I drove it; gave it a good 25 mile freeway loop.
It works. And it uses modern lithium ion batteries. Toyota will
scramble and Prius and Avalon selling prices will drop because of this.
Apples to apples compared to a non-hybrid Accord, at $3.50/gallon the
breakeven point is down to 5.5 years. If you lease a car and turn it
over before then, financially this is still not the car for you. But in
the world where people keep their cars, this would be a keeper.
I would, however, buy the full 8 year Hondacare package for it.
On Tue, 17 Dec 2013 06:55:26 -0500, "Elmo P. Shagnasty"
What gets me thinking "hybrid" is getting 15mpg in my Accord i4 when
stuck in bumper-to-bumper. Made for hybrids!
The other question is whether the dual system might outperform the i4
generally and *still* return better mileage.
Or, do all these modes and options get in the way of moving smoothly
and expeditiously around town?
No. It just worked. And I got 45mpg on that freeway loop, according to
I've had a Prius for 7 years now, so I had something to judge it by.
Driving a car that doesn't have a traditional step geared transmission
is nothing new for me. And it doesn't get in the way at all.
The Accord Hybrid does perform well--no sluggishness there. I have to
believe it does outperform the I4.
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