Re: Sportier but Thirstier, a Hybrid Honda Tries to Be Hip
I'm tired of Honda's "compromise everywhere possible" design philosophy. How many variations of Civic do they offer? DX LX VP EX EX-L SI. Can they not offer a CRZ sport with genuine performance and CRZ eco with genuine economy? What's the point of the 6mt if the gears are as bad as my poorly geared 5mt?
This weekend I loaned the Odyssey to a friend who needed the third row seats. I drove his 4Runner in exchange. (4 cyl, 4spd auto vs the Ody's V6 5spd)
The Ody's transmission, like most Hondas, is a miserable failure of a design. The gear ratios are fine, but the programming is terrible. If you think about adding some gas, it downshifts. If you blink, or hit a gust of wind, or anything, it downshifts.
In comparison, the 4Runner had a well-designed transmission. I only once had it over 2000 rpm, and that was deliberately flooring it on an uphill on-ramp. It would simply hold the gear as long as needed. It had no trouble maintaining speed on long uphill grades. The Ody has more power and better aerodynamics, so it could easily do the same, except for the transmission programming.
Ody: 1800 rpm @ 60 mph
4Runner: 1900 rpm @ 60
For my next purchase, I believe Toyota deserves my money more than Honda.
100 mpg commute / 90.2 mpg tank = 1191 miles