I had a red Honda rotary mowing machine that ran and ran and ran. Honda makes lawn equipment, motorcycles and some very sharp automobiles. The snappy “Radiant Red” 2023 Accord Hybrid Sport L model arrived this week for a test drive.
The Accord averaged 47.4 mpg overall and had a suggested list price of $33,875, making it an extremely attractive sedan in price, appearance, economy and performance.
It was powered by a 2. 0L 4-cylinder engine and a hybrid battery system, this Accord resembled a sports car in design and performance. The slender body and sleek hood made the appearance of a far more expensive vehicle.
The power system was linked to a continuously variable transmission with four drive modes: eco, normal, sport and individual. I preferred the sport mode and the additional boost in power and performance.
To handle the spirited drive, the Honda Accord was equipped with front MacPherson strut suspension and rear link suspension, large front brake calipers and all-wheel disk brakes.
The black interior featured a sharp-appearing dashboard with many dials, messages and alerts. The audio system features eight speakers and a 12.3 color monitor.
The driver’s seat was 10-way power adjustable with memory, and the seats were trimmed with leather, along with the leather-trimmed steering wheel.
Loaded with safety features, the Honda had front, side, rear and curtain airbags, but too new to have a safety rating, but obviously it will be very high with so many safety systems.
The Honda rode on 19-inch all-weather tires with a rear spoiler on a manual trunk. The rear seats had fold-down features, and the trunk space was spacious.
The famed Japanese brand was manufactured in the USA in Marysville, Ohio, with 25 percent Japanese parts and the rest U.S. and Canadian parts contents.
Overall, these gasoline and battery hybrids offer the convenience of not having to charge the battery systems and outstanding mileage by both battery and gasoline performance.
Honda has it right with this Accord, and it offers the thrill of a sports car with appearance and performance.
Like the T.V. show, “The Price is Right” for this Honda Accord.