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J.O.A.T, Master of none
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I'm thinking of getting rid of my '07 XLE I4 with 180K. I recently looked at a '12 XLE Hybrid and a '13 XLE I4.

The '13 I4 was the same experience as my '07 only slightly better with newer features. I told my salesman "I'm not sure I'm a hybrid guy" but honestly after driving one, I was kinda impressed. Its a nice ride with 39K but its a slightly different experience.

1. I noticed a slight bump when you pull out, I guess its the electric kicking in.
2. I couldn't really tell when the switch from electric to gas happened. Is it when the needle goes to "POWER"
3. is the engine in the hybrid and non hybrid the same?
4. is it true that the gas is front wheel drive and the electric is the rear wheels? (someone told me this but not so sure about that)
5. did you feel that you had to adjust to the style or driving a hybrid?
6. What's your real world mileage?
7. any maintenance issues relate to a hybrid?
8. after driving a gasser, do you miss anything about it as compared to hybrid?
9. any snow belt experiences?
10. forgot to notice if either had LED headlights
 

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I'm thinking of getting rid of my '07 XLE I4 with 180K. I recently looked at a '12 XLE Hybrid and a '13 XLE I4.

The '13 I4 was the same experience as my '07 only slightly better with newer features. I told my salesman "I'm not sure I'm a hybrid guy" but honestly after driving one, I was kinda impressed. Its a nice ride with 39K but its a slightly different experience.

1. I noticed a slight bump when you pull out, I guess its the electric kicking in.
2. I couldn't really tell when the switch from electric to gas happened. Is it when the needle goes to "POWER"
3. is the engine in the hybrid and non hybrid the same?
4. is it true that the gas is front wheel drive and the electric is the rear wheels? (someone told me this but not so sure about that)
5. did you feel that you had to adjust to the style or driving a hybrid?
6. What's your real world mileage?
7. any maintenance issues relate to a hybrid?
8. after driving a gasser, do you miss anything about it as compared to hybrid?
9. any snow belt experiences?
10. forgot to notice if either had LED headlights
Maintenance issue? I hear replacing the battery is sweet!!

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J.O.A.T, Master of none
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Guess I'm in the wrong forum .... sorry did not know there was a hybrid forum. Reposting.
 

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J.O.A.T, Master of none
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Seth, the dealer is showing me that everything in the hybrid system is warranted for 100k. They are also telling me that they have replaced 2 sets of batteries, one set at 180k, and one at over 200k. Have you heard other stories?
 
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