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On Monday afternoon I was driving along our local neigborhood 4 lane (Middlefield Road, Palo Alto) in the left lane, windows open, when a big lifted pickup that had been behind me at the last traffic light, pulls up on my right and the guy starts shouting at me. My 1st thought is "nut case, get away quickly".

But then, I realize that the guy is friendly and he is saying, "hey, your car has quite a bit of pickup". well, yeah, i hit the accelerator pretty hard when taking off, it's both fun and seems to improve mileage to get up to speed quickly. But still I shout back at him, "yer joking, right?" He says, "No, I had to really push my truck to keep up with you." Now this is no big contest, we are only going about 28mph. But I know the feeling of driving a big pickup and pushing down the accelerator and 'feeling' that engine guzzle the gas. So I said, "thanks, it's a good car". He asks for my mileage, I tell him about 50mpg. He gives a thumbs up and it's time for me to turn into my street.

I thought that was a very cool exchange and wanted to share it w/y'all.

I've been hearing more of this kind of thing lately. Not sure why? For instance, yesterday leaving work a fellow made a big do over how cool Insights were and bragged about his buddy having one. Maybe Hybrids, or more specifically the Insight, have reached some sort of critical mass in terms of mainstream awareness?
 

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Speaking of complements. I get complements and questions at stoplights, gas stations, parking lots... anywhere I'm stopped for a considerable amount of time.

Questions always start off with... "So, how do you like your car?", "Does it keep up with traffic?" then that's usually followed up by a "What kind of gas milage do you get?" And finally... "Wow, that's great, I need to get rid of my gas hog and buy one of these."

I had a woman in a minivan tell me she was grateful I was doing my part to help the environment. How cool is that.
 

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I had a woman in a minivan tell me she was grateful I was doing my part to help the environment. How cool is that.
I've heard that too. But being the pessimistic bastard that I am, I think "Since I'm saving gas, now you don't have to feel guilty for wasting it."
 

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I don't have an Insight yet but my little Echo seems to attract similar responses. People want to know the mpg's (about 45) and seem very impressed. I live in Lansing, MI (a true GM town). It's nice to know some think of saving gas even here.
 

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I came to a stop once and this guy looks my Insight up and down, then looks at me with this blank stare. I put my window down and yell out, "71 miles per gallon baby!", then accelerate off. I looked in my rear view mirror and saw him throwing me a thumbs up.

I don't know how many times I've had to tell people Hybrids aren't slow, cramped inside or you have to plug them in.
 
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