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2005 Honda Accord Hybrid 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl gas/electric hybrid 5A) Hybrid 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl gas/electric hybrid 5A)
I purchased this vehicle used. It was a smooth driving and comfortable vehicle. Good gas mileage and then the IMA Hybrid battery goes out and that's when the problems began. I just want to inform the consumers of the cost the will be out of their pocket if by chance the electric battery goes out. You are looking at about 3500 to 4500 at a dealership to replace the battery. If you look online they are starting at 1600. Also just know these cars are designed to where you can only take it to the dealership to get any service done on them and even then a lot of the technician at the dealership don't even have the knowledge to diagnose or even work on these vehicles to fix the problems.
Smooth ride and the speed
Be more informative to your consumers about the cost and problems they can run into when the IMA battery goes out.
2005 Honda Accord Hybrid 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl gas/electric hybrid 5A) Hybrid 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl gas/electric hybrid 5A)
Wanted a better car for the MPG's and thought a Hybrid was it. Was I ever wrong. Now have over 200k on it and the transmission has a noise coming from it and am told it has to be replaced, and they WON'T repair it! The ride is not the best and it never was Quiet to drive at all.
Nothing special in this car at all. The hybrib motor maybe.
Need a better transmission for one and better ride.
2005 Honda Accord Hybrid 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl gas/electric hybrid 5A) Hybrid 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl gas/electric hybrid 5A)
Reviewed in Dec 06 and now providing an update. The car has definitely lived up to Honda quality and reliability. I use Michelin Pilot PS2 tires on 17" wheels during the summer and the ride quality and handling is tremendous for an Accord. I haven't had any problems, but the dealer did recommend I replace the rear brake pads at 30k miles. As many have noted the gas mileage is not as high as expected but it is still excellent for a 6-cylinder car. I get 23-24 mpg in city and 34-37 in the highway. Setting the cruise control at 65 mph gives the best mpg. I paid a low price for a new car 4 years ago and it was well worth the money.
Quality and reliability.
Honda needs to make high mileage Accord hybrid in the future to compete with Toyota, Ford and Hyundai
I have driven this auto for 46,000 moles with most of it in town but have two trips of over 2,000 mile each time from here to Galvestan, Texas. On each trip to Galvestan I usually drove at 70-80 mph . The car holds road excellent and still has power to pass in excess of this speed when necessary. I had trouble with a humming noise while driving. Had installed a canceling kit which cost me $600 on August 2008. I've had no mechanical problems or body work done. I am keeping written evidence of purchases of gas for the past 12,000 miles and getting about 36 mpg on highway and 25-30 in town. I wish Honda still made Accord Hybrids. Over all I have not owned a better car than this one!
Power, riding comfort, miles per gallon of gas and overall satisfaction of ownership.
Passenger electrical seat adjustment and back-up related noise activator and sight. Side mirror addition to eliminate blind spots.
When people seek Hybrid, they want 40+MPG. This car will not give you that. What it gives you is the Legendary Honda reliability, no non- sense practicality, and utmost dynamic performance. My previous car was a BMW 325i, and aside from being FWD, the Accord performs up to par with the German Counterpart. Steering is tight, acceleration is quick, but cornering have to give it to BMW due to the RWD configuration. Only problem I had with the Honda was a Master Pwr Door lock module which was covered under warranty, and a check engine light on when I gun the accelerator. Dealership said it was a Hybrid sensor error with the electrical motor, it seems a software upgrade fixed that problem.
Performance, Ergonomic, Efficiency, Reliability, Resale Value
Continuous AC during Hybrid mode, Auto Stick Transmission, Fold Down Backseat, Sunroof, MP3 connection. Auto Head Lights, Xenon Headlights,
Just bought a used Accord Hybrid! I love it so far. Averaging 33 mpg. Handles great and has awesome brakes. Love having the 255hp when I need it, and the hybrid components when I don't!
Auto-stop feature, Cylinder-Management system, IMA system
Would be nice to have MP3 jack.
I've had this car for 2 years now and put 60,000 miles on it commuting to work. I'm averaging 32-35mpg, at 75mph. yes, there are other hybrids which will give a lot better gas mileage, and I have test driven a lot of them, but they are gutless in power and do not handle well in turns. This car has the best of both worlds and the quality is better than the others also. The Toyota Prius may be the best out there for saving on gas, but the inside of that car is cheesy and they offer no leather. I'm glad I bought this Honda Accord hybrid. I will sacrifice some mileage for the power, comfort, and quality. Wish Honda would continue to make them. 2006 was the last year.
Power. 255hp. Leather heated seats. Satellite radio. Good quality inside and out.
Wish they would have continued to make this car. Honda only has the Hybrid Civic now. At 60,000 miles now, I would be buying another one soon.
I have owned the car for a few months now and have had no real problems with the vehicle. Those who are hesitant about the fuel milage, think of it: its a V6 Hybrid, not a 4cyl hybrid. If I wanted to get from point A to point A and 1/2, I would have purchased a 4cyl. For a V6, you cannot beat the fuel mileage. I have a lead foot and average 26 in the city. I get 35 on the highway at 85mph assuming I drive 150 miles. The electric motor only assists the car, not takes over the place of the engine. The engine stops when the car stops and does the A/C compressor. If you shift to a low gear then put it back in place, your car will stay running. I personally like the car. Tons of power.
Power, luxury, fuel consumption as opposed to other V6 cars.
Auto stop does not save much fuel, body clips are chintzy.
This is a great car with lots of power and decent fuel economy. Interior is very roomy and comfortable.
Clean style and lots of power.
Better fuel economy for a hybrid.
A fun car with quick response and excellent handling. Plenty of power and good fuel economy. Average about 39-42 MPG highway and 22-25 MPG city driving. The pleasure of driving a high performance V6 with economy of a 4 cylinder car. No problems in 2 years of ownership.Still looks and runs like new.
High performance and good fuel economy. Very comfortable and not tiring to drive on longer trips.
Darker factory tinted windows. Passenger power seat.
Effects of braking took awhile to get use to. Car used in heavy traffic, averages about 27 mpg. Can get 33 mpg on straight hwy. 6 cyl can drink gas depending on driving habits. Great car.
Traction control system does kick in when hydroplaning. Gas mileage excellent for a 6 cylinder.
Car feels more top heavy compared to '99 Accord. Do not trust it as much on turns. Needs bigger cup hodlers. NAV system should be standard.
I recently bought this model used with only 7200 miles on it. Forget about the 37/29 mpg ratings, I get 20 in the city and 32 when mostly highway driving. But the nice handling and smooth quiet ride made me decide to keep it. I also like the power and many included feature.
Climate controls and in dash 6 CD system.
Improve city mileage.
