2018 Honda Accord Hybrid review with video
What we have here is the 10th Generation Honda Accord. (Quick note, yes, I know it’s 2019, and yes, a 2019 model is available, but since the newer model is new in name only, and contains virtually no real change from the 2018, I’ve taken to simply calling it the 10th generation of the car. Make sense? Cool.) Now, Paul already reviewed this car about a year ago, and he really liked it, but this one is a bit of a different beast in that it’s the Hybrid version. Here in Vancouver Gas is significantly more than it is in other parts of the country, so no doubt anytime hybrids are mentioned around here, people’s ears perk up. And with that in mind I thought it was time that we revisited Honda’s Multi award winner and see if the hybrid makes the accord even better, or if you should stay with tried tested and true. Let’s check it out!
Honda has played the with idea of a hybrid model of the Accord before, back in 2005-2006, but they discontinued it only to bring it back in 2014, with 9th generation, and now in this, the 10th generation, which was completely redesigned for 2018. So what we have here is a 2 liter gas engine rated at 143 horses that combines with electric power for a total of 212 ponies. You access that power through a few different drive modes and options. Firstly, you can select between electric drive which rolls along on 100% electric power, provided the battery is charged enough to do so, hybrid drive which uses the electric motor to power the wheels and the gas motor to generate power for the battery, or Engine mode, which, as the name would suggest, uses the gas motor. Beyond this you can also select between normal, econ, or sport modes. Depending on your choice, the dash changes color from green to red, and the car changes from mild mannered gas sipper to full on sports sedan. This is one instance where the sport mode truly is a sport mode, and in case you couldn’t guess, this is where the dash turns red, which not only makes the car feel faster, but also cooler. All in all, through a week of combined driving (and I was having a bit of fun with the sport mode) we averaged right around 7.0L/100 kilometers, which works out to 33 US MPG, so pretty good, but I do think that if you were a bit more conservative you could up this number even more. Honda says to expect around 5.0L/100 KM, which is 47 US MPG, so in the real world I think you’d probably be somewhere in the middle. Any way you slice it though, this car is really efficient.
Let’s move on to the interior. Now, I’m worried that I might overstate this and come across as a bit overzealous, but I LOVE it. In a world where everyone and their dog drives SUV and crossovers, I found it really refreshing to get into a vehicle that’s proud to still identify as a car, and not just that, but a car that’s roomy, luxurious, and incredible practical. In all honesty, between this and almost any compact or midsize crossover, I think I’m taking this. First thing that jump out, tonnes of room. leg room, floor space, head room, all of it. It makes you feel relaxed the moment you get in. While we’re talking about roominess, lots of great storage throughout the cockpit. Really smart cup holders, and awesome, spacious storage compartment under the armrest, and this really smart, storage compartment with Wireless charging for your phone, plus it has these smart little rails so your phone doesn’t slide all over the place, it has a USB port for Android Auto and Apple car play, and you can close a little door to conceal it all and keep things looking clean. Just really smart design. Rear car seat test, Fantastic as you might expect, we measured 32.5 inches from the back of the front seat to the glove box, and in our trunk test, this thing handled it with ease. It also has a couple of really cool features here, lots of extra, well organized storage in the trunk thanks to a portable air compressor and flat fix kit as opposed to an actual spare tire, and I love the handy releases that let you unlatch and fold down the rear seats from inside the trunk. It’s also quiet, measuring in at 61 Decibels at 100kmh on a dry road.
The hybrid features a push button transmission, whatever, don’t love it, but I get that’s the way cars are going. Good sized sunroof (though panoramic would have been a nice touch…) really comfortable seats, 12 way adjustable drivers seat in both the touring and non touring trims, All the stuff you want comes standard or is available to you, heated seats and steering wheel, proximity key, remote start, heads up display, which I don’t normally love but don’t mind this one since it projects on the windshield, where I’m already looking, and not some little pointless screen, and a really, really great infotainment system which I’ll get to in a second. First though let me say that everything you get here is wonderful, but it’s all details stuff. the point is that the interior has what you want. But you could get that stuff in any car, right? Right. What you get here though is thoughtfulness. Like someone actually drove this car, a lot, and made sure that all the stuff you use on daily basis improves your drive, instead of distracting you from it. There’s lots of buttons, but they’re well laid out. The climate control has some cool ambient lighting to reflect temperature, but it’s not hokey or distracting. the dash illumination is large and easy to read, and everything responds to inputs instantly but fluidly. it all makes for a really nice car to be in.
The infotainment system is great. Really nice clear screen, very responsive, Looks really nice and high tech, and it’s colorful without being distracting or gaudy. There’s a whole TONNE of info available on here, all the info about the how power is being distributed, obviously Navigation and maps, Apple Car play, Android Auto, everything you could want really is here…. It’s all touch screen, and it’s nice that it has these actual buttons too, and of course you can use the buttons on the steering wheel. You also have a tonne of selectable info on the dash as well, and in the heads up display, and again, I’m really impressed with how smooth and responsive it all is, like all of it feels really refined and efficient, It’s definitely higher quality than you’d expect for this price point.
On that note, The Accord hybrid comes in 2 trims, the standard and the touring, starting at $35,170 CDN for the standard hybrid, and $41,870 CDN for the Touring. Both come with almost all the options you want, but the Touring comes with those little extras like ventilated seats, a wifi hotspot, drivers seat memory, and that Wireless charging I was mentioning, which is a really nice feature. That said, if I’m being honest, the base model hybrid Accord is anything but base, and is certainly going to keep you feeling like your still driving a really high end car.
And that takes us to the real crux here…. The way this car drives. 2 words have come up pretty consistently in this review, and they apply here too. Refined and efficient. The accord feels like a Luxury car for the every man. it feels classy and sophisticated but also respects your need for value and efficiency, and when you want it to, it can really get up and go. To put it even more simply, this car is smooth. The way it accelerates, handles, brakes, and everything else for that matter, is just incredibly smooth. So much so that you don’t even realize how powerful and steady the car is! A friend of mine actually took the car for a spin, and you wanna guess what she remarked when she got? Yup, wow, this car is smooth.
So what do we think? Well, When I was in high school I owned a Honda Accord. Now, it was nothing like this one, it was an ’88, but even then, it was a great car, despite the fact that I chopped the springs to try to make it a lowrider, and nearly drove it into the dirt. Years later I bought another accord as a commuter car when I was in university. This one, a 93 coupe. I Loved it. It was fun to drive, and never let me down, even when the clock ticked past 300,000 kilometers. Then when I got married, my wife and I’s first car? Yup, A Honda accord. All 3 of those cars served me well, were fun to drive, and for their time, were incredibly well optioned for their price point. And here we are in 2019, would I own another one as a family man in busy city? Absolutely. But what about this model? The hybrid? Is it worth the extra money over the tried and true multi award winning Accord? Well, I kinda wish it was a Plug in hybrid, but for now, it seems like Honda have done the impossible, and made the best even better. Until next time, for family wheels, I’m Scott.