Honda is debuting the 2006 Honda Accord Hybrid with a better emissions rating (now AT-PZEV/Tier-2 bin2, previously ULEV-2/Tier-2 bin5), and reduced fuel economy.
The 2006 Accord Hybrid utilizes Honda’s Integrated Motor Assist (IMA) system in combination with Variable Cylinder Management (VCM) cylinder deactivation technology to deliver 253 hp (189 kW) of power with an EPA-estimated fuel economy of 25/34 city/highway miles per gallon.
The 2005 Accord Hybrid developed 255 hp with 29/37 city/highway miles per gallon.
The 3.0-liter V6 engine with IMA in the Accord Hybrid offers 9 more horsepower than the gasoline-only 3.0-liter V6 Accord and 87 more horsepower than a 2.4-liter 4-cylinder Accord.
The IMA system’s 12kW electric motor contributes torque during hard acceleration and recaptures kinetic energy generated during deceleration and braking for storage in the nickel-metal hydride battery pack. A 5-speed automatic transmission is standard.
Pricing starts at $30,990 for the 2006 Accord Hybrid, an increase of $850 from the MSRP of the 2005 Accord Hybrid.