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Should-you-buyShould You Buy a 2023 Honda Accord Hybrid?

Should You Buy a 2023 Honda Accord Hybrid?

The 2023 Honda Accord Hybrid simply can’t smartly compete with the Toyota Camry Hybrid


  • Pricing for the 2023 Accord starts at $37,000 in Canada, $27,895 in the US.

  • The 11th-generation Honda Accord is an extremely handsome midsize sedan.

  • The Hybrid versions are WAY too expensive!

 


The Honda Accord has long been a staple in the midsize sedan market, offering reliability, efficiency, and a touch of elegance. The new 2023 Honda Accord Hybrid continues to demonstrate the automaker’s commitment to blending traditional virtues with modern green technology.

2023 Honda Accord

The 11th generation Accord not only embraces what makes a Honda a Honda but also that the sedan need not die at the hands of the SUV. Sadly however, Honda’s bad habit of overcharging for everything is not only turning people away from the sedan but they’re more than ever likely to purchase an SUV.

 

Should you then not turn away from the new Accord Hybrid? Let’s find out.

 


Why You Should Buy a 2023 Honda Accord Hybrid

 

  1. Extremely Handsome and Refined Design: The 2023 Honda Accord Hybrid boasts a design that’s both sporty and elegant. Its front end, with a sleek grille and sharp headlights, exudes a premium vibe, making it arguably the most attractive Accord of the 21st century. The car’s profile is racy, and the rear end treatment adds a serious yet subtle premium feel.

  1. Spacious, Well-Put-Together Cabin: Inside, the Accord Hybrid shines with a well-crafted cabin that’s not just spacious but also gives the impression that it is built to last. The long wheelbase translates to ample room in the back, comfortably accommodating passengers. The front seats provide excellent lumbar support, ensuring comfort even on long drives. The dashboard, with its seamless design and intuitive layout, underscores Honda’s attention to detail and quality.

  1. Quite Fuel-Efficient: At the heart of the Accord Hybrid is a powertrain that blends performance with efficiency. Averaging 5.7 L/100 km during its time with me, this hybrid system showcases Honda’s prowess in creating vehicles that are kind to both your wallet when filling up and the environment. The seamless integration of the electric motor and the 2.0L engine, despite being mated to an eCVT, provides a driving experience that’s both responsive and economical.

 


Why You Shouldn’t Buy a 2023 Honda Accord Hybrid

  1. Far Too Expensive: I’ve already hinted at this. The pricing strategy for the 2023 Accord Hybrid is a head-scratcher. With a starting price significantly higher than its rivals, such as the Toyota Camry Hybrid, it’s hard to justify the premium, especially when the competition offers comparable features and efficiency at a lower cost.

  1. Not Available with AWD: For those living in climates where all-wheel drive is almost a necessity, the Accord Hybrid’s lack of an AWD option could be a dealbreaker. This omission narrows its appeal, especially for buyers who prioritize traction and stability in adverse weather conditions.

  1. The Ride is Not as Comfortable as It Should Be: Despite its many virtues, the Accord Hybrid’s ride quality leaves room for improvement. The suspension setup, while fine on smoother surfaces, can feel unforgiving on rougher roads, transmitting too many of the road’s imperfections into the cabin.

  1. The Toyota Camry Hybrid: Less expensive, better on fuel, smoother drive, and available with AWD.

2023 Honda Accord

 


The 2023 Honda Accord Hybrid is a compelling package, offering a blend of style, space, and efficiency. Its design and cabin quality set a high standard, and its fuel efficiency is commendable. However, its high price point, lack of AWD, and less-than-ideal ride comfort might give potential buyers pause. If the price isn’t a deterrent and you can live with its few shortcomings, the Accord Hybrid could be a rewarding choice.

 

Otherwise, it might be worth considering other options in the segment that offer better value or a more comprehensive feature set, aka, the Toyota Camry Hybrid.

 

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Matt St-Pierre
Matt St-Pierre
Trained as an Automotive Technician, Matt has two decades of automotive journalism under his belt. He’s done TV, radio, print and this thing called the internet. He’s an avid collector of many 4-wheeled things, all of them under 1,500 kg, holds a recently expired racing license and is a father of two. Life is beautiful. Send Matt an emai

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