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2015 Honda Accord Hybrid

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 4/30/2015 Stefan Ogbac

New for 2015

The 2015 Honda Accord Hybrid sedan is unchanged.

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Vehicle Summary

The 2015 Honda Accord Hybrid sedan is powered by a 2.0-liter hybrid I-4 with a total system output of 196 hp from the gas and electric motors. A continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) is the only gearbox available and has been optimized for use in Honda's new hybrid powertrains. Fuel economy is impressive at 50/45 mpg city/highway, making it one of the class leaders among hybrid family sedans. A plug-in version is also available in select states as a 2014 model, and has an electric-only range of around 13 miles.

Overview

Performance is a strong point in the 2015 Honda Accord Hybrid since it drives like a conventional gas-powered vehicle. It accelerates relatively well with the electric motor producing 226 lb-ft of torque from 0 rpm, giving it plenty of off-the-line grunt. Handling is surprisingly good for a car built for maximum fuel economy, but the steering feels numb. Refinement, on the other hand, is a strong point. The car has a quiet interior and a well-controlled ride, making it a comfortable long-distance cruiser.

Interior design is simple but modern and features a center stack and dash similar to those in the gas-powered Accords. However, the infotainment system and its two-screen layout, which was first introduced in the 2013 model year, is clunky and takes time to learn how to use. Fit and finish, on the other hand, is great with plenty of high-quality materials used throughout the cabin.

There are also a host of safety features available, including Honda's LaneWatch system, which monitors the right blind spot; forward collision warning; and lane departure warning. Among family sedans, the Honda Accord has one of the best safety ratings with a five-star score from the NHTSA (out of a possible five stars) and a Top Safety Pick designation from the IIHS after it achieved a Good score on five categories. (Good is the highest possible score.)

What We Think

Thanks to its new powertrain, the 2015 Honda Accord Hybrid is an excellent choice for a fuel-efficient family sedan with great levels of refinement. In a 2014 First Drive review, we said that the car "delivers solid performance whether hypermiling or just cruising in a more traditional fashion." Additionally, the interior is built with high-quality materials and "put together well," however, the center stack's dual screen layout is slightly clunky and unintuitive to use. The Accord Hybrid's refinement, as we noted in a 2014 First Test review, is a strong point thanks to its quiet interior and a "deftly controlled ride that makes long drives easy on the driver."

You'll Like

  • Impressive fuel economy
  • Drives more like a traditional car
  • Extremely refined and rides relatively well

You Won't Like

  • Numb steering feel
  • Conservative exterior design
  • Infotainment system controls take time to learn how to use

Key Competitors

  • Toyota Camry Hybrid
  • Volkswagen Passat TDI
  • Hyundai Sonata Hybrid
  • Ford Fusion Hybrid
  • Kia Optima Hybrid

Rating

4 star

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