Hybrid/Fuel Efficient Car Opinions & Recommendations

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    Mar 21, 2012 6:42 PM GMT
    I'm in the market for a 'new' car and wanted to get some opinions and maybe some recommendations.

    I have been seriously looking at the Honda Civic Hybrid, Toyota Prius, Mini Cooper, and Smart fortwo. I've done a lot of research but wanted to hear from people who own these cars and/or have experience with them.

    If you have any recommendations for other cars that get good/great MPG, are environmentally-friendly, compact yet roomy, and reasonably good-looking, I'd like to hear your thoughts.

    My dad suggested that I stick to foreign automakers, i.e. Toyota, Honda, Hyundai, Mini, and Volvo.
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    Mar 21, 2012 7:16 PM GMT
    Prius and Civic have different hybrid systems for different driving conditions. Get the Prius if you do a lot of stop and go city driving. Get the Civic if you do a lot of highway driving / cruising.
  • JP85257

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    Mar 21, 2012 7:52 PM GMT
    Go with the CIVIC. WHen you get a Prius you turn in to a self righteous asshole.

    ALSO Hyundai hybrids offer lifetime hybrid battery warranty. Worth a look.
  • BmwKid92

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    Mar 21, 2012 7:54 PM GMT
    listen to jp, if you dont get a batery warrenty, you'll be paying 8,000 for a new battery every 3 years.
  • commoncoll

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    Mar 21, 2012 8:48 PM GMT
    If you don't drive more than 30 miles a day, you don't need really need a hybrid/fuel efficient car. Also 3/4 of those cars are ugly.
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    Mar 21, 2012 9:11 PM GMT
    All models of the current Civic line, including the hybrid, have been widely panned.

    Plus, it sucks that you can't fold the rear seat down.
    The Sonata hybrid didn't get as good reviews as the main models, but it's still good. But if the Civic is big enough, the Elantra should be, too, and it gets up to 40mpg without being a hybrid and on regular gas.

    My boyfriend has a Prius. It's OK and gets fantastic mileage, but the slow takeoff drives me nuts. There's a Jetta hybrid coming out this year that's supposed to have more power.
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    Mar 21, 2012 9:11 PM GMT
    ^Thanks for that info. The hybrid with the best reviews, that I've read and heard, has been the Prius, hands down. I've also heard lots of good things about the Accent.

    I'm probably one of the few people out there that like the look of the Prius. And besides, the overall design hasn't changed in quite a few years and to me, that's a bonus. Not only that, but I will be taking this car with me in my line of work, which involves working on various environmental projects around different parts of the country.

    I want this car to last me a good 8-10 years at the least, and there is little doubt in my mind that the Prius, Civic, and Accent won't be able to do that.

    Does anyone have any insight into the Mini Cooper Hardtop (base model)?
  • chi_rock

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    Mar 21, 2012 9:17 PM GMT
    Maybe try a Volkswagen diesel.
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    Mar 21, 2012 9:17 PM GMT
    I have an older MINI-Cooper S. It isn't as fuel efficient as the current generation. The base Cooper, which is what you're considering, is much better in terms of fuel economy and I really don't think you give up much in terms of performance.

    You can check fueleconomy.gov to see if owners have entered real-world gas experience.

    The MINI can be harsh to drive, and the backseat is practically useless.

    IMO, if fuel economy is your priority, I think you can do much better than the MINI.
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    Mar 21, 2012 9:22 PM GMT
    chi_rock saidMaybe try a Volkswagen diesel.

    I have a 2009--and recommend, as long as there are lots of station options for competitive pricing, since it's still about the price of Premium gas. I average mid-30's combined MPG.
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    Mar 21, 2012 9:41 PM GMT
    chi_rock saidMaybe try a Volkswagen diesel.


    Aren't diesels only better if you are covering long distances?

    If it's just to commute, maybe this isn't the best type.
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    Mar 21, 2012 9:50 PM GMT
    http://www.fueleconomy.gov/feg/findacar.shtml
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    Mar 21, 2012 10:23 PM GMT
    Cars & trucks! Yes, something I can talk about....

