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Old 03-27-2009, 12:38 PM   #1 (permalink)
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New-gen hybrids vs Metro XFI

Simple comparo of manufacturers' fuel economy figures as well as handling, comfort amenities & cost/value of the new generation of hybrid cars from Honda, Toyota & Ford. A '90 Metro XFI was used as the FE control sample.

They ask, which should you buy?

Someone says..."Eh, I'd rather have the Metro."

New Prius Vs. Fusion Hybrid Vs. Honda Insight: Which Hybrid Should You Buy?

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Old 03-27-2009, 12:52 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I loved the chart breakdown, the Metro XFI actually looks like it's directly comparable to all of the others, except for top speed, weight and price. Who needs to go over 100mph anyhow? You can buy the Metro for the down payment on any of the others.
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Old 03-27-2009, 01:23 PM   #3 (permalink)
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A few jalopnik commenters would also rather have the original insight. I don't blame them. If you're using the car to drive alone, why carry around all that extra metal.

And, if you're always on the highway, why bother carrying battery packs around?
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Old 03-27-2009, 05:08 PM   #4 (permalink)
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So, the new hybrids are heavier, have bigger more powerful engines, more efficient gearboxes (CVTs) and are faster, But their MPG sucks?

Hm.. no surprise really. After all, we know the average person needs to go 120mph, for 300 miles at a time(to a charge/fill up), with the air-con on, and a combined mpg of 39 is great in those conditions.. [/sarcasm]

I agree with wyatt. The metro looks like a favourable choice.
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Old 03-30-2009, 03:42 PM   #5 (permalink)
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If only they didn't rust away so quickly, or fold up so readily in an accident.

...Or have cupholders. Or more legroom. Or a nicer-feeling interior. Or a ....

Oops, there's a 3000 lb "economy car" again...


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