Bought a new 05 HAH in Apr 06. Honda misjudged the # of cars they could sell and several were left unsold well into 06. I couldn't be happier, since I knew exactly what this car was. It was a Honda Accord EX-V6 with added power and better MPG. It was not a super high MPG car especially in the city. This car has all the Honda traits; great build, quality and dependability. It gives about 25% better real world MPG in the city and highway. My 04 Acura TL gets 18 c/27 h, My 05 HAH gets 24 c/34 h. Very grateful for low emissions and uniqueness of this car. Drove my sister's 2007 TCH. Cost 29500+tax with similar features to HAH. TCH has very good city MPG. Like HAH most other respects.
Honda quality, hybrid uniqueness, power everything, 255 HP, leather heated seats, XM satellite and 6CD changer, highway MPG. Price that I paid. Hope Honda create a plug-in Hybrid.
As much as I like this car, I don't think the IMA in Accord will survive. Honda will need to create something like Toyota HSD to compete. Would like to see Hybrids in Acura line. The tires in HAH should be replaced with Michelin Pilots MXM4. There is a lag when braking to turn and accelerating.
Nothing is better than getting a Hybrid V-6 with quality, reliability, comfort, and performance as the Honda. Especially, since I got it with less than 2000 Mi.and several thousands dollars below a regular V-6 and an 7 year extra warranty (I don't need to justify anymore the price of the car with the gas savings as every reviewer does when testing the car). Just the perfect combination. Starting it is like starting an electric car, no sound. Driving is much more precise than my Camry v-6 my wife's drives. I couldn't believe driving 224 highway Miles trip, in such comfort, and powerful machine would take just 5.2 gallon of reg.gas. The car Is a year old but I can still smell the new car smell when driving
Gas millage,space,performance,Honda quality,looks and drives as regular Accord,Really no need to pay a premium for a Lexus or an Acura. Did I mention better already better gas mileage?
More trunk space, DVD would be nice,
I own the 2005 Honda Accord Hybrid and appreciate the ingenuity that was put in this car. It is spacious, very comfortable for my 2 hour trips back and forth to work and I did not have to spend a lot of money on gas even when the gas prices were high. I was very cognizance of my speed and the road conditions which limited my gas expenses. I will definitely buy another Honda Hybrid in the next year or so. Thanks Honda!
My favorite feature is the automatic stop during heavy traffic.
I have not experience a flat tire yet but because I am a female, maybe Honda could have on display how to utilize the tire changing equipment. This scares me when I think about pulling the equipment out on a dark and lonely road.
I am selling this car because the fuel economy is lower than I was led to believe and the seats are extremely uncomfortable for both me and my husband. I have had to get a seat cushion from the Better Back Store just to be able to drive this car, and I still have trouble with it. I've never had a car as uncomfortable as this one. I only get 26 mpg in the winter in Colorado and 31 mpg in the summer. I do like the handling and power this car affords, though.
Handling, power, and back seat legroom.
Make the seats more comfortable! Make the headrests adjustable so that they can retract backwards a bit for passengers under 5'7". Be more realistic about reporting gas mileage.
'05 Accord Hybrid is not all that it was cracked up to be. I bought it for the advertised mileage of mid 30's. I got that only a couple of times. Averaged about 24-25 mpg. Save your $$$ when purchasing a car. Buy a regular Accord or other mid size sedan. You'll save a lot more with the difference between the ridiculous price of the hybrid vs. the price of a regular car.
Very comfortable interior. Lots of room in back seat. Great horsepower.
Improve gas mileage by cutting a little horsepower. Electric seats on passenger side.
My work commute is 40+ miles round trip in mixed urban/suburban driving and I get about 32 mpg. On a recent highway trip, with some rolling terrain, it was about 40 mpg. I bought the 2005 Accord Hybrid because it had the V6 "giddy-up" that's needed for the crazy traffic conditions in our area, combined with great eco-friendly fuel economy. Although he may disagree, I find it as fun to drive as my husband's BMWs...the 3 series, the 530i, or the 745i. I only wish that it had a power passenger seat, auto-tinting mirrors, and bluetooth technology.
I only wish that it had a power passenger seat, auto-dimming mirrors, and bluetooth technology.
This car, at 25 mpg city/34mpg highway, is underrated for fuel economy when the majority is highway driving. The cylinder management system, that shuts down 3 cyl. when cruising, is what really saves on fuel. We drive TX-MA-TX each year and have been averaging just short of 40mpg on those two trips and 33 mpg for total average. With 255 hp gas engine, it has plenty of pep.
Cylinder management system. Voice activated NAV system.
More distinctive exterior styling to differentiate the hybrid from the regular Accord sedan.
I traded in a Land Rover Discovery II for this car. I was hoping to get mid 30s gas mileage and have been extremely disappointed. I drive equal highway and city and hoped that I would hit the mid-range of the EPA estimate. I have only made more than 30 mpg on three tanks and I have tailored my driving to keep the "Econ" light illuminated as much as possible. I actually thought there was something wrong with the car and took it back to the dealership. I was told that additives in the gas lowered the mileage. I like the "get up and go" of this car but am truly diappointed with the gas mileage. The odometer and the computer differed in their mpg rating, by as much as 1.5mpg.
Lower the horsepower and increase mpg. The car has plenty of power. I bought a hybrid for saving $$$ on gas not on the idea of having increased horsepower.
I own the Accord hybrid with navigation system because I have no sense of direction. There are a few turns left to be desired with the Navi, but that's not an auto flaw. This is a terrific car, but I have not yet bonded with it, 17 months later, and I don't know why. If I could figure out what other car I'd prefer, I'd sell this one and buy that one. I often forget to lock the car, not yet accustomed to the electic locks and key
Love the electric windows - this is the first car I've owned with them, and have gotten accustomed to them very fast.
Excellent car, it is comfortable and fast with good handling. My overall mileage for the last 8000 miles is 30.7. Probably representing about 70% city driving. In local suburban driving I get from a low of 25 mpg if it is a shopping trip with lots of stops and starts, to 30 mpg in more typical point to point trips. On the highway the mileage at 70 mpg ranges from 34 to 43 depending on wind and other factors. My average highway is probably about 37.
I love monitoring the mileage meters and watching the regenerative breaking recharge the battery. A real "conservation of energy" machine.
Larger font size for the the mileage meters above the steering column. Rocker switches for the heated seats are easy to turn on accidently due to their location.
All this fun and savings too! This car is loaded with power!!!
