May 17, 2005
Dear CNET members,
If you haven't already checked it out, I'm happy to announce CNET's brand-spanking-new Car Tech category. Whoa, cars on CNET, you ask? Heck yes! What better place to offer our tech-savvy audience and car enthusiasts a one-stop shop to check up on the hottest tech for autos and comprehensive car reviews from our editors? It's a destination that places you, our community, in the driver's seat to show us your rides and to share your comments and reviews about today's rapidly evolving cars and the technology surrounding them. I'll apply my brakes and let you put the pedal to the metal and start cranking out your opinions on our new community section, Spin Your Wheels. We're featuring the discussion "Are hybrid cars worth it?" Don't hold back--the light is green, and your comments will put things in high gear. Enjoy!
This week's hot topic:
Are hybrid cars worth it?
Yesterday, we debuted a community section called "Spin Your Wheels" in our new Car Tech category, and several of you have already shared some great opinions and tips on hybrid cars.
Upgrade your hybrid system
Longtime Honda Civic hybrid owner and CNET member R. Proffitt offers a valuable tip. If you've had a hybrid for a couple years now, go to your dealer and get the car's software upgraded. It's free and could help extend the car's battery life.
Read R. Proffitt's post in Spin Your Wheels
Always check the MPG
Just because it's a hybrid doesn't mean it gets the best gas mileage around. CNET member Max Fisher points out that the nonhybrid Volkswagen GTI actually gets better mileage than many of the green-machine models.
Read Max Fisher's post in Spin Your Wheels
What about the weather?
CNET member afakirani, a proud resident of Montreal, is considering purchasing a hybrid car. His one concern: can a hybrid stand up to harsh storms and ice-cold winters?
Read afakirani's post in Spin Your Wheels
Have an opinion or tip concerning hybrid cars? Check out the new Spin Your Wheels section, and feel free to speak up.
CNET car tech resources:
Hybrid car buying guide
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Car tech forum
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