2005 Honda Accord Hybrid

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2005 Honda Accord Hybrid

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2005 Honda Accord Hybrid review: Our expert's take

By Alicia Collins


Class, today’s vocabulary words are: Hybrid, Integrated and Electronic.

With gas prices constantly on the rise, it’s no wonder why some car manufacturers, like Honda, are committed to hybrid technology. Since the Accord is Honda’s top selling car, it’s not surprising they would make it available as a hybrid.

The 2005 Honda Accord Hybrid is like stepping into the future. With hybrid technology, IMA, TCS and EBD this car is definitely AOIT (ahead of its time). I, myself, don’t know what those terms mean, so I’m including a glossary to help explain the jargon (see below).

The dashboard looks like it belongs in a racecar with its sci-fi lighting and enlarged speedometer. The technology of this car can be seen in the panel when a green or blue light illuminates to show when the car is using fuel or battery power. I wonder if there’s a secret switch that will empower the Accord Hybrid to lift off and hover above ground. Perhaps Honda is already working on this.

Complete with the optional navigation system and XM Radio, my husband is ready to sell his truck and buy this car. I, on the other hand, can’t figure out exactly what it is about this car I don’t like. My husband likes the powerful drive, I feel like I am fighting it. He loves the gadgets, I find them distracting. He likes the control panel and I find it overwhelming and difficult to use. I liken this vehicle to the type of car a young guy would drive when trying to impress his date.

Although I am not fascinated by the next big thing in technology, I am enjoying the XM Satellite Radio. There are literally hundreds of stations to choose from but mostly I keep it set on the 80’s. I don’t even bother putting a CD into the 6-CD system.

If it wasn’t for Honda’s trusty little Quick Guide Booklet I would never figure out how to properly set the A/C. Honda puts together these nifty booklets for quick reference on the most-used features in the car. If only the actual system was as easy to use.

But I digress – there are a few things I like about the Accord: eight cupholders, a fold-down console in the back seat, in-door storage compartments and ample leg room. (However, the trunk space is smaller than the Civic, leaving little room for storage after I put my stroller in it).

Allow me to go back to the hybrid technology. Most Honda cars require an oil change or service every 5,000 miles. This car only needs to be serviced every 7,500 miles, saving time and money. As an added money-saving bonus, this car is approved for a tax deduction for purchasing a fuel-efficient vehicle (ask your CPA for details).

It’s a good thing my husband doesn’t solely make the car-buying decisions for our family because I don’t think he can see past the glamor of technology. Sure, the Honda Accord Hybrid saves gas money and is kinder to the planet, but it doesn’t necessarily appeal to all families.

Glossary of terms:

IMA: Integrated Motor Assist is the “magic” behind the hybrid technology that allows the car to operate off a battery rather than using fuel.

Battery Level Gauge: Shows the charge of the battery for the IMA. The engine recharges the battery when the IMA isn’t powering the vehicle.

Charge/Assist Gauge: This shows the status of the IMA. When the IMA is being charged the left side of the gauge illuminates. When the IMA is assisting the engine, the right side illuminates.

TCS: The Traction Control System helps to maintain traction when driving slowly on slick roads. Honda also recommends installing winter tires.

EBD: Electronic Brake Distribution.

*For more information about the 2005 Honda Accord Hybrid and its safety features, visit Cars.com .

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.3
  • Interior design 4.1
  • Performance 4.3
  • Value for the money 4.0
  • Exterior styling 4.1
  • Reliability 4.1

Most recent consumer reviews

1.0

This is the worst car I've ever owned. Never again

The hybrid batteries are trash. And very costly. And I for one will never ever buy a hybrid car again. Please dont buy this car. Save your money and shop around

2.0

Biggest peace of xxxx I ever paid for I will never

I will never own another hybred I think honda should have too replace the 05 accords free of charge I've owned multiple Hondas I was very pleased until I bought the hybred

3.6

Car is good styling leather heated seat strong

This car have hybrid battery problem and time to time force to drive ahead without accelerating might be hit other car in rear coz hybrid charging battery left door lock not working so many time but strong body and powerful engine gas consumption is like regular Accord IMA always problem if u don?t drive

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Warranty

New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Honda
Certified Pre-Owned program benefits
Maximum age/mileage
HondaTrue Certified: More than 1 and less than 6 years/more than 12,000 miles HondaTrue Certified+: Less than 1 year/less than 12,000 miles
Basic warranty terms
HondaTrue Certified: 12 months/12,000 miles HondaTrue Certified+: 24 months/50,000 miles
Powertrain
7 years/100,000 miles
Dealer certification required
182-point inspection
Roadside assistance
Yes
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