Power, power, power, gas savings, XM radio
Light, a bit noisy
At 3000 miles the mileage is increasing as it gets broken in. Currently is at 30 MPG. Mileage judged by electronics in car and by miles ./. gallons used. Excellent quality. Only downside is rear seats don't fold and slight loss of trunkroom due to Hybrid Battery location. Roomy interior, 255 Horsepower, 30 MPG. The ideal car for me
Room, MPG, power, XM radio built-in
Have a line in input for IPOD/ MP3 player to Car Radio
I purchased this car at the end of the '05 model year when my dealer was offering "employee pricing". I considered the hybrid and a new '06 non-hybrid since they were the same price. I gave up the larger wheels, moon roof and revised exterior trim for the promise of better fuel mileage. I felt a bit cheated for the first months until the EPA released its test results from its new (more realistic) testing method. The technology works seamlessly together, with no indication of the battery or 3 cylinder modes engaging/disengaging. The auto stop is the only item that takes a few days to get used to. When you are rolling to a stop the engine shuts off while the car is still moving.
The comfort and fit and finish are very nice. The center layout for the stereo and HVAC is beautiful, but we use the climate control instead of most of these. The cupholders in the door pockets are a great use of that space. The front map lights, center consol light and homelink are wonderful
All of my desired improvements have been addressed in the '06 model.
I bought my Accord Hybrid in Jan.'05. At that time, the mileage was grossly misrepresented. It has since been adjusted downwards, but I wish I got the mileage they are claiming now. It is a very pleasant car to drive. It should be advertised as a performance car that gets mediocre mileage. The quality of the leather interior is awful. Also, my car did not come with a spare tire. There is a space for one. Cost me $200 to have one installed. Although I will probably keep this car for now, I will not buy another Honda.
Power. XM radio. Quietness.
Offer a cloth interior. Obviously, improve the gas mileage. Find a way to make at least one side of back seat fold down. And please equip it with a spare tire!!! Make it look a little more distinctive.
I travel to Phila on a regular basis. I've never had the pleasure of traveling to Phila on one tank of gas and having over a eighth of a tank left. It's a very quiet car. Sometimes I must check my tach. to verify that it's running. I love the XM radioin it. I never thought I would but it makes those long drives go faster. Speaking of faster, I've had it up to 120+MPH on more than one occasion. Nothing vibrated or fell off for over 30 seconds at that speed. Even a State troper pulled along side as I was decelerating from one of these high speed events,( I thought I had it), and mouthed a "wow- A hybrid?" along with a please slow down jesture. I did! He let me go . He must have been impressed
Quiet, fun to drive, and pleanty Power to get me into and out of any situation, all with a very high MPG (28 CIty - 38.9 hiway)
Allow the electric engine to engage from a stop to help the gas engine accelerate and improve the gas milage even more. Tail lights have been improved in design for 2006
After driving SUVs for ten years, the Accord Hybrid is a blast to drive. Over 30,000 miles in one year, and the gas savings keep adding up... and Increasing with the continual rise in gas prices. At expressway speeds, I average 32mpg. Style, comfort, pep, and economy. What else could you want.
Acceleration in traffic... this car really has "pep"
"buzzer" instead of "low fuel light". I actually ran out of gas once. Car will go 100 additional miles when the light comes on.
Car is great. Over 70 MPH and mileage drops between 31-33 MPG, but other than that it's great.
Larger CD changer.
I have always loved Honda vehicles and at first glance this looked to be a great way to lower my fuel costs and payments. As time went by, I realized that I would have been much happier with a regular Accord. I am not getting the fuel mileage that the hybrid was supposed to have. I have also realized that the missing trunk space does become a factor when you are making a trip with several people. There is also a strange "lag" in the engine between 40 and 50 mph that I just cannot adjust to. The switching between hybrid and gas engines provides a very jerky feel when you are driving at those speeds.
I love the feel of the car, the leather and the way the controls are set. The XM radio has been great to listen to. It has a great exterior style.
There needs to be smoother transition betweeen gas and hybrid engines. I would also like to see them inlcude a full size spare tire. They need to give consumers accurate mpg ratings. This is the primary reason most people would buy the car.
This car is LOADED - only thing missing is a sunroof. Only minor complaint is that the gas mileage should be better - I'm averaging 32ish, and thought I'd be closer to 35-37 mpg. I have 20K miles on it so far, and it seems to be getting a little better.
Nav is great, plenty of power (255HP), nice stereo and XM Satellite
Accurate reporting of gas mileage expectations... most people run the A/C...
I purchased my Honda Accord Hybrid on 7/11/05 and it has about 12,000 miles on it now. It has only been in the shop once for a recall which was a simple software update. Around the city I average 28mpg when I travel I get anywhere from 35 to 40mpg depending on how fast I drive. I do recommed this vehicle. But if you do choose to buy this vehicle make sure you get the Navigation System wish I had, since that is the only extra option.
I Love the XM-Satellite Radio, the 255 HP V-6 Engine, and the Heated front seats. I enjoy the Traction Control system as well.
Better Gas Milage! Add reverse sensing system.
Good car to drive, but not as fun as previous 96 Accord LX. You notice the weight in corners and stopping but the acceleration during highway merge and passing in straights is wonderful. Not made for cornering. Road noise is intrusive and the radio's tinniness doesn't block out the road noise. Drive feedback through the steering wheel is numbing. Transmission shifting is clunky and noticeable especially during smooth, gradual acceleration. Outstanding ventilation controls and headlights.
Acceleration, headlights, ventilation layout.
Better gas mileage (currently 26 mpg combined); smoother transmission operation; better brakes; better rear visibility; improved sound system (mp3 capability, subwoofer, 3 vs 2 band tone controls); beter sound insulation; bigger visors (return the pull-outs of the 960; cruise control device layout.
I bought this car as used car with only 4500 miles, this car has navigation system and xm radio. I paid $24,500 and spent another $200 to get the spare wheel and tool box of 2006 hybrid, yes of 2006, the special tire I bought at tire shop in much better price. Honda made a stupid mistake with 2005 hybrid on the spare wheel and corrected it on the 2006, however this is the most fun car I ever had, I know that milage is not even close to Toyota Prius but better than all my previous V6 cars, I am a tall guy 61, however the driver seat is very comfortable
Navigation, Audio system and the power.
Bigger trunk, blue-tooth,8 speakers and auto light.
Purchased for fuel economy with performance. Fast and quick handling. Runs like a V8. A better riding set of tires would make this car more comfortable on the freeways in CA. The factory Michlin S-8's are hybrid tires for fuel economy- they ride hard. Fuel economy is getting better now at 4,000K. A fuel additive gets us 40MPG Hyway and 30 in the city-best mileage. Average driving is lower at 25/35. Sound system is just ok. Dealer response has been good. I replaced the tire pump with a mini spare. No problems so far. We like the car! Brakes seem too sensitive and have a tendency to grab quickly at low speeds or when coming to a stop.
Acceleration, handling and spirited driving with excellent control. You can get a 255 hp V6 with the fuel economy of a four-cylinder, and power like a V8.
Sunroof (06), Better radio/sound system, auto dim mirrors, better riding tires, darker tinted glass, full or mini spare tire. longer warranty (36K/3yrs)- 50/5 would be better as standard. Brakes grab too quickly at low speeds, Auto- stop feature should have a on/off switch.
