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Great MPG, comfortable, some tech weaknesses
By texas22step on
Vehicle2014 Honda Accord Hybrid Touring 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)
ReviewWe purchased the 2014 Accord Hybrid shortly after its Oct 2013 arrival at a local dealer, attracted by its 'new' hybrid technology & claimed mileage. Only the Touring trim level was available at the time, but we bought it anyway.
We owned this car for over 2 years and nearly 50K of daily driving, mostly highway. Over that time and distance, we enjoyed combined driving mileage of around 42 mpg, with a high in the 60's and a low in the low 30's, depending on location (terrain), speeds, etc. With an ample gas tank, we had ~700 mile range between fill-ups and spent way less time and money at the gas station. The car was truly spacious and comfortable.
Beyond the comfort and mpg factors, we enjoyed the fact that the Accord Hybrid looks like every other Accord on the road - no geeky look like the Prius or other 'green' cars.
The build-quality is solid, the design generally fine.
We traded the car when gas prices plummeted by the end of 2015 and after some of the fancy electronics of the Touring trim level were damaged in an everyday encounter with some very small road kill that threw the car's under-bumper sensor out of position and useless. Honda refused to acknowledge poor design and wanted over $1K for 'repairs.' We said 'no' and traded the car. To be fair, the trade was not only because of the poor placement of the sensor package under the front bumper, but also because we didn't want to face an expensive battery exchange (battery warranty in our state was only 80K miles) and because the combination of many vehicles in the market now available with routine combined mpg over 30 with (now) low gas prices at the pump.
We would still recommend the upcoming 2018 'redesign' of the Accord Hybrid, but not the Touring level trim. At that trim level, you are forced to purchase fragile technology such as lane-change warning sensors, auto-brake sensors, etc. that are terribly vulnerable in daily driving and very expensive to fix. If possible, recommend the EX trim level or below, and without all of these 'smart' additions. Gas prices may be relatively low now, but they are on the way back up in the next year or two, IMHO. And the affordable plug-in electric cars still don't have a useful driving range, especially for rural or semi-rural daily use.
Kudos to Honda for offering Android Auto and/or Apple Car Play interfaces, however, so you can just use the smart phone you already have for navigation, etc. without having to spend $3K for an inferior manufacturer's OEM navigation package.
- Dealership support
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