2018 Honda Accord Hybrid Review, Ratings, Specs, and Prices

The 2018 Honda Accord has received the “2018 North American Car of the Year” award. And since the 2018 Honda Accord Hybrid is similar with the addition of pocket-friendly and tree-hugging fuel efficiency of 48 combined mpg, it’s easily one of the best cars to buy currently.

The 2018 Honda Accord starts at around $25,100. It now offers more passenger space at the rear as well as many smart features as standard. The 2018 Honda Accord locks its horns with the Chevrolet Volt, Toyota Camry Hybrid, and the Kia Optima Hybrid to name a few.

What’s New

In its 2018 version, the Honda Accord is now a totally redesigned car. The 2018 Accord gets better passenger space at the rear as the batteries are now placed below the rear seats. The new standard and additional features on offer are the Heads-up display, Adaptive cruise control, traffic sign recognition and lane departure warning.

What’ll Love

  • Gets adjustable regenerative braking system
  • Spacious interiors
  • Bigger Boot
  • User-Friendly Infotainment system

What you won’t

  • Doesn’t get better brakes
  • Not that great Handling

2018 Honda Accord Hybrid trims

The 2018 Accord hybrid comes with 4 variants. Starting from the base variant LX Hybrid to the range-topping Touring Hybrid. The LX Hybrid starts at just around $25,100 while offering a Honda Sensing, Dual-Zone Automatic Climate Control, A push button Start and Multi-Angle Rear View Camera.

The EX Hybrid pushes up the notch by one-touch power moonroof and heated front seats and an 8-inch touch screen infotainment. The range-topping Touring Hybrid starts at around $35,330 and gets a Heads-up display, Ventilated rear seats, Wireless phone charging, and body-colored parking sensors. All these trims just have some cosmetic as well as interior changes.

Trims LX Hybrid EX Hybrid EX-L Hybrid Touring Hybrid
MSRP (FWD) $25,100 $29,000 $31,500 $35,330
Features Honda Sensing

 

Dual-Zone Automatic Climate Control

 

Push Button Start

 

Multi-Angle Rear View Camera

One-Touch Power Moonroof

 

Heated Front Seats

 

8-Inch Display Audio Touch-Screen

 

Blind Spot Information System

Leather-Trimmed Interior

 

Driver Seat Memory

 

450-Watt Premium Audio System

Head-Up Display

 

Ventilated Rear Seats

 

Wireless Phone Charging

 

Body-colored Parking Sensors (front/rear)

2018 Honda Accord Hybrid Driving and Performance

2018 Honda Accord Hybrid Engine
2018 Honda Accord Hybrid Engine

“The hybrid powertrain gives decent thrust, making for good passing power on the highway and off-the-line power in the city. Based on our impressions from the standard Accord, handling capability is improved over the previous generation, especially with the optional adaptive suspension.” – Edmunds

Engine and transmission

The Honda Accord gets a 2L inline-4 which is assisted by 2 electric motors. When mated with its E-CVT, it produces 212hp of power and 232 lb.-ft. of power. This makes the Honda Accord the most powerful car among the lot.

Its rival the Toyota Camry LE gets a bigger 2.5L I-4 DOHC Hybrid engine but gets similar power figures as that of the Honda. The Chevrolet Volt with its 1.5L DI engine makes about 149hp of power and produces about 294 lb-ft of torque.

Models Honda Accord LX Hybrid Toyota Camry LE Kia Optima Hybrid Premium Chevrolet Volt (LT)
MSRP $25,100 $27,800 $25,995 $34,095
Engine 2.0L Inline-4 assisted by two electric motors 2.5L I-4 DOHC Hybrid 2.0L CVVT DOHC I4 GDI 1.5L Direct Injection (DI) DOHC 4-cylinder
Transmission E-CVT Automatic CVT Automatic 6-Speed Automatic CVT Automatic
Power 212 hp 208 hp 192 hp 149 hp
Torque 232 lb-ft 163 lb-ft 271 lb-ft 294 lb-ft

Acceleration

Thanks to the highest power and torque output among the cars compared here, the Accord is fastest to 60 mph taking 7.1 secs. The Camry trails closely at 7.2 seconds. The Kia Optima Hybrid and Chevy Volt fall behind the two by a good 1-second gap.