    Money no object...

    http://www.hybridcars.com/vehicle/porsche-panamera-s-hybrid.html

    VW TDIs, great diesel MPG but, not the most reliable product. A Toyota or Honda is what I would be looking at if I felt I wanted a hybrid.
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    Mar 22, 2012 3:58 AM GMT
    I've owned mostly sports cars and trucks my whole life, but just got a Prius about a year ago. Had a lifestyle change so I had to buy something more family friendly. I really like it for all the features it's got- its deceptively roomy, got great tech (rear view camera, Bluetooth for your phone/music, keyless entry, etc). I would sat test drive a few out and ask about the features. Also maybe look into a newer plugin if that's what you want. Best of all is that even with driving everywhere on the weekends, I only visit the gas station every 2 weeks and it only costs me $30-something dollars each time.
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    Mar 22, 2012 4:00 AM GMT
    Price-point?
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    Mar 22, 2012 4:13 AM GMT
    Just get any diesel car and get someone to convert it to vegi oil for you, then not only will you never have to pay for gas again, you'll know you're helping the environment with lower emissions.
  • austex85

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    Mar 22, 2012 4:15 AM GMT
    what's with all the fuss about hybrids nowadays? the gas mileage isn't that much better than comparable conventional cars but still costs significantly more. (compare honda civic hybrid to hyundai elantra/ford focus/mazda 3)
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    Mar 22, 2012 4:15 AM GMT
    I don't keep up with cars, but I saw a recent model Prius a little while ago. The middle console was very strangely designed. I would recommend you take it for a test drive (I'm sure you would anyway) and see if it's comfortable to sit in. It looked very cramped to me, even for someone shorter like me.
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    Mar 22, 2012 4:20 AM GMT
    austex85 saidwhat's with all the fuss about hybrids nowadays? the gas mileage isn't that much better than comparable conventional cars but still costs significantly more. (compare honda civic hybrid to hyundai elantra/ford focus/mazda 3)


    It depends on which models you are looking at. Some hybrids try to balance better gas mileage with a performance boost from the battery. Other hybrids concentrate on the mileage. I have a hybrid SUV, but the gas mileage isn't as good as it could be. They gave it a performance boost so that it would have more "umf" when it accelerates. Personally, I don't get it, but I've never really been into cars/trucks.
  • LJay

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    Mar 22, 2012 4:28 AM GMT
    Can't honestly say about the hybrids, but I'm definitely a flag waver for Honda. The first one was ten years old when I gave it away, running well. My present Honda is beginning a second decade with no problems.

    I am just a little skeptical about hybrids yet, though I really like the idea. Analyze your driving patterns and consider the Honda line. There are some nice cars there and the company has a real grip on the reliability issue.
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    Mar 22, 2012 5:41 AM GMT
    austex85 saidwhat's with all the fuss about hybrids nowadays? the gas mileage isn't that much better than comparable conventional cars but still costs significantly more. (compare honda civic hybrid to hyundai elantra/ford focus/mazda 3)
    Prius gets ~50 MPG city driving. Toyota recently released an entry level Prius that starts at $19K. So the cost/benefit aspect is moot now.

    Elantra, Focus, Mazda 3 start at $19K but don't even come close to 50 MPG.
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    Mar 22, 2012 5:46 AM GMT
    Cruze Diesel, coming in 2013
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    Mar 22, 2012 6:05 AM GMT
    I have a prius. I love it. especially with soaring gas prices. I buy gas every two weeks. Its been really reliable. it isn't fast or super fancy but it gets me from point A to B. It was super cheap too.
  • A_1991

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    Mar 22, 2012 6:07 AM GMT
    prius go on carmax!
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    Mar 22, 2012 6:18 AM GMT
    IF you want fun to drive, the mini. If you just want to drive a toaster, prius or civic. I would also consider the Focus.