Pros Gas mileage, ride, seat comfort, style
Cons tire noise, XM capability, engine noise
Summary I have had the hybrid since February. I put 120 mile per day on it commuting. I have also taken some 10+ hour trips. I get 45 MPG city and highway (my highway speeds average 75 mph). I know I would get better highway mileage if I slowed down. On limited runs of about 50MPH on the interstate I get about 60MPG but who goes 50 on the interstates?
Acceleration is very good particularly from a stop. Don't expect muscle car performance (or gas consumption). It cruises very well at 80. Long trips are very comfortable thanks to the great seats.
I love watching SUV's at the gas station getting $75-$100 worth of gas and I get a fill up for about $22.
I also love the regenerative brakes. I make a game out of seeing how long I can keep the maximum power generation going when I am approaching a light or a stop sign. I win the game when I max out the battery level.
A lot has been said about the price differential of hybrids. To me, the extra cost does NOT add up unless you include the US government tax credit. I did the math and with the tax credits, the extra cost of the hybrid pays for itself in less than a year at today's gas prices. The Civic is also a much better deal than the Prius in this area because the Toyota dealers add about 3-4 grand to the sticker which is already higher than the Civic.
Watch out for the "XM Ready". The only thing that is ready is the button on the radio. There is about $300 worth of labor to install this $400 option. I read the instructions online and the work is a nightmare that should only be taken on by an experienced person. I just use my XM Skyfi2 and hook into the audio input which I love (a much simpler setup).
The tires do generate alot of road noise. I'm sure that will get better with a set of Michelins. Alos when the engine makes a lot of valve clatter when it revs (4000rpm) when your going up a hill at high speeds.
Bottom line is this is still a great car. Buy it as long as the tax credit is available.Updated
Rating is wrong. It should be an 8 out of 10
Pros Excellent milage, comfortable ride, stylish, cmall for parallel parking
Cons Annoying anit-hybrid users! No moonroof, and smaller sound system
Summary I have owned the car for one month, and I like it. The acceleration is not as good as a standard Civic, but considering the cash I am saving in fuel, it is well worth it.
The driver seat is much more comfy then the Pirus, and is heigth adjustable, unlike the Pirus. The Pirus speedometer is much smaller and harder to read then the Civic hybrid.
Honda did everything possible to reduce the weight of the vehicle. No moonroof, electric seats, heated seats, and they installed a smaller sound system, probably to reduce the drain on the batteries.
The Nav system is coolio. The car handles much better then the Pirus. The Pirus is like most Toyotas, soft and floaty.
There is a six month waiting list for Civic hybrids in the NY area. Fuel prices are not falling anytime soon. If you only need a small car, I recommend this one.
"Highly recommended!"on by akh_002
Pros fun to drive, great mileage, classy design, roomy interior, comfortable to drive
Summary Don't think of this car as an electric car, it's not. It's a regular car, with an extra efficient gasoline engine. You'll never notice the battery assisting (although a gauge will show you when it is) until the car is at a stop and the gasoline engine shuts off. Then while the truck next to you is chugging away, blowing out exhaust, you're sitting in a completley silent car, running solely off the battery. The rest of the time this car drives almost identically to the non-hybrid Civics. Plenty of pep, great interior design, smooth smooth ride. Mileage so far isn't as advertised (as most people who look into hybrids discover, the cars can't quite live up to the EPA estimates, because it's virtually impossible to maintain the ideal driving conditions necessary to meet them, ie. 60mph, no hills and no passing other cars). First tank of gas on this car averaged 41mpg and the Honda dealers claim the mileage will improve as the engine is broken in.
On the interior, the new dash design is very efficient. Digital speedometer is easy to read even in direct sunglight. An outside temperature gauge toggles with average mpg, oil life and odometer displays and an instant mpg gauge toggles with the engine temperature gauge. The stereo/heating controls are integrated into the middle of dash, for a nice even look (I don't envy the person who plans to upgrade the stereo system on their own) and there's an ipod or mp3 player input jack. The blue/purple backlighting on the controls is sporty without being distracting and the audio/cruise controls on the steering wheel are long overdue in a small car.
From the outside the car looks little, but it's actually roomier on the inside than previous Civics. The hood is short and aerodynamic and the overall look is quite nice.
If you're not impressed with hybrid technology, the non-hybrid Civics have similar features, the same design, good mileage and a cheaper price. But for people who want to have the benefits of hybrid technology and also enjoy driving, look no further.
Pros IMA, steering / braking assist, mpg, safety, exterior AND interior design, quiet,
Cons no fold-down seats from rear, but not missed.
Summary I've been driving this for a week now and am blown away at how much I love it. I researched it (and the Prius) for about 3 months. I have not for one minute been disappointed in choosing the HCH (It is unfortunate the few people who've given it a poor rating to bring the average down. Very revealing is the lack of experience those naysayers have with this car! They loathe the idea of it, I supppose)
And, by the way, I drove a Prius, and that was every bit of a disappointment that the Honda has been a delightful surprise. (Tacky interior, cannot see behind, lousy user interface - you actually have to lean over into the middle of the car to read the radio / navigation instrument panel.)
With the 2006 HCH I cannot get over the elegant and functional instrument panel design. It appears simple, is packed with features, but most importantly, is very user-friendly.
I was actually very surprised by speed and agility. The only noticeable difference is takeoff at lights. The engine shuts down (saving emissions, gas) at full stops most of the time. (very quiet) As soon as you let up on the brake, it very, very quietly starts and proceeding slowly allows for (1) safe driving (2) less stress and (3) saving gas / emissions.
Some more info:
mpg - I just bought mine, it has not been "broken in" (which means better mpg) It has a 16 gallon tank. I've driven 250 miles and I've almost used a half tank. I've averaged 45 mpg, 125 miles driven on highway, the rest in town (los angeles)
battery - comes with 8-year/80,000-mile limited battery warranty. (depending on emissions standards) battery recharges w/ each drive - every time you brake, slow down, coast.
tax credit - $2100
hov sticker - -0- (as long as they last in CA)
safety - comes standard with side and front airbags (plus auto passenger sensors - front bags will not deploy if a child or underweight adult is sitting there.)
synthetic oil - better for car / emissions - and you get an additional 3 mpg to boot
Finally, there are a few excellent user forums to learn tips and tricks. I'm eager to learn about hypermiling. One person posted that they'd nearly gotten 1,000 miles out of one tank.
By the way, you can get MSRP - even here in California. I paid $22,150 before ttl. Destination / handling = $595
Oh, and - I am not associated, affiliated or in any way related to Honda!! Just a young grandmother happy to have made a wise choice.
"Beautiful car!!"on by claudiosato
Pros Performance - mpg ratio, fun to drive, ergonomics, design, innovation, echologically correct, personality
Cons Just perfect.
Summary Thought I'd give some boost to the unfair average rate <7.4>. Sure is not a ten, but deserves an <8.5> at least for putting out (Honda) something new in the market. By dosing some boldness, good taste and engineering, Honda just created a great car, raising the bar and establishing new parameters for all the following projects. Well, yes, I'm ashamed to say that I own a Honda Dealer but, stop by and give it a try, I will be waiting for your visit. We serve our customers free espresso. Kidding...