Models Honda Accord LX Hybrid Toyota Camry LE Kia Optima Hybrid Premium Chevrolet Volt (LT)
0-60 MPH 7.1 7.2 8.1 7.8 sec
Quarter mile 15.7 15.6 sec 16.2 sec 15.9 sec
Engine 2.0L 2.5L 2.0L 1.5L
Emission

(Tons/yr. of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year)

3.6 3.4 4.2 1.3

Braking

The Accord gets 11.5-inch discs at the front and 11.1-inch discs at the rear which can stop it from 60mph in 135 ft. That’s the worst braking performance among the cars compared here. The Chevrolet Volt gets the best stopping distance of just 120 ft.

Model Honda Accord LX Hybrid Toyota Camry LE Kia Optima Hybrid Premium Chevrolet Volt (LT)
Brake Front(in) 11.5 12.0 12.0 10.8
Brake Rear(in) 11.1 11.1 11.2 10.0
Curb Weight(lbs.) 3327 3472 3486 3543
60-0 MPH (ft.) 135 125 127 120

2018 Honda Accord Hybrid Fuel Economy

“It’s also worth noting that the 2018 Accord Hybrid is one of the most fuel-efficient Hondas you can purchase.” – CNET

The Accord Hybrid delivers an impressive 49 mpg in the city, 47 mpg on the highway and 48 mpg combined mpg. However, even after getting a smaller engine than the Camry and both getting similar performance, the Camry beats the Accord delivering 51 mpg in the city, 53 mpg on the highway and 52 mpg combined.

Model Honda Accord LX Hybrid Toyota Camry LE Kia Optima Hybrid Premium Chevrolet Volt (LT)
MPG (City) 49 51 39 43
MPG (Highway) 47 53 46 42
MPG (Combined) 48 52 42 42

2018 Honda Accord Hybrid Exterior

2018 Honda Accord Hybrid
2018 Honda Accord Hybrid

“The 2018 Accord’s wheelbase is also longer and the track wider. The result is a very seductive looking Accord that only gets better looking as you move up the trims.” – Kelley Blue Book

The Accord weighs around 3327lbs. which makes it the lightest car among its rivals here. However, at 194.1 inches, the Accord is also large. This points that Honda has employed some clever engineering to get rid of excess weight.

Model Honda Accord LX Hybrid Toyota Camry LE Kia Optima Hybrid Premium Chevrolet Volt (LT)
Curb weight(lbs.) 3327 3472 3486 3543
Length(in) 194.1 192.1 191.1 180.4
Width(in) 72.8 72.4 73.2 71.2
Height(in) 57.5 56.9 57.5 56.4
Ground clearance(in) 5.8 5.7 5.1 5.5
Wheel base(in) 109.3 111.2 110.4 106.1
Track width(in) F/R 62.4/62.7 63.0/63.2 63.5/63.8 60.6/61.8

2018 Honda Accord Hybrid Interiors

2018 Honda Accord Interior
2018 Honda Accord Interior

“The hybrid delivers the same creamy, unperturbed ride and alert handling as the other Accord models. When driven in stop-and-go traffic under moderate throttle, it may be the best version for appreciating the Accord’s quiet interior and upscale finishes.

Better still, there’s no longer a cargo-volume penalty for choosing the hybrid.” – Car and Driver

Seating and Comfort

The Honda gets a passenger volume of 105.6 ft.-cube which is the best amongst its rivals owing to its bigger size. The Accord gets a front row headroom of 39in., shoulder room of 58.9 in. and legroom of 42.2 in. The second row gets a headroom of 37.2 in., shoulder room of 55.1 in. and leg room of 33.7 inches.

The Accord Hybrid’s cabin looks attractive and uses some quality materials. The front seats are supportive and offer great outward visibility. The rear seats are indeed comfortable and ones with better legroom.

