, which we singled out as teasing an EV practical experience with no demand port. 

In fact, Honda states the revamped Accord Hybrid can run on only electric powered ability more than a broader array of use instances than rival products. It also presents a nod to the model’s brake-by-wire technological innovation, which we’ll think, devoid of even more explanation, is what Honda experienced earlier termed an electric powered servo system.

The two-mode hybrid system, which Honda has badged i-MMD, utilizes a single of its motors as an engine-run generator most of the time, while the other is the traction motor that powers the auto. Sometimes, largely in the course of gentle-electricity cruising, the process clutches the motor into the energy circulation at a tall ratio.

The magnets for Honda’s long lasting-magnet motors in the hybrid method also now use no scarce-earth metals, Honda states.

In the close to time period, Honda is pushing hybrids—not electric vehicles—as its fleet-greening technology of choice for the U.S. 

Reflective of that, the Accord Hybrid is now available for a wide variety of the lineup, in foundation, EX, EX-L, and Touring trims. Accord Hybrid rates range from $26,370 for the base design to $36,240 for the Hybrid Touring, both such as a $955 destination cost.

Most of the 2021 lineup is rated 48 mpg metropolis, 48 freeway, and 48 combined—a slight step up from its 48/47/48 scores, respectively, for 2020—but the loaded 2021 Accord Hybrid Touring design, punted into a increased excess weight class, earns ratings of 44/41/43 mpg.

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2021 Honda Accord Hybrid

That places the Accord proper in the center of a competitive established that contains the Hyundai Sonata Hybrid and Toyota Camry Hybrid. The Sonata Hybrid earns 52 mpg mixed, but only in an effectiveness-concentrated Blue version. In any other case, it will get 47 mpg put together. The Camry Hybrid earns 52 mpg combined for its foundation LE but 46 mpg combined for its SE and XLE versions.

For the Hybrid and the rest of the 2021 Accord lineup, Honda has upgraded base infotainment systems—all now Apple CarPlay and Android Auto–compatible—and bolstered the protection-characteristic established. All 2021 Accords include each a rear seat belt reminder and a rear seat reminder to verify for little ones or animals when exiting the motor vehicle. The Honda Sensing suite will get an update to both of those adaptive cruise control and lively lane-preserving to make these methods smoother. And major Touring versions get a front and rear small-pace braking method that works by using sonar sensors and brakes immediately.

An previously variation prompt that program output had risen for 2021. It is accurately the same as in earlier design decades.

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