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I just traded my 2003 Civic Hybrid.... February 04, 2007 2:58 PM

....for a 2007 Prius. I liked the Civic a lot. It had over 70k miles when I let it go. It had two trips to California (from Oklahoma) and several trips to south Florida. And a lot of 70-80 mph driving which of course isn't the way to get good mileage. Even so, I averaged about 42 mpg. About 60 when I tried - but I don't like to drive that slow! Now the Prius. I'm only on the second tank but so far mileage is not doing as well as the Honda. Hopefully it will get better as it breaks in. (The Honda Hybrid was still getting better after 70k!) Also, the Prius drivers seat doesn't go back as far as I would like. The Civic did. And I'm having a difficult time with the cruise control operation, I assume I'll get used to it. I just don't like to be fiddling with gadgets at highway speed. The GPS is great, as is the backup camera. When backing up there is a beep beep beep inside the car like the backup alarm on trucks. I could do without that, I know when I'm in reverse. Keyless ignition is great. I like that. The seats are much higher quality than the Honda, my wife's biggest gripe - she found the passenger seat unbearable after an hour or two. So far, she likes the Prius. Honda oil & filter change was every 10k, Prius is every 5k. So that cost is doubled. Not progress in my book. Also, the Prius engine doesn't seem to shut down as much as the Honda. But at least you can drive a short distance on battery only with the Prius, in the Honda the engine had to start even if you were only moving a couple of feet. I understand that the new Honda will move on battery only. Don't know for sure. This may sound trivial.....but I LOVE the Prius windshield wipers. Silent! Completely totally silent. None of that whap-whap, this makes the car feel like pure luxury! The dealer sold my Civic in less time than it took to prep the Prius. And the follow though has been fantastic, we even received a tin of excellent chocolate chip cookies from Toyota. Talk about caring for their customers..... All in all, I think the Prius will do fine. Whether it is worth $13k more than my Civic, I don't know. But at 70k miles in the Honda, and knowing that the battery won't last forever, it seemed like a good time to trade. Time will tell.  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
 February 05, 2007 10:45 AM

Congrats! My prius averages between 40-45 MPG, I've gotten as good as 50 with all highway driving, but never 60. My dealer gives me free oil changes - check to see if yours does, I just drive in and they do it, no appointment necessary!  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
HCH March 01, 2007 11:09 PM

I have a 2006 Honda Civic Hybrid and I mostly Love it. I have about 25,550 miles and so far no problems with the batteries. On the otherhand my tires are like "baloney skins" (per my service advisor) and I needed to replace my front brakes. Granted I drive a total of 80 miles back and forth to work on a lot of extremely windy CA mtns. I was recently in an accident in which they deemed my car fixable at the tune of $10,300...I just hope my car will truly be fixed!  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
Prius March 19, 2007 5:56 AM

We own a 2006 Prius, and we average between 42-45 miles per gallon. We found that you get more per mile without the A/C on of course, so in the winter we average closer to the 45 miles per gallon. We LOVE the Prius and find it roomier than the Civic. We have put over 13,000 miles on ours with absolutely no problems so far. We have been looking at the Hybrid Camry as a second car, the only problem we have with the Camry is that there is barely an trunk space. :(  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
Convert to plug-in? April 05, 2007 12:32 PM

Hi all, We bought a Mercury Mariner because of the potential to eventially convert it to a plug-in hybrid [plus we needed four-wheel drive]. A company named Hymotion[?] is developing conversion kits for the Prius and Ford/Mercury vehicles, [but not for Hondas]. I read through the posts on this site, and found no reference to plug-in hybrids. They could indeed be a revolution in our energy picture because of the fact that approximately 80% of all driving is less than 50 miles per day. Gasoline engines wouldn't even turn on except perhaps twice a month where I live. Check out dontcrush.com and pluginamerica.com. Combine plug-in hybrids with a new solar company that will put solar panels on your roof no investment required [rent them for just the electricity they produce, at same rate paying now], and the USA would indeed be on the way to a significant change in the energy/environment/economic equation. Check it out at solaroneveryroof.com Think I'll start a new topic on this. Dale  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
2007 Prius April 17, 2007 10:20 AM

i just bought a 2007 Prius. At just 3,000 miles, i am getting 52.6 mpg. I found this website and found it helpful in getting the most mpg. http://www.hybridcars.com/gas-saving-tips/maximizing-mileage-toyota-prius.html Hope it helps! This post was modified from its original form on 17 Apr, 10:21  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
 April 24, 2007 1:44 PM

Wow - great thread! Thanks for the info. I'm heading out tonight to the Toyota dealership, but I'm still undecided as to whether to get the prius or the camry hybrid .... any thoughts?  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
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