The mid-size Honda Accord is one of the brand’s most successful vehicles. And, while other brands are killing off their family sedans, for 2023, Honda is celebrating the arrival of the 11th-generation Accord.

A carryover 1.5-liter turbocharged I-4 is standard, and once again a gas-electric hybrid powertrain is available. However, it is a revamped hybrid system, akin to the CR-V hybrid, that pairs a 2.0-liter I-4 with two-electric motors for a total output of 204 horsepower and 247 lb-ft of torque. Our Touring model tester rates 44 MPG combined. So, not only is it efficient, this hybrid is fun to drive.

ALEXANDER KELLUM: “I think a good way to summarize driving the new Accord– or at least the Accord Hybrid— is satisfying.

It has enough power to do what you need it to do, and to do so comfortably. And, speaking of, it is a comfortable ride without being too “floaty.” Actually, I’d say that this handles exceptionally well for a sedan of this size– not quite as darty as the latest Civic, for example, but still well balanced and receptive to my modest commuter inputs.”

Improved handling is aided by a more rigid chassis and tweaked suspension, all encased by a bolder exterior more in line with Honda’s SUVs.

Inside, the biggest “growths” are tech-related. All hybrids come with a 12.3-inch infotainment screen— the largest mounted in a Honda thus far. It’s sharp and colorful, and features another Honda-first: built-in Google Assistant, a Touring exclusive.

The 2023 Honda Accord starts around $28,000, with the hybrid just under $33,000. Our range topping Touring Hybrid approaches $39K. The Accord is still built in Marysville, Ohio after four decades, and it’s available now.

We’ll share our final verdict on an upcoming Road Test, and we’ll have more Quick Spins soon!