Honda Accord Hybrid – Reviews

“Each new gas-electric hybrid model leapfrogs previous ones in refinement, power, familiarity. Predictably, then, Honda’s 2005 Accord hybrid is the best so far, by far.”
USA Today

“Given that the existing Honda Accord is a fine sedan in its own right, and that the hybrid version will offer six-cylinder performance blended with the fuel-economy of a four-cylinder Honda Civic, the 2005 Honda Accord Hybrid is certain to be a hit even at a price premium that places it in competition with entry-luxury sedans. Thanks, Honda, for letting us have our cake and eat it, too.”

“After wading through all this technical mumbo-jumbo, you’re probably wondering how the car actually drives. If we were to sum it up in one word, it would have to be ‘smooth.’ We had the opportunity to drive a standard Accord EX V6 and the Hybrid model back-to-back, and while the extra torque and speed were readily apparent, we couldn’t detect many other differences between them. While that might sound like a bad thing, it’s actually a big feather in Honda’s cap. The IMA system is so smooth and linear, it’s nearly impossible to tell when the electric motor is helping things along and when the VCM has shut down half the V6’s cylinders in cruising mode.”

“The hybrid that always could have happened finally did. This is a performance car that gets excellent mileage, too. In the Honda line, this is the best Accord, just as the Civic hybrid is the best Civic. But the Accord pushes the envelope to include 0-to-60 in 6.7 seconds in a comfy five-passenger sedan while, according to the EPA, achieving 30 mpg city, 37 highway. Yes! Consider: The four-cylinder automatic Accord does only 24 city and 34 highway. With today’s technology, only a hybrid could hit all of these marks. The only sacrifices: You give up 2.8 cubic feet of cargo space (leaving 11.2) to make room for the traction battery and its ventilation system; the rear backrest no longer folds forward for access to the trunk; and the spare tire is replaced by a small air compressor and a can of sealant (Honda pioneered this approach to repairing flats on the original NSX). And, of course, you get whacked by something over three grand on the sticker, too.”
Car and Driver

“I look left to watch for oncoming traffic. Seeing a clear lane, I punch the accelerator of Honda’s new Accord gasoline-electric hybrid sedan. The front tires respond with an obtrusive squeal, and the car bursts out onto the main road. Yeah, this car—an environmentally friendly and fuel-efficient hybrid—really did burn a little rubber.”
Business Week

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