I think it looks like a facelifted US Pasast, TBH. I can’t find a pure profile pic; I wonder if that’s not a coincidence.
Interior is nice enough, and I like how high the center console is (a low center console has always screamed “cheap” to me. Wonder if there’s a storage space below that console. I’m a bit tired of the honeycomb trim showing up everywhere, but at least there’s some variation in this version?
I kind of get why the dropped the 2.0T. Lowish take rate and they’re now pushing for a high hybrid take rate. Honestly I think even narrowing the offering, they should have just went full hybrid, but maybe it was a supply issue.
Given that they dropped LX trim on Civic, CR-V, Pilot, Odyssey, and never had it on Passport or Ridgeline, I’m surprised they kept it here.
HR-V LX I kind of get since it’s the entry model and presumably will be the entry volume leader that the Civic used to be.
“The Touring comes with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine and a two-motor electric system. This setup makes 204 horsepower (152 kilowatts) and 247 pound-feet (335 Newton-meters) of torque.”
Come on Honda. They could have pushed out closer to 250hp from that 2.0 liter engine.
“Honda offers the Accord in six trim levels: LX, EX Sport, EX-L, Sport-L, and Touring. The entry-level model starts at $28,390 (after the $1,095 destination fee). With no upgrades, the Touring is $38,985.”
I had a 2013 Accord EX-L. I think I paid less than 25k for it brand new. I get it that these new cars have better technology, but paying close to $40k for a Honda sedan is going to be a tough pill to swallow for some. The design just looks like a stretched out Civic, IMO.
Is there something about programming the batteries to provide less combined power but better fuel economy? I think the HP ratings for the hybrid are fine, if the fuel economy ends up being stellar.
One thing I’m wondering is how C&D put this on their 10 best list when it’s not even clear if any journalist has yet driven the car…
Edit: apparently, some C&D readers made similarly skeptical comments. One C&D writer answered that they had an early drive in the Fall, “well in advance of the press launch.” So I’m not even sure if they drove a pre-production prototype???