I live in north GA in the mountains and regularly drive in elevations up to maybe 3600 feet(north GA to western NC). The terrain is hilly and twisty but not much stopping. Right now I am looking at buying a new car and was considering the Honda Civic VX 92-95, however I am starting to wonder if the lean burn would be advantageous to my driving conditions or not. If I understand correctly the point with that vehicle is to try and keep it in lean burn which seems like it might be difficult given the terrain.
Would I be better off with a Cx model or perhaps a Geo Metro Xfi? The only requirements I have for a vehicle would be four seats and not expensive. Any insight will be appreciated!
The percentage difference between weight and HP are pretty close, the Cx has 30% more weight and 40% more power and an 8% loss in FE. However the torque is nearly a 57% gain at a lower rpm. And since the difference in FE is only 8% and I am going to be putting the engine under a hard load repeatedly while going up the hills and mountains would it make sense to go with the Cx?
From a vx owner-
You need to find out if the metro has DFCO and if it happens immediately. Some vehicles may take many seconds to engage and would not help you without modification. The vx does it instantaneously. The cx probably does too.
What will you be hauling, other than yourself?
If it's primarily you and sometimes one passenger, I'd go metro. If you need to haul more weight frequently, go CX.