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Question DetailsAsked on 5/15/2011

general hybrid car advice?

I am looking to buy my first hybrid car, but have really no idea about where to go for the best infromation. Frankly, the more general the information, the better - as I really have no clue what I'm doing!

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Interesting article in the business section of a local newspaper stating Toyota has sold more of their Prius models than all other hybrids combined! it also included a chart listing makers/models and number of units sold.

I too am considering a new vehicle which will be a hybrid; not sure which make or model...when I've narrowed down which I "think" I like & best suits my life I'll rent for a couple of days before making a decision.. Consumer Reports has evaluated various hybrids. Your local library should have copies of Consumer Reports magazine and annual publication. Also, dealers will give you brochures to compare their wares and warranties. The sales price is negotiable

Answered 7 years ago by tessa89

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I've seen several articles talking about how long it takes to recoup the extra cost of a hybrid in fuel savings, and it's apparently a heck of a long time, much longer than most people own their cars. I know the literature is out there for anyone who wants to do the research. I also suspect the average driver can cut fuel consumption a whopping amount by consolidating trips, driving at the speed limit, not making sudden starts at green lights (my personal sin) and keeping their cars in good shape with tune ups, proper tire inflation, etc.

Answered 7 years ago by Commonsense

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Until big biz can proivide statistics guarantee-ing renewable resoruces, me thinks we should choose wisely before purchasing a vehicle (car, lawnmower, tractor, combine/harvester)

My 95 SUV still averages 16 MPG and performs well on flat ground with "regular" gasoline... dunno about y'all, but yesterday in nor.CA, $3.15 per gal for diesel is 10 cents more expensive than hi grade gasoline .. ever wonder about the costs associated with the end products delivered to your local grocery store?

Answered 7 years ago by tessa89

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For general advice on all hybrid cars available, check out http://www.hybridcars.com/

Answered 7 years ago by Helper Monkey 5000

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Like your picture, Helper. I have one of Dude with Coffee that has a very interesting caption. . .perhaps you've seen it somewhere. . . .[H].

Answered 7 years ago by Commonsense

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I rented a Honda Civic hybrid for a week in San Diego while on vacation to see if the mileage claims held up - the car had about 23000 miles on it and only got 32 mpg - this was largely highway driving. I put about 350 miles on the car, so it's not completely representative, but I believe that the newer Hondas get at least 40 mpg, and my 10 year old Civic averages between 28 - 32 mpg. As they say, your mileage may vary.

Answered 7 years ago by Sweeneybird

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Hybridcenter.org is also a good site. They have a good comparison of different hybrid models. I just got back from vacation where I rented a civic hybrid for two weeks. Got 37 mpg with lots of highway driving (which tends to decrease mileage). My 70+ mother has had a Prius for 3-4 years which she loves. Gets about 42 mpg with lots on hill driving. Her cousin has a newer model Prius that is getting 50 mpg (mostly due, I assume, to flat, suburban michigan driving). After driving both the Civic and the Prius, I'd definitely get the Prius (I like the display, that is drives at low speed in electric mode, and that it consistently turns off when you come to a stop). But for Honda loyalists, the Civic seemed great.

Answered 7 years ago by ss46

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<<<reading first hand accounts with great interest

In my locale gas prices have lowered thanks to decreased summer demands ($2.56) ; still remember 19 CENTS [:@][:$] Last week, my 95 SUV averaged 19 mpg round trip with intermittent AC use (mulitple summits over 7K ft. elevation to & from sea level). Living in the land of road rage mentality sports cars & gigantic SUV drivers, for safety's sake I think I'll keep it awhlie longer

hmmm, might need new tires before winter : $400 or $30,000? as much as I'd like to live "green"


Answered 7 years ago by tessa89

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[quote user="Commonsense"]I've seen several articles talking about how long it takes to recoup the extra cost of a hybrid in fuel savings, and it's apparently a heck of a long time, much longer than most people own their cars. I know the literature is out there for anyone who wants to do the research. I also suspect the average driver can cut fuel consumption a whopping amount by consolidating trips, driving at the speed limit, not making sudden starts at green lights (my personal sin) and keeping their cars in good shape with tune ups, proper tire inflation, etc.[/quote]

Not entirely true. If you put alot of miles on a car, you can recoup the cost fairly quickly. I have put over 75K on my Prius in less than 2 years and I know that I have recovered whatever extra expense there was in the purchase a new vehicle. The comparison is also flawed when it comes to the Prius because there is not a non-hybrid model to price compare it to. The math is easier when you do the comparison between a Civic Hybrid and non hybrid. That being said, the hybrid drive in the Honda is not as efficient as the Toyota and not as driver friendly. Between the tax right off and averaging a little over 50mpg in my car, I am well above the curve. Now figure that the Prius has probably the highest resale value going, the number fall out just fine.

Answered 7 years ago by Windows on Washington

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Read that Honda won't be offering one of their hybrids... 2008.Accord?

Answered 7 years ago by tessa89

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wasn't the recommendation in that article something like...

lot of highway driving = hybrid not recommended

lot of stop-and-go and short trips = hybrid recommended



and the person that was comparing diesel prices to gas prices didn't take into account that diesel engines get much better highway mileage than gas for similar engine displacements

Answered 7 years ago by michael

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[quote user="michael"]

wasn't the recommendation in that article something like...

lot of highway driving = hybrid not recommended

lot of stop-and-go and short trips = hybrid recommended



and the person that was comparing diesel prices to gas prices didn't take into account that diesel engines get much better highway mileage than gas for similar engine displacements

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I still average well over 45mpg in my Prius on the highway so you really can't go wrong. Correct me if I am wrong, but I think the Prius is the most aerodynamic sedan on the road today.

Answered 7 years ago by Windows on Washington




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