Honda Accord Hybrid Touring 2018, an elegant mid-size sedan with a light thirst



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Honda Accord Hybrid Touring 2018Sam Abuelsamid

Despite the ever-increasing number of hybrid electric models available on the US market, the share of these dual-engine vehicles has remained stubbornly stable, at least in part because of the relatively low price of fuel. Although it represents only about 2% of total sales, Honda is extending the availability of its electrified propulsion systems to its vehicles, with new options in the near future. The new Insight, based on the Civic, is just starting to enter the US Honda dealerships. The brand's best-selling hybrid is the mid-size deal I just made on a road trip in northern Michigan.

Now powered by Honda's third-generation hybrid dual-engine system, permanent magnet engines do not contain rare earth metals, an industry first. Like other hybrid vehicles, the Accord's drive unit is paired with a 2.0-liter Atkinson four-cylinder engine that offers 40% thermodynamic efficiency. The thermodynamic efficiency is a measure of the amount of chemical energy in each gallon of gasoline that is actually converted to mechanical energy to drive the car. Most internal combustion gas engines are in the 25 to 30% range, with the rest of the energy being projected as heat or overcoming friction and pumping losses.

As in the new Insight, the lithium-ion battery pack is integrated with the battery management system and power electronics and is packaged under the rear seat. As a result, the cargo volume remains unchanged from the standard 16.7 cubic foot variants and its shape is very useful for easily carrying at least half a dozen cabin baggage and additional family detritus. Placing the battery under the rear seat also lets the passage with the rear seats folded back to their original size, rather than the narrow slot left in many other mid-size hybrid sedans.

Honda Accord Hybrid Touring 2018Sam Abuelsamid

Aside from the instrument cluster display that replaces the tachometer with an energy gauge, the rest of the cab remains unchanged from the models running only on gas. The same goes for the outside where only the hybrid insignia on the wings and the trunk lid give an indication of what provides the driving force. I'm in favor of the fastback profile of the last Accord, but some who prefer a more traditional sedan might not agree. The bold face and carved sides give the car a muscular and athletic appearance that also looks more elegant.

The hybrid is available in basic versions, EX, EX-L and Touring. Unlike the 2.0-liter turbo Touring, the Touring Hybrid retains the same 17-inch alloy wheels and tires as the lower models. In recent years, Honda has obtained one of the best media in the industry for smartphone users. A built-in NFC tag in the dashboard allows for ridiculously easy bluetooth pairing of Android phones by simply tapping the phone on the logo. Apple users still have to pair the old method in the menus, because Apple limits the use of NFC technology to Apple Pay.

Honda Accord Hybrid Touring 2018Sam Abuelsamid

Honda vehicles also support Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Again, Android users have a distinct advantage because Honda can replicate Google Maps and Waze navigation prompts in the instrument cluster, as well as the head-up display included in the Touring package. IPhone users will have to look at the central screen to see the map view.

Another useful feature of the Accord is the support for smartphone projection in both front USB ports: one in the trash located under the center stack, which also has a charger Qi wireless, the other in the trash located under the central armrest. In most vehicles, only the port supports CarPlay / Android Auto. This means that two phones can be connected and you can choose one of the projects displayed on the screen through the menu, which can be very convenient when your wife does not want to listen to your technology podcasts. Although this feature is convenient, the Accord infotainment system software seemed a little buggy and sometimes refused to recognize that any phone was connected. My friend Rebecca Lindland, who was also driving an Accord the same week for the same event, also experienced similar behavior with just one phone in her car. Honda has been alerted and the system supports live updates of the infotainment system. It should therefore be solved later.

Honda Accord Hybrid Touring 2018Sam Abuelsamid

In reality, driving the hybrid agreement was a very pleasant experience. The powertrain is exceptionally quiet, so even though the power-split hybrid with e-CVT functionality kept the engine at a constant speed during acceleration, it was not really noticeable. With a power output of 181 hp and a torque of 232 lb-ft, the hybrid delights all driving conditions, and the shift from Eco or Comfort driving mode to Sport adds extra responsiveness to its programming. In any case, the merger in the motorway traffic was not a problem.

