I registered ~2800 miles on my 2014 Accord Hybrid Touring, and I gotta love it! I had to learn how to maximize mpg, which is my focus in this review. First, my hybrid starts with lower mpg on every trip and builds as I drive. Best mpg requires about 10 miles of mixed driving (or longer on the highway). Second, one is not rewarded for slow acceleration (in EV mode). This drains battery power, and reduces the number of miles driven in EV mode. Best mileage (51 mpg average this month, 48.5 overall) comes from accelerating quickly enough to engage the gas engine and easing back to EV mode once you have reached cruising speed. Slow deceleration is always rewarded, as is downhill battery charging.
- Excellent mileage (after I figured out how best to accelerate and decelerate)
- Quick acceleration when I need it
- Premium interior that feels more luxurious than the price tag suggests
- Quiet ride (especially vs. my 2008 Accord V6!)
- Tires are grippier than I thought they would be
- Large screen for the GPS with easy zoom in and out with the twist of a knob (make sure the radio is turned on when entering addresses to gain the keyboard function)
- Automatic seats that recognize the dirver based on which key is present when opening the door
- Adaptive cruise control with variable distance settings
- Air conditioner does not seem to impact mpg (see heater in improvements section)
- Electric heater could improve mpg vs. running the gas engine in the current model
- Allow one to select between BlueTooth devices connected to the stereo (need to turn off the radio on my iPhone so my daughter can play her music)
- Automatic braking for collision avoidance
- I don't know how to fix this - better mileage when NOT using the adaptive cruise control
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