On paper, the second generation Accord Hybrid is quite impressive, and Eric was quite pleased with it when he test-drove it (see his review here). 49 MPG city, 45 MPG highway, and 47 MPG combined in a roomy sedan sounds like a pretty good deal for a non-plug in, and if you want more, there's also a plug-in version that gets 115 MPG-equivalent according to the EPA>.
But how does it do in the real-world, over long-term testing? Consumer Reports has just published their review, and it's a bit strange. The video (below) is rather mixed and negative, but the text summary is rather positive, calling the Accord Hybrid "impressive" and saying it delivers "stellar fuel economy".
The video talks about weird transitions and engine noises, while the text for the same review says: "Transitions between battery and engine power are very smooth. If you’re gentle with the gas pedal, you can drive on battery power alone up to about 25 mph. And even at highway speeds, the engine willingly shuts off as soon as you lift your foot off the gas pedal."
One thing that isn't up for debate is that Consumer Reports achieved 40 MPG overall with the Accord Hybrid (in both city and highway driving), which is just 4 MPG less than the Toyota Prius hybrid. While it's far from the 47 MPG of the EPA rating, most vehicles don't get their EPA rating the real world (including the Prius), so that's not too worrying.
So if you're looking for a big family sedan that gets better fuel economy than many sub-compacts, the Accord Hybrid might be a good option. The plug-in version is even better, if you want to spend a bit more (not as much as it might seem after you factor in the tax credits and fuel savings over time).
Via Consumer Reports