The 2016 Honda Accord is one of the smartest mid-size sedan choices on the market today; and if you’re especially mileage-minded, the Accord Hybrid, with its 47-mpg EPA combined gas mileage rating, is the way to go.
Only you’re going to need a lot of luck finding one new, as there is no 2016 Honda Accord Hybrid, and they’ve been scarce on dealer lots for nearly a year, if not the entire model run.
When the Accord Hybrid returns for the 2017 model year it will get an updated version of that same excellent two-motor hybrid system.
“When the Accord Hybrid returns later this year, supplied from Japan, we expect sales to increase compared to the last couple of years,” said spokesman Chris Martin. “It’s too early to go into details, but we are planning to make it a bigger portion of Accord sales in the coming years.”
More exclusive than intended
Pretty much through its entire product run we’ve received notes about the scarcity of the Accord Hybrid at dealerships, and how many dealerships tried to steer customers toward other models—in some cases, lower-priced Accord models when they were willing to spend more on a Hybrid. Finally by last spring, Honda said that its supply of the Accord Hybrid was in line with other models.
Then Honda announced that the Accord Hybrid was going on hiatus for the 2016 model year, as it moved production to Japan.
Honda maintains that the scarcity has been due to battery-supply issues, which limited production for both the Accord Hybrid and the Accord Plug-In Hybrid. Even for the Accord Hybrid, which had been produced in Ohio, the battery was shipped in from Japan.
It’s not surprising that sales have been surprisingly low. From calendar year 2013 to present, Honda sold 1,039 Accord Plug-In vehicles and 26,019 Accord Hybrids.
That’s far less than the 20,000 annual sales that the automaker had originally projected for the Hybrid, and Honda sold fewer Accord Hybrid models in more than two years than Toyota has sold Camry Hybrid models in a single year.
Accord Plug-In isn't coming back
The Honda Accord Plug-In, which already had been assembled in Sayama, Japan, isn’t coming back; but Martin confirms that the automaker is working on a different new plug-in hybrid model with details and timeline yet to come.
So if you’re attached to the idea of an Accord Hybrid, it might pay to hold on for a few months.