2008 Honda Civic Hybrid
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- Fuel Economy
- Poor acceleration
The fuel economy is great. I am tall so it is poor for legroom and as far as power goes my lawn tractor is faster off the line but to get the MPG they say there are tradeoffs.
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- 43 mpg city 47 mpg hwy
- no HID Headlights, auto headlight turn off
The car operates great, and am enjoying real world mileages consistant with EPA testing. It is a little slow on acceleration and I wish it had an auto headlight.
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- I get 55mpg on the highway (60 mph/no ac) About 48 in town! Best highway I have gotten is 63.2
- No cons! I love this car!
I have owned the 2007 model for 14 months and have 34,000 miles on it. I got 63.2 mpg on a 700 mile trip to Texas (55-60 mph/no ac). I normally get about 55 on the road and about 48 in town. I have NO complaints with this car. I will buy another one when I wear this one out.
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- Great mpg, perfect commuter car, plenty of space for four, performance is fine, clean design.
- Why hide your light under a bushel? The MPG readout is almost hidden on the lower display panel.
I had wanted to make the switch to a hybrid for a while now and took the plunge last week. I would have been happy with a Prius or a Civic. As it turned out I started at Honda and never made it to Toyota. I have been driving a couple of thirsty cars for the last two years. I had a little 2 seater roadster that was getting about 21 mpg and a SUV that is getting about 16 mpg. It's been on my to-do list for a while to change the cars. My motivation is part environment, part economics and part anti “oil exporting nations” that want to see the economic demise of the USA.
I have driven the Honda for a week now and done almost 500 miles. So not a vast reservoir of experience but enough to know that 43 mpg feels great on a number of different levels. I have been doing a mix of freeway (70%) and city (30%) driving. I have not altered my driving style. I keep up with the flow of traffic on the freeway. I am sure I could eek out a few more mpg if I drove a little more wisely.
Overall I am very impressed with the car. I had read several online reviews and as you do, had attached more weight to the negative ones. But to be honest none of the most common faults in those reviews have resonated with my actual experience. I have been driving in excess of 150 miles some days and I find the seats perfectly fine, not in the slightest bit uncomfortable. And I am a little taller at 6'2". I find that there is plenty of headroom and the driving position and visibility are great. I do notice the noise and the little bump when the technology kicks in but it's minimal and not in the slightest bit annoying. Actually it’s even a little reassuring….the hybrid system at work! Fit and finish are very good. You can have the dealer do aftermarket leather if you want a little more luxury. The navigation system is very good and years ahead of the German cars. Also the performance is good and more than adequate for today's road conditions. I can join freeways perfectly safely and the car feels very solid on the road. That’s my experience to date. I am very pleased with the change to the Honda hybrid. Now anyone want to buy a slightly used BMW X5? It can get 16 mpg on premium :-)...read morehide
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- Fun to drive, avg. 43 MPG, NAV system, and voice recognition works well, MPG gage gives good feedbac
- Pronounced road noise, seats are not as comfortable as they could be.
I’ll start by saying the Honda Civic Hybrid is not for everybody. But if you mostly use your auto for commuting and running errands around town while using very little fuel, it should be considered. I have had my Civic for one year (24,000 miles) and have averaged 43 MPG. On long highway trips I have attained 47 MPG.
In order to achieve this mileage, my driving habits did have to change. First of all, I always drive the speed limit and use the cruise control a lot. I accelerate rather slowly, and often coast down declines. I use some techniques of “hyper-milers”, but I do run the AC (I live in Houston). The lowest model Civic gets around 34 MPG and can cost $9,000 less than a fully loaded Civic Hybrid with the navigation system. At $4.00 per gallon the difference would buy 2250 gallons of fuel.
If you’re just looking to save money, buy the cheaper car. If you like novelty of driving a car with some pretty cool technology and is rated to produce near zero emissions, this might be the car for you.
The batteries are located behind the back seat and take up very little space, but it does prevent the back seat from folding down. The batteries are warranted for 8 years or 80 thousand miles, but are built to last for the life of the car. Neither Honda nor Toyota has ever had to replace a hybrid battery due to wear and tear.
I like my hybrid and find it fun and economical to drive. I would definitely make the same decision if I were in the market for a car today....read morehide
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- Outstanding fuel economy...Great gas mileage...
HIghly recommend this car...It is the greatest fuel economy car I have ever seen or driven...I would definitely buy this car again...Drives beautifully...
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- Fuel, GPS, it teaches you how to drive more fuel efficiently
- I'm used to an Explorer so I'm having to get used to a smaller car
I love this car. One added benefit is that when you watch the MPG gauges, it teaches you how to drive more efficiently. I kept my Explorer so when I drive it now, I tend to coast more and am employing the driving tips (ex Cruise control in town) that keep the MPG up on the Hybrid. I filled the Honda up the other day and it cost $16.00! I only have 1500 miles but notice that the ASST is coming on more and more. I was told that it would take at least 4000 miles to get the ASST cranked up to do it's thing. I'm getting 42 MPG overall but have had it up to 50+ MPG. It's a lot of fun to drive. I laugh every time I drive by a gas station ... those dogs! Also, the navigaion is great....read morehide
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- Larger driver room than prius, plenty of power, great mpg
- Handbrake in bad location, small trunk,
I have had my civic for 5 1/2 months (10,000 miles) and loved it the whole way. I am averaging 42 mpg total city and highway, right where the sticker said. My biggest complaint is the location that they put the parking brake, I am 6-4 and it rubs against my knee. Also the trip mpg gauge on the car reads about 2 mpg less than I am actually getting. Other than that the car is everything that you would expect from a small hybrid and at $4/gal of gas that is what I want....read morehide
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I own an '06 Honda Civic hybrid, and cannot understand why the Prius garners all the attention. Th Honda hybrid is $5,000 less in cost, has better visibility out back window, is very user-friendly, and doesn't have the weird non-key that Prius owners deal with, and that costs $300 to replace. I average 42 mpg around town, and 48 on the highway....read morehide
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- Fuel economy, comfort for 4, $$$ in my pocket - priceless
- stationary backseat due to battery packs
I bought my 2006 ahead of the crisis. I have driven it approx 60K miles with extreme happiness. I learned from a friend that putting the car on cruise at 61mph and hitting the slow lane on the highway boosts the mpg to 53-55. You do not find that quoted in any of the news stories but re-run your calculations using 55mpg and the investment is a no-brainer. The lowest I have gotten here in the northeast is about 46-48mpg and that is in the winter time. The cold weather seems to make the systems a bit less efficient. I haven't figured that one out yet. The key is to drive consistently and not be a speed demon. The rush really doesn't get you there much faster anyway and it is nice to drive past a State Trooper without worry!...read morehide
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