Re: mountain biker from ky in new mazda 3 HB
His profile says HB, so that means 2.3.
Your car probably has a black interior and a dark dash. Try to keep the interior cool by any means necessary. Get a sunshade for the windshield, crack the windows or pop the sunroof when parked. Park in shade or facing away from the sun. A mild tint job looks good and has functional benefits.
Not really hypermiling ideas, but that cars A/C is a little weak anyway, so anything you can do to keep the car cooler and resist the temptation to turn the A/C on.
Once that dash heats up, it gives off heat, and all the a/c energy goes to cooling off the dash and not you.
I still miss my 83 Civic.