Outside of the braking, and the luxuriously silent operation when the car is in full EV mode, the Accord Hybrid composes itself very much like a regular Accord from the driver’s seat. Like an old reliable friend, it may not be the life of the party, but there’s a lot to like about the Accord Hybrid’s driving dynamics. The comfortable ride is still there, as is the solidly refined though not totally flat handling around off-ramps. You won’t be looking for twisties in either Accord, unsurprisingly.
A full boot to the accelerator press will bring responsive if not quite scintillating thrust, but in instrumented 0-100 km/h testing done by the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada, the Accord Hybrid was notably quicker than a regular four-cylinder Accord: 8.0 versus 8.7 seconds, respectively. But interestingly, for the 80-120 km/h passing test, the Accord Hybrid’s time of 6.7 seconds was half a second slower than the regular Accord’s, suggesting that even with slightly more overall power than the base four, the extra systems of the Accord Hybrid sometimes results in slight delays in delivering this power while the computer divvies up the electric versus straight-fed engine power to the wheels.
Regarding these acceleration numbers, it’s important to note that these two Accords were not tested side by side in the same year, but when they hit the Canadian market: so 2013 for the regular Accord, and 2014 for the hybrid. As such, there may have been rain or other factors involved here. But the overall personality of the Accord Hybrid is just that: slightly more eccentric than the garden-variety Accord, but with fuel efficiency benefits.
3 years/60,000 km; 5 years/100,000 km powertrain; 5 years/unlimited distance corrosion perforation; 3 years/unlimited distance 24-hour roadside assistance; 3 years/unlimited distance battery
Are there still some practicality compromises that come with mounting a gas-electric drivetrain in a vehicle designed primarily for internal combustion use? Yes, since its lithium-ion battery located just behind the rear seats means the seatbacks don’t fold down, nor even offer a pass-through for skis, sticks or longer items. That’s the case for most if not all hybrid versions of mainstream family sedans, and that’s where a dedicated hybrid like the Toyota Prius or its roomier Prius V has its advantages. The 360 litres worth of space in the trunk in the Accord Hybrid is smaller than in a Civic, and the Touring model offers even less, at 348L.
As such, there is some impressive technology in the Accord Hybrid, but it’s more advanced hybrid than useful family sedan in many ways.
Pricing: 2015 Honda Accord Hybrid Touring
Base price (Touring): $36,090
A/C tax: $100
Price as tested: $37,885