Honda promises “enhanced hybrid performance” for 2023 Accord

Honda teased its completely redesigned 2023 Accord sedan on Tuesday, noting that the upcoming 11th-generation version of this old top seller will “bring back excitement.”

While that may sound like an odd barb to its own current product, it may just be a matter of where you see that excitement. Honda promises “improved hybrid performance” on the upcoming Accord, saying it will feature Honda’s largest-ever touchscreen, at 12.3 inches. A photo appeared to tease cues carried over from the latest Civic and CR-V.

2023 Honda Accord Teaser

2023 Honda Accord Teaser

The current-generation Accord debuted for 2018 with a more luxurious cabin, much better driveability and handling, and a 2.0-liter turbo-4 that replaces the previously available V-6. Manual transmissions were offered for some versions, but Honda dropped that after 2020.

Honda has already updated the Accord Hybrid’s handling characteristics for 2021. In a test of the 2021 Accord Hybrid, we noticed that it was more confident in its responses, with a consistent acceleration feeling that we have compared to electric vehicles.

As we reported in our review of the 2023 Honda CR-V Hybrid, the automaker has redesigned its dual-mode hybrid system so that its engines are no longer on the same axle. That offers packaging benefits, but mostly for that thrill, a wider torque curve and stronger acceleration response – although we’re not so sure about the artificial steps Honda added when the petrol engine plays the generator role.

2023 Honda CR-V Hybrid System

2023 Honda CR-V Hybrid System

This new arrangement bent into the European Civic Hybrid market and it looks set to sweep through the lineup. Honda has not yet confirmed that the configuration should also be for the Accord, but it is likely.

The 2023 Honda Accord lineup will debut next month.

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