Consumer Reports: Hybrids failing to deliver

Consumer Reports says fuel economy tests on the Honda Accord hybrid indicate the model failed to deliver the 47 mpg posted on the window sticker on dealer lots.

Testing by CR found a combined highway and city rating of 40 mpg for the Accord hybrid, a bit below the rating of the Toyota Prius hybrid.

The bigger picture: Consumer Reports has found several cases of hybrids falling short of the posted fuel economy rating. Recent reviews have also suggested that some hybrid models aren't riding smoothly or handling well under duress.

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  • Drilling In
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    Much to the chagrin of late comers to the market, the hybrid vehicle gravy train is starting to dry up. Buying a hybrid is much different than buying a highly efficient hybrid. Also-rans (such as GM's Fusion, Honda's Accord, and Kia's Optima) may make their owners feel good, but mostly they are marketing gimicks.


    The gold standard here is, and will be for the foreseeable future, Toyota's Prius.


    Until manufacturers start to really integrating with ultracaps, carbon fibres, and more recently current loss reduction circuitry, the 45 mpg touted efficiencies will be hard to attain.
    29 May 2014, 10:18 AM Reply Like
  • 1980XLS
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    GM's Fusion?


    4 Jul 2014, 09:55 AM Reply Like
  • Matthew Davis
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    Why is this technology marketed to certain people. Just make your car a hybrid and don't even advertise it as such, it will sell much better. I don't want to drive an egg shaped car or have a little tree grow in the friggin instrument cluster or any of that junk. Just make it as if I never knew it was a hybrid, what is so hard about that?
    29 May 2014, 09:16 PM Reply Like
  • Ryan Takach
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    No disagreement here, but I just have to say I got a 2014.5 Camry Hybrid and it's pretty nice. It has a good look to it, quite sporty when pushed, but also very conservative on mileage. My average MPG is sitting at 41.5 right now, but on a typical commute (heavy Bay Area traffic) I can get 45 MPG just from riding the batteries in the bumper-to-bumper. The hybrid system seems to perform better once the car has warmed up, so sometimes I'm getting around 35 MPG but other times I can push 60+ MPG.


    Nonetheless, over 2000 miles so far and I'm averaging 41.5 MPG, that's pretty good. I've only filled up 3 times, averaging 600 miles per tank. Sure the Prius probably does better because it weighs less, but I don't like the style. I'm not saying Consumer Reports is wrong, but there is a certain way to drive these hybrids to get the most out of them, you can't just gas it off the line because it will engage the gasoline engine, you need a gentle touch which is hard in rush hour traffic with people racing to the next stop light.


    Apologies to all my former colleagues at Ford that had to find out on Seeking Alpha that I just bought a Toyota. Fully loaded Camry Hybrid was about $10K less than a similarly spec'd Ford Fusion Hybrid....


    Anyways the whole point of this reply was to say that not all Hybrids are egg-shaped, there's some nice ones out there. But yeah, I avoided the egg-shaped ones immediately.
    29 May 2014, 09:48 PM Reply Like
  • Matthew Davis
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    Not only egg shaped, but the interior screams tree hugger. I'm not buying a hybrid because I'm a hippie saving the earth. I want to save on gas, that's all.
    30 May 2014, 12:31 AM Reply Like
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    To me, a car is a tool. I want to get from here to there and back, hopefully safely and efficiently. I recently drove my wife's "egg-shaped" 2010 Toyota Prius ~ 2500 miles from Orlando to Kansas City and back and averaged 46.7 miles a gallon. And as we all know, hybrids get worse mpg on the highway than they do in the city. How I looked driving from Nashville to Chattanooga on I-24 didn't bother me at the time, but after reading these comments, I fear I'll no longer SWAN...


    That being said, I certainly do like the look of the Camry better, but have been waiting for the RAV4 to come out in a hybrid before I get rid of the Prius. Unfortunately, from what I hear, the RAV4 will be released as an electric version before they release one as a hybrid.
    2 Jun 2014, 09:11 AM Reply Like
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