"Fantastic Hybrid and a joy to drive!!!!"4.5 starson by markfreeborn
Pros: Highway gas mileage (47 mpg plus), good visibility
Cons: No master interior light switch, back seat does not fold down
Summary: As with most cars it doesn’t get the posted EPA ratings (now changing over to more accurate real life results) but we are getting respectable mileage, and this car has all of the creature comforts you would expect from a Honda. Some people have commented on acceleration, but remember, it's called a hybrid car, not a high performance car, has decent get up and go, and it will cruise all day long at 70-75 on the freeway. And still get respectable gas mileage (well over 40 mpg). Just turned 6500 miles and only one problem since taking delivery last fall. The fuse for the front passenger window keeps blowing, but the dealership has new switches on order, and feels this will solve the problem. Let's hope, as I hate electrical gremlins. Have owned Honda before, and have found their overall service to be excellent. Much better than my service experiences over the years with Jeep (Daimler/Chrysler Corp). Yes, that’s plural, and I cannot express how relieved I am to be done with the SUV’s (Cherokee & Liberty) and the Wrangler, the worst car I’ve ever owned!!! Mechanical nightmares, all of them (although the Liberty wasn’t too bad), not to mention gas hogs. My overall city/highway with the Hybrid has been roughly 38 mpg, using the a/c a lot (TX) driving a little less that 350-mile/week average. Some tanks (12 gal.) even get over 500 miles so I can fill up maybe every other week. It is so cool when the car shuts down when stopped at a traffic light or sitting in heavy rush hour traffic. Very quiet interior, low to the ground (hard to adjust to after SUV life) and a little stiff in the suspension. Even stiffer than the non Hybrid Civic, which is what we test-drove. Both my wife and I have both owned Accords in the past (late 80’s into the mid 90’s), and like the feel of the Civic Hybrid. With the full tax rebate of $2100.00 it costs about the same as the gas only version, and is a PZEV (Partial Zero Emissions Vehicle) so it fits well with a “greener” lifestyle. I even look at this car as a “stopgap” form of transportation while the alternative fuel market continues to expand. Bio-diesel, bio-fuel, ethanol (E-85) and the natural gas version of the Civic are all under consideration for a second car. Even have a dealer just a couple of blocks from our home for the Zap! Electric three-wheeler. It has a top speed of 40 mph (no highway/freeway driving) with a range of about 40 miles between charges, which would be a perfect commuter scooter (<3 miles each way to work). The supply of fossil fuel is not infinite, and conservation and conversion are now hip terms as we move quickly toward mass-produced environmentally friendly modes of transportation. These types of vehicles are worth considering, and the Civic rates highly in shopping, purchasing and driving experience.