When it’s all said & done: What’s wrong with this car?
That’s what had Scott wondering after a week of driving. After all, it’s gobs of fun to drive, well-mannered and sophisticated. This is a driver’s car, and we see this package as a way to attract performance motivated drivers to embrace hybrids. Hey, perhaps it wasn’t really what hybrid drivers in general expected (or wanted) it to be. It’s expensive, for sure, but maybe it's not green enough either. Want maximum fuel economy with minimal tailpipe emissions at a rock bottom prices? Look elsewhere. Say, at the Civic Hybrid or Toyota Prius. Perhaps even a fuel-sippin' VW.
Indeed, the Accord Hybrid is not for everyone. It’s not for someone who wants to eek every last bit from his fuel budget and fuel tank. It’s not for the seriously frugal, the seriously environmental or just the plain serious. The Accord Hybrid is for a distinct type of person. They do care about the environment, they do care about their bank balance and they do care about the experience of driving. They like to drive. For them, driving is not just about getting from Point A to Point B. No, driving is time to be savored, to be relished. Crank up those tunes, feel the wind rush through the open sunroof. Go ahead - feel alive. Whether you’re dressed to the nines or wearing Nikes and workout shorts, the Accord hybrid adapts and fits. So we say kudos. Kudos for trying something different, to step out and show that eco doesn’t have to be dry—and deprivation doesn’t need to be your middle name.
The Accord Hybrid gives a good alive drive, but only for the chosen few. Are you one of them?
Rebate & Credit Run-down
Buy the Accord Hybrid and you’re qualified for a $1,300 tax credit. This, coupled with the hybrid’s first year’s fuel savings of $540 (compared to driving 15,000 miles in a similar Accord) will negate the $3,690 hybrid price premium (as compared to a similarly-equipped Accord EX V6 Sedan with Navigation) in about the fourth year of ownership. After that it’s cumulative as your fuel budget stays controlled, your nest egg grows, not to mention your contribution to global warming is less than the average driver’s.
*Honda’s Bumper-To-Bumper Warranty of 3years/36,000 miles is backed up with an IMA Battery Warranty of 8 years/80,000miles with an AT-PZEV coverage in the states of CA, NY, ME, VT, MA, CT of 10 years/150,000 miles. Plus, the Federal Emissions warranty of 3 years/36,000 miles is supplemented by 8 year /80,000 mile coverage for specified major emission control components. In California it’s 3/50,000 plus AT-PZEV warranty coverage of 15/150,000 and 10/150,000 (IMA Battery).**2007 Accord Hybrid models distributed in California, New York, Vermont, Maine, Massachusetts and Connecticut meet Advanced Technology Partial Zero Emission Vehicle (AT-PZEV) standards.
- powerfully fun driving experience
- sport-tuned suspension and handling
- tad pricey
- not a full hybrid (able to run on battery power alone)
- discontinued model
Details and Specs:
Technical Features: 3.0-liter, i-VTEC 6-cylinder engine with Integrated Motor Assist, 5-speed automatic transmission with Grade Logic Control
Safety Features: driver’s and front passenger’s dual-stage threshold front airbags, front side airbags with passenger-side occupant position detection system, side curtain airbags, LATCH system for child seats
Interior Features: Honda Satellite-linked DVD Navigation System with Voice Activation, remote entry system with electronic remote trunk release, 180-watt AM/FM/6-disc in dash CD Premium Audio System, XM Satellite Radio, driver’s seat with 8-way power adjustment, heated front seats, dual zone climate control system, power moonroof with tilt feature
Exterior Features: exclusive 16” alloy wheels, heated dual power mirrors, dual exhaust