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Honda Did a Good Job on the New Accord Hybrid
By rickpoole on
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2014 Honda Accord Hybrid Touring 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)
Review
Honda has done a good job on their latest Accord Hybrid. It is at the opposite end of the spectrum from the original HAH. Our other car is a 2013 Camry Hybrid XLE and the new HAH has a slightly better ride (feel and sound level) but looks and feels much more luxurious. The HAH trunk appears to be noticeably smaller than the TCH even though it is stated as only 0.5 CF smaller. The USB audio interface in the EX-L model is totally unusable, to the point we said we wouldn't purchase that model without immediately replacing the head unit. The I/F on the Touring is better but still not up to that in others' products. The HAH is much more expensive than its gas counter part than the TCH.
Favorite Features
Ride and interior design. Controls for audio, nav, a/c, etc. are very logical (except for the USB) and easy to use.
Suggested Improvements
Complete replacement for the USB audio I/F to correctly support concept of artist/album/track. Eliminate the nav/audio/phone lockout when a passenger is present. Add a blind spot monitor for both sides. Correct the trunk size specification to match reality. Reduce the price relative to the gas models - a $5000 premium for a hybrid will scare off most hybrid fans.
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By hizonr
on 11/18/13 14:49 PM (PST)

Please explain what the issue is with respect to this comment: "Eliminate the nav/audio/phone lockout when a passenger is present."

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By rickpoole
on 11/24/13 15:32 PM (PST)

When the car is in motion you can't enter an address and have limited ability to choose destinations by name. The voice commands barely work and are mostly limited to things like "find nearest " thus no way to find a destination by a specific name. You also can not pick a Point of Interest from the map in order to call it or set it as a destination. A driver shouldn't be doing this while driving but a passenger should always be able to fully operate the navigation system. There are also some phone and audio functions locked out (or limited) when the car is in motion - scrolling through contacts or albums is limited. BTW - there are third party companies that make devices that defeat this lockout (we have one for our Camry Hybrid and it works great). Unfortunately they have not decided whether they will produce a Honda version.

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By gmert
on 01/17/14 17:01 PM (PST)

Can you offer your actual city, highway, overall mpg and cruising range in your HAH vs. the TCH? And do you prefer the blindspot on the HAH over the TCH? Thx g

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