Honda Accord Hybrid Touring 2018Sam Abuelsamid

The latest Accord platform offers an excellent combination of driving dynamics and driving comfort. The car slides through all kinds of turns on rural roads in northern Michigan with calm and flat bodies. The ultimate grip on the 17-inch low rolling resistance tires will not match what you get on the 19-speed Touring Sport or Gasoline models, but they are remarkably quiet.

All 2018 Agreements come standard with a radar-based Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) and a surprisingly capable track-assisting system. Personally, I find that ACC is probably the best addition of features added to cars over the past two decades with respect to long journeys on the road. The camera used for track maintenance also reads the traffic signs and displays the local speed limits on the map and on the instrument cluster. As mentioned, Touring also adds a head-up color display that can display multiple pages, including power flow and navigation, as well as a blind spot monitoring system.

Honda Accord Hybrid Touring 2018Sam Abuelsamid

Fuel economy is one of the main reasons for buying a hybrid vehicle over a conventional model. In that respect, the agreement was excellent. While the EPA's official ratings are 47 mpg in town, on highway and together, I averaged 41 mpg over about 700 miles. Most of them were kilometers of freeway with no particular effort to drive particularly efficiently and air conditioning and ventilated seats most of the time.

Honda Accord Hybrid Touring 2018Sam Abuelsamid

The latest Accord hybrid is the first built in the United States with its complete powertrain. The hybrid drive unit, the engine and the final assembly are all taking place in Ohio. The basic Hybrid Accord agreement starts at just under $ 26,000, while the Touring I drive costs $ 35,600. If the inexplicable appeal of crossovers and SUVs still does not appeal to your heart and you still want a fuel-efficient mid-size sedan, the Accord hybrid certainly deserves a serious look.

As a non-plug-in, it also does not require the lifestyle adjustments that a battery-powered electric car might require, such as planning the charging location for your journeys on the road. road. For those who want something a bit smaller with largely the same propulsion system, Insight is an alternative. On the other hand, if you are already in the utilities sector, Honda is already offering a hybrid version of the CR-V in Europe and it will probably arrive on our shores in a short time.

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Honda Accord Hybrid Touring 2018Sam Abuelsamid

Despite the ever-increasing number of hybrid electric models available on the US market, the share of these dual-engine vehicles has remained stubbornly stable, at least in part because of the relatively low price of fuel. Although it represents only about 2% of total sales, Honda is extending the availability of its electrified propulsion systems to its vehicles, with new options in the near future. The new Insight, based on the Civic, is just starting to enter the US Honda dealerships. The brand's best-selling hybrid remains the mid-size deal I just made on a car trip in northern Michigan.

Now powered by Honda's third-generation hybrid dual-engine system, permanent magnet engines do not contain rare earth metals, an industry first. Like other hybrid vehicles, the Accord's drive unit is paired with a 2.0-liter Atkinson four-cylinder engine that offers 40% thermodynamic efficiency. The thermodynamic efficiency is a measure of the amount of chemical energy in each gallon of gasoline that is actually converted to mechanical energy to drive the car. Most internal combustion gas engines are in the 25 to 30% range, with the rest of the energy being projected as heat or overcoming friction and pumping losses.

As in the new Insight, the lithium-ion battery pack is integrated with the battery management system and power electronics and is packaged under the rear seat. As a result, the cargo volume remains unchanged from the standard 16.7 cubic foot variants and its shape is very useful for easily carrying at least half a dozen cabin baggage and additional family detritus. Placing the battery under the rear seat also lets the passage with the rear seats folded back to their original size, rather than the narrow slot left in many other mid-size hybrid sedans.

Honda Accord Hybrid Touring 2018Sam Abuelsamid

Aside from the instrument cluster display that replaces the tachometer with an energy gauge, the rest of the cab remains unchanged from the models running only on gas. The same goes for the outside where only the hybrid insignia on the wings and the trunk lid give an indication of what provides the driving force. I'm in favor of the fastback profile of the last Accord, but some who prefer a more traditional sedan might not agree. The bold face and carved sides give the car a muscular and athletic appearance that also looks more elegant.

