Honda Accord is the 2024 Free Press Car of the Year

2024 Free Press Car of the Year: Honda Accord

2023 Honda Accord Touring hybrid

Base price: $27,895

The 2023 Honda Accord makes excellence look so effortless, it’s tempting to take the midsize sedan for granted. Don’t.

The Accord hybrid, in particular, provides a combination of comfort, safety and efficiency that makes it a near-perfect daily driver. It is one of the many reasons I chose the Accord as the Detroit Free Press Car of the Year.

2023 Honda Accord  hybrid models come with a 12.3-inch touch screen.

Available on four of the Accord’s six trim levels, the 2.0L hybrid scores up to 51 mpg in the city, 44 on the highway and 48 combined in EPA tests. The rated fuel economy figures proved easy to attain in the 44-mpg-combined Touring model I drove for a week. Even the base, gasoline-only Accord notched a thrifty 32 mpg. Honda’s decision to stop offering a plug-in hybrid is the only missing piece on the Accord’s resume.