The Green Living Guy

While the 2017 Honda Accord Hybrid Touring Electric Car is a bit more efficient than earlier models, it begs that question why they didn’t continue with the Honda Accord plugin hybrid? Anyway, as I reported on about the 2014 Accord hybrid (meaning not that much changed) uses the same Eco Assist button to help drivers improve fuel efficiency.

So let’s repeat:
Pressing the green ECON button can enhance the efficiency of vehicle systems such as:
– throttle control
– Continual Variable Transmission (CVT) operation
– idle-stop duration
– air conditioning and
– cruise-control

Yet, Honda still only uses their Earth Dreams Technology two-motor hybrid system. This has helped the 2017 Accord Hybrid to an EPA-rating of 53-55 mpg city. So while over 50 mpg was achievable the overall average was Still only about 45 mpg, In addition, the vehicle price tested was $36,790.00.

Side view Honda Accord Touring Hybrid

Of course, The Green Living Guy loves the instrumentation this hybrid.

The Honda Accord Hybrid Touring Model has analog instrumentation with advanced and technical appearances. As shown above, the speedometer is the largest feature in the instrument cluster. The Multi-Information Display (MID) positioned in the center of the speedometer and provides a range of information and trip computer functions. The high-contrast white-on-black display can give a range of information for the driver, including exterior temperature, trip information and much more.

Economy Burton Honda Accord Touring HybridHonda also allowed for *Honda Sensing* which has collision mitigation braking system, adaptive cruise control, lane keeping help system, forward collision warning, lane departure warning and road departure mitigation.

This makes it way easier to calculate:

Average fuel economy
Digital trip meters
Instant fuel economy
Miles to empty and
Energy flow indicator

The “Illuminated Eco Assist” arcs on each side of the speedometer show when the vehicle operated efficiently. The speedometer flanked by an analog tachometer, coolant temperature and fuel level gauge.
Other Cool Green Features
Every Accord Hybrid has the infamous green ECON button to the left of the steering wheel. When ECON mode goes live, expect enhanced fuel efficiency. The “drive-by-wire throttle system” gives you more gradual response to save extra energy. Then to further save on MPG, expect climate control’s fan speeds lowered and other climate control system characteristics altered based on the conditions.

WEV Button
My favorite button on this Honda Accord Hybrid Electric car. Why? First off it’s more impressive than earlier models. This EV button is Immediately behind the shifter and lets the driver go all-electric. In addition, when the battery charge is sufficiently depleted, EV Mode goes to gasoline.  This starts and restarts and recharges the battery in Hybrid Drive Mode.

Needs More MPG
Now I hate being a bother but this is the same MPG since the last time I tested. The difference is more technology added for a smarter car. That’s cool but smart can also include another 1 inch row of batteries to the pack for more MPG. Just saying I’d love to see it go further without compromising on the car. Another 1 inch row of lithium-ion batteries should do the trick. If I’m wrong then make it so Honda remains a great MPG car. You know : Be an MPG Leader.

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