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Reader Q: 2014 Honda Accord Plug-In Hybrid Vs Other Hybrids

With two dozen hybrid models now on the market, and several mass-market plug-in hybrids as well, weighing costs and benefits can get a lot more complicated.

Take, for instance, our reader Catherine Chan-Smith, who wrote to ask for advice:

I’ve read your article on the 2014 Honda Accord Plug-In Hybrid, and was hoping you could help shed some light on the car.

My husband and I are looking for a fuel-efficient and comfortable car; we test-drove the Toyota Prius and Camry Hybrid, Hyundai Sonata Hybrid, and the Accord Plug-in.

We’re ruling out the Prius at this point, because we didn’t love how it drove, nor was it very comfortable.

I really love the Accord Plug-In–it’s comfortable and the 115 MPG is a big selling point, obviously. The trunk is tiny and that’s potentially a deal-breaker for my husband, who thinks it’s way too small for us and our two kids (ages 2 and 5).

He also doesn’t think that we’ll be able to get the 115 MPG based on how we drive. I drive 60 miles round trip every day…and my average morning commute in Los Angeles is about an hour.

Do you think we’ll be able to get close to 100-115 MPG or will I get significantly less due to my long commute?

You will NOT get 115 mpg, no matter how you drive.

That number is a theoretical equivalent number called “MPGe,” or miles-per-gallon-equivalent. It refers to how far the car will travel electrically on the same amount of energy as contained in 1 gallon of gasoline.


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