*MSRP excluding tax, license, registration, and options. Dealers set own prices.
*Based on 2020 EPA mileage and driving range ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your MPGe/MPG and driving range will vary depending on driving conditions, how you drive and maintain your vehicle, battery age/condition, and other factors.
- Lower emissions. More environmentally friendly.
- Fewer stops at gas stations and less spending on fuel.
- Fuel-Saving benefits, particularly in stop-and-go, lower speed traffic.
- 8 Year / 100,000 Mile warranty on major hybrid components.
- Two motor powertrain provides quick starts & energetic response.
- Can cost 5-15% more than gasoline model counterparts.
- Tax benefits to hybrid ownership being phased out. (Most only apply to PHEV & EV vehicles now)
- Out-Of-Warranty repairs, like eventual battery replacement, can be costly.
How do you charge a hybrid vehicle?
For all three Honda hybrid vehicles listed above, simply drive as you would normally, and keep gas in the tank to keep the battery charged!
There is a common misconception that hybrids must be plugged in for the battery to work (much like a Tesla). But plug-in electric vehicles like Teslas are powered by battery alone, while the Honda hybrids listed above run off of a two-motor engine with both electric and gas powertrains.
The battery recharges in two ways:
1. By using a built-in power generator (powered by the gasoline in its tank)
2. Through regenerative braking, which turns kinetic energy lost during braking into energy for the battery.
Honda’s two motor hybrids provide excellent fuel economy and low emissions, without having to worry about when and where to “plug-in”, as you would with an electric or plug-in electric vehicle.
Honda does manufacture a PHEV (plug-in hybrid) vehicle, the Honda Clarity, but it is primarily sold in NY and CA, and is unavailable for purchase or lease at Proctor Honda.
Do hybrid vehicles cost more to maintain?
Don’t fret, a hybrid should be no more expensive to maintain than a traditional vehicle! In fact, the electric motor can actually help to take some strain off of the gasoline-powered motor, which can extend the life of the motor and its parts!
Not to mention, that fuel savings can offset or even outweigh repairs and maintenance costs over time.
Hybrid batteries do, however, cost more than conventional car batteries. A conventional battery can be replaced for less than $100, whereas a hybrid battery can run a couple thousand dollars to replace.
Despite this eventual repair cost, drivers should take comfort in knowing that hybrid batteries usually last between 100,000-200,000 miles before needing replacement, and Honda’s warranty covers all major Honda Hybrid Components (including the battery) for 8 years or 100,000 miles.
Can hybrids accelerate as quickly as conventional, gas vehicles?
When you think of a powerful, fast, and punchy ride, a hybrid vehicle may not be the first thing that comes to mind. So it may surprise you to learn that the Honda Accord Hybrid can accelerate from 0-60mph in 7.2 seconds!
The dual-motor design gives Honda hybrids both impressive horsepower and torque. So, whether you want to drive conservatively to maximize fuel economy, or punch through every stoplight and intersection...the choice is yours in a Honda Hybrid!
Why are hybrids priced higher than non-hybrid models?
A two-motor hybrid vehicle does cost slightly more than a conventional gasoline motor.
The slight difference in price is because hybrids have a gas motor AND an electric motor, battery storage system, and additional systems to generate and reclaim energy for the battery. Hybrids also require additional systems to manage and operate all these extra parts and various drive modes.
How are hybrid vehicles different than electric vehicles?
Electric vehicles and hybrid vehicles are both great low-emission, environmentally friendly ways to
commute, but also have some major differences:
Honda Hybrid Vehicles:
- More eco-friendly and lower emissions than conventional gas-powered vehicle.
- Do not require plugging in or any changes to standard driving to charge battery.
- Have both battery and gas powertrains. Battery for short-distance travel, and gas for longer, highspeed distances.
Electric Vehicles (EV) & Plug-In Electric Vehicles (PHEV):
- Most fuel eco-friendly and low emission vehicles available.
- Are eligible for tax benefits in many states.
- Run entirely off of their battery.
- Batteries require re-charging and plugging in (need to preplan long trips to include charging sites).