Accord Hybrid is one of the thriftiest
The new Honda Accord Hybrid is rated at 50 miles per gallon in city driving and 45 on the highway, which gives it better gas mileage than hybrids such as the Ford Fusion, Toyota Camry, Hyundai Sonata and Volkswagen Jetta. The car continuously cycles between gasoline, electric (EV) and hybrid modes.pandora earrings uk www.jewelleryflq679.top It feels normal while transitioning from electric drive to hybrid drive to gasoline drive in seamless fashion. The Hybrid cabin is basically the same as the standard Accord with the exception of instrumentation.
When it comes to the Honda Accord Hybrid, it’s the fuel economy, stupid borrowing a bit from James Carville’s1992 campaign slogan for Bill Clinton. The Environmental Protection Agency rates its fuel mileage at 50 miles per gallon in the city and 45 on the highway, figures that best other hybrids such as the Ford Fusion, Toyota Camry, Hyundai Sonata and Volkswagen Jetta
The Accord Hybrid, manufactured in Marysville, Ohio, combines a 141 horsepower, 2.0 liter gasoline engine with two electric motors that deliver 196 horsepower combined. The car continuously cycles between gasoline, electric (EV) and hybrid modes. Under most conditions the gas engine powers a generator, which in turn provides energy to charge the hybrid battery or to power the electric motor that drives the wheels. The EV mode is used during cruising, light acceleration and when braking. The gasoline engine and electric motor work together under heavy acceleration and at high speeds. A lithium ion battery is situated behind the rear seat.
Honda’s hybrid does a commendable job of feeling normal while transitioning from electric drive to hybrid drive to gasoline drive in seamless fashion. Credit the electronic continuously variable automatic transmission and the software that operates it. Regenerative braking puts energy back into the battery.
A plug in version of the Hybrid has a larger battery that can be recharged in three hours using a 120 volt wall outlet or one hour using a 240 volt charger.
There are three trim levels. Prices start at $29,155 and top out at $34,905. I drove the top Touring model from Honda’s press fleet. In my week with the Accord, I averaged a bit over 40 miles per gallon without using special driving techniques to save fuel.
The Hybrid’s cabin is basically the same as the standard Accord with the exception of instrumentation. The seats are good, as Honda’s typically are. They have excellent lumbar support and a wide range of adjustability. Back seat legroom is adequate for adults. Wind and road noise were not an issue. The suspension is a balance between firmness for responsive handling and compliance for a comfortable ride.
An 8 inch color display screen in the center of the instrument panel serves as the control center for many functions. Trying to manually tune radio stations, for example, was more complicated than just twisting a knob.
The audio system features text messaging, a Pandora interface and Bluetooth hands free connection with a cell phone.
The EX L and Touring models have forward collision warning and lane departure warning. The Touring model has adaptive cruise control. A small camera mounted under the right side mirror shows the area alongside the vehicle when the turn signal is activated. Honda calls it Lane Watch. The view can also be called up any time by pressing a button on the end of the turn signal stalk. I know of no other car with such a system and I found it invaluable in traffic.
Honda has announced that Apple Siri Eyes Free, a dealer installed option, connects Siri from your iPhone to the vehicle. It will be activated with a button on the steering wheel.
Styling is subjective and personal, but the Accord is pleasing without being radical. It lacks the trendy sport coupe profile of some of its competitors, but the new design is likely to wear well over time when other designs might grow to look dated. Dimensionally, the car is slightly smaller outside than the previous model while the inside has more rear seat legroom and a larger trunk.
PriceThe base price of the test car, an Accord Hybrid Touring, was $34,905. Transportation brought the sticker price to $35,695.
WarrantyThree years or 36,000 miles with a five year, 60,000 mile powertrain warranty. The battery pack has an eight year, 100,000 mile warranty. The transitions from gas to EV and hybrid drive are very smooth.