2023 Honda Accord Hybrid Review - The Unofficial Car Of TTAC Readers

Chris Tonn
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Fast Facts

2023 Honda Accord Hybrid Touring

2.0-liter four with hybrid electric motor (204 total system horsepower)
Electronically-controlled CVT, front-wheel drive
Fuel Economy, MPG
46 city / 41 highway / 44 combined (EPA Rating)
Fuel Economy, L/100km
5.0 city / 5.7 highway / 5.3 combined. (NRCan Rating)
Base Price
$38,985 US / $46,463 CAN
As Tested
$38,985 US / $46,463 CAN
Prices include $1,095 destination charge in the United States and $1,963 for freight, PDI, and A/C tax in Canada and, because of cross-border equipment differences, can’t be directly compared.
2023 honda accord hybrid review the unofficial car of ttac readers

Among the TTAC team, we’ve long joked that we could easily maintain our readership if we limited our daily coverage to one or two makes and models. While virtually everyone reading and commenting on our daily stories is an enthusiast of some persuasion, we can generally count on our readers to be pragmatic and practical when it comes to either buying a new car or recommending a new car to others. While exotic sports cars are fun to think about, most of you just need something to get back and forth every day without worry.

One of those pragmatic and practical cars that seems to be the darling of our loyal readership is in front of you today, the 2023 Honda Accord Hybrid. Except for that one guy in the comments frantically mashing out the name of a certain EV maker in every statement in all caps as if afflicted with some sort of digital Tourettes’, I’ve got to believe that a solid percentage of our readership would list the Accord at the top of their most-recommended vehicles. Indeed, your author has happily owned a few Accords in his lifetime, and others around the virtual office have done so as well. Let’s see if the latest lives up to expectations.

Beyond simply stating the words “Honda Accord,” I’m sure I can light up many a driver with the simple phrase “It’s Not A Crossover.” While, yes, the tall wagon form has become the de facto standard of modern-day motoring, there are a number of drivers who prefer a lower, leaner vehicle for their everyday use. The Accord Hybrid is certain to appeal to those drivers, as it has all of the ride comfort and room you’d expect. 

No, it’s not sporty. While the relatively low ride height and reasonable mass (around 3400 pounds) mean it’s a nimble touring machine, it’s hard to see a hybrid-powered Accord as a sports sedan. This is a relaxed, comfortable ride that demands nothing but the occasional fill-up. If I had to pick a car for a coast-to-coast drive, this would be it. There is room to stretch out both front and rear. The seats are basically perfect.

Yeah, the fuel economy is a big part of the appeal. You really have to try hard to send the fuel economy below 40mpg - maybe, if I were daring, I’d spend an entire week driving in reverse and see what kind of mileage I’d get? While electric vehicles may well be the way of the future, most of us aren’t there yet. An easy 500 miles between fuel stops can help drive down both costs and the expected impact on the environment today.

In this top Touring trim, you get all of the expected whistles and/or bells that Honda can throw at a vehicle. The 12.3-inch touchscreen is bright, clear, and responsive, and comes with wireless Android Auto And Apple CarPlay. The 12-speaker Bose-branded audio system sounds great. The leather seats, as noted before, were comfortable and supportive - the leather isn’t what you’d find in the highest-end luxury cars, but it feels both soft and durable.

While styling has never been the biggest highlight of any Accord, the current model you see here is a bit anonymous. It’s attractive, but perhaps a bit bland for my tastes. The fastback roofline does look a bit racy, but this will soon blend into the background and won’t turn heads. For most people looking to buy an everyday car, that’s perfectly fine.

Unfortunately, my time with the Accord Hybrid was not without incident, though it wasn’t the fault of Honda. I had a minor parking lot encounter with another driver who backed out of their parking space a bit too briskly. The rear cross-traffic alert did warn me of an approaching car and slammed on the brakes, but the other driver who hit me didn’t have such a safety aid equipped on their older crossover. The Accord sustained a bit of damage to the paint on the rear bumper, which may be slightly noticeable in the pictures. 

Again, nothing to blame Honda here for, but I feel that if we’re going to call ourselves The Truth About Cars that we have to give you The Truth About What Happened When We Were Driving Said Cars. We don’t aim to test every safety system every time we drive, but when you put as many miles on our rides as we do, things do happen. They say you meet the nicest people in a Honda, but I didn’t want to meet them this way.

Many other websites and magazines have long raved about the Accord, consistently rating the car in their Top Whatever for the year. There’s a good reason for that. The 2023 Honda Accord Hybrid remains the best family sedan you can buy, which is why TTAC’s Best and Brightest continue to recommend it. 

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Chris Tonn
Chris Tonn

Some enthusiasts say they were born with gasoline in their veins. Chris Tonn, on the other hand, had rust flakes in his eyes nearly since birth. Living in salty Ohio and being hopelessly addicted to vintage British and Japanese steel will do that to you. His work has appeared in ebay Motors, Hagerty, The Truth About Cars, Reader's Digest, AutoGuide, Family Handyman, and Jalopnik. He's currently looking for the safety glasses he just set down somewhere.

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  • Jeff Jeff on Oct 10, 2023

    It is Toyota, not Honda, that calls their hybrid's eCVT an "electronically controlled CVT." That's is because the balance of split between a generator and the wheels controls rpm. Honda's is "electronic CVT", which is an equivocation of "electrically-coupled CVT." Usually, there is no mechanical connection between the engine and wheels. The engine drive only a generator, and its output is split between the battery and a motor that drives the wheels. A better name would be "virtual CVT."

  • Bill Bill on Oct 10, 2023

    Seems like a great car but the as tested price listed of $46,463 is not close to the dealer's asking prices of $52,000 here in Alberta.

  • Art_Vandelay I wish. Love the 70 series
  • Pco65752756 Why is this not on the High Mile Cars List?
  • SCE to AUX "But we can all go pound sand in North America, unfortunately"In reality, that would be about 1000 people who can go pound sand, which is why this isn't coming to North America.
  • MaintenanceCosts You could probably make this thing satisfy US emissions standards, although it wouldn't right now, but there is no way on God's green earth you could make it satisfy US safety standards.
  • MrIcky Haven't these been out for a while? Is the news just that Japan gets them now too?