For 2017, Honda offers two hybrid models that offer efficient performance and premium technology. The Accord sedan and CR-Z coupe run on economical hybrid powertrains that are loaded with patented installations. A Honda dealership can provide detailed information on the i-VTEC engines and ECO Assist System in these editions.
2017 Honda Accord Hybrid
Under the hood of the Accord Hybrid is the 2.0 L i-VTEC engine that operates according to the classic Atkinson Cycle. Having an I-4 configuration, this signature engine generates a maximum of 143 horsepower and 129 pound-feet of torque. When the electric motor turns on, the powertrain’s net output increases to 212 hp and 232 lb-ft of torque. The Multi-Point Programmed Fuel Injection system (PGM-FI) delivers a precise volume of gasoline into the engine. Optimum efficiency is also guaranteed by the Drive-by-Wire Throttle System and Eco Assist System. Pressing the ECON Mode button also enhances the car’s fuel economy on the highway and in the city. Another innovative technology in the powertrain is the Deceleration Selector, which adjusts the throttle and brakes. Selecting the right gear ratio for the Accord Hybrid is a simple task thanks to the E-Continuously Variable Transmission System. The driver can choose to keep this car running on gasoline, electricity or a combination of both power sources. In addition to delivering powerful yet efficient performance, the Accord Hybrid comes with sophisticated accident-prevention technology that’s part of the Honda Sensing suite. The Adaptive Cruise Control is intelligent enough to slow the vehicle down in response to deceleration of other cars ahead. Side collisions in this Honda can also be avoided with some guidance from the Lane Keeping Assist System and LaneWatch. Additionally, the Blind Spot Display detects other cars that might be approaching the driver’s blind zone.
2017 Honda CR-Z Hybrid
As a sporty coupe, the CR-Z Hybrid is naturally optimized for agile performance. This model runs on the 1.5 L i-VTEC engine that yields up to 130 horsepower and 140 pound-feet of peak torque. This four-cylinder engine works in sync with a 15-kWh electric motor and lithium-ion battery pack. The Idle Stop function minimizes the use of the powertrain when the vehicle comes to a complete halt in heavy traffic. A six-speed manual transmission comes standard in the CR-Z Hybrid. For even better handling, this model can be fitted with a Continuously variable transmission (CVT) that offers a wide range of gear combinations. Another high-performance technology in this car is the Plus Sport System. Customizing the drive in the CR-Z Hybrid should be easy with the Three-Mode Drive System that includes the Sport setting. As the name suggests, the Eco Assist System maximizes fuel economy by reducing the strain on the hybrid powertrain.