The Honda Accord enters its 10th generation for 2018, and with it comes an all-new version of the Accord Hybrid. The 2018 Accord Hybrid will not only gain a new look, but it will also get a new powertrain, a brand-new interior, and lots more room for passengers and cargo.
The looks of the new Accord Hybrid will mimic those of the gasoline-only Accord, save for a slightly different front grille and distinguishing badges. This new look will include a more upright front fascia, nine-unit LED headlights, a more coupe-like roofline, sharper bodylines, and new C-shaped taillights similar to those on the new Civic. It will also be 0.39 inches wider, 0.39 inches shorter in length, 0.59 inches lower, and it will ride on a 2.16-inch-longer wheelbase.
Inside, the Accord Hybrid will get a full update that’ll include an all-new look, more soft-touch materials, better visibility thanks to its repositioned and thinner A-pillars, a sportier steering wheel with more pronounced thumb rests, a 7-inch TFT driver information center, an 8-inch infotainment screen, and more. The interior is also significantly larger, as it boasts 105.7 cubic feet of passenger room (up 2.5 cubes). The seating positions will also be lower by 1 inch up front and 0.79 inches in the rear.
Hauling cargo will be easier in the new Accord Hybrid, thanks to the repositioning of its battery pack and control systems to under its rear floor instead of under the trunk. This will unlock an additional 3.2 cubic-feet of cargo room, allowing the hybrid to match the standard model’s 16.7 cubic-feet of trunk space.
The powertrain details remain slim, but we do know the 2018 Accord Hybrid will come with a 2.0-liter Atkinson-cycle engine that pairs with a two-motor hybrid unit. This system will operate without the need of a transmission, helping increase efficiency. Unfortunately, Honda has yet to announce this hybrid unit’s output and the overall fuel economy of the new Accord Hybrid. Stay tuned for updates.
Safety ratings will come at a later date, but we expect nothing short of a Top Safety Pick Plus rating from the IIHS. Standard safety equipment will include stability control, traction control, anti-lock brakes, electronic brake distribution, advanced airbags, and more. Honda Sensing will be optional, and it will include the all-important automatic emergency braking.