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Honda Insight - short distance per day

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Hi form Poland, Europe.

I thought about buying a Insight, but...

1. Hybrids cars should be a city cars. But very big cities, I think.
I live in 130k city, distance to work - about 3.5 miles / 5.5 km (15-20min driving). Daily about only 7 miles / 11 km (ofcourse this is minimum distance per day - from time to time I want to go for shopping or something else, but in most weekly cases - home>work>home). I barely don't use car at weekends (two times per month about 40 miles).
Is Insight (in general hybrids) good choice for that small distance? What about IMA and 12v battery, then?

2. Winter in my country is quite cold - at night about -4F (-20C). I have no garage, so car must stay outside all the time.
So, in conjunction with point 1, I'm afraid that each day I would be replace 12v battery to start engine :p.

What you think about that? Is it risky that car won't work properly?

Thanks for advice, and sorry for my english if I did mistakes ;).
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I don't see much problem with an Insight in Winter. Here in Maine, I've seen plenty of them commuting when temperatures are cold and snow is piling up.

You really need to drive any car whether hybrid or gasoline a little farther than 3 miles each time you commute to keep up starter battery. Your engine is also not going to reach full operating temperature in that short a distance, unless you're on the road over 15 minutes or so with the engine running, so it will definitely not be as efficient as it could be, no matter what you drive.

I knew a teacher that had a Honda CR-V that she used for her commute of 3 miles. Why she didn't walk it or use a bicycle, I'll never know. Anyway, she was replacing her 12V battery every two years or less. Not enough charging time when she ran the car, so the batteries would die prematurely.

I would pick a coulple of days a week and do an errand that keeps you on the road 15 miles or so. That way, you would probably extend the life of your batteries, 12V and the hybrid battery.

Your English is great. My Polish is horrible, so you're way ahead of me!

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