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Mostly highway commute - does a hybrid make sense?

cabriggscabriggs Posts: 32
edited June 2015 in Honda
I was at a Honda dealer today looking at an Accord. I asked the salesguy about the Accord hybrid and when I told him my commute is mostly highway (28 miles highway, 5 miles city), he said stay away from it. He said that without a sufficient amount of non-highway driving, running on the batteries and recharging them, the gas engine will have to run the whole time and you'd be disappointed. He said he's seen people trade them in after three months for a non-hybrid because it wouldn't even deliver on the given highway mpg number. Does that match other peoples' experiences?

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  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright Sonoma, CaliforniaPosts: 64,490
    I don't agree with that unless you're talking about California freeway speeds of 70 mph+. But if you run at 55 mph, I don't see why you shouldn't be able to hit the mid 40s MPG. But it is true that the car really shines in city driving.
  • cabriggscabriggs Posts: 32
    Speed limit is 65 here. I usually cruise right at 70.
  • kyfdxkyfdx Posts: 119,801
    cabriggs said:

    Speed limit is 65 here. I usually cruise right at 70.

    I'd get a diesel, instead..

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  • cabriggscabriggs Posts: 32
    I wondered about diesel. On average, diesel fuel pricing here is about 10% more than regular gas, which really eats into the 20% increase in efficiency.
  • kyfdxkyfdx Posts: 119,801
    cabriggs said:

    I wondered about diesel. On average, diesel fuel pricing here is about 10% more than regular gas, which really eats into the 20% increase in efficiency.

    That's true... everything I drive takes premium, so diesel doesn't look too bad..

    In theory, all highway driving doesn't favor a hybrid as much as city or mixed driving, but most of them still get great mileage..

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