Monday, February 21, 2005

Hybrid Cars - and HCH (Honda Civic Hybrid) 

Well this January the old family Ford Aerostar van was making it clear that the constant abuse on Maryland roads was taking its toll.

So on my wife's insistence we went shopping for high mileage vehicles. We drove every hybrid out there, but as soon as I drove the Honda Civic manual I fell in love (it was the last one too!). The European handling and manual transmission are just a joy to drive. And it lives up to its numbers - you really can get 48mpg on a regular basis driving normally - eg not like a granny! The winter weather does knock down that. Worst we had was 39mpg week when the temperatures were in the 5'F range and I was driving at 5:30am to the train station every day.

My favourite site for Hybrid info is: - http://www.greenhybrid.com/ followed by

If you want to review how switching to Hybrid can help the planet (less emissions) and your wallet (less $ paid for gas) try the Calculator on this link:

Of course the Civic is my favourite; my wife liked the Ford Escape but we worried about build quality in it first production year; the Prius I liked - more traditional American handling, but my wife did not like the visibility out of it; the Accord is a beauty 225BHP and luxury handling but we were budgeting $20K. Result - Honda Civic manual clear winner for us. I love this car - a driving gem.

Go Hybrid!


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