None of the above...
Well, not quite true. We use Green Mountain for electricity (wind-generated power) and have been recycling for longer than it has been trendy, so maybe we're environmentalists after all... but in all fairness...
Unlike many of you, my wife (highly intelligent in many areas, cars
not being one of them) fell in love with the LOOK of the car first,
having seen a silver one on the highway right after New Year's Day 2002, and having no clue as to the technological prowess contained therein. She came home and said "I saw my next car" and described the car... a "Honda Hybrid" (as in "Hybrid" being the model name). I subscribe to many technical and car magazines, so I (kind-of) knew what she was talking about, and described in detail what we would be getting if her initial impressions resulted in our acquiring a new toy. We've been married 17 years, known each other for 10 years longer, no kids (2
seats OK), consider ourselves adventurous, fun-loving, and looooove
to travel (have also a Saturn SW2 and a Dodge conversion van [the "Big *** Van"]). The BAV doesn't see a lot of miles (I work from a home office mostly) but it's ideal for hauling me, my beloved, and our 4 other closets friends or clients around. It's 15 mpg-16mpg, but I like to say, it now gets 30 mpg when I average the BAV and the Insight... :lol:
That very weekend, we went shopping, saw a Silver 2001 CVT in our dealer's lot, drove it, looooved it, and she wanted it more than ever after learning of the uniqueness of the car. They were having a huge sale
($5000 discount!), the salesperson knew next to nothing about the vehicle (I educated HIM on the car), and the knowledge I had of the vehicle convinced me this was a cool deal. I cut him a check for
$16999 + TTL, plus (yes I know but hey, it's new technology and all
that, and my peace of mind is worth the few extra bucks) an extended
100K/7 yr warranty, with no deductibles.
From the beginning, we knew this car was capable of outstanding
mileage and performance. But as my beloved, as explained above, has
little patience with things mechanical, and I know better than to try to challenge her many charms, we knew the car would be driven as a normal car. No concern for extra-special LMPG, no extraordinary
attempts to extend MPG in ordinary driving. We would just drive it
as though it was a Civic. Heresy, I know, but perhaps our experience may be of value to others who may benefit from our history and observations.
So. In November 2002 we took our second long trip, a ten-day blast from
Dallas area to D.C. to visit kin. I drove exclusively that time,
temperature in the 40s, with an average speed of 66.7 MPH for the
entire trip according to the GPS. 50 Lbs pressure in all corners as
repeatedly suggested here and in other fora. I normally drive 75-85 on the interstates, and we still got 53 MPG overall. Our LMPG is right at
that figure as well, with ~12,900 mi. on the odo. Our first long trip? To Zion National Park in Utah, returning home via Pike's Peak back in May of last year! It was a hoot and a half.
As our "cool" car, my Beloved does not use the Insight as much as the SW2 (which has virtually no trade-in value, so we're running it into the ground on her 40-mile daily commute, until it dies... but as reliable as it has been, this may be a long ways off). Compelling reasons: The parking situation for my beloved is hinky (lots of door dings and scrapes on normal cars, no real problem outside of cosmetic damage on the SW2 with the "plastic" sides), the mileage is pretty good (she manages 30-35 mpg), and every mile she puts on the SW2 is a mile she doesn't put on the Insight. So I've encouraged her to stick with the SW2 as much as possible. The Insight remains our neatest toy, the best travel car, the coolest kid magnet (and adult magnet too) in all our social interactions, and since we have the luxury of not having to drive it daily, we hope to maintain it in "like new" condition longer than our other vehicles. Plus (biggest reason): I get to drive it more that way! Heee hee hee hee...