2023 Honda Accord Hybrid review: Better than a crossover

2023 Honda Accord Hybrid review: Better than a crossover

Honda Accord Touring Hybrid parked on the street

Tyler Duffy

I don’t recommend the Honda Accord to people very often. do you know why? Because no one has ever asked me, “What’s the best all-around vehicle that’s great to drive, spacious, practical, efficient, and affordable?” And Reliable?” Typically, if someone wants all that, they’re only interested in a crossover — and won’t consider a sedan no matter what.

But – whether it’s a sedan or not – the Honda Accord is the safest bet in the automotive world. The residence has been taken over Car and driver Top 10 list since it first appeared nearly 50 years ago. It requires the least amount of discussion of any choice on this list of the best cars you can buy. Many manufacturers have moved away from making family sedans. The main reason is that they cannot compete with the agreement.

When updating a premium car like the Accord, the mission is to improve the car rather than redefine it. But the all-new 11th generation model for 2023 brings some significant — one might even say controversial — changes. Honda dropped the manual transmission option after 2020; After ditching the V6 for a powerful turbocharged engine derived from the Civic Type R in the last generation, that turbo-four has now been ditched for a more efficient 204-hp hybrid setup.

Honda also rebooted the Accord’s style. It has replaced the dynamic, busy branding with clean, almost simple lines. Depending on your point of view, the 2023 Accord either conveys elegance or has reached the heights of boredom — like expressionless emojis in car shape.

Has Honda maintained its impressive streak of nailing it with the Accord? I drove a top-tier Touring Hybrid model around town for a week in Michigan to find out.

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2023 Honda Accord: What we think

Yes. Honda has done it again. The new 2023 Accord is fun to drive, efficient and practical. I’m not sure Honda has taken the right direction with exterior design, but it’s still the best all-around car you can buy for under $40,000 — and the best proof that you don’t. Need Cross over.

2023 Honda Accord: Test notes

The Accord is still really fun to drive

Honda has mastered the art of tuning affordable cars, and the Accord has been the best manifestation of that off the track over the years – a quiet driver’s car. The 2023 model lives up to that reputation, even if the hybrid is down just over 40 horsepower from the last-generation performance model.

You do not come to an agreement; It drops into a low driving position that’s closer to a sports car than a boring sedan. It still has the Accord’s signature laser-sharp steering and agile handling. The hybrid is still torque-laden and quick by regular car standards (Car and driver I clocked it at 6.6 seconds from 0-60 mph).

Whether you’re on a winding (by Michigan standards) two-lane road or weaving through traffic on a four-lane highway, the Accord encourages you to drive hard, even if the noise made while you’re on it leaves something out. desired. The Accord provides the classic sports car experience that makes you feel uncomfortable when stuck behind less powerful cars in front.

The only issue I had while driving the Accord over the course of a week was that the suspension felt a touch harsh over pavement bumps, which comes into play a lot in Michigan. Although that was still a lot more agile than a Civic Type R, for example.

The Accord’s hybrid system is very efficient

The hybrid is the least economical of the 2023 Accord hybrids. However, the EPA rates it at 44 miles combined. I made no effort to drive efficiently, shifting the Accord into Sport mode at every opportunity, and even had to leave it idle while taking photos. I still averaged 39.6 mpg during the week.

The Accord offers plenty of space inside

Buyers have turned to crossovers to get more space. But the Accord, like most midsize sedans, is comfortable and roomy enough. When you read it, “16.7 cubic feet of trunk space” doesn’t seem like a lot. But since it’s a sedan, this space is aligned horizontally and everyone USABLE – In a box that looks quite cavernous. There is ample legroom in the front and back. My only real problem during the week – and it’s a minor one – was moving my large car seats through the door opening.

Like the rest of Honda’s new lineup, the interior is similar to the latest Civic, with the grille running the length of the car horizontally. The Going Touring Hybrid doesn’t upgrade you to luxurious Nappa leather; This car, in top spec, is still a sub-$40,000 car. But Honda is upping the ergonomics level with ventilated seats up front, heated rear seats, and an upgraded sound system.

The Accord Hybrid Touring has Google… built-in

It’s interesting that Honda hasn’t tried to make its infotainment technology a thing. They have partnered with Google. The Accord Touring Hybrid is the first car to get the new integrated Google OS.

You can say “Hey Google” with your personal assistant. It helps that the in-car navigation is just Google Maps (which somehow had a different opinion on how to get to an event in Detroit than the version of Google Maps on my phone).

The most notable feature for most buyers — who will be pairing their phones anyway — is that the system is less laggy than Honda’s standard system. There are fewer buttons outside of the isolated volume knob which appears to have been added for example× Retrospective.

It’s a bit boring looking at the new deal, if I’m honest

I’m not a huge fan of the way the new Honda Accord looks. It’s powerfully light. There’s nothing particularly offensive or annoying about the way he looks; That would have been very interesting.

The exterior should prepare you for what the car is all about. In the case of the Accord, the bland exterior lets down what is a reasonably hot car. On a very simple level, an exterior that has been given significant attention should look better than what came before. I’m not sure the agreement meets that standard either.

Honda Accord Touring 2023 Hybrid

  • Power generation: 2.0-liter four-cylinder hybrid engine, CVT, front-wheel drive
  • Horsepower: 204
  • Torque: 247 ft. lbs
  • EPA fuel economy: 46 mpg city, 41 mpg highway
  • Starting an MSRP: $37,890

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