"Wow! That review was DEAD wrong. Read MotorTrend's review."4.5 starson by swwing17
Pros: Gas mileage, acceleration, comfort, handling, near-zero emmisions, sound system, Civic resale value
Cons: Smaller trunk
Summary: My '06 civic hybrid has been getting approx. 47 mpg since I got it, six mo. ago. Everyone, and I mean EVERYONE, that rides in it (or that I've let drive it) is extremely impressed with the acceleration and handling. It produces near zero emmisions, so for those people that tend to think globally, rather than just about themselves, that's a definite advantage. It has an "Auto-Stop" feature so the engine turns off (simply put) when at a stop-light or stuck in traffic, so it uses no fuel and produces no emmissions, and instantly (and quietly) comes on again when releasing the brake pedal.
When I read CNET's review I was shocked. I found the article very misleading in terms of acceleration, "rough ride", and interior noise. I tested 12 other cars (all non-luxury/performance, including Prius), and when comparing mpg, acceleration, handling/feel, and noise, the Civic Hybrid easily won. This car can EASILY merge w/ highway traffic, and pass at-an-instant on a single-lane road. Some of the other qualities include speed-sensitive volume (sound-system) control, 6 air-bags, well-placed hand controls, easily viewed digital speedometer, moveable middle armrest, soothing (not sleep-inducing) and controllable blue display, and tilting/telescoping steering wheel.
Bottom line: I've owned "american" cars and toyotas and hondas (all non-luxury/performance), and this car is, BY FAR, my favorite.