#PRODUCTWATCH: 2018 HONDA ACCORD HYBRID TOURING
A bad experience in the Honda Accord? Never! The 2018 HONDA ACCORD HYBRID TOURING nails all the marks once again and this Civic Day long weekend we had the pleasure of a test drive in this latest from the outstanding Honda Canada family of vehicles.
Performance wise, the 2018 Honda Accord Hybrid Touring is pure power. We’ve driven several options from the Civic family which we think highly of already, but you realize the difference right away with the Accord‘s 1.5-litre, 16-valve, Direct injection, DOHC, i-VTEC turbocharged 4 cylinder engine, 192 horsepower @ 5500 rpm and 192 lb.-ft torque @ 1600-5000 rpm. Fuel economy is a top selling point for us and we have come to expect this with vehicles by Honda Canada. Our drives were long and out trips frequent and we were impressed just how far its ECON mode took us and for how little!
Spilling with luxury, this flashy headturner in platinum white pearl, garnered us a few DMs from friends who spotted us driving about, inquiring about the ride. One commented, that they saw us gliding smoothly through speed bumps, which is the truest testament as this isn’t something a friend has gone out of their way to say to us before.
We are in love with the Accord’s super-sizey 7″ colour TFT meter display, giving us access to its display audio system, compatible via Bluetooth with our smartphone’s music library and of course the now-necessary Spotify. We never take for granted the SiriusXM capability and the Accord‘s 452-watt premium audio system with 10 speakers including subwoofer are simply majestic and make every drive a symphony!
Staying safe and connected via text messages which are readable via the meter display when convenient for us, plus being able to accept and make calls easily, allows us to be efficient and make the most of our time-crunched day. We love that there are multiple charging ports, plus also a charging plate for our smartphone so we never have an excuse to miss anything!
We love those perforated leather-trimmed seats with heated steering wheel, front and rear seats, which would be ideal in our chilly winters. The seats even cool down too for our hot summers! In terms of climate control we don’t think we’ve sat in a car with more powerful air circulation and those sitting in the back would agree also, with its rear console ventilation.
We don’t recall what life was like without that handy proximity remote entry and being able to pop our trunk open with our hands full of bags (and Billy!) and Honda Canada once again asserts its place as a leader in innovation and user-friendliness.
Safety continues to be a huge priority for the Automaker. We admit we are a little obsessed with the holographic windshield speedometer which actively lets us know when we are exceeding or reaching the speed limit. Its Blind Spot Information System (BSI) is pardon-the-pun spot-on, particularly handy together with its rearview camera letting you know when you are backing-out of a parking spot and cars are in the vicinity. The same applies to its Forward Collision Warning, keeping us aware and alert of potential dangers. The Accord‘s i-SRS Airbag System and front knee airbags are best in class and we drive assured knowing the Accord has our back… and front!
We have nothing ACCORDlades for this beauty.
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Just some of our awesome weekend adventures. Wish you were there!
The 2018 HONDA ACCORD HYBRID TOURING starts at $35,890 CAN. More here.
(Photo credit: Mr. Will Wong)