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New, sportier 2023 Honda Accord Hybrid shines in crowded segment

James Raia

Introduced in 1976 as a three-door hatchback, the 2023 Honda Accord Hybrid moves the iconic vehicle closer to its 50th birthday as among the automotive industry’s most reliable cars. It’s been the country’s top-selling signature family sedan for decades.

The 2023 Honda Accord marks the debut of the car’s 11th generation. It’s also the start of the fourth generation for the Accord Hybrid, and it’s three inches longer than the previous model. The new length means more back-seat legroom and it’s part of the car’s substantial overhaul. Cargo space is also a strength for the sedan at 16.7 cubic feet.

The sedan is classified as appropriate for five occupants. The Accord is no different than other vehicles in the segment. Rear seating is best for two average-sized adults; there’s room for three petite individuals.

The 2023 Honda Accord Hybrid has a sportier appearance for the start of its 11th generation.
The 2023 Honda Accord Hybrid has a sportier appearance for the start of its 11th generation. All images © Gretchen Gaither/2023.

New interior and exterior styling give the Accord a sharper appearance and complement the hybrid powertrain that features quicker acceleration and improved fuel economy. The Sport trim replaced the EX trim for the 2022 model, with the 2023 edition giving the sedan its sportiest persona to date.

It’s a good thing. While sedans are far from the dominating segment of yesteryear, Honda has plenty of hybrid competition, all with strong attributes, and including two models each from BMW, Hyundai and Toyota.

Available in four trims, the 2023 Honda Accord Hybrid is equipped with a two-liter, four-cylinder gasoline engine and two electric motors that total 204 horsepower. All trims have continuously variable transmissions and front-wheel drive.

The hybrid sips fuel and it’s promoted with EPA estimates of 46 miles per gallon in city driving and 41 mpg on the highway. (During a recent 300-mile, round-trip mini-vacation from Sacramento to Mendocino, the Accord averaged 47.2 mpg.) Acceleration from 0-to-60 miles per hour takes 6.7 seconds.

More horsepower, a resigned interior and exterior are highlight of the 2023 Honda Accord Hybrid.
More horsepower, a resigned interior and exterior are highlight of the 2023 Honda Accord Hybrid.

What the Accord has afforded throughout its tenure remains for 2023 models. A steady, smooth drive in comfort is the sedan’s forte. It’s straightforward and absent of too sensitive sensors and non-intuitive gadgetry — to its only fault. Despite a good load of safety and convenience features, a navigation system is not available in the hybrid. The top-line Touring trim includes Google Assistant and Google Maps.

All Accords have a 12.3-inch digital instrument display, with crisp graphics. Instrumentation is standard Honda, nothing too bold or with a sustained learning curve. HondaLink, the connected services feature including automatic crash notification and start/lock/unlock functions. A lane-keeping assistance function is also standard.

Safety features always elevate Honda, including the Accord Hybrid. Standard features include eight airbags, seatbelt pretensioners, anti-lock brakes and stability control.

There is also a security system that anticipates or detects unwanted vehicle intrusion. The vehicle is equipped with an ignition disable device that will prevent the engine from starting if the correct original manufacturer key is not used.

New, sportier 2023 Honda Accord Hybrid shines in crowded segment 1
The sleek design of the 2023 Honda Accord Hybrid is the new for 2023.

The country’s two prominent automotive safety organizers annually give the Accord top ratings. It’s among top reasons why Honda’s resale values are often also industry leaders.

Like all hybrids, the 2023 Honda Accord Hybrid has a unique engine sound. It’s not as drastically whiny as competing vehicles’ powertrains, but it is prominent on steep inclines when the Accord sometimes struggles. Overall, the new generation maintains the appeal of its predecessors. The cabin is quiet and the hybrid system works seamlessly.

The remainder of the interior is efficient and understated. The only “futuristic” look is the metal mesh across the air vents and dashboard.

Otherwise, the Accord Hybrid is like a modestly priced suit. A custom-made ensemble could be better. But with an MSRP of $31,895, the Honda Accord is more than sufficiently dapper.

Article Last Updated: August 23, 2023.

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