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Old 13 Oct 2007, 09:32 am
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Default What are "normal" driving conditions for a Honda Civic Hybrid?

I suspect this wasn't a question when most Hybrids were purchased to gain access to the HOV lane. Now that that offer has closed, others are buying the car. Others, like me that don't drive on highways. Thus the question, what are the "normal" driving conditions referred to by several of the most helpful respondents? (I have learned more about the Honda Hybrid from this web site than from the dealer or the Honda website.)
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Old 13 Oct 2007, 09:34 am
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slow starts and stops. About 55 on highways. Really slow driver.
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Old 13 Oct 2007, 09:35 am
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City driving is the target for most hybrid vehicles. Stop and go in slow traffic where the battery system can stand in for the gas engine.It's fun to watch a Honda Civic hybrid or Toyota Prius roll by with nothing but the tire noise to mark its passage.If you're really doing more than city driving, you're still better off with a 4 cylinder gas engine or a motorcycle if you really want the best return on milage and performance.I'm seriously considering buying an electric golf cart for around town driving. The local laws permit them on streets with speed limits under 35 MPH. And they're much cheaper than all hybrids, hands down.
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Old 13 Oct 2007, 09:36 am
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It would be the same as any other Honda. These cars are designed to be "normal" cars with increased fuel efficiency. Other than a slight lack of power from a dead stop, and some extra gauges/info on the dash, you will not even notice you are driving one. Expect exceptionally great gas mileage no matter if it is mainly city or highway driving (compared to non hybrids). If you are a very aggressive driver or are looking for a sports car then this would not be a good choice- this is not "normal" driving conditions.
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