2006 Honda Accord Hybrid: Still a Mixed Bag

We admit it, we're not the biggest fans of the Honda Accord hybrid. Of course, there's the fact that it's a car and not an electric bicycle, but strangely Honda engineers won't return our calls on that one. As for the Accord as a car, we always though that Honda's experiment with the "muscle hybrid" wasn't completely satisfying. The tailpipe emissions were not cleaner than many other modern cars (2005 model: ULEV-2/Tier-2 bin5) and the fuel economy was okay, but real-life results didn't seem to show a big improvement over the much cheaper 4-cylinder model (at least it does better than the hybrid SUVs). For 2006, Honda smartly improved emissions to AT-PZEV (Advanced Technology, Partial Zero-Emissions Vehicle), but the EPA fuel economy rating decreases from 29/37 city/highway miles per gallon (mpg) in 2005 to 25/34 city/highway mpg in the 2006 model. In comparison, the 2006 Honda Accord 4-cylinder is rated at 26/34 and the V6 gets 21/30 mpg (though the emissions are not as clean as on the hybrid).When looking at the upcoming Toyota Camry hybrid, which will also be rated AT-PZEV but with 43 mpg city/37 mpg highway despite it's 192 horsepower engine (about as much as the 2005 Camry V6), we can't help but hope that Honda will re-consider some of its engineering decisions when designing the next version of the Accord hybrid. Via ::Honda Accord Hybrid for 2006: Improved Emissions Performance, Reduced Fuel Economy.

Update: ::Honda May Cut Accord Hybrid Production.

See also: ::Hybrids: More Mechanical Trouble? Really?, ::Information About Honda's 2006 Civic Hybrid, ::Update on the 2006 Honda Civic Hybrid, ::2006 Honda Civic Hybrid Reviewed by... Gizmodo?!

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