2008 Honda Civic Hybrid
There are 50 user reviews for the CVT AT-PZEV trim shown below
- Good Fuel Economy, Carpool Lane Access, Unobtrusive Powertrain
- Acceleration, Comfort, Road Noise, Engine Noise, Dash Layout, Tires, Handling, Braking
I had to drive this car for work and what a disappointment it was. The styling is decent. I am not a fan of the new design direction the new Civic went in, I prefer the older models, but at least it doesn't look like a hybrid. Getting into the car can be annoying if you're either tall or have big legs, the footwell opening is very limited and I cannot keep from hitting my shins or knee when getting in or driving. The acceleration is non-existent, which I guess some may expect or be fine with, but for only about 30mpg in mixed driving, I would rather have the acceleration and sacrifice a few miles. The road noise from both the low resistance tires and the lack of sound deadening is enough to annoy, especially while on the freeway. The engine sounds thrashy and stays over-revved. The switch from gas to electric propulsion is unobtrusive, but I have heard that it gets worse with time. The regenerative braking system needs to be revised. It is what it is but the feel is unnatural, almost like there is a lack of power disc brakes. The regular civic is far sportier in handling. There is signifcant body roll through moderate cornering, moderate is all i can muster, and the car rolls back on hills so be careful.
If you drive the way the manufacturer would like you to drive, then this is the car for you. However, if you find that you sometimes have a heavy foot or want to do 80 or change lanes quickly, stay away.
Oh, and for all of you environmentalist out there, NiMH causes more problems than it solves....read morehide
21 out of 34 people found this review helpful.Was this review helpful to you?
- Low Operating Costs. Very comfortable in town and Hiway. Love driving by gas pumps.
- Moderate road noise.
High build quality. Road noise noticeable. Excellent stero system combats that sucessfully. Nicely equipped. Strong point is fuel mileage, Have averaged 41-42mpg combined since purchase. No defects, problems, or adjustments in 3700miles of driving. Excellent handling, braking. Not a true sports sedan, but easy to drive and live with. Hybrid system is very inobtrusive.
Overall: I really like my car and still find that surprising since I traded in a 265HP Acura TL Type S which is a totally different beast....read morehide
6 out of 13 people found this review helpful.Was this review helpful to you?
- 40 mpg around town, 48 on highway on 360 mile trip, average speed 65+ I've only got 3000 miles.
- haven't had it long enough to find out
Looked at Prius and Honda. Prius probably gets better mileage, definitely has more spunk, but Toyota didn't want to deal like Honda did, and face it that Toyota is just plain ugly...The Honda salesman was very helpful even AFTER the sale. Nice manual comes with it too.
11 out of 17 people found this review helpful.Was this review helpful to you?
- very good fuel economy, fun to drive, sporty handling
- lacks a little pep, non-folding rear seat
My Civic Hybrid Is a 2007 model. I have owned it 6 mos, 7,000 miles. I average 42-48 mpg depending on driving conditions and the usage of a/c. Combined (city/hwy), I average about 46mpg driving conservatively but not babying it. I previously owned a 2003 Accord V6, which I loved, but decided to trade it in for a car with better gas mileage - I have not been dissappointed. Of course I gave up the leather seats and a very quick engine. But when I go to fill up, I generally put in 9 gallons, having travelled about 430 miles. Do the math! I enjoy the auto-stop feature - it's nice to sit at a stoplight knowing I'm not burning fuel. I also like the fact that this car minimally pollutes. It is the best Civic to date....read morehide
15 out of 20 people found this review helpful.Was this review helpful to you?
- surprisingly smoooooth engine, roomy, good looking car, great gas savings
- bumpy ride, exterior noise, leased cars are not eligible for tax savings
I just lesaed my civic hybrid and was disapointed with the ride and found out that I do not get a tax creidt :( (bummer). I use to own a 2006 Acura TL, but put tooooo many miles on it so I needed to get a commuter car. I debated on the Civic hybrid or the Mazda 3 hatchback. The Mazda is a good car but it was very expensive to upkeep and did not give me the mileage I was looking for. The more I drive the civic the more I love it. I know it doesn't drive and feel like an Acura, but I am very happy with the overall package. They say that the car does not have much power, well it does! Surprisingly the car goes up hills like a champ! Only fallback is the ride quality... a little bumpy... not as smooth as a heavier car like the Acura. Great overall performance and handling....read morehide
11 out of 16 people found this review helpful.Was this review helpful to you?
- Good fuel economy. Good looks. Responsive steering.
- Harsh suspension.
I am really enjoying this car. I drive it to work, 30 miles one way, five days a week. The best mileage I have gotten is on the highway and it was 47 mpg. My average for a full tank of gas is 38mpg over 400 miles. I was hoping for a little more. 20 miles a day is city and the other 40 is highway. The radio controls on the steering wheel are nice. I would have liked to have a mute button though. No compass. No key hole for the trunk, it must be opened by a remote or from inside the car. Steering response is excellent. Very little play there. Acceleration is a little slow off the line but is kind of impressive after you are moving over 30mph. Fit and finish is very good. The visors and the door panels, where the speakers are, look a little cheep. You can still get the tax credit, $2100, if you buy this year and I believe that it is good for next year for a while also. It stops when they have sold 60,000 vehicles. You can't get the tax credit on the Toyota Prius anymore....read morehide
7 out of 11 people found this review helpful.Was this review helpful to you?
- fuel economy
Very economical, quiet, smooth and comfortable to ride. My kids, carpool and everyone rode with me loved it!
10 out of 20 people found this review helpful.Was this review helpful to you?
- style,fuel economy & handling
- seats could be more plush,Its a compact,deal with it!
This car design keeps hybrid technology simple and reliable. Honda stepped up when they designed this car.I have been happy with this car since the day I bought it!
7 out of 24 people found this review helpful.Was this review helpful to you?
- Great economy, small carbon footprint, agile handling
- Nothing notable
A great all around vehicle and classic Honda engineering. The IMA is an amazing piece of technology that will be further refined and offered in upcoming Honda hybrid models.
8 out of 18 people found this review helpful.Was this review helpful to you?
- Excellent fuel economy, 'zips' around town, decent base model. Parks ANYWHERE...
- Ride a little rough, smaller trunk due to battery behind back seat.
I went back and forth between the Civic hybrid and the Mazda 3 hatchback. Overall, the hybrid has excellent handling, The hybrid motor adds torque to low horsepower engine for get-up and go, and i drove nearly 400 miles on one tank, which is about 10 gallons (?). Overall very satisfying car!! And the engine is very quiet......read morehide
30 out of 44 people found this review helpful.Was this review helpful to you?
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