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2017 Honda Accord Introduction


The Honda Accord competes at the top of the midsize sedan category, outsold only by the Toyota Camry, and this has been going on for almost as long as we can remember.

Now in its ninth generation, the Accord sedan got a mild freshening for 2016. The 2017 Honda Accord has few changes over 2016, but two models have been added to the 2017 Accord lineup: an Accord Sport Special Edition and, after a year’s absence, an Accord Hybrid. (The plug-in version is gone, however.) The 2017 Accord Hybrid gets new features that weren’t available on the 2015 model.

We found the Honda Accord delivers excellent ride and handling, above-average gas mileage, and fine visibility from a spacious cabin. Even in today’s fashion-focused market, the Accord displays sufficient sophistication to remain a contender in the styling department.

Standard for most trim levels, Honda’s direct-injected 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine makes 185 horsepower (189 hp in Sport models, with their dual exhaust). Either the standard 6-speed manual gearbox or optional continuously variable transmission (CVT) may be installed.

Unlike many rivals, Honda continues to offer a V6 engine, in top trim levels. Developing 278 horsepower, the 3.5-liter V6 mates with a conventional 6-speed automatic transmission. In addition to more power, V6 models get upgraded cabin appointments.

Revived for 2017, the Accord Hybrid couples a 2-liter four-cylinder engine to an electric motor that powers the car. Another electric motor operates as a generator to keep the battery pack charged. Combined output is 212 horsepower. The 1.3-kWh lithium-ion battery pack in the trunk is smaller for 2017, raising trunk volume to 13.5 cubic feet. A power-meter graphic is especially intuitive. Honda says Hybrid production has doubled, promising stronger sales than before.

Honda also continues to offer an Accord coupe.

Honda Sensing, an optional suite of driver assists, includes adaptive cruise control, automatic emergency braking, forward collision warning, and a lane-departure warning. Upper-trim Accords include LaneWatch, which helps greatly when changing lanes. Activated when the turn signal is switched on for a right turn, a camera in the passenger-side mirror shows the view to the rear in the adjacent lane.

The Accord received a five-star rating overall and in each crash-test by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, except for a four-star result in the frontal collision. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the top Good score for all tests. With optional safety technology, it’s rated a Top Safety Pick Plus.

Prices shown are manufacturer suggested retail prices only and do not include taxes, license, or doc fee. Manufacturer vehicle accessory costs, labor and installation vary. Please contact us with any questions.

**Based on 2014 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.

For 2014 Honda Accord Plug-In Hybrid, 115 combined miles per gallon of gasoline-equivalent (MPGe) electric rating; 47 city/46 highway/46 combined MPG gasoline only rating. 13 mile maximum EV mode driving range rating. 570 mile combined gas-electric driving range rating. Based on 2014 EPA mileage and driving range ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your MPGe/MPG and driving range will vary depending on driving conditions, how you drive and maintain your vehicle, lithium-ion battery age/condition, and other factors. For additional information about EPA ratings, visit http://www.fueleconomy.gov/feg/label/learn-more-PHEV-label.shtml.

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