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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 think the city size is a problem but a hybrid isn't going to offer you savings for the mileage you drive. The insight probably want even get to operating temperature before you would get to your destination. Its also low to the ground which might be a problem in snow. When insight drivers talk about their fuel economy its the ones who do mostly highway driving and a lot of it that usually have the best numbers. Someone that only drives short trips is probably better off with a car that is larger and could accomplish a wider range of uses. Have fun, RIck
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