2018 Honda Accord Hybrid Quick Spin Review

There was no shortage of reasons to avoid hybrid midsize sedans in the past. They got worse fuel economy than dedicated hybrids like the Prius and Insight. Their brakes were weird and the power delivery weirder. .

Basically, they made no sense. The 2018 Honda Accord Hybrid, on the other hand, makes a ton of sense and could easily be considered the best version to buy. Well, besides the one with a manual transmission. That one’s definitely the best, but then I’ve heard a rumor people prefer automatics these days. Anyway, the hybrid. Let’s go through those various ways it bucks the unfortunate trends of its hybrid midsize sedan forbearers.

Then there’s that battery pack, which has migrated underneath the back seat. This allows the Accord Hybrid to achieve the same enormous 16.7-cubic-foot trunk that bettered its midsize sedan competitors in our recent comparison. The old Accord Hybrid, by contrast, was one of the most compromised hybrid sedans. In my opinion, trunk space was the No. 1 reason to not buy a hybrid sedan in the past. The new Accord, as well as the latest Camry Hybrid, corrects this.

Yet, this battery migration has a welcome secondary benefit. Moving all that weight low and forward of the rear axle is a benefit for handling — the Accord Hybrid might even handle better than the non-hybrid models. Toyota’s engineers noted the Camry Hybrid is the most balanced of the bunch, with the car’s chief engineer in particular saying definitively that it’s the best-handling as a result. I wouldn’t be surprised if Honda’s engineers concurred, because the Accord Hybrid is indeed notably balanced and poised.

And now we get to price. Although the recent U.N. report on climate change has reiterated the importance of emitting less carbon, doing so at fiscally questionable expense will forever be a tough pill to swallow. Well, the Accord’s hybrid powertrain costs only $1,530 more than the base 1.5-liter turbo four-cylinder.

Plus, when you consider the potential side benefits you get from the Hybrid as described above, it’s just that much easier to justify the added expense of going green. It also makes the Hybrid the easiest 2018 Accord to recommend … well, besides the one with the manual.