2017 Honda Accord Hybrid debuts with 212-hp and gets up to 49 mpg

Honda has unveiled the updated 2017 Accord Hybrid, which gets styling updates and a new hybrid powertrain. The best part is that Honda has finally figured out how to increase production of the Accord Hybrid, which Honda expects will be double of the last model.

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Honda has unveiled the updated 2017 Accord Hybrid, which gets styling updates and a new hybrid powertrain. The best part is that Honda has finally figured out how to increase production of the Accord Hybrid, which Honda expects will be double of the last model.

On the outside the Accord Hybrid gets some unique styling traits, like a special aluminum hood and wheels, blue highlighted LED headlights and taillights.

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The bigger updates are under the hood where the 2017 Accord Hybrid’s powertrain is now more powerful and efficient. The hybrid system combines a 2.0L Atkinson Cycle engine and an electric engine that generate a combined 212 horsepower. Honda is quick to point out that the Accord Hybrid is now the most powerful hybrid sedan in its segment. The 2017 Accord Hybrid is now rated at 49 mpg city and 47 mpg on the highway, which you’ll notice is lower than the last Accord Hybrid’s rating, but the EPA has revised its rating system for all 2017 models. Honda estimates the 2015 Accord Hybrid ratings would be 48 city and 45 highway mpg, which means that the new Accord Hybrid is a bit more fuel efficient.

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Honda says that the Accord Hybrid’s powertrain acts in three ways and does without the need of a conventional transmission. In EV Drive, the system uses its electric motor and lithium-ion battery pack drives the front wheels for short distances under light loads. In Hybrid Drive – the electric motor drives the front wheels while the gasoline engine powers a second motor/generator to supplement electrical current drawn from the battery pack. Lastly in Engine Drive – the powertrain uses a lock-up clutch mechanism to connect the engine and propulsion motor, the front wheels are driven by both the motor and gasoline engine.

Source: Honda