On Thu, 10 Aug 2006 01:00:38 GMT, Gordon McGrew wrote:
I love mine, and can see what you're saying, but the launch of the Si is
pretty snappy to begin with. 0-60 in 6.7 and a hard time keeping the tires
from chirping when entering first and second.
I have been playing with more efficient driving. Shifting at 3000-3500 for
most conditions, and I am still finding myself outpacing the cars in front
of me, and having to slow down a little... ;-)
It is a great car, IMO. And it gets a lot of looks and comments, too. Had
a WWII vet walk up to the car the other day and ask me about the car. Said
that it was the first Japanese car he'd ever seen that would make him
consider buying it. That's a haughty compliment, coming from a vet of the
Japanese theater, and a pretty old guy to boot... ;-)
But I do agree that a high performance hybrid would be nice to see. If I
could save fuel AND have the performance, it would be a definite plus.
Joseph M. LaVigne
The Hybrid Accord is a performance Hybrid.
Remember that the electric motor, although only a 15 HP boost over the
top of the line V6 standard Accord, gets its max torque at very low
RPM, so it smooths the power band. I had a 2003 Civic Hybrid and
several co-workers have the Prius. The 2005 Accord Hybrid, as an all
around town and trip car, is the better choice for me.
It has much better performance than my old 302 V8 Comet GT with an
overall MPG of 31 for both trip and town with 18,000 miles in 1 year
of ownership. I love it.
On Fri, 11 Aug 2006 01:33:52 -0400, Joe LaVigne
...and you can add the "American way" to plunge into debt to but the
latest econobox for "inflated" mileage figures and high payments.
(No payments, no big worries, and a minimum of dumbed down gadgets..)
I drive 40 miles to work from Germantown, MD to Herndon, VA, using
MD-27, I-270, I-495, Dulles Toll Road, and about 3 miles of surface
streets. I have a Honda 2005 Civic Hybrid Standard Shift.
As computer by the odometer MPG guage, I have gotten just over 50mph
each way. However, to do that I have to
 let cruise control do most of the driving
 set speed to the lower 60s
 not use A/C.
My long term average when I drive myself and cuise near 80 as well as
drive in the suburbs is 45mph overall.
Russell Lombardo wrote:
My 2003 Civic Automatic Hybrid was similar with the expected 15% less
MPG for the Auto. Wife could not abide the slipping clutch feel of the
CVT, lack of accelleration, and small car feel on the highway. The
2006 upsizing would have solved some of that., but... last year -
I went to a 2005 Accord automatic Hybrid w/Navigator and am in love
with it. Performance using a 5 speed automatic and overall 31 mpg
with 29-30 town and 37 (65 mph) 34 (85 mph) highway. I let the
cruise do most of the driving, but always have the A/C on.
But at today's cost penalty it is realistically all for "status". I
work with military hybrids and just decided I wanted to drive one.
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