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  • April 13, 2019

Honda Accord Hatchback First Drive & Transmission

Honda Accord Overview

Although Hybrid technology has been catching up slowly, it took the odd/even rule in the Delhi NCR region to get the common man to know about it. The Accord, Honda’s flagship sedan, has enjoyed its success in the past and has done rather well for itself. Now Honda has decided to revive the Accord brand, only difference being that this time it will be available as a Hybrid. It will compete directly with the Toyota Camry Hybrid in this rather niche segment

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What made Honda decide on the Hybrid? Statistics clearly show that the Camry sells more in the Hybrid form and that was reason enough for Honda to follow suit. It isn’t the first time Honda is bringing the Hybrid technology to India. Honda had launched the Civic Hybrid previously with little success as this car was much ahead of its time. This time however, the Japanese manufacturer is confident that the Accord will shake up the segment. We took the Accord for a short spin in Hyderabad to find out more. For Accord check Car Loan Interest rate at Fincarz.

Honda Accord Exteriors & Look

A new thick chrome slat grille comes on the Honda Accord Hybrid. The LED headlamps have DRLs as well. The new fascia makes the Honda Accord Hybrid look bigger and more premium. It has a strong road presence too. The side profile is not very different from the earlier car. The rear looks quite similar to the the BMW 5 Series. The new Accord is very much European is design and also a lot more appealing. It wears the Hybrid badging on the side and the rear.

Honda Accord Interiors & Space

Move inside the luxury sedan and there are features and technologies that one would expect on a luxury vehicle. Buttons surrounded on the steering wheel for audio and cruise controls make sure the driver has a completely undistracted experience. The combination of the beige and dark grey theme with faux wood inserts enhance the elegant appeal. You also get two screens, one for the lane departure warning, which is Honda’s exclusive patent and an AVN or Audio, Video & Navigation unit that pairs with a smartphone.

The Honda Accord Hybrid also comes with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto functionality that mirrors the smartphone’s screen on the infotainment. All this technology with the upmarket tactile feel is something the Accord Hybrid excels at. In order to cool the cabin beforehand if the Accord Hybrid is parked in the sun, Honda have provisioned a remote start function. Once in the car, all you need to do is press the brake pedal and press the start/stop button.

Add to this the wide seats in both rows with adequate bolstering for a six feet plus person and impressive underthigh support, you have the perfect blend of what a luxury sedan with all the bells and whistles should be. The rear seats, despite being adjusted for my height (for reference I am six feet two inches tall), had acres of legroom, knee room and headroom. Underthigh support and recline, like the front seats, is brilliant.

A noteworthy mention is the electrically adjustable co driver’s seat that has switches on one side to adjust the seat by the passenger sitting behind it. So, more room for the person who is being chauffer driven through the day.

Honda Accord Engine & Transmission

Add to this the wide seats in both rows with adequate bolstering for a six feet plus person and impressive underthigh support, you have the perfect blend of what a luxury sedan with all the bells and whistles should be. The rear seats, despite being adjusted for my height (for reference I am six feet two inches tall), had acres of legroom, knee room and headroom. Underthigh support and recline, like the front seats, is brilliant.

A noteworthy mention is the electrically adjustable co driver’s seat that has switches on one side to adjust the seat by the passenger sitting behind it. So, more room for the person who is being chauffer driven through the day. Check for Honda Accord in agropedia

The Seating Capacity of Honda Accord sedan is of 5 persons. This car is having the 2 Seating Rows. The Number of doors is Four; there are 4 doors in this car. The capacity of Fuel tank is 65 liters. This is good.

The break is the main control of any car, on front side The Accord gives Ventilated Disc as breaks, on rear side it is Disc. If we talk about the front suspensions it is having The McPherson Strut, and on the rear suspensions, it has Independent multi-link and coil springs with stabilizer.

Honda Accord Braking & Safety

The Honda Accord Hybrid has safety features loaded to the hilt with airbags all around, ABS with EBD, traction control, hill start assist and lots more. An unexpected situation while driving asked for hard braking and the sedan was composed throughout. A noteworthy mention goes to Honda’s exclusive Lane Departure Warning system. A camera mounted on the left ORVM turns on with the video feed coming on the screen in the centre console. In this case, the driver knows what is in the blindspot and does not have to move his/her head away from the road to see the left ORVM. Personally, I would have loved is this feature was also available for the right side as well.  For price details on Honda Cars in Pune check AutoZhop

Honda Accord Driving Dynamics

Test drove the new, refreshed Accord from Delhi to Agra and were reminded of the familiar engine characteristics and ride quality that the 8{+t}{+h} generation Accord is known for. The 2.4-litre i-VTEC engine generates a peak power of 180 PS and is paired with either a five-speed manual transmission or a five-speed automatic transmission, with steering-mounted paddle shifters for optional manual inputs. The other, more advanced and powerful engine option is the 3.5-litre V6 engine that generates a strong 275 PS of peak power when all six cylinders are operating – a fact that needs mention because this engine is endowed with VCM. The system switches between six, four and three cylinder combustion depending on the driving conditions and driver demands. VCM ensures smooth transitions and power delivery, while simultaneously making sure that fuel economy is optimised.

Honda Accord Price

Honda Accord On-Road Price in Chennai ranges from 52,30,214 to 52,30,214 for variants Accord Hybrid and Accord Hybrid respectively. Honda Accord is available in 1 variants and 4 colours. Below are details of Honda Accord variants price in Chennai. Check for Accord price in Chennai at Carzprice.

Honda Accord Round Up

It is tempting to think that Honda miscalculated in replacing a car as fit and healthy as the old Accord with something that, although new, seems to advance the art to no great extent. Such is the brilliance of hindsight. The truth is that this car was on the drawing board soon after the birth of the previous one and few could have predicted then what staying power its forebear would possess.

Yes, it would have been better to let the old Accord live a little longer and spend the time making a new one with more than the ability merely to maintain the class pace, but we’re not going to condemn this Accord for that.

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