2007 Honda Accord Hybrid

Interior


$5,689 - $6,055

2007 Honda Accord Hybrid Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2007 Honda Accord Hybrid was new.

Scorecard

Interior: 7.9

The consensus on the interior of the Accord Hybrid is that it is as comfortable and accommodating as a regular Accord, and loaded with features. The Detroit News reports, "The cabin is fairly staid and conservative, which is probably not a bad thing for a family sedan competing in this segment." Upscale materials and high-end standard features also please reviewers. " From within the cabin, the Accord Hybrid looks and feels like the transition point between a volume-selling sedan and the near-luxury Acura TL," says Automobile Magazine. The Chicago Tribune adds " The hybrid spares no creature comfort or high-tech item."

Seating

The 2007 Accord Hybrid seats five, but some reviewers point out that the fifth passenger might be a tight fit. As Cars.com puts it, "The Accord Hybrid seats five -- four in comfort." Even if it is a bit snug, Automobile Magazine asserts, "there is adequate room for three-across seating" in the back.

In general, reviewers judge the Accord to be roomier than its chief competitors. Forbes finds, for instance, that "the Accord Hybrid bests the Prius in passenger volume, front legroom, headroom and hip room."

Riding should be comfortable for both the driver and passengers. Motor Trend especially likes the driver's "sophisticated" seat, adding that all seats "cradle a human body extremely well." Car and Driver also describes the driver's' seat as "well-supported, firm-cushioned," that "perfectly aligns him or her for proper pedal and steering placement."

The Accord sedan has the capacity to seat five passengers, but reviewers generally agree that it can seat no more than four passengers with optimum comfort. "Four tall adults can find happiness," in Autobytel's summation, while U.S. News reviewer Rick Newman thinks parents will appreciate the rear as "enough space in the back for two kids to be comfortable but not so much that they'll get the urge to run around."

Interior Features

"The Accord Hybrid comes one way," reports the Orlando Sentinel -- "loaded." The Fort Worth Star-Telegram suggests that "Honda has included lots of premium amenities," in part, "to try to justify the steep price increase" over a regular Accord. About.com notes, "The Hybrid is trimmed out in a manner similar to the top-of-the-line Accord EX V6." Standard features include a dual-zone climate control system, power windows and door locks, cruise control, heated front seats, two power outlets, a six-disc in-dash CD changer audio system with six speakers, satellite radio and more.

Stereo and Entertainment

The Accord Hybrid comes with the upgraded "premium stereo" with 6-disc CD changer and optional XM Satellite Radio service.

However, there was a mixed response to the upgraded 180-watt audio system. New Car Test Drive tested the stereo "on flat-out blast through the Malibu hills, engine revving to redline, windows wide open, CD celebrating Bob Marley, and even with all that exterior noise, max volume on the sound system wasn't necessary for the full effect." CNET is more critical, calling the audio quality "passable in the front seats, but mediocre in the rear seats...the stereo didn't offer great separation, instead giving a pretty muddled sound." CNET also complains that the CD player doesn't read MP3 CDs and does not feature an auxiliary audio jack. "The car seems to be focused on people who haven't gotten into digital music."

Navigation

One of Kelley Blue Book's favorite features for the 2007 Honda Accord is its optional voice-activated navigation system, which The Auto Channel agrees with by noting the interface and voice control as "simple" and "intuitive." CNET adds to the praise, calling the system "one of the best in the market" and especially citing the points-of-interest database, "which includes even the smallest retail stores. This type of information is very useful for running weekend errands."

Some reviewers are less enthralled, however. The Chicago Tribune suggests "taking a pass" on it and the Los Angeles Times calls it "very sleepy," saying it takes "agonizing seconds to boot up."

Cargo

Reviewers point out that the Accord Hybrid offers less cargo room than a conventional Accord. Forbes explains, "The IMA's battery pack, positioned vertically behind the rear seatback, reduces trunk space and precludes the convenient split, folding rear seatbacks found on conventional Accords," and suggests, "if you're going to carry long objects with any regularity, like skis, you might consider a roof rack."

About.com notes that "cargo capacity is shaved from 14 cubic feet down to 11.2," an area it says is "not generous, but adequate for a family vacation." As for small and incidental storage, the Accord Hybrid is well designed. The Auto Channel writes, "For inside storage there are small cupholders in the door pockets, a small cubby over the ash tray and bottoms in the door pulls."

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