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Honda Civic Hybrid Living

Rightsizing

It’s been a wicked month, with way too many things going on at work and not enough hours to spend living. I went through a very similar period six months ago – and survived – and there’s light at the end of the tunnel this time as well. Maybe the trick is to find a different track next time!

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Earlier this month, on an impulse, I decided to react to the insanity around petroleum that we’ve all become victims of and put myself on a waiting list at the local dealer for a 2006 Honda Civic Hybrid.

Thinking that I’d be waiting for months, I was surprised to hear back within a few days when one came in and the intended buyer flaked out leaving the dealer looking for a quick sale. “This car’s got to be out of here tonight,” she said. I fell for the bait, drove the car and decided it was the right thing for me.

For the last six years I’ve been driving an Audi A6 with the big 4.2 V8 engine. It’s a delightful road car, very comfortable inside, all the amenities you could possibly want (the heated seats were a first for me!), and more power than I knew what to do with.

The problem with the Audi’s power is that it’s packaged in that big V8 which needs to spool up like the turbines on a 747. There’s tremendous torque off the stop sign – so much so that the throttle response on the car just isn’t suitable, in my opinion, for either teens or folks “older than me”! But when you want the power for passing at freeway speeds, you hit the accelerator and count to five before that big V8 sets its mind to driving all four wheels in the way you intend.

And then there’s the gas mileage – which, to be fair, seemed to average about 18 mpg over the years I owned it.

Today I said goodbye to that trusty steed and sent it on its way into that bigger automobile world out there that deals in second-, third-, etc. hand used cars. Still, I’m sure it’ll carry the new owner with the same style and grace as it did me for the last six years.

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