I picked it up Monday morning and since then I've driven 115 miles averaging 49.0 miles per gallon.
I think my favorite part so far is the keyless entry - if I have the remote in my pocket and I'm 3 ft. from the car - I simply touch the door handle and it unlocks. As long as the remote is within the car - I can simply press "POWER" and it starts. I didn't think it was a big deal until I had packages in my hand yesterday and I didn't need to fumble to unlock the doors - I simply reached out and I was in. Sat down, pressed "POWER" and I was on my way. Never touched the remote or key.
My son's favorite part is the GPS mapping, which is cool, but a lot like MapQuest - it doesn't always give you the BEST route and I'm sure it forgets important turns on the way.
I think I love this car more than I loved my PT Cruiser, my Honda Accord EX, my Toyota Camry or my very first car - 1972 Buick Skylark.
I'm learning how to drive it properly to maximize the fuel efficiency. The screen tells you how much gas you're using and how much you're getting per mile. If you are heavy-footed (like me) - it will take a while to adjust your acceleration properly. A light touch seems to work best - and on the highway - I've been trying out cruise control so the electric motor takes over and I use practically no gas.
In town, the electric engine is in use - giving me 99 miles per gallon. As long as you accelerate gently and don't pound the gas pedal - it seems to work really well.
It drives like any other car - but reverse is completely electric and QUIET and when you come to a complete stop the motor shuts off and the electric takes over. So quiet you are convinced the car has shut off completely.
I asked the salesman why the Honda Accord hybrid only gets 30 miles per gallon and my Prius can get 60 mpg. He explained that the Prius has an electric motor with a gas-assist and the Honda, Ford, etc. have GAS MOTORS with electric assist. That seems to be the difference.
WAKE UP CAR COMPANIES! With the price of gas getting stupid out of control - paying more for a hybrid isn't going to cut it if you don't get better gas mileage. I mean - sure - less emissions and all that happy horse shit - but really, GIVE ME BETTER GAS MILEAGE!
And finally, my only other complaint in this day and age when I can find anything I want within the click of a mouse - WHY can I only get a car in 4 colors?
Seems like a great addition would be to offer ANY color you want - I mean I waited 6 weeks for this car - they could have painted it in that time!
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