Last post on Oct 26, 2007 at 12:07 PM
You are in the Hybrid Vehicles - Archived Discussions
This discussion is ARCHIVED. To reactivate the discussion, post a request in the Lost? Ask the Hybrids Host for directions! discussion.
What is this discussion about?
Toyota Prius, Honda Insight, Honda Civic, Hybrid Cars
#317 of 336 Re: Cost of Hybrids miscalculated! [ateixeira]
Apr 03, 2006 (10:47 am)
They also had the wrong price for the Civic EX used for comparison to the HCH, and intetionally used conservative fuel economy numers for the hybrids, assuming most buyers will drive them like they do. Most hybrid owners, as opposed to the average driver, will likely try to optimize their FE by revising their habits to the suit the car.
#318 of 336 Re: Cost of Hybrids miscalculated! [swtore]
Apr 03, 2006 (10:49 am)
Agreed, but those same buyers would do the same with an efficient gas car. So that might sway the numbers unfairly the other way.
#319 of 336 Re: Cost of Hybrids miscalculated! [bravoq]
Apr 05, 2006 (10:36 pm)
How could they have messed this up?! Don't they do that for a living? I feel so betrayed. Makes me wonder if the Big Three pay them off. This is the second front page report within 12 months that claimed hybrids are rip offs. Issuing a statement just doesn't cut it, the damage is already done. My coworker was quoting this report the other day to defend his argument...
Moreover, comparing Prius with Corolla is just not fair. Corolla is like that box building off the street. Prius is a design breakthrough, a collectible museum piece, a chick magnet... Alright I exaggerate a bit but you get my point
#320 of 336 Custom Stereo in Civic vs. Prius?
Apr 17, 2006 (6:35 pm)
I am interested in transfering the CD/radio unit and speakers from my 96 Camry into my new car, which is likely to be either the Civic or the Prius. Has any user out there attempted something similar, and with what result? Given that the stereo is integral part of the dashboard in both cars, is this even possible? I appreciate any pointers or recommendations. Thanks.
#321 of 336 2006 Prius Otpion package 8
Apr 25, 2006 (7:44 am)
After months of research I ordered a 2006 Prius in February. It took 6 weeks to get the exact color and option package I wanted. Paid MSRP of course. There has been much written about the mileage and comparison to non hybrids (mainly the corolla). However this car was built from the Ground up as a hybrid. I sold my 1999 Lexus GS 300 to buy this car. it is as close to a luxury automobile that you can find and it has features one woould expect only on a Luxury car such as Navigation, leather, backup camera, keyless operation, HID lights, I could go on an on. If anyone reading this wants more information from owners, there is a great website : Priuschat.com There you will find out everything you can on the Prius. My first tank of gas I got 48.6 MPG and the second I got 62.3 MPG in a mix of city and highway driving Love this car....My wife is still getting used to it and told me the steering wheel is like steering with a bagel....I am sure after filling the tank a few times with only 9 or 10 gallons after driving over 400 miles, she will love the Bagel steering
#322 of 336 Re: Try living in Australia [gagrice]
May 08, 2006 (5:05 pm)
Anytime you want to come and visit please let me know. We live on a small farm (ranch) about 8 acres with horses and dogs and lots of fresh air. You know, front door left unlocked...feeding wild birds outside the back door...and inside if you give them half a chance. But we still only live about 40 miles out of Melbourne. 45klm to work, 25% rural roads, 50% clogged freeway and the rest congested main raods...but I still get 50mpg out of the Civic...bloody amazing! I guess we really are the lucky country as they say.
Anyway, diesel is anywhere from 8 - 12 cents per litre more expensive than petrol(gas). This is mainly because the vast majority of vehicles in Australia run on petrol. - so (4.45 x $1.50 = $6.67 per gallon for diesel). We also have a lot of cars now running on LPG (Liquid Petrolium Gas - natural gas), and this usually sells for abot 40-50 cents per litre.
Strangely though, there are a lot of diesel models to choose from - but they are generally for rural and tradesman use...pickups (ute's) and the like. Equally strange is the total lack of concern that people have for the price of fuel, although I think that is starting to change with prices heading up to $2.00 per litre ($8.90 a gallon) by the end of the year.
#323 of 336 Re: Try living in Australia [davhan]
May 08, 2006 (7:28 pm)
feeding wild birds outside the back door.
I guess life is not so much different here in the USA. We feed about 50# of bird seed a month to a variety of wild birds. My favorite are the bright yellow Orioles. They feed from the humming bird feeders around the yard. I spent an hour watching a Bewick's Wren taking bugs and spiders to her nest inside a BBQ glove. I have a tough life now that I am retired. Thank you so much for the generous offer. I would love to look you up if we get a chance to visit Australia.
#324 of 336 Prius v. Matrix?
May 15, 2006 (5:15 pm)
I'm thinking about buying a Prius or a Matrix, and would welcome any opinions. I want a small to midsize wagon or hatchback, that gets over 30 MPG. I have it narrowed down to a Matrix or a Prius. I considered a used 2005 Jetta wagon, but they want $25,000 for the one I looked at, which seems kind of steep. With the Prius tax credit, which I understand should be available until the end of September, the Prius seems like a better deal, plus I don't have to worry about particulate emissions. The Matrix is significantly cheaper, but it's really hard to find a 2wd with ABS and side curtain airbags, and I don't want a 4wd, because of the mpg loss. I might be able to special order what I want, not sure yet. The other small wagons seem too small, and don't get great mileage. Has anyone else compared the Prius and Matrix?
May 17, 2006 (5:29 am)
I have been thinking of purchasing a hybrid car for a while but would like to get more information on how good hybrid would perform over long distance, freeway type of travel. I work relatively far from my house and travelled about 100Km to and back from work per day... However, my question is how will the hybrids handle constants 100Kph travel mostly? I know hybrids are designed to work very well in the cities... are they just as fuel efficient as they claimed to be? Please let me know... thank you.
#326 of 336 prius highway fuel economy
May 17, 2006 (6:01 am)
at 100kph (62mph) my prius gets about 4.3 liters per 100km (55 mpg US)