2023 Honda Accord Hybrid | Talking Cars with Consumer Reports #411

2023 Honda Accord Hybrid | Talking Cars With Consumer Reports #411 1

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We discuss the 2023 Honda Accord Hybrid Sport we recently purchased for our test program. Our experts talk about Honda’s new approach to vehicle trim levels (including the EX-L, Sport-L, and Touring), how the Accord Hybrid has evolved since its introduction, and it stacks up in a crowded field with competitors like the Toyota Camry hybrid, and even the Honda CR-V and its hybrid version. Plus, we answer questions about window tinting, and crash ratings for the Jeep Gladiator.


2023 Honda Accord Hybrid:

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The New 2023 Honda Accord Is Easy to Like and Easy to Live With:

Why Hybrid Vehicles Are a Smart Choice Right Now:


0:00 – Intro

0:19 – Vehicle specs

1:32 – Available safety features

4:00 – Accord trim lines

7:57 – Interior space

12:42 – Powertrain

15:00 – Seat comfort

18:57 – Driving impressions

21:33 – Question #1: What’s better; ceramic window tint or non-ceramic window tint?

25:37 – Question #2: Why isn’t the Jeep Gladiator subject to all of the crash test categories?

23 Comments on "2023 Honda Accord Hybrid | Talking Cars with Consumer Reports #411"

  1. Thank you for emphasizing safety features! ❤️

  2. cleo endara | May 10, 2023 at 3:16 PM |

    It’s crazy how much car prices have gone up in the last 4 years

  3. Lion Runner | May 10, 2023 at 3:18 PM |

    @21:33 most people only know about ceramic tint been the better option. But look at tints like 3M Crystalline tint. This is considered the top of the line tint but its not very popular and not all tint shops capable of installing. Look in to the technical specs for Total solar energy and other technical specs. No I’m not a tint installer or anything related. Just a car guy sharing info if that helps anyone.

    • Ricky Morales | May 10, 2023 at 5:20 PM |

      I would like to highlight this comment. I agree 100% and have them for both of my vehicles, on all windows. It is very pricey but worth it!

  4. ItsAlive111 | May 10, 2023 at 3:27 PM |

    3:31 😮 no AC vents?!?!
    10:27 Integrated headrests? How are we supposed to fit a front facing child seat with the headrest bulging out and not being able to take it out!?!
    The cheapness in the Accord for families with young toddlers is ridiculous

  5. ItsAlive111 | May 10, 2023 at 3:43 PM |

    6:20 it’s not about easier buying options, it’s about not having a strong powerful performance engine in the Accord anymore! I’m not overwhelmed with picking between a slow and fast option for a car!

  6. Donald Wilson | May 10, 2023 at 3:47 PM |

    I believe the reason why some newer Honda’s feel discontented is because of chip shortages, which is sadly still a problem. The window sticker will disclose that certain models will not have Blind Spot Monitoring, which will be indicated by the initials BD(example: Honda Accord EX BD).

  7. My mother got the original accord in 1980, I learned to drive on it, it was sporty and cool and everyone loved it. The current equivalent is the new civic hatch. In the other hand, the new accord lost all the sport car charm.

  8. Robert Ehlers | May 10, 2023 at 3:53 PM |

    The discussion in this episode confused two issues: 1) the availability of safety systems for all trim levels, and 2) the absence of additional options that can be added to trim levels. IMO, safety systems should certainly be available on all trim levels, as we don’t want to prevent those with lower purchasing power from missing out on safety. But simplifying trim level structures with few or no options (assuming that all safety systems are on all trim levels) makes the car ordering/purchasing decisions easier. I have always applauded Honda and Acura for presenting their vehicles in this way.

    • Dharmen Samant | May 10, 2023 at 6:43 PM |

      It also brings in efficiency and reduces manufacturing cost. I agree totally! Its awful buying experience with Toyota for example as it give dealerships lot of room to make manipulate the buyers for financial gain

  9. The thin seats are a deal breaker and it is not subtle. The driving enjoyment that Accords have been known for is absent. The 2023 Accords are expensive to boot.

  10. Hatala Testing | May 10, 2023 at 4:00 PM |

    Emily and Alex have been such good additions to the Talking Cars team! They know their stuff!

  11. Right Lane Hog | May 10, 2023 at 4:02 PM |

    CR, The Accord offers lots of rear legroom but the rear headroom for adults is dire.🤨

  12. Still bugged by how the Chinese ePHEV Accord has much better interior features than this.

  13. Timing belt, or chain?

  14. The lack of a 2.0T w/10 speed automatic in the new Accord ia a mistake for those of us who like to drive. They are forcing us to buy another brand if we want some driving fun.

  15. Ricky Morales | May 10, 2023 at 5:18 PM |

    The partner and myself own (2) 2021 Accords, 2.0T Sport and Hybrid EX-L.
    After seeing the new lineup, we are not going to upgrade anytime soon. Might be our last new cars for a while.
    What I noticed for the 23′ EX-L trim, they removed: fog lights, HD Radio (touring only), no Sirius XM w/in Honda infotainment, downgraded lumbar support from 4way to 2way and wireless charging (touring only).
    BSM is “available” for an additional fee but not standard?!?
    With everything getting more expensive yet removal of items/features makes no sense for us to buy newer.

    As a Honda loyalist, anyone looking for an Accord I highly recommend the 10th generation (17′-22′). Good luck!

  16. Thanks for the tip about covering car seats with a blanket. My wife has to cover the steering wheel for the same reason because it gets *very* toasty.

  17. Robert Montoya | May 10, 2023 at 5:49 PM |

    I own the new 2023 Accord and absolutely love it. I cannot get these features and gas mileage on an SUV this size. Perfect- no, but it does everything you expect you need it to do and it does it well.

  18. Carl Jaekle | May 10, 2023 at 5:52 PM |

    So CR is now upset that you are forced to get better fuel economy as you move up into higher trim levels. Also, as usual CR mis-represents the drive train. It doesn’t use a CVT. Uses a series hybrid set up, that will direct drive over a certain speed.

  19. Brian Burke | May 10, 2023 at 6:34 PM |

    I love the new look, folks, especially the sweet dulcet tones from Mr. Linkov. Your voice sounds like honey, Jon.

  20. I’m surprised that not a lot of people are saying this, but I think Honda’s disguising cost-cutting as simplicity. Sure, the styling is cleaner inside and out. But there’s also fewer trim pieces that gave each trim their own style (ex. outgoing Accord had either matte faux wood or metal trim depending on the trim level).

    Also, there’s fewer features than before. The LX lost dual zone climate control and adjustable rear headrests. The touchscreen on base models shrunk from 8″ to 7″. Only the Touring has rear seat USB ports (it was on all but the LX before). The CR-V lost the handle in the cargo area to fold the rear seats with one pull (that they pioneered 10 years ago!) What is Honda thinking?

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