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Honda Accord Hybrid Owners: Meet the Members

Karen@EdmundsKaren@Edmunds Posts: 5,026
Introduce yourself and get to know other Accord Hybrid owners here!

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  • vietviet Posts: 847
    Hi Karen S., the Accord Hybrid Host of the Century,

    I am Viet, an Accord super enthusiast and a Honda fan for over 40 years. I currently own a HAH 2005 along with other 4 Accord and 1 Civic. I plan to buy a second HAH as soon as my spoiled little son "steals" my current HAH when he enters college. I have been living in a suburb area of San Jose, Northern California for over 20 years. I love to meet other HAH owners soon.
  • cal_calcal_cal Posts: 39
    Hi,

    I am cal_cal. Just bought my hybrid yesterday (silver) in Cleveland. This car is awesome. Just cant wait to put miles on it.

    cal_cal
  • Hi... Koi here

    I am GreenIsGood from CA wine country (North Bay). This is my 2nd Honda Hybrid...first the Civic then the HAH and past Honda/Acura/Toyota owner...
    My daily commute is approx 125 miles/day so the comfort and safety of the Accord vs the Civic was appealing while still getting decent gas mileage over all.
  • s2khahs2khah Posts: 26
    Gene Baker here.

    Getting "the boss" her HAH this week, to go in the stable with my S2000 and my daughters' 1998 & 2003 civics.

    Honda owe us big time!

    We live in the Princeton, NJ area and got our unit from the excellent Honda dealership here.

    Plan to be towing our kayaks with the HAH and just enjoying this awesome machine. The wife listens to books on tape so not sure how to handle that in the new HAH. The ex-Avalon has both a tape and CD player, and will miss that.

    See you later.
  • vietviet Posts: 847
    Hi S2khah,

    Honda owes me a big time too because I currently own 5 Accord and am planning to buy an extra HAH soon to make six Accord in the row. The HAH is truely is a real piece of machinery. Cant wait any longer.
    .
  • bibeaudbibeaud Posts: 9
    Just purchased mine from Phillipsburg Easton Honda in Phillipsburg, NJ.

    I chose the Accord Hybrid over the Civic Hybrid because of the traction control feature. I drive 120 miles a day (round trip) to work and wanted decent gas mileage without sacrificing any comforts. I believe that I have found it with the Accord Hybrid.

    With only 1000 miles on the vehicle, I am averaging around 30-31 mpg during my commute (approx 65-70+ mph). I hope this gets closer to the theoretical value of 37 mpg highway rating as I break-in the car.

    To date, it drives well and I am happy with it.
  • vietviet Posts: 847
    My MPG is about same as your MPG. The new Lexus hybrid RX 400 and other American hybrid sedans/ SUVs get no better MPG than the HAH. With the HAH's 255 HP and 232 Lbs-feet torque it is very tough to get the MPG better than 40. But the HAH can do it on long highway trips.

    I enjoy very much its acceleration. My current concern is if my young son drives it he may be too excited to cause accident. He very much impresses with my HAH's performance. Sometimes he "steals" it to drive very fast at 80+ MPH. I heard Honda will introduce the HAH's new design in 2008. ENJOY your new HAH my friend.
  • djr3djr3 Posts: 22
    I have an order in for the 06 Honda Accord Hybrid. If things go according to schedule I should be an official owner in November.

    I waited until the 06 model because:
    1) It has a moonroof
    2) The rear end design appeals to me more
    3) It is available in Red and my wife said that if I was going to have a mid-life crisis getting a sporty red car was much better than getting a mistress...

    I will be selling my 2001 Lexus GS300. I love the car and will miss the extraordinary Lexus service, but I really want something that gets better mileage than they offer. I have owned 5 or 6 Hondas in my life and have been happy with all of them.
  • We were going to buy a Pilot cause I miss driving from an elevated position and we liked the Pilot's extra room, but at the last minute the wife said... let's buy a hybrid. I wasn't too into the idea but after a test drive and seeing that the HAH is not a cheap feeling or looking hybrid I warmed up to the idea. Now that I'm seeing gas prices above $3 and rising- I think she's a genius!

    We got the graphite pearl and everyone loves that color. I wanted the 2005 because moonroofs always take away head room and at only 6 foot 1 I graze my head on my wife's EX civic all the time.

    I really like the XM radio and can't believe I lived without it for this long. This car is soooo quiet and drives really smoothly.

    Three gripes:
    1. Why don't the doors automatically lock when you take the car out of park?
    2. You can't creep up slowly on a light. The auto stop is really sensitive and it engages almost immediately so you have to just pick a spot behind a car and stay there until the light turns green... no more rolling starts trying to guess the green.
    3. I wish that the green autostop display wouldn't blink when the car is stopped. It should just stay lit.

    We live in southern california and really enjoy the autoroll down windows with the remote on our hot august days.
  • What makes you certain the 06 version will have a moonroof? I was looking at the 05 HAH and the salesman told me that the 06 would not change on the lack of moonroof.
  • He was trying to sell you the '05 :)

    2006 Accord specifications:

    EX V-6
    (Adds to or replaces LX V-6 features)
    • Leather-trimmed interior
    • Heated front seats
    • Power moonroof with tilt feature• Dual-zone automatic climate control system
    • XM® Satellite Radio
    • HomeLink® remote system
    • Available Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System™ with Voice Recognition




    $27,300.00
    Automatic Transmission
    CM6656JNW



    EX V-6 6-Speed
    (Adds to or replaces EX V-6 features)
    • Close-Ratio 6-spd Manual Transmission
    • Carbon Fiber-Look Interior Accents
    • 180-Watt AM/FM/6-Disc In-Dash CD Premium Audio System
    • Exclusive 17-Inch Alloy Wheels
    • Available Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System™ with Voice Recognition


