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Took delivery of a Sport Hybrid - first impressions and comparison

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I currently own a 2017 EX and now a 2023 Sport Hybrid that I just drove home 50 miles from the dealership.

Compared to the 2017 EX, the Sport is missing fog lights, Sirius XM radio, handles to fold the rear seats from the trunk and a jack/spare tire.

The safety tech is much improved, especially LKAS. Mileage on the mostly highway trip was 35mpg, pretty much the same as the 2017 EX. However on city streets I did notice the engine wasn't running and I was strictly in battery mode. This will definitely improve mileage as most of my driving is in a suburban area.

The radio sounds better with more bass. The head unit is much more responsive especially using Android auto. In the limited use, I didn't have any voice assistant cutouts like I have in the 2017.

The seats feel more comfortable and the driving position allowed me to see the hood without raising the seat up most of the way.

I'll add more details as I spend more time behind the wheel. So far I'm happy and don't have any complaints!
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That is the one item I'm glad they forgot - Cargo cover. I must have collected 3 or 4 over the years that I don't need. I find the dash logic very good and like its layout much better than gen 5. With the new LED headlights I don't need the fogs.
 

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Thanks, Urban Gray.

It's also missing the cargo cover!

I'm waiting for an accessories order from College Hills Honda and will be purchasing a HondaCare extended warranty from Hyannis Honda.
That's the color I have on order as well. And yes, definitely also ordering a cargo cover as well as a couple other things and going to look into HondaCare.
 

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For those who have Sport hybrid model, please share driving experience, especially the engine noise at both low and high speed. When press the pedal, does it start quiet then very harsh engine noise as the gas engine take over at around 40MPH? How does hybrids compare with turbo (which some people says the power is inadequate unless driving like a grandma)?
 

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For those who have Sport hybrid model, please share driving experience, especially the engine noise at both low and high speed. When press the pedal, does it start quiet then very harsh engine noise as the gas engine take over at around 40MPH? How does hybrids compare with turbo (which some people says the power is inadequate unless driving like a grandma)?
The gas engine runs at any/all speeds, not just > 40 mph and how much noise it makes isn’t directly related to speed.
 

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The gas engine runs at any/all speeds, not just > 40 mph and how much noise it makes isn’t directly related to speed.
From what I leant on Youtube, the gas engine serves as a generator at low speed on Honda. The electric motor runs the car. Once speed reaches above 42MPH, gas engine takes over and became a conventional ICE car. However, Honda might pipe in the artificial noise to the cabin, which is annoying. Personally, I prefer the car to be quiet and will not consider the turbo model (Slow and noisy). Curious how the hybrid CRV behaves.
 

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I could swear the EV light was on while going downhill on the highway with my foot off the accelerator - meaning the car was in regeneration mode without either the gas or electric motor running. I'll pay attention next time I'm driving at highway speeds.
It looks awesome. Did you paint the front chrome accents on the bumper?
No, this is how it came off the truck with only window tint added to the front windows.
 

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The turbo model for 23 is not noisy and I don't considerate it slow. In fact, the turbo lag has pretty much been eliminated compared to the 5th gen(I had a 20) and more useable grunt is available from 0-30 mph. This is due to a revised turbo/ 1.5 /CVT. Honda also made internal changes to the 1.5 also but Japan won't specify what they were but I bet all you members would guess correctly on what they where . As the engine breaks in and I don't expect that until around 10k it should get better.
 

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I could swear the EV light was on while going downhill on the highway with my foot off the accelerator - meaning the car was in regeneration mode without either the gas or electric motor running. I'll pay attention next time I'm driving at highway speeds.
No, this is how it came off the truck with only window tint added to the front windows.
I think there is a b on the gear selector for REGEN mode?
 

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From what I leant on Youtube, the gas engine serves as a generator at low speed on Honda. The electric motor runs the car. Once speed reaches above 42MPH, gas engine takes over and became a conventional ICE car. However, Honda might pipe in the artificial noise to the cabin, which is annoying. Personally, I prefer the car to be quiet and will not consider the turbo model (Slow and noisy). Curious how the hybrid CRV behaves.
Except for short cycles, the ICE is always running…..at lower speeds it is sending power to the electric motor, at some point (higher than 42, closer to highway speed), it directly drives the wheels. Point is, the ICE is running practically all the time, at all speeds. Unless you are looking at the instrument gauges, you won’t know where the ICE is sending the power. It drives and sounds like a standard ICE only car. The only time you really notice a pure EV like quiet might be pulling away from a dead stop after the ICE has shut down.
 

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From what I leant on Youtube, the gas engine serves as a generator at low speed on Honda. The electric motor runs the car. Once speed reaches above 42MPH, gas engine takes over and became a conventional ICE car. However, Honda might pipe in the artificial noise to the cabin, which is annoying. Personally, I prefer the car to be quiet and will not consider the turbo model (Slow and noisy). Curious how the hybrid CRV behaves.
Read again, because you don't quite have it right. ;)

At ~ 45-50 mph the vehicle will engage the eCVT (which is really just a single gear ratio transaxle) that allows the engine to provide power to the rear wheels IN ADDITION TO the normal drive from the electric motors (which yes, are powered by a generator driven by the ICE motor. In other words, at highway cruising speeds the vehicle remains in hybrid mode, just with the additional power to wheels from the eCVT transaxle delivered.

As for noise injection to the cabin, that is pure conspiracy theory on your part. :) What the vehicle probably does have, as did gen5s is an active noise reduction system in the cabin.. where internal microphones pick up cabin noise and then a noise cancelling circuit injects out of phase signals that largely cancel said noise. I'm no positive if Honda retained this in gen6s as a carryover from gen5s, but that is the only possible signal injection Honda might be doing.
 

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There is. You can also keep it in D and change to sport mode so it keeps the regen setting instead of setting it back to minimum regen constantly.
After a time playing with all the new buttons, switches and paddles you’ll find if you just put the car in D and drive, it will take care of itself and deliver optimal results. The only practical use of the paddles is to slow descent on a long steep incline, and likewise Sport mode provides better results if you’re driving mountain inclines. Other than that, avoid the manual intervention and just drive it like a normal car.
 

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After a time playing with all the new buttons, switches and paddles you’ll find if you just put the car in D and drive, it will take care of itself and deliver optimal results. The only practical use of the paddles is to slow descent on a long steep incline, and likewise Sport mode provides better results if you’re driving mountain inclines. Other than that, avoid the manual intervention and just drive it like a normal car.
I'm almost there!
 
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