I've only had it for 2 months but I love it. Plenty of power, excellent comfort. Averaging 27.0 mpg overall. XM radio built-in a plus. Comfortable seats an well laid out interior.
Leather, XM radio, comfortable seats all options included except NAV included with Hybrid model.
Ipod or line in connection to factory radio.
I found the Honda Accord Hybrid to be a better driving machine than my 1995 Buick V8 Park Avenue. Both have excellent gas milage. The comfort level is the same inside the cabin . The Accord is some what sporty also and has great pick up and manuverability . The fuel economy gauges on the Hybrid are a constant reminder of how one's driving habits affects their overall gas mileage. It helps one to adjust to better driving habits that save fuel. I can see better out of this automobile than I can out of any other I have owned. This Hybrid is quite a machine.
Fast acceleration when trying to pass, uphill accelerations is great also. Its quiet, rides is unbelievably smooth. Front wheel drive w/ traction really holds the road surface in icy conditions. The regenerative breaking system helps stopping the car with in a shorter distance.
The IMA motor system should allow use of the electric power alone to move the vehicle in a gas engine out situation. It would be safer to be able to crawl off to the highway shoulder or to an exit rather than to push it or let it sit where it rolls to a stop.
The 2005 Accord Hybrid suffers from unrefined technology. I nearly lemon-lawed the car because the engine malfunction lamp flashed at full throttle. Only a recent software update fixed it. Glacial transmission downshifting makes it a real drag to drive on winding roads. Various electronic systems seem to be prone to glitches and odd behavior. This car is barely a hybrid because the electric motor is rarely used for acceleration. Its primary function seems to be as a virtual flywheel during 3- cylinder operation and a power source for the hybrid A/C. The non-hybrid portions are what you'd expect from Honda. The car is quiet, refined, comfortable, and handles decently.
Comfortable interior on long trips. Strong acceleration in the mountains.
More electric motor and less gas motor. Fix the automatic transmission lag or offer a manual. Make the radio replaceable. Refine the newer components.
Great car to drive...brakes are still good as new despite having over 45,000 miles on the car. I love to drive this car. The power is awesome!
All the discussion about mileage on the hybrid is settled easily. If you drive about 55 or 60 for Hwy, you will get near the EPA results. If you drive 80, you'll get around 31 mpg. In the city I 've found I get pretty close to epa of 27. If you mix city/hwy like most drivers, look for around 31 mpg. when you actually measure it on a fill up. I am getting about 7 mpg better than my '03 Accord and for me that's a good deal. Don't buy this car expecting great mileage but do buy it for good mileage, great performance, great re-sale, great reliability and a host of other reasons!
The hybrid system's cylinder management system (shuts off 3 at normal hwy speeds), and the engine shuts-off when you are on the brake and below about 10 mph. Great for long traffic lights. Too bad all cars don't do this at lights!
Bigger electric motor to maintain the economy of the cyl management system when going up grades. You lose the fold down rear seats to battery storage, but at least make a pass through where the arm rest is.
I've put 9000 miles on my Accord so far, and it has been exactly what I expected. Many of these reviews have talked about the mileage, I'm not sure what they expected from a car with 250+ HP. I get 22-27 in the city depending on traffic and season. I take frequent long road trips and drive about 70 MPH on average, and get about 35 MPG...if I drove 60 I'd probably be closer to 40 MPG. When I drive the car I feel like I am driving a well built quality machine. The sound system is very good. Bottom line is you get reliablity, comfort, and muscle, while getting better than average MPG, esp compared to other cars with this much HP.
Honda reliability, more than enough horse power, great MPG/HP ratio, nice sound, very comfortable.
Sun visors are too short. A few more luxury items like heated mirrors (I'm in MN, power passenger seat, and auto headlights would be perfect.
Honda has always built good cars. And this Accord is no different. Except the mileage rating on the hybrid accord is way out of balance with the actual. The best I have been able to attain, with careful driving, is 7 to 10 miles per gallon less than advertised. For a major car manufacturer of hybrids this is very bad.
Reduce the horse power and increase the fuel efficiency.
Ordinary driving yields mediocre milage, low 20s suburban, upper 20s highway. You must learn to drive this vehicle differently to get better, but still well below EPA sticker, milage. Very slow acceleration, constant use of cruise control, etc. The electric package is so small that it almost never is used. The major economy comes from shutting off 3 cylinders in cruise, but the transition between 3 and 6 cylinders to too sensitive. Even a 2% grade will kick it back to 6 cylinders, and pressing on the accelerator ever so slightly will do the same thing. Having driven a Prius, I'm disappointed in Honda. A nice sedan, well made, but the hybrid package is a disappointing misfit.
Well manufactured vehicle.
Smaller V-6, bigger electric motor. Get the real (not EPA fantasy) milage well into the 30s.
Great to drive, plenty of power when needed & great fuel economy.
Hybrid technology. Great audio, Duel climate controls, great interior room
Day/nite mirror should be standard
This car has been a great compromise between mileage and power. I drive 600+ miles per week, and the average 40% improvement in mileage over my previous sedan is significant, particularly considering the HAH has 10 more hp. Factor in that the HAH takes regular gas, not premium, and I am very happy with the economics of the change. I've had a few design/build quality issues, but nothing significant. If you're looking for amazing mileage, go with the Civic or Prius. If you like to get good mileage and still have considerable muscle to flex, this is a great choice.
Power, quality of interior materials, instrument panel (tech with class)
More luxury-like features-- power passenger seat, seat memory, sun roof, dimming rear view mirror; steering wheel control for XM radio that does channel to channel, not just presets.
On the road, going up the "mountain", it is better than my 5.0 Mustang or my Avalon were. In town, it gets as good mileage as my Civic EX did. Everyone who rides in it remarks about the comfort and room. Quiet and a pleasure to drive on the road; mileage great until you get to 80+.
Steering wheel radio controls, XM radio, AutoStop
Our initial reaction to this car has been serious disappointment at the poor fuel economy. After 8k miles we're averaging slightly over 26mpg, certainly nothing impressive. On a positive note the car is quite fast and a serious improvement for day to day driving when compared to the early model prius and insight we've also owned. Still we bought it with expectations it'd be fuel efficient for our mostly highway driving. It hasn't lived up. Prius in the future
The vehicle was purchased and we immediately went on a 10000 mile trip. Car performed well with gas mileage of 27-35+ depending on wind and terrain. The problem with the shift to drive 3 was occasional and I would prefer to have the auto headlight feature. One problem was the short visor, with the sun coming from the drivers side the short visor was inadequate to block the sun. Needs a visor extender to cover the window width. After the trip the car suddenly lost the good gas mileage and dropped to 22-25. We took it in for a checkup and they said they did nothing but the mileage is now 26-30 with over 12000 miles on the vehicle. There is vibration at low gear from the elect/gas shift
Auto Headlights, better visor to cover the side window, downshift to D3 fix.
