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Is a Hybrid Right for Me?

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Greetings from a prospective Honda Hybrid owner. I am considering a Civic Hybrid, sorry for posting here but I could not locate any Civic forums. If anyone knows a decent Civic Hybrid forum please let me know....I'm considering a Civic as this vehicle will double as a family vehicle, and maybe a carpool. Current car is a '00 Camry with 120k. If I don't go with a Hybrid I plan to get an EX.

As the subject line states, Im not sure if a Hybrid is right for me. My daily commute is 150mi round trip, from 5,000ft elevation (home) to 1200ft elevation (work). I make this trip 4 days a week. The road I travel is a rolling, winding 4 lane, with a couple of long grades. Some winter snow. Obviously the downhill run is just that, with a couple of moderate uphill sections. The return trip home has a couple of long steep grades & some moderate grades, as well as some downhill sections. Speeds, 65 - 75 mph.

Will I realize the benifit of a hybrid with this type of commute, or will I be pushing the little four banger so much that It will be inefficient?

what about trans type - would the 5spd be better than the CVT for this type of commute?

Some sites I've seen say the CVT is problematic, is this true or are these isolated cases?

Will I have to replace the batteries after 80k-100k miles, or will they last 8-10 years as Honda predicts?

Sorry for all the questions and thanks in advance for your wisdom and patience.

Walt
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As Wayne pointed out the Prius has derives about half its accelleration from the battery so it would probably be a rather sluggish by the top of the hill. The Civic would fair better. The 2005 Accord hybrid will have so much excess HP that it will laugh at hills. Some hybrid owners with situations like yours just use higher RPMs when hill climbing and thus avoid depleting the IMA pack. I should think the 5 speed would be a better choice for this reason.
 
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