The 2020 Honda Accord Hybrid goes on sale today. Honda last redesigned its mid-size hybrid sedan for the 2018 model year alongside the non-hybrid Accord, and both cars carried over unchanged into 2019. If you’re shopping for one, here’s what you need to know.
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1. It’s a Cheap Set of Wheels (Alloy Ones!)
Including destination, the Accord Hybrid starts at $26,400, which is just $1,600, or 6.5 percent, more than the non-hybrid Accord. That price, which includes a $930 destination charge, gets you into the Accord Hybrid’s base trim level, simply called Hybrid, for thousands less than the starting price of major rivals — hybrid versions of the Chevrolet Malibu, Ford Fusion, Kia Optima and Toyota Camry. That’s up $150 versus the base trim on the 2019 Accord Hybrid, but it remains a cheap set of wheels for its class — and those wheels likely are aluminum: Honda hasn’t released full specs for the 2020 Accord Hybrid, but the 2019 Accord Hybrid had standard 17-inch alloy rims. The bad news? As with the non-hybrid Accord, base models lack Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. You have to step up to the Accord Hybrid EX ($30,300 with destination) to get both features.
2. The Lower 48
The Accord Hybrid continues to get 48 mpg in combined EPA ratings, still trailing some versions of the Toyota Camry Hybrid but besting other rivals substantially. With a 2.0-liter Atkinson-cycle four-cylinder engine and two electric motors, the Accord Hybrid’s EPA-estimated 48/47/48 mpg city/highway/combined leads combined EPA ratings for the non-hybrid Accord with an automatic transmission by 45-85 percent, or 15-22 mpg.
3. New Sounds for 2020
The lone change Honda specified for 2020 is the addition of an electric sound that’s generated whenever the car is driving at low speeds solely on electric power, which it calls the Acoustic Vehicle Alert System. That appears to move the Accord Hybrid into compliance into a long-time-coming law that, by late 2020, requires cars with electric-only driving to emit sounds for pedestrians.
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