I have about 4,200 miles on my 2005 Honda Accord Hybrid. After getting 31 mpg on my 1st full tank, I was anxious to see it improve to around 36 mpg as it was broke-in and I figured out how to drive it to get the optimun mpg. So far, after nearly 3 months I am very disappointed, the mpg has actually retreated to about 25 to 26. At this rate, it was not worth the premium. Cold weather appears to have an impact. I am pleased with the handling and acceleration. Overall, not the feel of luxury I had when I purchased my 2002 Maxima Nissan GLE new.
Acceleration very good. Runs very quitely.
Not quite sure what the "auto-off" head lights on the sticker means. You get the annoying ding if you attempt to exit the car without turning them off? Sun roof (06). Feel unsure about no spare tire, whats happens with a major blow-out where the tire is destroyed. Better mpg, 26 not acceptable.
My Honda Accord Hybrid has performed admirably and as expected. On two long trips, one to Florida and another to Oklahoma City, it averaged between 41 and 42 mpg while driving between 60 and 65 mph. In city driving I accelerate moderately with smooth throttle imputs. City mileage has averaged between 24 and 28 mpg. Overall mileage is above 35 mpg. Performance is spectacular for such a fuel-conserving car, especially strong torque at lower speeds. Only problem in the first almost 16,000 miles was a defective left rearview mirrow that was quickly replaced under warranty.
high-tech engineering to accomodate the hybrid system, like Active Noixe Control, Active Engine Mounts, aluminum parts to save weight, modified 5-speed automatice with internal oil pump to aid restart from Idle-Stop, 3-cylinder operation on the highway and in steady-state city driving, etc.
sun visor that has an extension to block out the sun when used on side window
Drives nice. A little bit of a jerk on initial acceleration. Roomy and comfortable. Gas mileage much less than expected. Fun to drive.
When purchasing a hybrid, mileage is a top priority. Better fuel economy would be expected. (Especially when looking at the 29city/37hwy on the sticker.
Up to 45 mpg hwy, 35 city. If you drive it like a maniac, you'll get poor mileage like any other car. If you drive more conservatively, you'll get better mileage like any other car, it's all relative. Overall, we're getting about 30 mpg, mostly city, but I can go more than 600 miles on a 17- gallon tank on pure hwy miles. In cold weather it does take a few miles for the electric motor to warm up. Very comfortable and reliable.
The major downside for me was the realization that this is a "performance" car, not a fuel economy car. It gets 23 to 25 mpg in town and 32-34 on the hwy. Good performance, not the economy I assumed hybrids would get. I love the performance, the power of acceleration, the fact that at idle the engine shuts down. At 6 ft. 3 inches, I have plenty of head room. I love the car and am very happy with it.
XM radio, quick pick up, quiet engine, leather seats, seat warmer
The days of choosing between a fuel-efficient "pregnant rollerskate" and a car that passes everything but a gas station are over. The Accord Hybrid nicely packages performance with fuel economy. The exceptional marriage of the vaunted 3.0L V- TEC V6 engine with an electric motor is definitely the vehicle's mechanical strength. This is Honda's third-generation IMA project, and it shows far greater refinement than its predecessors. My primary concern rests with Accord's standard automatic transmission. It surely contributes to the vehicle's "smoothness," but my tranny can be finicky. It waits too long to shift at times and can create a pause-and-burst sensation between first and second gears.
If you love to drive and feel no need to advertise your enivornmental sensibilities , then the Accord is for you. The Accord chews up mountain passes and merges effortlessly, while averaging 33 mpg.
My IMA does not work when running the window defogger and it can take a while to kick in off a cold start. Also, for $30,000, one would think this car would come without Honda's usual symphony of obnoxious interior vibrations and rattles at freeway speeds. The stereo is subpar for a near- luxury car.
I also was surprised to learn that this car does not come w/ a spare tire. I went to a used tire place and purchased a full size spare /used rim for $85. I am wondering if this heavy tire will affect my gas mileage. I plan on only using it for long distance trips. Also was disappointed that I had to purchase the compass/ auto diming rear view mirror...think it should have been standard on a $30K car! Love the satellite radio and the car drives really smooth. So far the mileage indicator has been 32 at the highest number, 28 lowest. Fun to drive, really quiet. Very comfortable.
Leather seats very comfortable, XM radio (could use better speakers though) miss the BOSE system I had on my 2004 Maxima! Like the gas mileage indicator always showing on dash.
Include a spare tire, better stereo system, include Compass/Auto Dimming rear view mirror as STD. also when you open the driver door to get out, it either goes out too far or swings back in on you. need to fix that.
The Honda Accord EX Hybrid has no spare tire. It has fluid and a pump for holding the tire for a limited period of time until it can be fixed. The replacement fluid at the dealers is $100 for about a quart. Apparently they do not plan to sell much of it. The best choice, it seems to me, is to buy a utility spare for about $140 and put it in an already small trunk. I don't know that I would have bought the car had I known this at the time. It is something I should have asked about, but I had no idea that a major manufacturer and dealership would have such inadequate means for dealing with flat tires and at such a high price. Blowouts require a tow.
Getr a better system for dealing with flats or blow outs.
Was offered below MSRP price which brought it in range with the loaded Accord non-hybrid version. With tax break it will end up about the same as a regular Accord. Didn't want the nav package as I don't like dedicated PC like hardware in a car. It becomes obsolete too fast. It is very comfortable to drive for both city and highway Nice power when you want it. So far my gas mileage for the highway has been around 27 mpg highway. My lead foot is probably the issue. Because of the deal I got I can't complain. Gonna get a real spare though!
Smooth quiet ride.
Real spare tire. The repair kit that is in place of a spare won't fix a blow out.
I bought my car on 2/18/05 (who can top that)and got a great deal. The experiance have been great and since that time i have put 11k miles on it due the fact that i drive practiclely all day 6day a week. The best city was 25mpg and highway 39mpg. I love when I stop and it switches to electric... complete silence.. The speed is excellent, and i had to prove that to a few drivers who want to test me. luv it
Overall speed, when i stop and it switches to electric, the leather and heated seats
Need a sunroof,
Yesterday was our 10 month anniversary of this love affair. At 15,000 km, its converted mileage is about 27 mpg in city commute of 15 km (9 miles) and 40 stoplights. Highway driving, using the Edmunds' suggestions in AOL review (no lead foot, auto speed control,etc) and keeping an eye on my "eco" zone signal, we get about 37.5 mpg. My earlier review should have reported we use about 9 litres (city) and 6.5 litres (highway) per 100 km driven. This American in Canada reversed km and litres in earlier report. Figures are from dash indicators for gas useage per tank. Real calculations show 700-800 km per 54 litres (32-36 mpg)in mixed driving. (Approximate only:litres do not quite = quarts)
Style, comfort, pick-up, and knowing I am doing my part for the environment driving this fun car. (Extra cost in buying a luxury car will even out in gas costs over the time I intend to own it. Though it doesn't save as much on gas as some other cars CAN, my reasons for buying it were relative.)
