2005 Honda Civic Hybrid User Reviews
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- Good fuel economy. Nicely equipped.
- Hybrid more expensive.
Bought this car on a Friday and took it on a 300 mile road trip over the weekend. Mileage calculated by trip odometer says ~42.5. Not quite up to what the EPA estimate says, but I wasn't expecting that.
Honda makes a very nice car. Other than feeling a bit underpowered if you try to pass someone, you will soon forget you are driving a hybrid, until you look down at the gas gauge. After our 300 mile drive, our 13.2 gallon gas tank was still half full.
I liked the engine design of the Toyota Prius better, but my wife liked the style of the Honda. Couple that with the lower price of the Honda and that is what we went with.
Now you must understand that this is a little more expensive way of flipping off OPEC. You don't get something for nothing and a hybrid is no exception. You pay a little more up front, which certainly counterbalances any cost savings from low gas usage. Then there is the question of cost, when you eventually have to replace the hybrid batteries. However, if you are like me and want the immediate satisfaction of feeling like YOU are making a difference, the hybrid might be a good choice.
Not the most exciting car I've ever driven, but it does what it's supposed to do...sip gas....read morehide
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- Good Gas milage, very quiet, comfortable
- Gas milage not as good as expected, Unexpected Tranny problem in 1rst 5k miles
Very quiet comfortable car. I had a transmission problem at 5000 miles which the dealer fixed right away for free. Gas milage is around 38 not the 50 I expected but still very good. This car has plenty of power and I still cant get over how quiet and smooth the ride it. A real pleasure to drive.
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- 50 MPG, smooth tranny
- Does not use the electric motor enough.
Got mine in early July and am quite happy with it. Better milage than I expected. Better milage in town than on the highway and it helps to keep the A/C off if you can stand it. My only complaint is that it does not use the elctric motor enough. I belive this gets rectified in the 2006 version. That along with the new tax credit make me wish I would have waited a few months. Still, 50 MPG is a lot better than the 16 MPG I was getting in my Dakota. I do love driving past that pump!...read morehide
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- Looks like a normal car; good fuel economy; fun to drive; plenty of power on mountain roads.
- Would still like to get better mileage. Some road/tire noise. Could have better sound system.
I bought my Civic Hybrid in April 2005 because I commute over 500 miles a week from the central Sierra mountains down to the central valley and back up. Ever since we moved up to the mountains, I've had in mind that my next car would be a hybrid of some sort. Usually, I only buy 1-2 year old used cars, as I don't care for the instant depreciation when you drive a new car off the dealer's lot, but used hybrids are hard to find, especially with the increase in gas prices. I almost bought a Toyota Prius, but I really didn't care for its futuristic looks and having to use the LCD screen in the dash to control everything from the radio to the air conditioning. I thought it was too distracting - my husband, a "computer guy", thought it was cool, but this was to be MY car.
Overall, I'm pleased with my new little automatic hybrid. I drive up and down the mountains 5 days a week and I'm getting 39 - 42 mpg. This still isn't the 47 - 48 mpg Honda said it would get, but probably isn't bad for mountain driving. It has plenty of power and handles the mountain grades with no problem!!! It is comfortable to ride in even for my 6'2" husband. It is very responsive and fun to drive. I am going to try some different quality of gas, as another reviewer suggested, to see if the mpg will improve....read morehide
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- Fuel economy, sporty handling, great looks, LED gauge cluster, interior fabric
- OEM wheel design, door rattle at 500 miles, Radio could be better- no MP3 capability/aux port
I do alot of driving for my job, mixed highway and city, in the warm Southern California climate. I have been achieving mileage slightly higher than the EPA estimates (~48-49MPG) after about 3,000 miles. The car has a learning curve to overcome before you can truly get the advertised mileage. If you do some research, utilize the mileage meters on the dashboard to monitor your habits, and don't mind driving conservatively and practicing, you'll easily surpass the advertised mileage. Techniques include accelerating gradually, anticipating red lights, coasting, staying at 65MPH or less on the freeway, and keeping your tires inflated, just to name a few. Although I don't drive hard, I don't baby the car too much either. I use my A/C regularly. The car looks great, other than the OEM wheel design. The handling is very similar to the conventional Civic, which means sporty, not robotic like the Prius. The interior fabrics are premium and the seats are very comfortable. The LED gauge cluster is really futuristic and reminds you daily how much technology you're packing under the hood. The "sleeper" look of the car is nice too, since the only difference between the Civic Hybrid and the conventional Civic are the wheels, roof antenna, and small Hybrid badging on the back....read morehide
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- Very good gas mileage. I have averaged approximately 42-42 miles per gallon.
- The ride is a little rough compared to other Honda's I've owned.
My "CVT" automatic transmission went out at approximately 5000 miles. The dealership replaced it without a problem and said the engine produces too much torque. They also said this was the first Honda Civic Hybrid they've seen with a transmission problem. I didn't ask if they meant in the immediate area. I hope this does not become a continuous problem....read morehide
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- fuel economy, style, comfort
After consideration, I traded in my 2002 Accord for the 2005 Civic Hybrid, and after having my car for about 2 months I should have done it sooner. The car is so fun to drive-- by far the best car I have ever had. Currently I am having an avg of 52.2 mpg...better than I expected.
The only thing that I am concerned about is repairs, and hopefully I will not encounter those since I am leasing for 42 months....read morehide
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- excellent fuel economy, list of standard options
- road noise, standard radio poor sound
I have had my 2005 civic hybrid for about 1 week know and can not believe the fuel economy that I am currently getting. So far I have averaged around 43.5 miles per gallon. This is a big change from the 16 mpg I used to get with my pickup. I currently drive approximately 100 miles per day, so for me the gas savings is already paying for the extra cost of the hybird. For the money, this car offers alot and would suggest getting one to anyone who asks about it. It does take some getting used to the cvt and the auto-stop feature, but after a day or two you hardly notice it. I purchased my vehicle thru Bablyon Honda in New York and paid 19.900. Some dealers are getting 1k over sticker already. Glad I got mine. I look forward to seeing how the mileage will improve once the vehicle is broken in. As other reviews have stated their is a high level of road noise in certain driving conditions, and I would suggest a dealer upgrade on the radio if you are looking for nice sound quality....read morehide
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- its not bad on gas and small turn radius
- ride is rough....tires went bald after 10,000 miles.....had a lot of electrical problems
would never purchase again....i tried twice with honda and both experiences were bad....definatly going to toyota on my next purchase...honda is definatly not worth the money
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- Estimated fuel economy exactly as advertized Has plenty of pickup and can run at turnpike speeds
- Ride is excellent but handling alittle mushy when cornering. Larger tires would enhance the looks a
This car is the answer for a person who does short trips and does alot of driving around town. I did not realize I was putting over 500 miles a week until the gas prices went thru the roof. I do 550miles on 11 gallons of reg. gas. I also own a new Miata and a Ford Explorer but use the Hybrid about 90% of the time. The technologly is just terrific. My friend has had a Honda Hybrid for about a year and I really didn't believe him when he said he was getting 50 MPG. I also have gotten 50MPG between fill ups and my total average over 3000 miles is 47 plus MPG. I have had the car on I-95 and it will cruise along at 80 MPH
However the mileage drops off to the low 40s.......read morehide
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