Honda is a name globally associated with quality and innovation, and this reputation is evidenced in the pioneering Honda Accord Hybrid performance offerings. The 2017 Accord Hybrid employs Honda’s first-in-the-industry two-motor hybrid system and brings exceptional efficiency to the road.
Efficiency does not mean a boring ride, however—far from it! As a reviewer for Kelley Blue Book puts it:
“Our test drive had us energetically piloting the Accord Hybrid on winding 2-lane roads through hill country in California’s Napa Valley, as well as straight-shot—and sometimes traffic-clogged—freeways.
But even before we got to the twisties that made up the majority of our driving, it was apparent this Accord is a breed apart. With a total of 212 horsepower, the 2017 Accord Hybrid has 16 more ponies than its predecessor and 27 more than a standard 4-cylinder Accord. At 232 lb-ft, the system also creates impressive torque.”
Keep reading to learn more—then visit the team at your nearest West Michigan Honda Dealers location to check out the Accord Hybrid in person!
The 2017 Honda Accord Hybrid features an updated version of Honda’s two-motor hybrid system, which was the first of its kind to ever hit the market. This innovative two-motor hybrid system uses one motor to propel the car from a stopped position and a second motor to start the engine and charge the first motor.
This hybrid system is paired with a 2.0L DOHC i-VTEC Inline 4-cylinder engine that uses the Atkinson cycle combustion sequence to serve up maximum output using the least amount of fuel. Notably, the Accord Hybrid’s powertrain employs a gasoline engine to send power to the wheels in certain conditions without a transmission.
The Accord Hybrid offers various driving modes to suit the conditions of the moment, including:
Engine Drive: Delivers direct power to the front wheels via the gasoline engine—the only mode that can accomplish this.
Hybrid Drive: Facilitates electric-only operation through the propulsion motor as the gas engine recharges the battery pack and utilizes the second motor as a generator.
EV Drive: Can operate the front wheels using electric power only as long as the lithium-ion battery pack has an adequate charge.
Sport Mode: Lets drivers use both motors for enhanced acceleration and a more spirited driving experience.
In order to create a game-changing vehicle, one must employ game-changing technology. That’s just what designers at Honda did when crafting the Honda Accord Hybrid. Some of the fresh technologies brought to life onboard this incredible vehicle include:
Regenerative brakes: Unlike other hybrid models, the Accord Hybrid features regenerative brakes that begin delivering electricity to the battery as soon as the driver’s foot leaves the accelerator—not just when the brake pedal is compressed, as with other hybrid vehicles.
Compact battery: The Accord Hybrid has a much roomier cargo area—13.7 cubic feet—and this is due to the car’s air-cooled lithium-ion battery pack, which has been designed to fit in a compact case located between the rear seat and the trunk.
Atkinson cycle engine: The Accord Hybrid is equipped with an Atkinson cycle engine. With such an engine, the intake valves remain open briefly during the compression stroke, pushing air out of the cylinders and into the intake manifold. This lowers the compression ratio and enables smooth, fast starts—an ideal setup for hybrid vehicles.
VTEC: A reduction in power is commonly associated with Atkinson cycle engines. To remedy this, engineers at Honda installed VTEC (variable timing and lift electronic control), which is a system crafted to electronically control valve timing with camshafts that have two sets of lobes—one for the Atkinson cycle and one for normal combustion. The engine’s computer switches between these two sets of lobes in accordance with engine speed and load.
*Based on 2017 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on driving conditions, how you drive and maintain your vehicle, battery-pack age/condition, and other factors.