The Accord received a big redesign for the 2016 model year. It was available as a coupe and sedan, but for the 2017 model year a hybrid and the Sport Special Edition (SE) were added to the line-up. In addition, all features of the 2016 Accord carried over to the 2017 edition. Moreover, the Sport SE received some extra design features on the interior and exterior. The 2017 Honda Accord hybrid obviously sports a different powertrain, which is discussed in ‘Engine specs’.
Honda has a good shot of continuing their title of best selling U.S. brand for 2017 with the revamped Accord. Especially relevant is that the 2016 Accord is technologically very advanced, just like the specs on the updated 2016 Honda Civic sedan and coupe. In combination with their powerful engines these cars are especially sophisticated for their price range. Although Honda has always been quite popular in the USA, they certainly prove they are worthy of the public’s appreciation. So let’s see how the 2017 Honda Accord works out.
There’s a lot to say about the 2017 Honda Accord’s exterior. First of all, the front fascia looks more aggressive as it followed the angular trend in automotive designing. The last Accord looked very friendly and round, but different headlights and grille take that away now. The overall shape of the headlights remained the same and the grille has become more V-shaped and chromed up. Also, the left and right lower air vents have a more outspoken niche and the lower air vent slightly grew in size.
Around back, the taillights are new. Again, they have the same overall shape as the last, but the individual lights within differ. Furthermore, the chrome strip that runs between the taillights now has sharper tips and is longer. Finally, the lower bumper has bigger taillights and an additional chrome strip.
Sport and Touring trims have 19 inch wheels.
The 2017 Honda Accord Sports SE features a body-coloured rear spoiler and body-coloured side sills, just like the highest Accord trim, the Touring. There’s also chrome door handles, LED strip taillights and LED fog lights. Another Touring feature present on the Sports SE are the chrome double exhausts on the back.
In the 2017 Honda Accord all interior features and specs of the 2016 Accord carried over. For the 2016 model year the main infotainment screen got updated to a seven inch screen. On top of that is another 7.7 inch infotainment screen.
Also, there’s a center console with armrest and storage compartment in all trims. Push button start is standard from the EX trim onwards. Standard sound system on the lowest trims is a 4 speaker 160 watts. The three highest trims get a seven speaker 360 watts system with subwoofer. All trims have a multi-angle rearview camera with dynamic guidelines.
The Sports SE comes with extras such as a leather-wrapped steering wheel. Aluminium pedals are only available on this Sport SE trim.
Leather and heated seats are available on higher trims.
The hybrid interior comes standard with leather seats, wood grain inserts and a digital instrument cluster.
The 2016 powertrains also carried over. That means we see a return of the standard 2.4 liter EarthDreams direct injection four cylinder engine with manual or automatic transmission. This engine is good for 185 horsepower, but the Sport and Sport SE trim get 189 hp from the same engine. When manual transmission is chosen, less options for exterior and interior colours and features are available.
The other available engine is the 3.5 liter EarthDreams direct injection V6, which is good for 278 HP. Moreover, this engine comes standard on the two highest trims and is only available with automatic transmission.
The 2017 Honda Accord hybrid features a 2.0 liter, i-VTEC, Atkinson Cycle engine, good for 143 HP and a Li-ion battery. That one is good for 181 HP, bringing the combined total to 212. It’s possible to manually select driving solely on the battery.
Finally, an Accord-inspired car is the eco-friendly hydrogen fuel cell vehicle, the 2016 Honda Clarity FCV.
The Honda Sensing safety package is available on every 2017 Honda Accord trim. This package consist of Lane Keeping Assist, Adaptive Cruise Control, Collision Mitigation Braking and Road Departure Mitigation. All these features combined turns the Accord into a semi-autonomous vehicle. Honda is one of the first car manufacturers to offer this semi-autonomous package on their cars in the lower price range. Especially for the lowest trim this is a trailblazing feature. Honda Sensing is standard on the Accord Touring, the other trims can buy the system as an option at a price of $1000. Many critics see self-driving cars as the unavoidable future, but the most affordable car with extensive autonomous driving features is the upcoming brand new 2017 Tesla Model 3, of which the starting price still lies in the $30,000 category. It is essential for brands like Honda to offer autonomous driving features timely to stay relevant and maximize their profits.
Back-up sensors are optional on all trims except the Touring, where it is standard. Honda navigation is optional on higher trims. Automatic High-Beam is only available and standard on the Touring.
HomeLink garage door opener is standard from the Accord EX and higher trims. HondaLink, SiriusXM and HD Radio and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are also available on these trims.
The hybrid gets more standard equipment, including a wide-angle rear view camera, remote engine start, and Honda Sensing on all hybrid trims.
Price and sale date
The 2017 Honda Accord has gone on sale across the US back in July. Unfortunately, the Accord will not be sold in Europe due to disappointing sales numbers. Finally, trim prices are as follows.
Sport SE $25,415
EX-L V6 $30,895
EX-L V6 $31,175