I'm in Southern California, and I have a 55 mile commute each way. With my 350Z, I was getting 23mpg premium only (~$4.25), and the husband asked me to consider turning it in for a hybrid. I test drove a few last weekend and fell in love with the CR-Z. I tried Priuses too, but.....no. After an internet search for a purple one,, I found a 2013 EX close by at an Acura dealership, and it was still brand new and a good price!

I filled up for $37 this week! (I'm used to ~$70.) Granted, the tank is smaller, but it feels good! So far I've been driving somewhat conservatively just out of curiosity and getting 40+mpg!

The name Barney came to me after some jokes my husband and some friends made on Facebook when I was considering buying it. I'd like to get a decal made of a mean-looking Barney for the windshield if such a visual concept is possible. :)

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I saw this over at the ct200 forum and wondered if anyone here tried something similar

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Have you looked at the specifications for the Accord Hybrid? 141 horsepower 2 liter gas engine and 166 horsepower electric motor for a combined system 196 horsepower. In the 3500 pound Accord, it gets over 50 miles per gallon in the city. Imagine what that power train would do in a 2700 pound CRZ!

It is possible that I am reading the specification for that electric motor wrong. A 166 horsepower rating seems odd. But here is what Honda's specifications say for the electric motor: Horsepower/Kilowatt @ rpm 166 / 124 @ 3900-8000 . Maybe I misunderstand that specification. Even if I am wrong, this specification is good enough for me: Total System Horsepower 196

I know the fuel mileage is true. A friend has an Accord Hybrid, and regularly gets over 50 mpg, even in winter. I have never been able to get fuel mileage like that in my CRZ, except down hill.

I like my manual transmission, but I would settle for paddles and seven or eight "gears" if I could get that drive train in a CRZ. I'm pretty sure that everything else would probably be OK, unless the designers go crazy. I'd be happy just having a car similar to my 2011 CRZ if it had that drive train. They could make it even better with LED headlights, and a few other do-dads.

To me, it seems that Honda could do it easily if they wanted to. They have already done the development for the Accord.

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Would changing the CVT fluid/filter at 8,000 miles be stupid? I haven't been subjecting my car to any harsh conditions or driving, but I'm imagining awful black CVT fluid sloshing around in the tranny.

Other than the cost of the fluid/filter, I assume doing this change wouldn't

Thoughts? ]]>

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Just picked up my CR-Z 2 days ago, and I thought I would sign up to the forum!

It a 2011 Honda CR-Z sport, mugen kitted and mugen gp wheels. I'll put some pictures up when I figure out how to do it from my phone/tablet!

I've got a few plans for her but need to see where my budget is first! I'm loving it already and hopefully I'll start to be a part of what goes on here!

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Just bought my 2011 crz ex 6 speed about a week ago and I love it. Already have a few little things coming in the mail to put on :thumbsup: I also have a question about how everyone's battery charge holds up, the dealer I got it from let the battery go dead for awhile and now if it sits longer than 8 hours it seems it doesn't start :( ]]>

When I got my CR-Z, I was content with the ~33.1 mpg I was averaging with my driving style, because it was far better than what my last car did. I used Thornton's gasoline, exclusively, because it was less than a mile from my house and it was the cheapest in the area (often by $0.20/gal). By necessity, I filled up at a Speedway a few weeks ago and was shocked to get over 37mpg with absolutely no change in driving behavior. Being a professional statistician, I had to know if this was random chance or the result of simply better fuel. So I filled up with Speedway again (and again, but that data point isn't ready yet).

Thankfully, there are statistical methodologies that allow me to draw conclusions with samples sizes of 23 for Thornton's and 2 for Speedway. If you're not into math, you might want to just skim through here.