The hybrid is available in basic versions, EX, EX-L and Touring. Unlike the 2.0-liter turbo Touring, the Touring Hybrid retains the same 17-inch alloy wheels and tires as the lower models. In recent years, Honda has obtained one of the best media in the industry for smartphone users. A built-in NFC tag in the dashboard allows for ridiculously easy bluetooth pairing of Android phones by simply tapping the phone on the logo. Apple users still have to pair the old method in the menus, because Apple limits the use of NFC technology to Apple Pay.

Honda Accord Hybrid Touring 2018Sam Abuelsamid

Honda vehicles also support Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Again, Android users have a distinct advantage because Honda can replicate Google Maps and Waze navigation prompts in the instrument cluster, as well as the head-up display included in the Touring package. IPhone users will have to look at the central screen to see the map view.

Another useful feature of the Accord is the support for smartphone projection in both front USB ports: one in the trash located under the center stack, which also has a charger Qi wireless, the other in the trash located under the central armrest. In most vehicles, only the port supports CarPlay / Android Auto. This means that two phones can be connected and you can choose one of the projects displayed on the screen through the menu, which can be very convenient when your wife does not want to listen to your technology podcasts. Although this feature is convenient, the Accord infotainment system software seemed a little buggy and sometimes refused to recognize that any phone was connected. My friend Rebecca Lindland, who was also driving an Accord the same week for the same event, also experienced similar behavior with just one phone in her car. Honda has been alerted and the system supports live updates of the infotainment system. It should therefore be solved later.

Honda Accord Hybrid Touring 2018Sam Abuelsamid

In reality, driving the hybrid agreement was a very pleasant experience. The powertrain is exceptionally quiet, so even though the e-CVT Hybrid Power Split System kept the engine running at constant speed during acceleration, it was not really noticeable. With a power output of 181 hp and a torque of 232 lb-ft, the hybrid delights all driving conditions, and the shift from Eco or Comfort driving mode to Sport adds extra responsiveness to its programming. In any case, the merger in the motorway traffic was not a problem.

Honda Accord Hybrid Touring 2018Sam Abuelsamid

The latest Accord platform offers an excellent combination of driving dynamics and driving comfort. The car slides through all kinds of turns on rural roads in northern Michigan with calm and flat bodies. The ultimate grip on the 17-inch low rolling resistance tires will not match what you get on the 19-speed Touring Sport or Gasoline models, but they are remarkably quiet.

All 2018 Agreements come standard with a radar-based Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) and a surprisingly capable track-assisting system. Personally, I find that ACC is probably the best addition of features added to cars over the past two decades with respect to long journeys on the road. The camera used for track maintenance also reads the traffic signs and displays the local speed limits on the map and on the instrument cluster. As mentioned, Touring also adds a head-up color display that can display multiple pages, including power flow and navigation, as well as a blind spot monitoring system.

Honda Accord Hybrid Touring 2018Sam Abuelsamid

Fuel economy is one of the main reasons for buying a hybrid vehicle over a conventional model. In that respect, the agreement was excellent. While the EPA's official ratings are 47 mpg in town, on highway and together, I averaged 41 mpg over about 700 miles. Most of them were kilometers of freeway with no particular effort to drive particularly efficiently and air conditioning and ventilated seats most of the time.

Honda Accord Hybrid Touring 2018Sam Abuelsamid

The latest Accord hybrid is the first built in the United States with its complete powertrain. The hybrid drive unit, the engine and the final assembly are all taking place in Ohio. The basic Hybrid Accord agreement starts at just under $ 26,000, while the Touring I drive costs $ 35,600. If the inexplicable appeal of crossovers and SUVs still does not appeal to your heart and you still want a fuel-efficient mid-size sedan, the Accord hybrid certainly deserves a serious look.

As a non-plug-in, it also does not require the lifestyle adjustments that a battery-powered electric car might require, such as planning the charging location for your journeys on the road. road. For those who want something a bit smaller with largely the same propulsion system, Insight is an alternative. On the other hand, if you are already in the utilities sector, Honda is already offering a hybrid version of the CR-V in Europe and it will probably arrive on our shores in a short time.