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Originally Posted by john1701a
The SEDAN version is indeed small in the back... so small you can very easily see that there is much less room than Prius. I got a very long look at one in the parking lot the other day, parked just a few spots away from mine.
I suspect Honda is repostitioning, preparing a 4-cylinder hybrid Accord to compete with Prius instead or just simply not offering a model that is directly comparible with what Toyota offers.
Originally Posted by hyperion
First off, I have been driving my Prius for 18 months with nothing but the two recalls, and like it very much. Well I've been driving my sons new 06 Civic hybrid for the past week and I can point out several facts concerning the differences in the cars. First my son needed a sedan with a locking secure trunk in his job. Second he confessed he never did like the appearance of my Prius and you do have to admit the Prius does look different. Next the Honda uses an entirely different approach to the hybrid principal (and one I think the "rest" of the hybrid industry including the "big three," will adopt for it's simplicity)
The Civic ICE operates 90% of the time and the car gets it's fifty city, fifty highway milage from decreasing the engine displacement with the use of the engine valves. Engine seems to shutdown only when car is at a complete stop. No additional coolant reservoir, and no engine run to heat the converter. Normal brake system (with anti-loc) and the only high tech indication in the car is the flip over nav screen.
The car drives and performs like the Prius but it does have comfortable adjustable seats, along with a telescoptic steering wheel.
It has a full set of guages including a tach which follows along with automobile acceleration and speed. It uses the electric motor (one) to supplement the ICE power.
All in all, it is an extremely simple manner of increasing MPG and can be worked on in most independent garages. The car I drove only had several thousand miles on it (picked up the first of November) but has been averaging between 45 and 50 MPG.
It is not even in the same league technically with the Prius but if I were asked, because of the Prius complexity I would seriously recommend the Civic.
Originally Posted by hyperion
because of the Prius complexity I would seriously recommend the Civic.
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