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To help members understand the latest automotive technology so they can purchase vehicles that best suit their needs, the Automobile Club of Southern California's Automotive Research Center (ARC) began testing and reviewing vehicles over a decade ago

For the 2022 edition, we include testing and ranking cars and light trucks with the latest technology, including having at least one advanced driver-assistance system (ADAS) feature. In addition to vehicle evaluation, the guide covers a number of pertinent automotive topics in detail—for example, the latest advanced safety features, how to properly maintain your vehicle, and new vehicles coming to market in the next few years.

2021 Honda Accord Hybrid Touring

Vehicle Type: Midsize Gasoline
 overall score
Category Ranking: 3

Vehicle Price

Base Price: $36,240
Price as Tested: $37,195

Fuel Information

Fuel Type: Regular
Fuel Capacity (gal): 12.8
EPA City mpg44
EPA Highway mpg41
EPA Combined mpg43

Advanced Safety Features

  • Adaptive Cruise Control [S]
  • Advanced Headlights [S]
  • Automatic Emergency Braking [S]
  • Blind-Spot Warning [O]
  • Driver Monitoring [S]
  • Forward-Collision Warning [S]
  • Lane-Departure Warning [S]
  • Lane-Keeping Assistance [S]
  • Rear Cross-Traffic Warning [O]
  • Reverse Automatic Emergency Braking [O]
  • [S] Standard, [O] Optional
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Overall Observations

The iconic Honda Accord has been a staple in the midsize sedan category for decades. The hybrid variant adds excellent fuel efficiency to the standard Accord’s many strengths. The Accord’s hybrid powertrain is built around a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine mated to an electric motor (212 hp total). Gas-electric transitions are seamless, the handling is confident, and the ride is smooth and comfortable. Our test car’s spacious, tranquil cabin was filled with lots of desirable technology, including a wireless device charging pad and heated and ventilated front seats. LED headlights and a complete array of advanced safety features come standard. The 17-cubic-foot trunk’s capacity can be expanded by way of split-folding rear seat backs. Perhaps the best news, though, is that the Accord Hybrid’s base price is only about $1,200 higher than the standard Accord’s. There are, however, a few negatives: Both the interior design and the infotainment system are in need of updating, rear headroom could be improved, and rear visibility is impeded by a tall rear deck.
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Strengths and Weaknesses

Strong Points

  • Good overall value
  • Strong fuel-economyratings
  • Seamless gas-electrictransitions
  • Smooth handling andcomfortable suspension

Weak Points

  • Outdated interior andinfotainment system
  • Rear headroom couldbe better
  • Tall rear deck limitsvisibility

Vehicle Specifications

Model year tested: 2021
Number of passengers (F/R): 2/3
Curb weight (lbs): 3460.0
Exterior L / W / H (in): 192.2 / 73.3 / 57.1
Wheelbase (in): 111.4
Number of air bags: 9
Warranty (months/miles): 36/36,000
Tire manufacturer and model: Goodyear Eagle Touring
Front and rear tire size: 235/40 R19
Max towing capacity (lbs): Not recommended
Headlight type: LED
Transmission type: Auto 1-speed
Drivetrain type: Front wheel
Engine/motor: 2.0L 4-Cyl. i-VTEC
Engine horsepower @ RPM: 143 @ 6200
Electric motor horsepower: 181
Combined system horsepower: 212

Test Data

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