    $27,300.00
    6-spd Manual Transmission
    CM6556JNW


    Hybrid
    (Adds to or replaces EX V-6 features)
    • 253-hp, 3.0-liter VTEC® V-6 engine with Integrated Motor Assist (IMA)
    • Variable Cylinder Management (VCM)
    • Compact 5-Speed Automatic Transmission
    • Dual-Zone Hybrid Automatic Climate Control System
    • Exclusive Front Chin Spoiler, Rear Diffuser, Rear Spoiler and Taillights
    • Aerodynamic 16-Inch Alloy Wheels
    • Side Mirror Turn Indicators
    • Exclusive IMA Charge/Assist Display
    • Advanced Technology Partial Zero-Emission Vehicle Emissions Rating
    • Available Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System™ with Voice Recognition



    $
    Automatic Transmission
    CN3646JNW

    Destination and Handling $550
    Pricing Effective 8/25/05
  • djr3djr3 Posts: 22
    I have the 06 Accord Brochure and it is listed. I believe that's where the other responder got their info. It does change the headroom. I'd have to look again but I think it was 1.5 or so inches less in the 06.

    Dan
  • tpftpf Posts: 7
    Traded my 2000 Insight for an Accord Hybrid in July. The Insight was wonderful, dependable, and frugal (55 mgp after 60K) but uncomfortable, bad in inclement weather and scary around big trucks on the NJ Turnpike. The HAH is very comfortable, fast, and efficient. Frequent business trips don't seem as long and my posture restores quickly, rather than the next day with the Insight. The HAH feels indulgent after nearly 5 years of Spartan economy. The stereo is very good and quietly skipping along with CD, FM, XM, and AM is great. XM has become a standard at home and now on the highway.

    I look forward to switching to synthetic oil around 5K. Rated fuel economy has increased progressively. My Insight driving experience assists with maximum economoy with the HAH. The Insight was very sensistive to tire psi as reflected in mpg very quickly.

    Comments welcome
  • I purchased a HAH with NAV today from Bankston Honda in Lewisville, TX (close to Dallas/ Fort Worth). Since my experience is only a few hours old, I don't have much to report as yet. I look forward to hearing from other Hybrid owners for mileage tricks, issues, etc. The HAH will replace my '93 Toyota Previa for daily commuting (about 30 miles one way- 70% highway, the rest city). After looking at anything from Acuras to Lexus Hybrid, the Accord Hybrid made the most sense in terms of value, commuting patterns, and amenities. I could have waited for an 06 for the amenities of moonroof, etc. but given the fantastic discounting at the end of the model year, I could not justify going MSRP for an 06. Detail of my deal are on the HAH board for prices paid, posts 33 and 34.
    Look forward to talking to other HAH owners over the coming months.
  • vietviet Posts: 847
    Congratulations on your brand-new HAH Big Mama ! You should have enjoyed its eery smoothness and impressive acceleration by now.
  • I remember reading somewhere that there was a special way to drive a Prius during break-in to maximize mpg. Is there something similar to how we should be driving the HAH during the break in period?

    Also, while we were sitting at a light I couldn't help but think that the LCD read-out on the dash regarding mpg will always be a little off compared to computing it yourself on a traditional car. We live in southern california and spend a ton of time at stop lights and stopped in traffic. We have to be saving a ton of gas that we don't spend now while in the engine stop mode while others are idling. Yet that isn't really reflecting in the mpg read-out because that just measures moving time, not total driving time.

    Also, does anyone know how the computer figures out mpg- does it change every mile or every 5 or 10 miles or every 5 or 10 minutes?
  • I'm Keith. Owned the HAH for slightly over a month. I have over 2K miles and normally see 27 city and 38 highway. I live on the western side of Phoenix.
  • vietviet Posts: 847
    The more I drive my HAH (6,300 miles now after 9 months) the more I love it. I always get 30.5 - 38+ MPG while my little son gets only 22 - 24 mixed MPG on my HAH. The MPG dilemma is the drivers, not the fabulous HAH. Those kids literally kill the MPG. That's why I am now paying astronomically for my auto insurance to cover them.

    The HAH is quite a piece of fantastic machinery. I cannot find a better word to express my great satisfaction. My big hugs and appreciation to Honda management and smart engineers. They make my days happy after long days seeing my boss' ugly face..
  • taleztalez Posts: 1
    Too bad the back seats for the hybrids models of accord and civic can't be fold down. The prius still appears to be the best choice given the mpg rating and more practical.
  • HI! I'm Jill from Jacksonville, FL.
    I just bought a 2005 accord hybrid. traded in a 2004 nissan maxima (fully loaded). The relationship w/ my maxima was a love/hate one. I loved the looks of it and all the gadgets but it had a terrible turning radius, bad suspension and not so good gas mileage. The accord is much easier to drive and see out of, and most of all, PARK. It turns on a dime! I love the satellite radio although the stereo system is not nearly as good as the bose system my maxima had! Two concerns I have about this accord: (1) NO SPARE TIRE...does anyone else have a problem w/ this fix a flat kit? and (2) was disappointed that I had to pay extra for the compas/auto dimming rear view mirror ($332). I feel that should have been a standard feature on a $30,000 car! I went to a used tire dealer and purchased a rim/full size spare tire for the trunk but now I hear that the weight of that tire in the truck will affect my gas mileage which is one of the main reasons I bought this car. Any suggestions? So, for now I just have it in my garage, guess if I have a total blow out I'll have the car towed. What kind of mileage are other owners experiencing? So far, the highest number on my digital read out has been 32mpg and that's a mixture of highway/city WITH A/C.
    Thanks! :blush:
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