Blind spots due to interior visibility issues (headrests?); Honda windows fog too easily; combination of power and engine stopping make tasks like parking more difficult when there are only inches to spare; headlights could be brighter. Did we expect perfection? Honeymoon is not over! I love my car!
I wrote a review earlier when I first bought it. Now it is 3 months since I owned it. The car gives me 29 mpg in city and 33.5 mpg in highway driving between 70 and 85 MPH. While the fuel efficiency is great, the more important is that the ride is great and the interiors are well done. The car is still very smooth and a joy to ride. I still love washing it and keeping it shiny sparkly.
The acceleration and the interiors.
My 2005 model no sunroof. Also, no heated mirrors. No lumbar adjustment on the passenger seat. The engine kicks on and off in slow-stop-go coasting traffic (10 mph or less). I get around it by keeping car in 2nd gear so the engine remains on all the time. Once over 10 mph, I shift to "D".
Honda has truly outdone themselves with this car. 255 total hp (240 V6 and 16 electric) provide a quiet yet substantial driving experience. This car has tremendous acceleration through the mid range to top end. From 50mph to 75mph with gas/electric combination in 4 seconds is impressive. Max fuel efficiency for me seems to be in the 62-64 mph range. At this speed on I-95 I can get just shy of 40mpg. Around town the mpg is just above 28.
-Close to 650/tank on highway if you drive it carefully. -Standard XM radio is free for first 3 months. -A/C continues to work when engine is in "Auto-Stop" mode
More powerful electric motor for low speed acceleration would be nice to help improve city mpg.
I traded my 2002 honda coupe for the hybrid. I wanted to save on gas. It's too soon to tell but I drove it for nearly 100 miles and didn't use a quarter tank yet. The car is really powerful and I have to keep track of how fast I go. The interior is very nice a spacious. I don't want to get out of my car.
The gas/electric thingie. The cold AC when you are at a stop. The comfort and the smell of a new car.
More savings on gas mileage. Honda could have done alot better, like break the records!
really fun to drive has peenty of pep and holds the road very well thought I was comming down from my caddy but the hybrid outperforms significantly..
hybrid and radio system asa well as the get up and go ands the gass milage
give XM at no cost to the owner and add auto response of GM's
Absolutely love this car. Have 10,000 KM since purchased on April 2 (It's August now)and I am averaging 8.4 l/100 KM for the entire life of the car. Handling is great for a large sedan with acceleration extremely quick and impressive. The electric motor seems like it is pulling you along. Would never even think about purchasing an Acura TL. Best feature - when I am picking up my wife I stop in the parking lot with my foot on the brake and enjoy the A/C without the engine running. Note: The review that stated they purchased the first one in Canada, would have to have bought it before April 2, 2005 to beat my purchase.(Did the salesman tell a fib???)
Electric Motor during acceleration
More electric operation at lower speeds.
I am very impressed with the power that the Accord 4-door Sedan Hybrid's V6 engine with 255hp has. Addtionally, the car handles so smoothly and is so quite it sometimes is hard to realize the motor's even running. I have gotten the gas mileage the EPA expects while on road trips, but slightly less while taking in-town trips.
The dashboard instruments are easy to see and most helpful.
I am rather large, so the seats could be a bit wider to accommodate large hips.
I had a 2003 Honda Accord EX, but for the deal I got, it was worth it to tradeup. I am very happy with the Hybrid. While I just got it, milage is still better than previous Honda. It should improve substantially as I increase it's use.
Electruc power steering is very good. Handles and rides quite well. It every bit as powerful as previous Honda
The lack of a real spare tire is worrisome. It only has equipment to fix a flat tire due to nail or similar problem. Nothing for a blowout.
Dealer says I bought the 1st of this model in Canada. My purchase was for ethical reasons - concern for the environment. It gets about 9 km per 100 litres for city driving and about 6.5 km per litre on highway: about 850 km per tank. Promo said potential is 1000 km per tank. Empty tank takes ~ 54 litres (tho specs indicate it is larger.) Dashboard indicators help me drive in a way that conserves fuel. But, when I need power, it is THERE - LOVE it! (When I do not drive in the "eco" zone, my gas mileage goes up, of course.) My primary critique is that this technology was put only into a luxury model. I do not normally purchase leather, seat warmers, 6-CD changer, etc.
I like the dashboard indicators to show when I am driving in "eco" zone, when electric boost happens, when battery charges. Love the power! I also like the seat warmers, dual temperature controls, 6-CD changer - all the things I would not normally have bought. :-) I am really enjoying it!
When is this technology going to be available in ALL models, including basic models? People who can only afford basic cars cannot afford to buy more gas. And our ecological environment would benefit greatly. Anyway to increase the weight limit? It is pretty low.
Updating previous review (see Greener with Style 4/05): City/Suburban driving 24.5 to 27.5 mpg and highway driving (55 to 65 mph in hilly Oregon) 33 to 34 mpg. Realistically we could have saved a lot more by buying a strong 4 cylinder Accord, but our reasons for buying the car were not driven by only the dollars spent. The car is a joy to drive. Again I would emphasize you need to test drive it fully warmed up in a variety of conditions. Some people may actually be annoyed by the engine shutdown on stops and cylinder shutdown/restart. Electronic steering feels like it 'hangs' sometimes. My wife drives a Civic Hybrid with about 44 mpg but lacks the comfort and power of the Accord (lucky me).
As before: the technology behind the hybrid system, power, relative economy for a six cylinder (40 to 60% better than my 2001 Highlander V6 with more power), air bag safety, XM Radio is pretty cool too
Automatic lights, heated mirrors, mini spare would be nice additions along with very minor improvements in the electronic steering, keep in mind that this car will not save much (if anything at all) if you tend to race from light to light or have to drive in creeping bumper to bumper traffic
The best thing about this car is that you don't feel odd. It's invisible: it feels and handles as an ordinary family sedan - you are not aware that it is different. Yet when you need power it does not disapoint. I like that it uses regular gas and that I'm getting about 30 miles per gallon average day to day mileage.
Regular gas. Very comfortable rear seating. Very quiet ride with minimal road noise. Tight handling. Good visabilty.
Include cassette player as standard equipment
This is my second Honda hybrid. Took my former Civic to nearly 100k miles in just under three years with few problems. Routine oil changes were more difficult on that version with 0 weight 30 not easy to find and quirky steps mechanics have to know... so far with the Accord, it's a snap! My only complaint was the premium sticker price and that the fuel efficiency is nowhere close to that advertised. I am mostly drive on the highway and am averaging closer to 30 than 37. I was sold that the enhancements in hybrid technology were supposed to make this one better for increased hwy mileage than in town. Either way, I'm all for hybrids and my experience has been good! Go Green!!
