• Feb 7th 2006 at 7:00AM
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Because of the SAE’s new system for rating horsepower, the Accord Hybrid’s 3.0L V6 will see a small drop in horsepower from 255 to 253 for the 2006 model year. It’s the same engine making the same power, but the new rating method system more accurately reflects the engine’s true power.

Due to Honda’s decision to also add a standard moonroof and spare tire, the hot rod hybrid’s weight has crept up by 88 lbs, as well. The extra weight will cause a descrease in the Accord Hybrid’s EPA mileage numbers from 29 city/37 highway to 25 city/24 highway. That sounds like a big decrease in mileage from a relatively small weight increase, so we're guessing Honda may have also chose to voluntarily reduce the mileage numbers to better match the vehicle's "real world" mileage.

Oh yeah, and to top it all off, Honda has raised the price of the Accord Hybrid by $850 for 2006.

On the bright side, the Accord Hybrid does get the standard Accord’s new face and rear, the latter of which is a big improvement over the previous model’s hind quarters.

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      • 9 Years Ago
      Unless you drive aggressively (stupidly?) or often carry heavy loads, I think the best choice among Honda Accords is the 4 cylinder version. The EX-L i4 with leather, XM radio, and most other near-luxury features included, costs about $7,000 less than the Accord Hybrid and its gas mileage isn't much different.

      The Accord 4 cylinder has more than adequate power and can cruise all day at over 80 MPH with no mechanical noise at all. And its passing power is quick enough unless you take inordinate risks while passing trucks on 2 lane roads; even then, its power is strong.

      There is no way that anyone will get his/her money's worth from an Accord Hybrid except via neck-snapping acceleration and hybrid-related cocktail party chatter.
      • 9 Years Ago
      I just checked on Honda's Website. That was a typo on the mileage. Shoud be 34 highway, not 24.
      • 9 Years Ago
      There is a typo in this blog. The new highway mpg should be 34, not 24.

      • 9 Years Ago
      "On two runs from Queens to eastern Long Island my sister's Prius got a whopping 18 miles per gallon on stretches of the Northern State Parkway." max, I think your sister's Prius either had to have really low tires, or some kind of malfunction (or extreme driver error/malfunction) going on to get 18 mpg. Or were you only looking at the MPG meter when she was on the go-pedal?

      One "Prius" trick is to get up to a little higher speed than you really want, back off for 1/2 a beat, then ease the throttle back down to maintain speed. Prius drivers will notice a big improvement with this technique, which may be found on hybrid web sites. (Not to be sexist, but it seems that once "guys" learn the tricks of driving a hybrid for MPG, even little ones like this, and they try to tell their female significant others about them, they meet with blank stares at best and verbal hassles at worst).

      I live in Michigan and my summer average for my 2005 Prius is 50 MPG exactly (about 70% highway, 30% town) and in the cold miserable winter time, with full winter Bridgeston Blizzaks, I'm averaging 42 to 44 mpg (I note that an Accord hybrid owner also relates that his winter mileage is less - but then all cars get less MPG in the winter, it's just more noticeable to see a 15% change when you go from 50 to 42 mpg, instead of from 25 to 21 mpg as my wife's car does in the winter).

      And yes, I do drive the Prius at normal traffic speeds for the area, before anyone makes any wise-ass cracks about driving 42 mph and holding up all he traffic.
      • 9 Years Ago
      I bought my Hybrid Accord because it performed better than the V6 ex AND got better mileage. The price was NOT that much higher at my dealer and I get the $2,000 tax write-off. It was a pretty simple equation for me. My "real world" mileage is 30 & 39 summer and 29 & 34 winter. (Michigan) I would venture to guess that many Accord Hybrid buyers don't buy soley because the mileage is better, rather, a combination of variables as I did.
      • 9 Years Ago
      This really isn't bad-if you want a hybrid simply to make a statement. On two runs from Queens to eastern Long Island my sister's Prius got a whopping 18 miles per gallon on stretches of the Northern State Parkway. Admittedly, we were doing about 70-but the mileage on the Prius goes to hell as soon as you hit the highway. Great stereo though.
      • 9 Years Ago
      I would hope thats a typo, i average 25mpg in a 1990 camry, and i drive (for all my car is worth) with a lead foot.
      ive seen my fam's 4cyl highlander get 27mpg.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Hey VW Guy - Please tell me how 88 pounds is going to drop 3 MPG from the highway rating. Do you actually have any idea how the EPA conducts its tests? Does your VW get 6MPG less every time you have someone in the car? Or is it in the shop too much for you to notice little things like that? Thanks for reminding me why VW people are even worse than Honda ricers...

      Thank you John for confirming what I stated.

      Glenn, it's not that it's not as sophisticated, it's that it's totally different. The Honda system is much cheaper, more compact, and less intrusive than the other 'full hybrid' systems. It's like comparing an I4 to a V6...for the most part they serve different purposes. Toyota took a huge gamble on building a ridiculously expensive and intricate system and it's paying off (I guess...). Honda took a safer approach and I doubt they've lost any money on it. They know that the real deal is HCCI and Fuel Cells, which they are working furiously on.
      • 9 Years Ago
      3 points:

      1. It didn't lose power, it lost power rating. That would be like talking about all the power cars lost when SAE Net replaced SAE Gross HP ratings. The power is exactly the same as it was last year.

      2. The mileage is wrong in your blog quote. It's 25/34, not 25/24.

      3. The premise of the Hybrid Accord was never to be a high mileage economobile. It was to offer better than average V6 power with the equivalent mileage of a 4-cylinder. The Accord 4-cyl is rated at 24/34, but that seems like a typically conservative Honda estimate. It's not hard to beat it by 3-4 MPG on a regular basis.
      • 9 Years Ago
      $850.00 for a moonroof and spare seems reasonable. As for the mileage and horsepower rating change it's all just fuzzy math.
      • 9 Years Ago
      With the normal V6 up from 240 to 244 and the Hybrid down from 255 to 253, the hybrid powertrain's contribution has shrunken to 9 measly HP.

      That, plus the 200+ extra pounds, plus the now-$4,000+ MSRP premium (less a paltry $650 tax credit), all for a real-world gain of 4 MPG (in my experience)?

      • 9 Years Ago
      Good ole hybrid technology, I guess.

      My wife's base 04 grand prix gets 30mpg average, and it's a big heavy V6.
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