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.
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.
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