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Hybrid car owners' comments: observations from user experience
My parents have had their Honda Insight since 2001, when it came out. On average, it gets about 55-65 MPG on the highway under reasonable conditions (light wind, no rain). They usually only spend about $30 to fill it up at the current gas prices and a full tank lasts them for about three days, seeing as how they have to drive around 100 miles a day to get to and from work. Right now, five years later, their only setback with it is that, with 244,000 miles on it, the main, rechargeable battery is about to go out, and, unfortunately, that'll set them back about $800. But, other than that, they love it!
I have a 2005 Toyota Prius and it is my second hybrid car. The first was also a hybrid, a 2002 Prius. These cars are exceptionally great to drive. I've had absolutely no problems with either of the cars. Prius drivers know we don't have to charge the batteries but people who don't drive these cars seem not to know this. Also, these cars have plenty of power and speed. I could easily exceed the speed limit here in Central NY State if I wanted to and found myself once going 80mph when I passed cars. I was surprised when I saw how fast I was going because I didn't feel I was that fast.
As far as mileage, in winter here in upstate NY, it gets quite cold and I find I obtain about 40 mph during very cold weather. In summer, I get easily over 50mph, as much as 53mph. I will never buy anything but a hybrid as long as I am driving.
I’ve been driving a Toyota Corolla (1999) to commute to work for 8 years. It’s a 5 speed manual transmission. In the summer I get 40 to 42 MPG. I paid $14,000.00 for the car new in 1999. I guess I want to see a Corolla Hybrid, that get 50+ MPG and costs less than $17,000.00 Then I’m in. Otherwise I don’t see the economics.
I have had a 2006
Prius for about 2 months now and it is absolutely the best vehicle I have
ever owned. I am getting 50-56 mpg on my 110 round trip commute daily
(traveling 75-80 mph) and about 48-50 mpg around town on the weekends.
I have found
that I don’t have to slow down to get great mpg, just have to learn
how to drive the car.
We are glad that other
Prius owners are getting good gas mileage. According to William L.,NY,
he is getting excellent mileage with his. For us, we have not. The car
has 18K miles on it and has never gotten better than 42 MPG on the highway
OR in the city. We have checked this when we have filled with gas, thinking
the average MPG was incorrect on the computer-generated reading. Further,
we have taken the car back to the dealership 3 times because the fuel
gauge does not operate correctly. The last time, they installed a new
gauge and it still does not work. We have actually run out of gas because
we depended on the gauge to be accurate. We now have to keep up with miles
since last fill-up to avoid being stranded on the highway. I did not see
any negative things said about the Prius. Surely we are not the only ones
I live in SE Pennsylvania
and use the car (Toyota Prius) for regular commuting. We have just hit
10,000 miles and have kept a mileage log for the first year. We have averaged,
for the year, 46.8 mile per gallon. On non-stop turnpike trips, we have
attained as high as 53.5 and as low as 50.1, nowhere near the 60 that
the EPA suggests. We find that the ideal highway speed is 67 mph.
wife, son and I all have been driving Honda Insights since 2000. We have
a combined 170,000+
And we've developed a new respect for the cars because they have been very trouble free for a long time. We are beginning to understand, other than getting 60MPG, cost wise these are normal cars. Quality Hondas. We rarely calculate the gas savings although we are proud of having bought over 2,800 less gallons of gas in a time which Oil has caused so much trouble for so many people.
Hybrid technology in the Insight saves gas not by the little 6hp engine alone. It's only 11% of the 65hp total, how could it? It's the engine tuning the electric motor allows. The cylinders can be optimized for the higher gears while the electric motor takes over the instant demand. Also the cars are very light, the engines shut off/restart automatically at stops, are super aerodynamic and have long rolling tires.
these KNOWN technologies car companies could cut world fuel use in half,
my real point isn't that our experience has been great, it's the more
existential "what if everyone did it?"
bought a Honda Insight about a year ago and love it. We get regularly
get 65-67 mpg and occasionally get up to 75 mpg. We hardly ever have to
fill up the tank, and when we do, it doesn't cost much. It is comfortable
and safe and has plenty of acceleration. It's an ideal car for commuting.
