2018 Honda Accord Hybrid lands March 23 starting at $25,100

Honda has announced details on the all-new 2018 Accord Hybrid. The car will hit dealerships on March 23 and will bring a new lower starting price making the car more accessible to the masses. The car will start at $25,100 not counting the $890 destination charge. That marks a $4,505 drop in price compared to the previous model.

Despite a much lower starting price Honda still puts a surprising number of standard features into the vehicle. It includes 17-inch allow wheels, LED headlights for low beam and LED taillights. Dual-zone climate control, smart entry with push-button start, and a 7-inch TFT screen. The Honda Sensing suite of safety and driver assist systems is integrated.

That includes Adaptive Cruise Control with Low-speed Follow, Collision Mitigation Braking, Road Departure Mitigation, Lane Departure Warning, and Traffic Sign Recognition. The car is powered by a 2.0L i-VTEC Atkinson-cycle four cylinder with 40% thermal efficiency. The system has an electric motor as well that puts out 232 lb-ft torque and 212 hp combined with the gas engine.

There will be five total models for the 2018 Accord Hybrid including the Hybrid, EX, EX-L, EX-L Navi, and Touring. The car can shift between three drive options with EV drive using 100% electric motor, Hybrid drive with an electric motor and the gas engine driving the generator motor, and engine drive using the gas engine alone.

All versions of the 2018 Accord Hybrid are rated for 47/47/47 mpg (city/highway/combined). Honda notes that the new Accord Hybrid has a 2.16-inch longer wheelbase, 32% smaller IPU under the rear floor rather than the trunk, and 60/40 split rear seats. This gives it the same cargo and people hauling capability as the normal Accord.