"Perfect for us!"on by erasmuse
Pros amazing pick-up, very quiet, super comfortable, solid and safe, gas savings
Cons Not as much gas savings as Prius
Summary This is an amazing vehicle. We had originally planned on purchasing a Prius. We weren't crazy about the design but would have gone with it for the extra gas savings. After a lot of study and test drives, we decided that the Honda Accord Hybrid fit the bill.
The pick-up is super. Inside it has all the comfort of a luxury vehicle. What I don't understand in the C-Net review is the noise level? Everyone comments on how extremely quiet the ride is. Previously, we had owned a Nissan Sentra. A trip from New York to Florida meant filling up every 1 1/2 - 2 states. The trip in the Accord only required the tank to be filled twice. It may not save quite as much as the Prius would have but does save a lot and the trade up in luxury from the Prius to the Accord was well worth it for us.
If it's only gas savings you want, go with the Prius. If you want more comfort, stability, and luxury, as well as gas savings, get the Accord.
Pros Not a Tree Hugger Look-A-Like, comfort, speed, mileage
Cons Cell Phone Static
Summary Our HAH (Honda Accord Hybrid) replaced a 2000 EB Explorer which got 18mpg to 20mpg average. The first 2000 miles in the HAH we averaged 32.1 mpg. The second 2000 mile average was 34.7 mpg. We drive an average of 25,000 miles per year and in California with gas at $2.35 and above the savings is keeping our fuel budget stable.
One reference on the Toy P. is Autoweek.com, check out their one year study. If you live outside California and want the Toy P. mileage and the HAH comfort then get a VW Jetta TDI. The Wackos in California have OUTLAWED Clean Diesels.
The difference between the Toy P and the HAH is that at 80mph when I step on the gas within 1/8 of a mile I'm at a C note and change. If you want to do that in a Toy P you had better be going down a 10% grade with a 50 mph tailwind.
On a trip to Las Vegas (3rd 2000 mile) we averaged 38mpg at 75 mph.
Pros Gas Milage, Interior design took my breath away!
Cons Noise while driving on bumpy roads b/c of sporty transmission!
Summary WOW! I was totally shocked when i filled up my tank the first few times. Since our car is driven atleast 70 miles a day/6 days a week, the gas milage it gives comes in very helpful (usually 34-38mpg). Another thing i liked a lot about this car was that it can drive like a race car if you want it to. Usually i'm on a single-lane highway, and sometimes drivers tend to go 50 on a 55mph limit highway. Overtaking with this car is great, just push a little on the accelerator (really smooth) and before you know it, you're in the lead. Our previous Toyota Prius couldn't do that!
Then the style! First look at this car, and i was in love (given that it's a honda). Then the interior room and design was another plus against the Toyota!
Pros Smooth transmission; powerful engine; comfortable seats.
Cons A little jumpy. No spare tire. Fixed rear seats.
Summary I've been getting much better gas mileage than the CNET review would suggest -- about 28 on my local commute and 38 on highway driving. My average since I purchased two months ago is over 30 mpg. But then I don't stomp on the gas much, or press it over 75.
Also, my Hybrid Accord is fairly quiet, even at 60.
Seating for me is more comfortable than my Lexus ES300, and far better than a Prius.
The lack of fold-down rear seat backs is a limitation, however.
"Power Based Hybrid"on by 56rascal
Pros Power, Interior, Hybrid Technology
Cons No Spare, Not For Stop and Go City Driving
Summary We bought our HAH to replace a very good Toyota Highlander. In the end we have seen a 50% + increase in gas mileage over the Highlander. The car has a lot of pickup and power for sustained highway driving. On the plus side is the cylinder shutdown technology along with the autostop feature. On the downside, this car will not operate in stop and go traffic as well as a Civic Hybrid or Prius (or most other small cars). My overall mileage is over 29 MPG, but my driving is split 75% highway, 25% City. Worst driving mileage is from just stop and go traffic and very cold days. All in all, the car is pretty good for a V6, but would not be a good choice for someone looking to drive average city traffic.