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Eric's Autos: 2020 Honda Accord Hybrid

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A continuously variable automatic transmission is standard.

The nonhybrid Accord comes with a much-smaller 1.5-liter engine and no electric motors or batteries -- and makes 192 horsepower.

It also uses much more gas -- especially in low-speed city driving, where the hybrid has an 18-mpg advantage: 48 mpg versus 30 mpg.

And on the highway, the hybrid still manages an exceptional 47 mpg -- 10 mpg better than the nonhybrid's 38-mpg highway rating.

If you do a lot of stop-and-go driving, the hybrid's much lower fuel consumption could earn back the $1,600 extra you spent on the hybrid in just a couple of years, and after that, the savings could be significant.

Especially if the price of gas goes up.


On the Road

The hybrid Accord is not just quick; it doesn't stop. At least, it doesn't stop as often -- or for as long -- as an electric car.

A Tesla 3 goes about 250 miles before it needs to be recharged -- which takes at least 30-45 minutes, assuming you have access to a "fast" charger. Otherwise, the wait will be even longer.

This is the main practical problem with electric cars.


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