2022 Honda Accord Hybrid: 4 Things Consumer Reports Hates About the Midsize Sedan

The Honda Accord is one of the automaker’s most beloved cars, trailing slightly behind the Civic in popularity. The Honda Accord Hybrid looks identical to the gas-powered version, though the former comes with more baseline power. Additionally, the hybrid battery provides better fuel economy without sacrificing cargo space. In addition, the 2022 Honda Accord Hybrid has an affordable starting price of $26,670. But despite all of those perks, this sedan has four qualities that annoyed Consumer Reports test drivers.

1. Expect a steep learning curve for the controls in the 2022 Honda Accord Hybrid

2022 Honda Accord Hybrid: Consumer Reports review
2022 Honda Accord Hybrid | American Honda Motor Co., Inc.

The Honda Accord Hybrid received a few new tech features for the 2021 model year, including smartphone integration. However, Consumer Reports says the infotainment system is still tricky for first-timers to use. You must navigate multiple menus to configure even the most basic controls.

However, using the physical tuning knobs and steering wheel controls can prevent a lot of frustration. CR also recommends grouping the apps you use most on the home screen for easier access. Still, thanks to the interface’s complicated layout, customizing it can take several minutes.

However, CR’s testers reported no problems with the system’s response times and appreciated each of the convenience features available. The infotainment system is easy to pair with a smartphone, and the navigation function works flawlessly. Higher trims include power-adjustable seats, ventilated and heated cabin seats, and leather upholstery.

2. The 2022 Honda Accord Hybrid has an unintuitive gear selector

In addition to complicated infotainment controls, the 2022 Honda Accord Hybrid has a gear selector with a push-button mechanism instead of a traditional lever. Without that assuring feeling of pulling the lever, it’s hard for drivers to determine when they’ve engaged the correct gear. CR testers also felt the selector was challenging to use when parking the car.

Still, once you’ve mastered the layout and feel of the buttons, the gear selector should be easy to operate. When the Honda Accord Hybrid is in motion, the suspension does a good job absorbing harsh pavement imperfections. Though it’s not the most exhilarating Honda vehicle, drivers will appreciate its secure handling around corners.

3. The engine drones annoyingly

The 2022 Honda Accord Hybrid produces 212 hp from two electric motors and a four-cylinder engine. Though the engine stays relatively quiet most of the time, climbing hills and accelerating on the highway elevate its noise levels. The groaning continuously variable transmission (CVT) only makes things worse.

Still, CR appreciates that the Accord can filter out lots of exterior noise on highway drives. The hybrid’s engine is also quicker to accelerate from a dead stop, thanks to its electric motors. 

The Honda Accord Hybrid can earn up to 48/47 mpg city/highway. CR’s test vehicle got 52 mpg on the highway during real-world driving. That’s an impressive estimate, but CR says the Toyota Camry Hybrid is still more efficient.

4. The Honda Sensing Suite is missing 2 essential safety features

Neither rear cross-traffic warning nor blind-spot monitors are standard safety features on the standard Honda Accord Hybrid trim. They’re available starting on the Accord Hybrid Sport.

The EX-L trim provides both features as standard equipment, along with front and rear parking sensors. The range-topping Touring trim adds a head-up display.

On the base trim, you get a full collision mitigation system with lane-departure warning. The Honda Sensing Suite can recognize traffic symbols and has an adaptive cruise control function.

The 2022 Honda Accord Hybrid isn’t a terrible sedan by any means, but some rivals are slightly more refined. In addition, CR cautions that the Accord Hybrid is less reliable than some of its competitors.

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