Don't look now, but Honda already has three hybrid vehicles
in 2005 after the introduction of the all-new Accord Hybrid.
While others are just contemplating it, Honda is proving
that it can be done.
And it can be done at a profit. With the all-new Accord
Hybrid, Honda introduces the world's first V6-powered hybrid
vehicle. It will be available in dealerships nationwide
on December 3, 2004.
Hopefully others will follow their lead.
The 2005 Accord lineup includes coupes and sedans in DX,
LX and EX trims, as well as the new Hybrid (other Accords
The Accord Hybrid is given a sedan's body style. That means
it has four full doors and room for up to five passengers.
Quite roomy, it is able to provide 14 cubic feet of cargo
Hybrids are also nicely appointed on the interior. They
have such luxury features like a leather interior, dual
zone automatic hybrid climate control, an 8-way power driver's
seat, XM Satellite radio and a 6-disc CD changer.
The 2005 Accord Hybrid uses Honda's new active-noise-control
system, designed to electronically quell mechanical, road
and wind noise.
The makers at Honda also give the Hybrid a special exterior
that includes a unique grille and a decklid spoiler.
The key to the Hybrid is Honda's advanced Integrated Motor
Assist (IMA) full hybrid system in combination with new
Variable Cylinder Management (VCM) cylinder deactivation
It all begins with a 3.0-liter V6 engine producing 255
horsepower at 6000 rpm and 232 lb-ft of torque at 5000 rpm.
It is teamed to a 5-speed automatic transmission.
The IMA system basically deactivates three cylinders when
cruising or decelerating to save fuel. When coming to a
stop, the IMA system shuts off the vehicle's engine at speeds
below 10 mph to reduce fuel consumption and exhaust emissions.
When cruising at steady speeds, the VCM system deactivates
the V6 engine's rear bank of cylinders, closing both the
intake and exhaust valves for reduced fuel consumption.
Compared to the Civic Hybrid, the Accord Hybrid's IMA motor
torque output is improved by 26 percent during startup and
is more than doubled during driving to 100 lb-ft from 46
lb-ft. Estimated EPA fuel economy ratings are 29 miles per
gallon in the city and 37 mpg highway.
Safety and Security
The Accord Hybrid has a standard safety feature list that
is very responsible. Dual front airbags, front side airbags,
curtain side airbags and antilock 4-wheel disc brakes are