Toyota vs Honda hybrids : which is better

Refer to above link.  I'm still confused after reading the above.  

comparing the 1497cc  Honda Shuttle  vs Toyota Sienta (both of same engine capacity), which
of the 2 have better acceleration (ie can reach 100km/h from stationary in a shorter time)?

comparing Honda Shuttle vs Toyota Sienta, which of the two are more fuel efficient?

Car dealer told me Toyota's hybrids merges fuel & battery consumption better while Honda's
hybrids toggles between the fuel & battery alternately : true?

By using the engine less (& using the battery more), we'll need less servicing for the engine.
Which of the two will give less servicing?

I heard the latest batteries are broken down into small cells so when a cell breaks down,
we only change a cell rather than the entire battery pack which could cost almost US$16k.
Do the batteries for Shuttle or Sienta have more "cells"?  This is to assess which one has
lesser replacement cost
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sunhuxAuthor Commented:
From the above link by a Pakistan author,   "Since it’s completely turned off, Toyota’s engine takes time to kick in. Honda’s engine instantly kicks in when you need it since it is already running but without fuel for combustion cycle."   :  does the extract mean Honda has better acceleration while Toyota has better fuel savings?

I was told by the dealer that generally the fuel/engine for Toyota will kick in only above 60km/h  otherwise at lower speeds, it will move using the battery only, is this true?
dbruntonQuid, Me Anxius Sum?  Illegitimi non carborundum.Commented:
What mileage per day are you looking at?  If for example you aren't going to exceed 100 miles per day I'd be looking at a pure battery vehicle.

Hybrids are nice in theory but complex to service.  If something goes wrong then it will be very expensive.
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Drive each one (demonstrator) and choose the one you like. Both are good.

I have a friend in Los Angeles who has a Toyota Prius and I have been in it. It runs great and the owner says it is very economical.
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sunhuxAuthor Commented:
I'm looking at about 15-20 miles/day with probably 8-16 traffic lights that stops the car daily
sunhuxAuthor Commented:
I wanted Prius 7-seater but it will cost about $20k more compared to the 7-seater Toyota Sienta in my country
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
My friend's Prius was not a 7-seater but it was great in traffic and traffic signal lights.
dbruntonQuid, Me Anxius Sum?  Illegitimi non carborundum.Commented:
>>  I'm looking at about 15-20 miles/day with probably 8-16 traffic lights that stops the car daily

If that's your total mileage then don't go hybrid.  Go pure battery.  That will restrict you to the city area.

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sunhuxAuthor Commented:
So betw Honda & Toyota hybrids, which of the two is better ie the questions in original posts
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
They are both good, good manufacturers and it really comes down to personal choice.
dbruntonQuid, Me Anxius Sum?  Illegitimi non carborundum.Commented:
That's a tossup.  I agree with John, it is a personal choice matter.
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