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2007 Honda Accord

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2007 Honda Accord Review

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The Accord Hybrid represents a different take on hybrid technology. Instead of matching its electric motor to a fuel-efficient four-cylinder engine, as with the Civic Hybrid, and the Camry and upcoming Altima hybrids, the Accord Hybrid has its electric-assist motor teamed to a powerful 3.0-liter V6 engine. Although actually quicker than its gasoline-powered counterpart, the Accord Hybrid's lofty price tag and mid-range fuel economy figures can make it a tough sell. Wise consumers will notice that, compared to the Accord Hybrid, the four-cylinder Accord earns similar EPA mileage ratings yet costs about ten grand less. Conversely, the Camry Hybrid earns far better EPA city fuel economy ratings (40 miles per gallon versus 28 miles per gallon) and costs some $5,000 less.

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Honda stresses performance along with fuel economy for the Accord Hybrid, and the results are evident when you push on the accelerator pedal; this thing goes. Ride and handling qualities are also appealing, but they're not directly related to the Accord's gasoline-electric powertrain.

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Unlike the Civic Hybrid, with an Integrated Motor Assist system that operates seamlessly, the Accord suffers more abrupt, noticeable transitions between gasoline-only propulsion and electric assist. In real-world city driving, even when using a gentle foot on the pedal, fuel economy is likely to be considerably less frugal than the EPA mileage estimates suggest.

What's New for 2007

No major changes for 2007.

Driving the Accord
Driving Impressions

Tucking a gasoline/electric powertrain into this midsize sedan is a great idea that doesn't seem to work quite as well as with other Honda hybrids. All too...

... often, a curt thump or light shudder occurs as the gasoline engine stops and starts. The engine may shut off while the car is coasting to a stop, then snap back on as soon as you ease up on the brake. In urban stop-and-go driving, the engine can start and stop repeatedly. While that is disconcerting, exceptional driving ease, a lovely ride and confident handling are appealing, along with eager acceleration.

Hybrid Powertrain
Despite its overzealous nature in this installation, Honda's Integrated Motor Assist system eases fuel consumption by shutting off the gasoline engine when it's not required. We would prefer it take that step a bit less often in stop-and-go driving.

Charge/Assist Gauge
No, this little gauge is not as helpful as a full-screen display might be, and an instant-mileage indicator would give a better idea how the Accord Hybrid is doing on fuel consumption. Still, it's informative to check the system's effectiveness.

2007 Honda Accord Details
Interior

In the Accord, five passengers have more space than in a Civic Hybrid, though back-seat riders may lack abundant legroom if the front seat is pushed rearward. Honda's other hybrid vehicles include a video screen that shows how the gasoline-electric powertrain is operating or exactly how much fuel is being consumed. The Accord Hybrid has a much simpler readout for its Integrated Motor Assist system, which consists mainly of a small, but easily visible, Charge/Assist gauge and an adjacent average-mileage indicator. Otherwise, except for an appealing array of comfort features, there's nothing unusual inside the Accord Hybrid.

Exterior
2007 Honda Accord photo

From the outside, the Accord Hybrid shares almost all of the gasoline-powered Accord's appearance. Subtle differences appear in the grille as well as the front and rear bumpers. Little else gives away what lurks beneath the hood. The Accord Hybrid's tires are a bit bigger than the regular Accord's, and the hood is made of weight-saving aluminum.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

The Accord Hybrid features anti-lock brakes (ABS), side-curtain airbags, dual-zone automatic climate control, alarm, engine immobilizer, keyless remote entry, heated leather-surfaced seats and a rear spoiler. There's no folding rear seat or pass-through. XM Satellite Radio and a six-CD changer are included. Honda's 3.0-liter V6 engine develops 253 horsepower. A conventional five-speed automatic transmission sends the powertrain's output to the front wheels.

Optional Equipment

Except for a navigation system, no factory options are offered.

Under the Hood

The Accord Hybrid starts with the standard 3.0-liter V6 engine, modifies it for improved emissions - and slightly more power - and then wedges an electric motor between the engine and transmission. The combination improves fuel efficiency while increasing torque, making the hybrid V6 faster and more efficient than its gasoline-powered V6 equivalent.

3.0-liter V6 with Permanent Magnet Motor
253 horsepower @ 6000 rpm
232 lb.-ft. of torque @ 5000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 28/35

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