The best thing about our Insight is that we know we are having the least
impact possible when we drive.
been driving a Prius at work, and find it's very responsive as well as
fuel-efficient. It drives more like a 6 cylinder car, and is quick to
accelerate off the line. The electric engine provides full torque immediately,
while the typical all-gas engine has to reach its required rpm before
it can deliver full torque. My only concern for these cars is long-term
reliability and resale value.
just wanted to write and tell you how much I've enjoyed my 2002 Honda
Insight hybrid car. It gets awesome gas milage and is downright fun to
drive! I drove to see my mom in North Carolina from my home in Tampa and
had to stop once in South Carolina to get $7.87 worth of gas. I get stopped
all the time by people who are curious about it and besides the unwanted
attention at times I have less than zero complaints. The car has performed
better than advertised and I am going to buy the new hybrid Civic for
a second car when it comes out soon. I am going to keep my Insight for
my main driving vehicle though because it is so fun to use. Thanks for
letting me spout off...
Honda Civic Hybrid - world's most expensive Ni-MH battery charger-----After test driving a 2004 Prius rental but finding none available to buy, I shelled out many thousands of the bank's money on a left-over 2003 Civic hybrid. In 20+ years of driving, I've never failed to get a little better than the EPA est. until now. In carefully run mileage tests with the rented 2004 Prius, mileage was always 53 to 57 MPG after 75 to 145 mile days. The Civic hybrid has made over 40 MPG only once so far, including on some of the same roads the Prius did so well on. This is on par with a regular (and much less expensive) Civic or Corolla and is unacceptable. The trip computer on the Civic is very much a "the tank is half full" kind of guy and tells tall tales of 45 to 53 MPG. But where is the gas going? It takes 12.5 gallons to go 500 miles no matter what the computer says. One notable difference between the Civic and Prius is when the Prius' gas pedal is pressed, the electric motor always assists. My Civic hybrid is good at keeping its Ni-MH battery pack charged but not so good at reducing fuel consumption. Pressing the gas pedal always makes the engine RPM jump but seldom wakes the sleepy electric motor. The little electric engine that could, should, but doesn't. I hope no one else will fall victim to Honda's "green scam" as I have. Bron Powell
Hi - I've had the
2004 Toyoto Prius for 6 months and love it! I can regularly get around
50 mpg. One aspect of it that I think would be valuable for all cars,
not just hybrids is the constant ability to see how your driving is affecting
the milage. Why would I want to race up to a light and brake when I could
have coasted, not lost any time, and gained mpg? I always knew that but
when you have the constant feedback, it makes it more real. Is it really
so hot that I need the air conditioner today....my mpg will go up if it's
off----that sort of thing. It becomes almost like a game to me to see
if I can improve the milage. The Prius is going to get better milage regardless
of how you drive but having that immediate feedback really increases your
awareness of how to improve milage, thus saving even more gas and $. Linda
I have a 2002 Toyota Prius and am very happy with the car except for one thing. Mileage decreases with colder weather as you use more lights, heat and fans. Thomas Kohl
I have bought a 2004
civic hybrid. My current life time gas milage is 47.5 mpg for a distance
of 3500 miles. Much of that is with air conditioning on. I live in a mountainous
part of Eastern Pennsylvania. I have a 150 mile round trip daily commute.
The highway portion I get 51 or greater mpg, When I do the last 10 miles
up the hills of our community it pulls the lifetime mpg down. The electronic
display indicating mpt , at least on our car is always around 1.5 mpg
less than my computation I do at the gas pump dividing trip odomter by
gallons pumped at station. At this stage I am quite happy with our Honda
civic. Current trending seems to indicate the mpg is getting better with
appreciate your interest and trying to get the Prius on the map. Ive have
had mine for 1 month and got 43 mp on the 1st fill up and 50 mpg on the
2nd. Looking for info and car clubs...
Prius has exceeded expectations. The only driving adjustment I've had
to make is being lighter on the gas pedal, as the car is going faster
than it seems. The aerodynamic design may be the reason.
bought my 2005 Toyota Prius in December and continue to rave about it.
