30 November 2005
This is the new vehicle in our family, the Civic Hybrid.
So far, it's been doing pretty well, now that I'm getting used to driving
the thing. It has a great teaching tool, an instantaneous mileage meter,
right above the steering wheel. I'm obsessed with keeping it over 50
mpg as frequently as possible. The best result so far was my trip to
Bakersfield this past Monday, when I averaged 52 mpg for the 527-mile
trip. The return segment from Bakersfield to San Diego was even better:
57 mpg over a distance of 262 miles! The car does much better on flat
surfaces, so the mileage around San Diego, which is quite hilly, isn't
quite so impressive. Not yet anyway. I'm working on it, as the car teaches
me how to drive more efficiently. Below is an active link to my fuel
economy data (current average: 44.4 mpg over 1396 miles) for each gas
tank fill-up. It should update automatically each time I get gasoline.