Road Test and Review: 2017 Honda Accord Hybrid Touring
You may notice something different about the photographs of our short-term 2017 Honda Accord Hybrid. We typically like to photograph the cars in showroom condition but winter hit us hard right after the Accord arrived and we decided to make an exception.
The Honda Accord, which turned 40 last year, has been one of the best-selling vehicles in the United States since 1989. It also has the distinction of being the first car from a Japanese automaker to be manufactured in the United States, when Honda’s plant in Ohio opened shop.
We last looked at the Accord in its standard powertrain version and Jonathan Spira, in his review, noted that the name “Accord” represented the Japanese automaker’s “desire for accord and harmony between people, society and the automobile.”
Indeed the new Accord Hybrid – introduced for 2017 as there was an older version discontinued two years ago – benefits from the mid-cycle updates the Accord received in 2016, including a sportier front end, new headlights, a slimmer grille, and integrated LED fog lights, new LED taillights, and support for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. A second screen has been added to the center stack, to be used for images from the rearview or Lane Watch cameras, as well as for navigation, trip-computer info, phone, messages, and audio.
There were some Hybrid-specific changes for 2017 as well. All Accord Hybrids get Hybrid-specific 17” aluminum alloy wheels and come with LED daytime running lights, LED foglights and taillights, and LED headlights for the Touring version. For the exterior there are new Hybrid-specific color choices and the interior sports new seat fabric and color scheme.
The Accord Hybrid isn’t produced in Ohio anymore; production moved to Japan to expand the global supply.