V6 power... new feature that cylinders shut off at certain efficient speeds... in stop and go traffic, the auto stop on this better than the older Civics in which you have to truly exceed 10-15 mph for it to auto stop
Transitioning could be smoother when cylinders turn off/on and with auto stop... though I love the fact that there are headrests in the back seat, I find the overall visibility of the Accord Hybrid not as good as Civic... many blind spots so I have to use those circular stick-on mirrors
I would not recommend this for now..wait a year or two for the some changes. engine is very strong and does not compliment the handling. it does not hold tight enough on curvy roads like around mountains but in a straigh line it's very nice, quite and smooth. but around town, handling is fine.what amazed me the most is the brake system. It's very powerful. it really bites. regarding gas mileage, i get almost 30mpg 85% highway with milow driving. the transmission shifting to second gear is very noticeble or is not smooth. i already got 7100miles. i use mobil 1 oil. after 2 mins engine warms up at 60degrees and auto stop works. overall I rate this car 7.5. there is plenty of room for improvent
XM, airbags, rear spoiler, climate control like the auto climate control really work well.
headlights could be a little brighter or better design like the new camrys. little signal lights on the fenders like the new jettas for safety. spare tire, stranded somewhere for 9hrs on a holiday with exploded left front tire, 17"rims. better suspension set up. 50series tires or 55 for handling.
This is a great car. I wanted to buy it for a long time and I recently got a great deal on it as well. It is super quiet, smooth and has great power. The legspace is amazing.
The acceleration available even at high speeds. The lumbar support. Steering wheel controls. The hush hush ride, especially at the stop light! The steering response is amazing.
I wish they would put power passenger seat as well. The sound system could have been even better.
The 2005 Hybrid is a vast improvement over the 1998 Accord Coupe V6 that I previously owned. The ride is smoother, the vehicle is much quieter--with the exception of some road noise. Mileage on pure highway driving is exceptional, slightly better than the EPA rating in my experience. City driving can vary significantly depending upon conditions. My experience is between 23 and 27 mpg in town, averaging a little over 24 for city driving. In my opinion that's pretty good for a powerful V6. Transition between modes of power: IMA + gasoline engine, 6 cylinder gasoline power and three cylinder power (with and without assist) is usually very smooth, but occasionally noticeable.
The IMA (hybrid) system, satelite radio, heated leather seats and roomy and comfortable interior
I am skeptical about the lack of a spare tire (an on the road repair system replaces a spare), but am willing to give it a try. I would like to see a reduction in road noise that transfers into the cabin.
One would never know that they are driving a Hybrid, except for the gas mileage. Smooth and quiet driving. Great power, even in mountain driving conditions. Everyone assumes that I paid much more for this vehicle. First Honda I have ever owned, but definitely will not be the last! Love it!
Luxury feel, gas mileage, smoothness
More options when purchasing. Would like headlights to always be turned on, or at least automatic shut-off.
Lots of power, mileage as advertised, good looking, reliable Honda reputation
Mileage, power, conveniences
door locks at 5mph plus, daylight lights,
Traded in my 2003 Honda Accord V-6 for the new Hybrid model. Overall, there is not a lot of difference in the two, but the Hybrid seems a little more solidly built for some reason, and quieter also. Handles a little differently, but I can't really say which one is better. Acceleraton is better with the Hybrid, and of course the mileage is better.
Mileage, build quality
WIsh the passenger seat was as fully adjustable as the driver's seat.
I purchased my hybrid Accord without the navigation system in December, 2004 and already have over 8,500 miles on it. The car has been an absolute pleasure to own -- very reliable, quiet, comfortable and easy to drive, even in the Michigan winter. My mileage, driving mostly highway miles, has averaged 29.2 mpg but that is increasing as the weather warms (I'm sure due to the gas-saving features warming up sooner). For those concerned that the loss of trunk space (because of the battery) will be significant -- fear not -- this vehicle can still easily carry a week's worth of groceries or luggage.
Clearly the fuel economy and good feeling I get from pumping lower amounts of emissions into the air. The well-appointed workmanship (for a car costing $30,000) and power of a V-6 have also added to the value of the car. The acceleration is impressive. Overall, this car has been great.
Some nice things to have would include an automatic-dimming rear mirror, a warning gauge for low levels of washer fluid, a direction indicator (I guess I could have gotten the navigation system) and, as mentioned elsewhere automatic doorlocks. These, however, are very minor "quibbles."
This is the best car I have ever had the pleasure of driving. You get great performance (255 HP) with luxury and outstanding gas mileage. The quality of the car is amazing. Everything about the car feels awesome. I feel like I'm driving a Porsche. The reliability of Honda puts my mind at ease. I highly recommend this car. Having my cell phone charging in my center armrest while out of view is very cool.
The power, the XM radio, the seats, the appearance, the reliablity.
Auto lights ... for 30k you shouldn't have to remember to turn on the headlamps.
A first look for the curious...My initial gas mileage is around 29 mpg for in town (60% highway/ 40% city). Powerful engine but if you have a lead foot don't expect to get the mpg also. You can slightly feel the engine kick between ECO (three cylinder operation) and the full six. You should test drive it (at operating temp.) and feel for this. Engine shuts down on stops (at op. temp.) unless you like or need to constantly creep forward. You'll feel the slight vibration on restart, but I enjoy the reminder I'm not sitting and idling. My driving style is changing to match the capacity of the car (looking for the ECO light). Power-excellent; handling-good; interior-very good. More later?
The technology behind managing three cylinder operation, electric power assist, engine shut down at idle while retaining a powerful engine is the number one 'feature'. The interior is great and very comfortable(see below). Multiple air bag safety equipment is standard.
Continue to work on road noise (not quite as quiet as our old Highlander). A mini spare instead of the pump and sealant for flats. Work on improving the interface between auto stop at idle and restart. Place the 'ECO' light in a more favorable position for driver feedback.
I love my Accord Hybrid!! It is fun to drive and the V6 makes it quick - not gutless in the least. The change between the gas and electric engines is indistinguishable. I love the fact that the dash shows when it is running via the gas engine and also when only the electric engine is on. The braking charges this remarkable car. The price is steep, but as more companies make these cars, the price will drop. All of my friends wish they had this car!!!
I love the Gas/electric engine. I'm no tree hugger, but I love the fact that I'm driving a "Cleaner" vehicle.
The only problem I have had at all has been the emmission light coming on. I've had it checked and nothing is wrong. The sensors have obviously malfunctioned.
