Honda has introduced some vital efficiency upgrades to the Accord Hybrid’s powertrain for the 2021 mannequin yr, whereas preserving its 48-mpg mixed score.

In response to Honda, efficiency has improved by updates for the two-motor hybrid system amounting to “a extra direct and rapid throttle response” and a extra pure feeling between acceleration and the way in which the 4-cylinder engine’s revs rise.

At face worth, the Accord Hybrid has output numbers in step with the brand new CR-V Hybrid and carrying over with the identical 212 horsepower and peak torque of 232 pound-feet—which makes the Accord Hybrid a definite step up in efficiency from non-hybrid Accord fashions with their 1.5-liter turbo-Four gasoline engine.

2021 Honda Accord Hybrid

2021 Honda Accord Hybrid

The revised conduct between the engine and motor system carefully describes what we famous in a first drive of the Honda CR-V Hybrid, which we singled out as teasing an EV expertise with no cost port. 

Certainly, Honda says the revamped Accord Hybrid can run on solely electrical energy over a wider vary of use instances than rival fashions. It additionally offers a nod to the mannequin’s brake-by-wire know-how, which we’ll assume, with out additional rationalization, is what Honda had beforehand known as an electrical servo system.

The 2-mode hybrid system, which Honda has badged i-MMD, makes use of one in every of its motors as an engine-powered generator more often than not, whereas the opposite is the traction motor that powers the automobile. Generally, primarily throughout light-power cruising, the system clutches the engine into the ability move at a tall ratio.

The magnets for Honda’s permanent-magnet motors within the hybrid system additionally now use no rare-earth metals, Honda says.

Within the close to time period, Honda is pushing hybrids—not electric vehicles—as its fleet-greening know-how of selection for the U.S. 

Reflective of that, the Accord Hybrid is now accessible for a variety of the lineup, in base, EX, EX-L, and Touring trims. Accord Hybrid costs vary from $26,370 for the bottom mannequin to $36,240 for the Hybrid Touring, each together with a $955 vacation spot cost.

A lot of the 2021 lineup is rated 48 mpg metropolis, 48 freeway, and 48 mixed—a slight step up from its 48/47/48 rankings, respectively, for 2020—however the loaded 2021 Accord Hybrid Touring mannequin, punted into a better weight class, earns rankings of 44/41/43 mpg.

2021 Honda Accord Hybrid

2021 Honda Accord Hybrid

That places the Accord proper in the course of a aggressive set that features the Hyundai Sonata Hybrid and Toyota Camry Hybrid. The Sonata Hybrid earns 52 mpg mixed, however solely in an efficiency-focused Blue model. In any other case, it will get 47 mpg mixed. The Camry Hybrid earns 52 mpg mixed for its base LE however 46 mpg mixed for its SE and XLE variations.

For the Hybrid and the remainder of the 2021 Accord lineup, Honda has upgraded base infotainment techniques—all now Apple CarPlay and Android Auto–appropriate—and bolstered the safety-feature set. All 2021 Accords add each a rear seat belt reminder and a rear seat reminder to examine for youngsters or pets when exiting the automobile. The Honda Sensing suite will get an replace to each adaptive cruise management and energetic lane-keeping to make these techniques smoother. And high Touring variations get a entrance and rear low-speed braking system that makes use of sonar sensors and brakes routinely.

An earlier model urged that system output had risen for 2021. It’s precisely the identical as in earlier mannequin years.