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CR-Z Honda hybrid, rear angle

CR-Z Honda hybrid, rear angle

Makuhari Messe, Japan

Honda introduced their Accord hybrid with a schizophrenic personality. You can't claim your car is a fuel-saving hybrid and at the same time call the Accord hybrid "the most powerful Accord every built", even if it is true. The two don't make sense when used together; it's sort of like "airline food" or "military intelligence" ... And Accord hybrid sales were so poor that the car was mercifully (and rightly) killed. American Honda couldn't make a real case for the car with US buyers. The undeniable truth was that the Toyota Camry hybrid sold for $5,000 less than the Honda Accord hybrid, and the Camry made an honest 40mpg, while the Honda was barely able to squeeze 30 mpg out of their proprietary gasoline/electric hybrid system.

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