Accord Hybrid Goes Green Without Fuss

He Drove, She Drove columnists and married couple take the new Honda Accord Hybrid out for a spin and come away pleased with the power and low emissions, but wondering about the $3000 extra price tag and conservative styling.

Published: 19-Jan-2005

Honda Motor Co.'s first gasoline-electric hybrid vehicle, the two-passenger Insight, looks like a refugee from a science fiction movie.

The Japanese automaker's third hybrid, based on its best-selling Accord midsize sedan, is so mainstream that most consumers would be hard-pressed to tell there's an electric motor assisting the gasoline engine.

That's the beauty of the all-new 2005 Accord Hybrid. Driving a clean, high-mileage car has never been so painless -- unless you count the $3,000 price premium over the standard Accord EX V-6 on which the hybrid is based.


Playing catch-up a decade late, the world's auto giants now find that they have to lease or buy technology from Toyota.

Spc. Jeffrey Hamme and Staff Sgt. Michelangelo Merksamer of HHC, 1/506th Infantry, point out features of the Hybrid Electric Humvee at the AUSA Annual Meeting earlier this month. The two Soldiers participated in a Military Utility Assessment of the prototype vehicle last month at Fort Campbell, Ky.

Ford's 'Hybrid Patrol,' a 10-city initiative this fall that aims to show hybrid drivers how to drive for best fuel economy. EV World photo of Bill and Lisa Hammond on way to first Ford Patrol event in Detroit during stop-over in Omaha.


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