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10-28-2005 02:23 AM #1
Hybrids- Honda Accord + Toyota Highlander
I own both vehicles. If I knew then what I know now, I would have never purchased the Honda. Not only is the urban mileage atrocious-- 15 to 18 mpg while driving like my grandmother-- but the overall quality of the vehicle is poor. I paid to upgrade to leather, only to find out when I wore throught the plastic seam in a couple of months that my "leather" seats weren't leather after all. The car doesn't even have a spare tire! They give you a can of sealant in case you get a flat. Two thumbs down all the way around.
The Toyata on the other hand, is a great vehicle. Handles better, more thoughtful interior design and panel displays and gets substantiall better city mileage (22-24), even though it is an SUV. The leather seats are real AND you get a spare tire. Imagine that. Much better value than the Honda.
Do yourself a favor and don't make the mistake I did: if you're thinking of the Accord Hybrid, keep shopping!