Data:

MPG Fuel Rank (ascending)

34.51 Thorntons 20

34 Thorntons 17

33.39 Thorntons 12

32.59 Thorntons 8

35.43 Thorntons 22

33.97 Thorntons 16

32.06 Thorntons 4

32.3 Thorntons 6

32.73 Thorntons 9

32.28 Thorntons 5

35.52 Thorntons 23

34.1 Thorntons 19

35.27 Thorntons 21

30.03 Thorntons 1

32.88 Thorntons 10

32.39 Thorntons 7

32.92 Thorntons 11

31.91 Thorntons 3

30.91 Thorntons 2

34.04 Thorntons 18

33.76 Thorntons 14

33.65 Thorntons 13

37.32 Speedway 25

33.87 Thorntons 15

37.14 Speedway 24

First off, we don't have enough data to conclude that the fuel mileage follows any known probability distributions, so parametric methods are out. Second, we don't have sample sizes greater than 30, so things like student's T-tests are out, as well. So we're left with Non-Parametric Statistics.

First is the Wilcoxon Rank-Sum test. Mannâ€“Whitney U - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Basically, this test says "if the two distributions are identical, the ranked observations should be a mix of each group--no group would have generally higher or lower rankings than the other." The test, as with all statistical hypothesis tests, identifies the likelihood that this is true.

The sum of the ranks of Speedway observations is 49, of Thornton's is 276. To calculate the exact probability, I used SAS:

proc npar1way data=Fuel_Mileage wilcoxon;

class station;

var mpg;

run;

Wilcoxon Two-Sample Test

Statistic 49.0000

Normal Approximation

Z 2.2538

One-Sided Pr > Z 0.0121

Two-Sided Pr > |Z| 0.0242

t Approximation

One-Sided Pr > Z 0.0168

Two-Sided Pr > |Z| 0.0336

So the probability that we would see these results if the gasoline produced identical fuel mileage distributions is about 1%.

Now, giving Thornton's the benefit of the doubt, I kicked out the lowest observations, which did seem like outliers. Restricting it to Thornton's observations above 31mpg, the ranks become 45 and 231 for Speedway and Thornton's, respectively. The probability is still around 1%.

Not wanting to rely on a single Non-Parametric method, I also used a Permutation Test. http://ww.w.msme.us/2008-2-3.pdf

Basically, the approach is to calculate the average of each group, and then the difference between that average and the average of every other arrangement of those observations using the same sample sizes. Then find the proportion of those differences that are greater than (or less than, depending on the goal of the test) 0 (or use a statistical distribution to approximate it, if your samples are small).

proc npar1way data=Fuel_Mileage anova scores=data;

class station;

exact scores=data;

var mpg;

run;

Whether I included the lowest of Thornton's observations or not, the p-value was less than 0.01. So there is a less than 1% chance that we'd get those results by random chance (i.e. if the fuel was of the same quality).

The final step, then, is to see whether or not the change in price is justified by the increase in fuel mileage. After all, you may not save enough gasoline to offset the increased cost of more expensive fuel.

To do this, you need to know your baseline fuel mileage (in my case, on Thornton's), average monthly miles, additional miles you'd travel per month if you had to drive further to get gasoline, and the current cost of gasoline at your typical station (Thornton's). You can get to your average monthly gallon use by miles/mpg.

For me:

MPG 33.10

Avg. Miles 1,623.35

Avg. Gallons 49.04

Cost per Gallon $3.90

Addtl. Miles/Mo 0 (I can hit a Speedway on my normal commute)

new mpg=(Avg. Miles + Addtl. Miles)/(Avg. Gallons - (additional cost per gallon * Avg. Gallons)/(Cost per Gallon + additional cost per gallon))

So, for me, if Speedway costs $0.10 more per gallon than Thornton's, I need to average 33.95mpg. If it costs $0.20 more, I need to average 34.80mpg to justify the extra cost. If it's $0.30 more, I'd need better than 35.65mpg.

At current, I don't have enough data to say what my new average will be, but I'm pretty certain it'll be better than 35.65, based on what I've seen so far. And Speedway is more like $0.20 more expensive, so far.

So in summary, try some different gas stations and track your fuel mileage (I know you're already doing that, at least). You might find that you can save yourself some money by using a different station. In my case, I'll be saving about $16/month. It doesn't sound like much, but if I own the car for four years, that's nearly $800.

And if I test out any other fuel sources, I'll post my results here. :) ]]>

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So far, only these two have piqued my interest.

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