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The 2023 Honda Accord Gets a Clever Hybrid Powertrain

Even though we live in a world dominated by SUVs and crossovers, the Honda Accord is still vital.

It was the third best-selling Honda vehicle in North America in 2012, behind only the CR-V and the Civic.

So, Honda continues to produce its perpetual midsize vehicle. Thursday, the carmaker unveiled the new, eleventh-generation model.

Length is expanded by 2.8 inches to a total of 195.7 inches, and the rear track expands by 0.4 inches, but all other dimensions are the same between the new and old Accords. 

The exterior is new, consistent with Honda's subtle redesign of the Civic, HR-V, CR-V, and Pilot, and the inside closely resembles the superb cabin of the new Civic.

The engine is the biggest news. The baseline engine is a 1.5-liter turbo four with 192 horsepower and 192 pound-feet of torque with a CVT transmission (the manual Accord died in 2020). 

The 2.0-liter turbo-four is replaced by a hybrid powertrain similar to that of the new CR-V, albeit with different tuning.

It comprises of a 2.0-liter, naturally aspirated, direct-injection, four-cylinder engine that operates on the Atkinson cycle as opposed to the conventional Otto cycle. 

The 1.5-liter turbo is standard on the LX and EX, while the hybrid system is standard on the Sport, EX-L, Sport-L, and Touring. 

All vehicles are equipped with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, with the LX and EX receiving a 7-inch infotainment display and the higher trim levels receiving a 12.3-inch display.

All automobiles include a digital gauge cluster. Honda anticipates hybrid vehicles to account for fifty percent of Accord sales.

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