Honda Accord Hybrid Wins Coveted 'Best Pick' Family Sedan

Consumer Reports selects hybrid Accord as top choice for family sedan for 2005.

Published: 06-Mar-2005

Honda's new Accord Hybrid has earned Consumer Reports' coveted best pick among 2005 family sedans. The magazine's annual April auto issue hits newsstands Tuesday, but it already has reached subscribers.

``Hybrids have gone mainstream,'' said David Champion, senior director of the Consumer Reports Auto Test Center. ``This is a hybrid vehicle that doesn't have any compromises. It has quicker acceleration and gives better fuel economy in a nice five-passenger family sedan.''

The Accord Hybrid is equipped with a 3.0-liter gasoline V-6 engine as well as electric motors and batteries. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says owners will get 30 mpg in city driving and 37 mpg on the highway.

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The 2006 Civic Hybrid, which achieves an EPA estimated city/highway fuel economy of 49/51 miles per gallon, goes on sale October 19 with a price of $21,850, or $23,350 when equipped with Honda's optional satellite linked navigation system.

The 190-mile range is the equivalent of 51 mpg in a gasoline car. A range of 120 miles equals 32 mpg.

The award extends to the entire Civic Sedan and Civic Coupe lineup including the environmentally responsible Civic Hybrid and high-performance Civic Si models.

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