Ok xcel, I feel better about my 43 now
Still, seems like I can do better.
I've been reading up on your jargon and I think I get the basics. I've been doing the neutral coasts and I can appreciate how much more efficient they are than the fuel cutoffs.
I also picked up a scanguage II so fiddling with that now also. I programmed the transmission temp into it to assuage my paranoia about putting too much strain on the transmission. I'm getting some crazy 2800 degree temps, which I'm assuming are erroneous. Either that or Mazda has invented some pretty amazing alloys for their transmissions!
Thank you for you kind offer to show me the ropes. I would take you up on it, but I'm in the San Francisco Bay Area, and while the trek would give me some great opportunities to practice efficient driving, it doesn't seem that practical
And as a point of interest, we tend to have gas closer to the $4.50 mark that $3.50. I think we pretty much have the highest gas prices in the nation.
I did like your review, and thought it was pretty much spot-on. I differ only in the handling -- you mentioned some body roll at higher speeds - I'm not getting it, or noticing it, but I also have the 19-inch tires on there, which might be masking it.
Why I bought it? That's a long story, but to condense it down: I initially was convinced the Prius V was our new car. I was ready to configure and order one online but the wife (the brains in the family) insisted I test drive one. To my horror, I couldn't stand it. Everything about it on paper appealed to my inner nerd and tinkerer, but there was zero sex appeal. It was a really tough day for me.
I briefly thought of pulling my kid out of college and instead buying a Tesla (there's a lot of those cruising around here), but sanity prevailed and I started looking realistically at options. We're replacing a 2000 Rav4 4-cyl, so it was basically the new Rav4, the new CR-V, a Hyundai and the CX-5.
The CR-V was designed by a one-legged engineer, because the e-brake pedal is placed so close to the left of the brake pedal that you have to contort so it doesn't rub up against your shin as you drive. Otherwise a VERY strong contender. Great-looker, great handling.
The new RAV4 was nice but the handling was not that impressive, plus the pricepoint seemed high for what you got. I felt like I was paying a premium for their track record; fair enough, but you'd expect that more from Honda and their offering was cheaper!
The Hyundai was ok, but frankly the design of the cabin felt odd and the handling was so so. That and, as a designer, I can't quite get over the fact the the Hyundai logo is an italicized Honda logo.
The Mazda was great. Sort of love at first drive honestly. I'd never driven a Mazda before in my life. It sticks to the road, has a normal comfy interior, and the clincher were the back seats. Unlike EVERY other car we looked at, they fold flat to the center arm rest/console cover. Our dog Oliver like to ride so that his head rests on the center console and in th CX5 there is no gap, no seats folded up before it: perfect. On a more-rational front, I feel like the CX-5 is taking all of the existing technology for ICE and squeezing everything possible out of it, which makes a lot of sense to me (I laugh at my hybrid-driving Eco-conscious neighbors who haven't replaced their 1950s-vintage weatherstripping -- but I'm also happy they support new tech; someone has to invest in it to make it viable).
And that's the short version of the story! We've been shopping for about 11 months.