Handles great with lots of power and nearly 40 miles to the gallon on the highway!
auto stop. The gas engines shuts off wheb you stop. You take your foot off the break and it starts again. The car runs very quiet and smooth.
I do not recommend this car. My expectations have not nearly been met. Highway mileage is great but city mileage has yet to break 20 MPG in suburban Boston. I'm certain that will improve after the winter but will be no where near the EPA mileage. The biggest disappointment is the loose steering. As a three car owner, all Hondas, the steering doesn't compare to either the CRV or the Odyssey. This car replaced a German Sports sedan. I wasn't expecting the same drive but I didn't expect to despise HIGHWAY driving. It's not quite as bad as a big 1967Chevy wagon, but it's bad. I'M considered trading the car in. Drive this on the highway with turns before you seriously consider purchase
Good pick up. Great highway mileage.
Fix the steering. Use a bigger electric engine to improve city driving.
After owning a 2001 Honda Accord V6, the thrill of owning the first ever Accord Hybrid was highly anticipated. This vehicle has met and actually exceeded our expectations for quality and just pure fun to drive. It has far more pep than other Accord models, handles remarkably well, rides extremely well and is just a pleasure to drive.
The additional gauges and displays unique to the hybrid are fun to watch as they change from green to red. It really isn't much of a challenge to remain in the green, meaning that we are driving economically.
Make a sunroof available for the hybrid.
Bought the Accord Hybrid 1 week ago. Almost through the 600 mile break-inperiod. Wondering what other Accord Hybrid owners experience is with the MPG. Right now, I'm only getting 25-27 combined city/highway. That's a bit under the sticker - 31 city/37 highway. I drive 47 miles highway each way to/from work.
XM Radio definitely, controls on the steering wheel, Homelink, status of whatit's doing not in a huge display - I prefer the smaller, basic display.
Add tire pressure monitor and memory settings to the power seat.
This is the second Honda hybrid I've owned. I traded a Civil in for my present Accord. It doesn't get the same gas milage as the Civic but is one of the most comfortable cars I've ever owned. It is a joy. Nothing gives me more pleasure than to see Hummers and monster SUVs parked at gas pumps as I drive by.
Comfort, hands down. Also like the satellite radio.
The shift from gas to electric assist is seamless. Initially, it's seems strange to pull to a stoplight and the engine shuts-off when you break. As soon as you touch the accelerator, the car takes off like a vehicle with a regular gas engine.The drive is smooth with plenty of power for any condition we've experienced.
The gas/electric technology makes fueling the car a rare event. It also makes the car extremely quiet when running. There is plenty of room in the back seat for kids.
The trunk could be a little larger. With the batteries for the electric assist located just behind the rear seat, it takes-up trunk space.
Great car with great gas mileage. Who would expect anything less from Honda. The only drawback is the lack of a real spare tire; however, there is room for one if desired. I had a moon roof added to mine because they don't include one as standard equipment - I was told it's because of weight. I can't say that I've noticed a mileage difference because of it.
The hybrid features of this new Accord activate after the engine warms up, which takes over 2 miles. For longer trips in city driving, the fuel economy will be just fine..close to the predicted (29 m.p.g.). But for short trips, the 4 cylinder Accord would do just as well and cost much less up front.
We do enjoy the luxory of the car and its pep! The car is quiet, and when the "autostop" cuts off the engine, you feel so grateful you aren't just sitting there burning fuel!
Change the "autostop" so that it will still activate when you are using the defrost features of the heating system.
I purchased a Civic Hybrid three years ago and just upgraded to the new Hybrid Accord. It has to be the best Honda of the 25 that I have owned. I have found nothing that I do not love about this car and when they describe it as a "Hybrid Rocket", they are not kidding!! What a wonderful addition to the Honda Family!!
POWER and Gas Mileage
Maybe a sun roof???? But really not a must.
We purchased a Honda Accord Hybrid just last week. The fuel economy is disappointing us. Because my daily trips to work are short, the fuel saving features don't activate until half-way there. I would probably get equal fuel economy with a 4 cylinder non-hybrid and have saved 7 thousand dollars. The Accord hybrid does show good fuel economy on the freeway, but not on stop and go city driving.
The car is quiet! It has plenty of pep and a lovely, smooth ride on the freeway. When the car is warmed up, the engine goes dormant at stops, saving fuel. It takes about 3 miles to warm up, though. It produces ultra low emissions that are comparatively clean.
The Honda Accord Hybrid is expensive; too expensive to justify the fuel savings. Since the engine assist features seem to give both the Civic and Accord models more pep, perhaps Honda could produce a hybrid of the 4 cylinder Honda Accord and it would be less costly.
I bought my Accord Hybrid 10 days ago. On the 4th day the engine light came on and the engine started to rattle and smoke. After the dealership looked over the car, I was told that is was a software issue. The car still does not run correctly. Today, while on the freeway, the right rear tire exploded. To my suprise, there isn't a spare in the trunk. After being towed to the dealership, they said they do not carry the tires and I would have wait a day or two for a replacement. They will not fix the engine, give me a spare, nor replace the vehicle.
The seat warmers.
The engine, tires and American Honda's Customer support.
My objective was to complete all negotiating before I walked into the dealer. I researched the Accord hybrid online and sent e-mails to all local dealers indicating interest to buy when one arrived. Several e-mailed me as they arrived but weren't keen on discounting off of sticker. One dealer was willing to sell the car at $1,000 off sticker, if I closed before the end of December. I test-drove the car at that dealer and after about 2 minutes in the car I was sold. I received my Accord hybrid on New Year's eve 2004. I have just turned over 1000 miles and my satisfaction has not waned. It is unbelievably quiet, and will really get up and go when asked. No squeaks or rattles.
My favorite feature would have to be the hybrid engineering. The technology is sophisticated yet not really noticeable. What I do notice is the great gas mileage. My first tank was 39 mpg hwy 32 combined. I really enjoy the ergonomics of the vehicle. The sound system with XM radio is awesome.
I would have traded some of the accelleration for even better mileage. There is a slightly noticeable transmission shift in to and out of 1st gear. Not really bad and that may go away with some miles.
I've had my Accord Hybrid about a month and I love it. I am amazed at how quiet it is, how smooth the ride is and the great pickup. I always think there is room for improvement for the fuel economy but for the size car I need right now I think this is the best. My new bumper sticker, "My other car is not a Hummer". :)
This has serious power! I was expecting something little better than gutless. It's a hybrid, afterall. It did 124 mph and had plenty left before I felt I needed to slow it down. I got 26 mpg or so for the first 1000 miles. I'm now getting in the high 30s and even topped 40 mpg last week. It wasn't cheap - but Honda's have always held great value for me. I've owned 6 Honda's to date. Highly recommend the Hybrid.
The Hybrid engine. And the transmission is so smooth!!!
Bring the price down so more people can buy this great car!!!