The 2018 Honda Accord Hybrid has achieved a slightly worse EPA rating of 47 mpg combined, versus its predecessor with 49 mpg city and 47 mpg highway. Both are still decent numbers in my books, but that still doesn’t take away from the distracting design language of this vehicle.

It’s not that I hate Honda vehicles in the slightest, but I can’t help the feeling that the company is heading down a slippery slope with the design of some of its cars, mainly this one.

While it may not be on the radar for most of you readers, the new Hybrid Accord makes sense for a lot of folks who value practicality over all else.

A somewhat decent combination of electric and gas, this sedan will help ease those fuel pump price pain-points, while going the distance when it comes to a cleaner drive with its 212 horsepower motor.

Other than the many technological advancements and creature-comforts, I’d say I’m starting to be turned off by this model line-up.

There’s a slight hint of a bit of NSX somewhere in the front grill(barely) and somewhat sleek lines along the side, and the rear looks like crap.

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It’s like the designers took ideas from four different vehicles, and mashed them together to bring us this carnage.

I’d prefer the company bring back the design of the 2016 model, or maybe go with a more refined look. I can’t help but feel as if the company is losing its sense of direction with the Accord.

It’s not all bad though, as Honda still makes decent interiors in the majority of their vehicles. I do like the layout in the hybrid models, because everything is put where they should be, for the most part.

New accords with all the options don’t come cheap, and the same will be said for this Accord. Pricing has not been announced, but I suspect we will find out more when these vehicles make their way to showrooms in the Spring of 2018.