Eric's Autos: 2020 Honda Accord Hybrid
It's no problem with a hybrid car.
The Accord hybrid isn't tethered to a plug because it carries its own source of electricity. The gas engine provides generating as well as motive power. You only have to stop when you run low on gas -- which happens infrequently because of the Accord hybrid's ability to travel 600-plus miles in between fill-ups, whether you're driving around the city or on the highway.
The longest-range electric cars can only travel half as far and make you wait five times as long (at least) to recharge.
At the Curb
The Accord hybrid is not a dedicated hybrid like the Prius, which isn't offered in nonhybrid configuration. Honda adapted a hybrid drivetrain to the Accord, which was designed as a conventional car.
The result is a car that is a hybrid but doesn't look like one -- unlike the Prius, which everyone knows is a hybrid. Not everyone wants to wear their green on their sleeves.
The Prius is also a hatchback -- and smaller -- than the Accord hybrid.
The Accord hybrid has a surprisingly roomy 16.7-cubic foot trunk that's noticeably larger than the Camry hybrid's 15.1-cubic foot trunk.
Another thing the Accord hybrid has over the Camry hybrid is a noticeably roomier back seat: 40.4 inches of legroom versus 38 inches in the Toyota.
One other noticeable thing is the base trim's absence of any options -- and its mediocre four-speaker stereo. Eight- and 10-speaker stereos come standard in higher trims, but these also come with a much higher sticker price.
The next-up EX starts at $27,920 -- which is a lot to pay to get four more speakers.
It'd be nice if Honda let buyers upgrade just the stereo -- for less than $2,300 (the price difference between the base $25,620 trim and the $27,920 EX).
The Bottom Line
With the exception of the stereo upsell, the Accord hybrid sells itself. It's a deal compared with its hybrid rivals -- and it's less hassle than its purely electric rivals.
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