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Re: [RC] Commute - Hybrid Vehicles - Don Huston

My wife bought a Honda Civic Hybrid. Window sticker said 49-51mpg. They lied as usual. 6mo and 3000mi later she only gets 30-35mpg on crappy San Diego gas. They have a transmission but it's different. It doesn't have set gears, the gear ratio varies while the engine rpms stay at whatever rpm gives the most engine power. I would get a used small gas Honda or Toyota, they get 35mpg and only cost $5000. That other $20,000 will buy a lot of gas. JMHO
Don Huston

At 06:19 AM 7/21/2006 Friday, you wrote:
Hi Ridecamp - I need your help again.  
A few months ago, my husband and I relocated to a new home way out in the country.   We did this so that I could have direct access to trails without having to trailer out.  My husband's commute to work almost doubled;  it went from 17 miles to 30 miles (and yes, I love him very much for making this sacrifice for me!).   He is an office worker so he goes to work 5 days a week.  We're looking into buying a hybrid car for him.   Our current car gets about 20 MPH.  We're very excited about the hybrid; it generally gets 60 MPH!   But we have no experience with hybrids.   I was shocked to learn that the Toyota Prius doesn't even have a transmission!  Do any one you know of a website or any other resource that I can research these vehicles?  If you have a personal experience with them, I would love to hear that too.  
Thanks for your help!

Angie Fura
Co-Manager of the Trace Tribute

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[RC] Commute - Hybrid Vehicles, Angie Fura