Model Honda Accord LX Hybrid Toyota Camry LE Kia Optima Hybrid Premium Chevrolet Volt (LT)
Passenger capacity 5 5 5 5
Passenger Volume (ft. cube) 105.6 99.9 102.6 90.3
Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg)

(In.)

39/58.9/42.2 38.3/57.7/42.1 39.8/58.1/35.6 37.8/56.5/42.1
Second (Head/Shoulder/Leg)

(In.)

37.2/55.1/33.7 37.6/55.7/38.0 37.8/56.4/35.6 35.8/53.2/34.7

Cargo/Trunk volume

The Honda gets the best boot space among all the rivals. It gets 16.7 ft.-cube of boot space – more than the other three cars compared here. In fact, the Accord Hybrid’s trunk gives you enough room for four sets of golf clubs or about 13 shopping bags.

Model Honda Accord LX Hybrid Toyota Camry LE Kia Optima Hybrid Premium Chevrolet Volt (LT)
Volume (ft. cube) 16.7 15.1 13.4 10.6

2018 Honda Accord Hybrid Safety Features

The 2018 Honda Accord Hybrid comes with Honda Sensing suite of active safety features including:

  • Collision Mitigation Braking System (CMBS)
  • Road Departure Mitigation System (RDM)
  • Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with Low-Speed Follow
  • Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS)
  • Traffic Sign Recognition (TSR)

Following table lists the various safety features of Honda Accord Hybrid.

Advanced Front Airbags
Side Curtain Airbags with Rollover Sensor
3-Point Seat Belts at all Seating Positions
Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children (LATCH): Lower Anchors (2nd-Row Outboard), Tether Anchors (2nd-Row All)
Smart Vent Front Side Airbags
Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS)
Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD)
Multi-Angle Rearview Camera
with Dynamic Guidelines
Tire Pressure Monitoring System

NHTSA Safety rating

2018 Honda Accord Hybrid has received the best possible rating in NHTSA crash test.

Overall rating 5 Star
Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating 5 Star
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver 5 Star
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger 5 Star
Side Barrier Rating Overall 5 Star
Side Barrier Rating Driver 5 Star
Side Barrier Rating Passenger 5 Star
Combined Side Barrier & Pole Ratings Front Seats 5 Star
Combined Side Barrier & Pole Ratings Rear Seats 5 Star
Rollover 5 Star

IIHS Crashworthiness

The 2018 Honda Accord has received Top Safety Pick rating from IIHS.

Small overlap front driver side Good
Small overlap front passenger side Good
Moderate overlap front Good
Side Good
Roof strength Good
Head restraints & seats Good

Crash Avoidance & Mitigation:

The Crash Avoidance and Mitigation tests give the rating of Front Crash prevention as Superior and Headlights get an Acceptable tag with the LATCH feature getting a good rating.

Front Crash Prevention Superior
Headlights Acceptable
LATCH Good

2018 Honda Accord Hybrid Competition Check:

Toyota Camry

The Toyota Camry is around $2000 costlier than the Honda Accord. For those extra $2000 the Camry gets a bigger engine, similar performance figures, and the best Fuel economy. But the Toyota doesn’t have passenger volume as that of the Accord. So, at around $2000 cheaper than the Camry the Accord is still a better buy.

Kia Optima Hybrid

The Kia is priced like the Honda Accord at $25,995. But the Kia does not offer the fuel efficiency or performance of the Accord Hybrid. However, the Optima does match the Accord in terms of build quality and it definitely looks chic.

Chevrolet Volt

The Chevrolet Volt is around $10000 costlier than the Accord for which the Volt gets a smaller engine, no better interiors, nor is it as efficient as its rivals. Also, the Volt is a smaller car. So, here too the Accord is the best buy compared to the Chevrolet Volt.

2018 Honda Accord Hybrid Final Verdict

The Honda Accord starts at $25,100 which is the cheapest car among all its rivals. For which the Honda offers better performance, decent fuel economy, best passenger comfort and an overall bigger car. So, the Honda has placed its cards right this time as the Accord is the best buy amongst all its rivals as it excels in almost all the parameters.

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