"Owned the 2003 Civic Hybrid."1.0 starson by R. Proffitt
Pros: Not many. GPS, interior is nice. WIsh there was more pros.
Cons: sub 40 MPG. Honda apathetic. Steering issues
Summary: The 2003 Civic Hybrid was spot on so we picked up the 2006 Civic Hybrid without research. What a mistake. Here's what our does.
Since the temperature creeped below 60F the mileage plunged from 43/44 to below 40. We are currently getting 30 to 36ish numbers. Honda America has no answers save one case manager that said "I wouldn't buy this model."
My biggest concern was that ours was defective in some way and after 5 days at the shop their road test eeked out 42 MPG which is on the low end of expected. On the trip home and the next week we got an abysmal 35 or less. It's since rebounded to 37.
Further research on greenhybrid.com finds similar stories and from what I can gather is the early models had a different version of software. Honda is mum to outright silent on this.
Comparing notes with other 2007 owners finds similar stories.
Bottomline? Avoid the 2006/2007 models if you live in cooler regions of the world. This car will be fine in 65 and up climates.
About that steering. It's poor compared to the other Civics.
Parting thoughts. My buddy got the plain Civic and current gets mid 30s MPG. That hurts. Wish I bought the Prius.