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post #1 of 34 (permalink) Old 10-25-2019, 04:25 PM Thread Starter
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Expresso brown. Today, went back to the dealer for winter mats and took the car on a drive across the beautiful St. Lawrence river to Massena NY. Perfect. My driving habits are very conservative and my tree is growing quickly. i got down to 4.9 k/100L. That is the best I have ever done on any car. My Subaru Forester once went to 7.2 and I thought that was fun. This is beyond fun. I just want to drive everywhere, even to the corner store......I think I will...bye for now!
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Congrats! I believe you'll find the Niro an excellent replacement for your Sube. My Niro replaced a 2018 Outback 3.6R Touring, and other than the power I don't miss anything about it. Especially the gas mileage!

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WOW....Outback for Niro..LOVE IT!!
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My driving habits are very conservative and my tree is growing quickly. i got down to 4.9 k/100L.
Wow, that is awesome!! but, it will go a small bit up in the colder Canadian winter... It is a great vehicule. Had a HEV last year and changed to a PHEV last december.

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I see a pattern. I had a Subaru legacy. Nice car, least reliable car I ever had. If 30 days went by without something breaking I counted myself lucky.

P.S. congratulations on the new car.

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I see a pattern. I had a Subaru legacy. Nice car, least reliable car I ever had. If 30 days went by without something breaking I counted myself lucky.

P.S. congratulations on the new car.
Nah, my Outback was flawless for the year and a half I had it. I just felt the need to move to something more economical. My Niro is that in spades.
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I once owned a 1979 Subaru station wagon - would you believe FWD only (about 31 mpg overall)? Bought it at 60,000 miles, sold it at 200,000 miles with zero mechanical issues for $1,000. Still miss it. Better visibility than any modern car, including the Niro.

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Most cars from that vintage have way better visibility than today's cars. I find the Niro acceptable as I can easily and clearly check the blind spots on both sides.
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I've only bought 4 new cars in my life (50 years behind the wheel), and one of my top criteria is good visibility for backing up. My '88 Subaru GL wagon, which I still own and will never give up, scores 100 on this.

I'm one month into my new Niro (PHEV LX), and it scores miserably in this respect. Using my rear view mirror, I can't see out the quarter panel windows; swiveling my head gives me just a sliver of visibility. Merging or changing lanes takes lots of double-checking and elevated heart rate... Backing up, I find myself depending on the rear camera too much. In either case, the blind spots remain blind, and I now do those maneuvers very slowly. I can't and won't retrain myself to rely on only technology -- cameras and blind spot warnings -- poor rear visibility is simply a deficient design. But it's sadly one that most SUVs suffer from nowadays.

Don't get me wrong, I love my new Niro. It has just about everything I was looking for, for our driving habits, and its features and technology greatly outweigh a few demerits. I have only two complaints about the design: poor rear visibility, and the frustrating climate control system which doesn't allow fan-only mode. When I'm not dealing with those two "features", it's the most fun gadget I own.

Oh, my only other complaint: I used to go everywhere on my bicycle, for exercise and efficiency. Now I make excuses to go out cuz we can do almost everything in EV mode.

We're nearly at 1,000 miles of ownership, and we've used a little over 1/2 tank of gas (the dealer fill-up). I can't get over that
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Side visibility is also reduced in almost all modern cars. About the only exception are convertibles.
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