The 2018 Honda Accord Hybrid’s EPA fuel economy estimate may be lower than last year, but so is its base price. Honda announced that the 2018 Accord Hybrid, which goes on sale this week, will start at $25,990 including destination—a drop of $4,490 from last year’s model.
That price gets you a base Accord Hybrid, which comes standard with 17-inch alloy wheels, LED low-beam headlights, dual-zone climate control, hands-free keyless entry with push-button start, a multi-angle rearview camera, and the Honda Sensing suite of active safety features.
For 2018, Honda has increased the number of trim levels available on the Accord Hybrid from three to five. The lineup now includes the base Hybrid, Hybrid EX ($29,780), Hybrid EX-L ($32,330), Hybrid EX-L with navigation ($33,330), and Hybrid Touring ($35,600). Though prices don’t fall as drastically on the EX-L and Touring models, those trims are more than $1,000 cheaper for 2018.
The 2018 Honda Accord Hybrid’s starting price undercuts that of the 2018 Toyota Camry Hybrid by $2,705. The Accord starts $2,985 less than the Chevrolet Malibu hybrid, and is also slightly cheaper (by $275) than the Ford Fusion Hybrid. Hyundai revealed its slightly improved 2018 Sonata Hybrid last month, but has yet to announce pricing.
As previously reported, the 2018 Honda Accord Hybrid is EPA-rated 47/47/47 mpg city/highway/combined—less than the 49/47/48 mpg of last year’s model.
That fuel economy estimate is the same across all trim levels, unlike the Camry Hybrid, which gets 44/47/46 mpg in XLE and SE trim and 51/53/52 mpg in LE trim. Despite a slight dip in fuel economy, the Accord Hybrid could be more attractive thanks to its new lower starting price.
The 2018 Honda Accord Hybrid goes on sale this Friday, March 23, at Honda dealerships nationwide.