I'm NOT a boy-racer but last week I had two incidents I would like to share.Chris said:The only thing that I have heard about the Insight being slow or any other hybrid car is that they don't accelerate that fast,....... As for are hybrid's slow cars, I don't thinks so, as I have seen the Insight as well as other hybyids on the road and they go just as fast as any other car would.
This simply is not true! If a Hybrid is accelerating slowly it is because the driver is making the car do this for best fuel mileage. I have shocked friends by out accelerating them numerous times.Chris said:The only thing that I have heard about the Insight being slow or any other hybrid car is that they don't accelerate that fast, and not as fast as a normal car would.
Where are you getting this information?Kobushi said:The Insight isn't that slow...
It is faster than the VW TDIs
It is faster than Civic VXs
It is faster than non-SI 90s civics.
It is faster than a non-turbo Eclipse.
It is faster than the Escort, Neon, MX3, Storm, Impulse, Paseo, etc, etc, etc.
...also the mainstream automotive industry is promoting the opposite: size and performance as being macho.Kobushi said:1: There is an ever-present assumption that better MPG = slower vehicle... therefor the best MPG vehicles MUST be the slowest.
I notice a lot of sports cars with muffler that hardly soften the engine. Also lot of huge pickup trucks with automatics that when they accelerate sounds like a notoriously loud fart - tending to confirm many women's belief about men's obsession with this act. :roll:Kobushi said:2: It is QUIET, people subconciously assosiate noise with acceleration/speed. A car that runs 20s in a 1/4mi but is really loud will "feel" faster than a car that runs 18s but makes almost no noticable noise.
If you work in a technical enviroment, you see this more. Many people just don't want to think in complexities beyond the 2nd grade level. Any think unfamiliar or the slightest bit complicated, they peg and dismiss it. Unfortunately, some of these people are IT professionals. :shock:Kobushi said:3: People don't know enough about hybrids, it's new, it scares them/freaks them out... so they will look for/belive anything negative about them that they can, in a subconcious attempt to avoid the uncomfortable experiance of dealing with a change in what they know.