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.

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