• Krafter324 avatar Krafter324 Posted: 12/5/2012 10:45am PST

    The accord looks nice and the MPG in hybrid mode sounds great, just wish it had a little further electric range to get the full tax credit. That sticker shock may hold it back from being a big hit.

  • fb_1001015277 avatar John Posted: 12/5/2012 10:04am PST

    Excellent video. The sound, video, transitions, and content are all well done.
    I feel like the three plug-in hybrids shown all reveal weaknesses in the Plug-in Prius offering. They all offer much longer e-range and a better ability to keep the vehicle in electric drive mode. On the other hand, I think the Prius still has a significant lead in the MPG area once the battery is depleted.

    As for the Spark EV, it looks like a great commuter car, and while the styling is not great, I prefer it over the LEAF. But my top choice would be a Focus EV, if only I could buy one here in Massachusetts.

    Great to see so many choices.

  • usbseawolf2000 avatar usbseawolf2000 Posted: 12/6/2012 10:55am PST

    John, I don't find PiP electric performance or range to be limited. I guess it depends on your expectation. I just want to use the EV miles for around town city driving. The 50 MPG gas engine is for the highway longer trips.

    What's your commute like?

  • fb_1559222512 avatar Xiaolong Posted: 12/6/2012 11:27am PST

    Can you use any EV miles at all if you require full heat blasting around the town during the freezing cold?

    Your PIP would turn on the engine for heat..

  • fb_1079063409 avatar Jeff Posted: 12/5/2012 8:07pm PST

    John, would you take the Focus EV over the Fit EV if both were available?

  • fb_1001015277 avatar John Posted: 12/6/2012 4:27am PST

    That is a tough one. I really like the Honda Fit, but I think I would take the Focus EV.

  • fb_569496310 avatar Anton Posted: 12/5/2012 10:53am PST

    The Prius should have better MPG because it's lighter and has a smaller/weaker engine. No surprise there. That's what typically happens... at least until you hit a limit where the aero on the smaller car starts to work against you.