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2023 brought a new generation of Honda Accord Hybrid, offering vastly improved style, luxury, and tech over the outgoing model. Included in those changes was a new hybrid drive system, and an integration into the standard Honda Accord lineup. Still, the fully-loaded Honda Accord Hybrid is the best version of Honda’s flagship sedan, at a price of just under $38,000.

What kind of engine is in the Honda Accord Hybrid?

The hybrid powertrain under the hood of the fully-loaded 2023 Honda Accord Hybrid.
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For starters, the 2023 Honda Accord Hybrid is different, although not necessarily better than the outgoing version. The previous Honda Accord Hybrid offered a combined 212 horsepower and punchy 232 pound-feet of torque.

This new version, however, alters those figures without any gain in efficiency. The 2023 Accord Hybrid makes 204 horsepower, though its 247 pound-feet of torque is a bump over the outgoing car. In both, a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine provides the gasoline power, offering 146 horsepower and 134 pound-feet of torque. In turn, that means both models rely on electric propulsion for acceleration, and it’s here where the 2023 Accord Hybrid has the edge.

While combined horsepower is down, the added electric torque makes the 2023 Accord Hybrid feel more alive. And the numbers bear that out. In Car and Driver testing, the previous electrified Accord got to 60 mph in 7.1 seconds, and now it takes just 6.6 ticks to reach the same mark.

Tech features in the fully loaded 2023 Honda Accord Hybrid

The front seat view of the 2023 Honda Accord.
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Honda’s flagship sedan has been punching above its weight for a generation, and the 2023 Accord Hybrid is no different. The fully loaded version for this year includes Bose Premium Audio with 12 speakers and wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capability to boot. It also includes a wireless phone charger, a 12.3-inch central display, and built-in Amazon Alexa for wireless commands, and a link to other Alexa-connected devices.

There’s even a heads-up display complete with road sign recognition and a simplified navigation screen to make getting around simple. With low-speed follow, adaptive cruise, and traffic jam assist, the Accord Hybrid is just one stop shy of hands-free highway driving.

The 2023 Honda Accord Hybrid is luxury without the price tag

Checking in with an MSRP of $37,995, it’s surprising just how much luxury tech is packed into the 2023 Honda Accord Hybrid. Heated and ventilated seats are wrapped in leather and power-adjustable. That combination in a Honda would have been unheard of just a few years ago.

And, the new Accord offers first-class legroom in both the first and second rows. There are 42.3 inches of legroom up front and 40.8 inches in the rear, so anyone not in line for an NBA roster should be comfortable.

Then there’s the cargo space. The 16.7 cubic-foot trunk of the 2023 Accord Hybrid is an absolute cavern as sedans go. Capable of hauling four full-size suitcases, it’s road-trip ready even with a carload of passengers.

A rear view of the 2023 Honda Accord Hybrid in a canyon.
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Is the 2023 Honda Accord Hybrid efficient?

According to the EPA, the 2023 Honda Accord Hybrid offers 51 mpg city and 44 mpg highway for a combined 48 mpg rating. That puts it behind both the current Camry Hybrid and the 2022 Accord Hybrid. The reason here may be the added weight. The new electrified Accord weighs in at 3,503 pounds compared to 3,447 in 2022.

Is the fully loaded 2023 Honda Accord Hybrid a good buy?

Considering it offers more space, better luxury features, and more space than its more expensive and luxury-oriented Acura TLX cousin, even the fully-loaded 2023 Honda Accord rates as a good buy. However, if it’s the ultimate in hybrid efficiency you want, the Hyundai Sonata Hybrid might have the edge in this category.

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