Honda’s 2018 Accord Hybrid, based on the redesigned 2018 version of its mid-size sedan, goes on sale Friday with a base price that’s $4,505 lower than the entry-level 2017 Accord Hybrid. The 2018 hybrid Honda Accord will start at $25,990, including an $890 destination charge.
The new price makes the hybrid less of a jump from the least expensive LX version of the conventional gasoline Accord, which starts $24,460. It also makes the Accord Hybrid base price very competitive with starting prices for the base hybrid versions of such rivals as the 2018 Toyota Camry ($28,695), the 2018 Chevrolet Malibu ($28,795), 2017 Hyundai Sonata ($26,885) and 2018 Ford Fusion ($26,265). All prices include destination.
Honda also has added two new mid-level hybrid trim levels to the Accord, for a total of five choices, and lowered prices for the carryover trim packages, though the discounts are less than that on the base model. The loaded Touring top model is down $1,245 to $35,600, and the middle EX-L is down $1,465 to $32,330. Sliding in above the base model is a new EX trim level at $29,780, and just below the Touring is a new EX-L with navigation priced at $33,330.
Not only are there more choices, but there also should be more cars cruising onto dealer lots. Production for the 2018 Honda Accord Hybrid has been moved from Japan to Honda’s plants in Ohio, which should relieve the issue of limited dealer supply of the 2017 model.
While the base model is cheaper, it still comes with standard 17-inch alloy wheels, LED-headlight low beams, LED taillights, dual-zone climate control, a proximity key with push-button start, a multi-angle backup camera and the Honda Sensing suite of safety and driver-assist tech that includes a front collision system with automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, and road- and lane-departure warnings.
The Accord continues to use Honda’s hybrid system that has a 2.0-liter gasoline engine and two electric motors, and requires no conventional transmission. Output is a total of 212 horsepower and 232 pounds-feet of torque. The hybrid technology includes steering-wheel paddles to control the level of deceleration from the regenerative brakes.
The 2018 Honda Accord Hybrid is EPA-rated at 47/47/47 mpg city/highway/combined for all trim levels, down 1 mpg combined from the 2017 model (compare them here, and see Cars.com’s real-world mileage test of the 2017 model here). The Accord’s fuel economy still keeps it among the mid-size hybrid mileage leaders, including the Chevrolet Malibu, at 46 mpg combined, and Toyota Camry, 52 or 46 mpg combined depending on trim level (compare them here).
Like the redesigned conventional Honda Accord, the hybrid sedan is lighter and on a wheelbase about 2 inches longer. The hybrid battery unit also is 32 percent smaller and moved from the trunk to under the rear floor, allowing for a 60/40-split folding rear seat and 16.7 cubic feet of trunk space.
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