47 mpg right now but it keeps getting better. A dream to drive, just as
much pickup and power as my Camry had. I find myself giving demonstrations
everywhere I go – even to total strangers in parking lots! Why are
American car dealers not mass producing these???
woud like to add my 2 cents to all your comments. I have had a 2004 Toyota
Prius for about 9 months and I LOVE IT!!!!! My average mileage in this
time is 5.6 (48.86 mpg) winter and summer, and when I say winter I mean
winter (Ottawa at -30 for over a month). My best milage in good weather
was 60.73 mpg and my worst 33 mpg. Even the worst is better than my previous
Camry at the best.
would like anyone who is thinking of buying a Honda Civic Hybrid to be
careful. It has problems. Mine had a computer problem and went through
a 7/11 store with my foot on the brake. I couldn't get it to stop running.
I could have been killed and anyone in the store could have been killed.
This is coming up quite a bit, the surge forward on the Honda Hybrid.
If you watch the gauges you can learn to get great milage. My CIVIC has the CVT transmission. If I want great milage I have to drive normal up to a little over the mph I want then let up and the mpg jumps to 60-90 mpg. For example if I want to go 45 I go about 50 and ease up gentle coming to 45 and down to about 40 before I speed up a shat way then do it over.
With a stick ship
you drive gentle and jump to 5th gear as soon as possible always staying
light on the peddle. In a Prius you go very light and stay on all electric
for as long as possible, then gently go above the speed you want and let
up enough to get high mpg. They also have a CVT transmission.Also anticipate
lights and stop signs, gently brake to regen as much as possible.
just bought a new 07'Camry hybrid which according to Toyota is one of
the first to be delivered in the Los Angeles area. I bought it loaded
with every conceivable feature available. The only thing I don't have
as remote start, which the agency that I've bought it from said that it
wasn't available but it actually is available so I may get it later if
I needed. So far I love it. I bought the light silver colors so that I
don't have to use the air conditioner is much and of course the car will
look clean much longer than the black Ford Explorer that I was driving.
Anyways I'm getting about 35 miles per gallon, which is okay but I thought
I would be getting better mileage hopefully it'll get better as I break
in the motor!
year I reluctantly traded my Land Rover Defender for a new Ford Escape
Hybrid. We live in the mountains of Colorado and it did very well in the
snow this past winter. Our driveway is a mile long and has 6 switchbacks
and very steep dirt road. We have really put it to the test. I now have
10,000 miles on my 4WD Escape and I am happy with it. Its traction control
system and anti skid brake system work well under the worst of conditions.
My worst mileage is around 25 MPG and my best is a little over 30 MPG.
The everyday average seems to be about 27 MPG. It is not made for off
road but it has good ground clearance and rides well on the rough roads.
It is fun to drive and I see that there could be great potential for a
plug in conversion when someone develops a more efficient battery system.
I now get twice the mileage that I would be getting in my Land Rover.
Recently a Vancouver-based Toyota Prius hybrid car used as a taxi was taken off the road with over 332,000 km (206,295 miles) on the odometer, with no major repairs during the car's history. It was taken out of service because Toyota in Japan wanted to to strip it down and check everything out. The driver was given a new Prius at no charge. from the Vancouver Sun
i think i speak for
many families concerned for the environment when i say we would love to
put our money into hybrid vehicles; however, they are not yet large/safe
enough to house my family. when that rolls around, i believe you will
see dramatic increase in interest. i hope the manufacturers do not
The Prius is almost there for the typical American. It just needs to be a little bigger and a little faster. A full sized car that does about 8.0 sec in the 0-60. Offer a mini van (Estima Hybrid) and a full sized truck in the USA and Toyota could corner the market for years to come. Everyone wants big vehicles with better mileage. Seecay
I want to express my hopes for hybrid minivan that would provide families with a better alternative than an SUV. Also how do lower income families afford to be consciencious. Are there subsidies out there? Thankyou! Chad
It appears that US automakers have the impression that the only cars that need a hybrid version are large gas guzzlers. Being among the financially challenged, I, too, would like to purchase a hybrid. I have no desire to drive something that requires a running board to climb into. I just want to conserve on my fuel expenses. US automakers need to jump on the band wagon, the Japanese automakers are way ahead of the game. Jackie
How soon will they
be making a hybrid car into an affordable family sized vehicle. We are
more than happy to become part of the hybrid family as soon as they expand
their size to fit an average family. Not interested in SUV either, more
a family vehicle. Heard a Camry is on it's way! Hurray, come on American
Car Makers, get on the bandwagon and make us proud, otherwise we will
be going foreign.
can't someone make a hybrid car with AWD and CFC-free automatic
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