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2003 Honda Civic Hybrid 4dr Sedan (1.3L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid 5M) Hybrid 4dr Sedan (1.3L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)
The IMA Battery on the 2003 Civic Hybrid is/was a flawed product. My first battery failed at 42,000 miles ( at 7 years) and was replaced under warranty. The second battery has failed with less than 27,000 miles ( at 11 years) and the dealer says it will cost me $3,684 to replace it with a rebuilt battery with a 3 year, 36K warranty. So far, Honda and I have spent more on batteries than I have on fuel for this car. With a 3 year warranty on a $3,684 battery, I'm planning on $1,000 per year battery cost going forward.
I carefully documented my battery failures and appealed to American Honda for some cost sharing on the third battery. They said sorry but you're on your own, nothing, period. I was very surprised they dropped me so hard. We bought two new Hondas in 2003, but they'll be our last. Expensive mistake buying the Civic Hybrid!!!!
2003 Honda Civic Hybrid 4dr Sedan (1.3L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid 5M) Hybrid 4dr Sedan (1.3L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid 5M)
Bought new in 2003 and never had to replace a thing other that a couple headlights, main starting battery. Has 250K miles on it and finally the IMA has an issue, but still drives great without it! Someone rear ended me the other day, totaled his car, but only scratched my rear bumber.
lasted 250K and still going!
2003 Honda Civic Hybrid 4dr Sedan (1.3L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid 5M) Hybrid 4dr Sedan (1.3L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)
I bought the car new in 2003 and it's been great. I see many complaints about gas mileage, but mine averages 49 MPG with snow tires on. This has been the most trouble free and economical car I've ever owned, and it's fun to drive.
Great gas mileage, reliablilty and low maintenance costs.
2003 Honda Civic Hybrid 4dr Sedan (1.3L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid 5M) Hybrid 4dr Sedan (1.3L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)
I've owned my 2003 Civic Hybrid for 2 years now and so far its been a great car with only a few minor problems. The Good: Handles great Luxurious interior (compared to other non-luxury cars) Extremely quiet 45mpg The bad: Transmission fluid needs changing every 2 years IMA battery will start to degrade after 7 years Seats are very stiff, its like sitting on a bench Overall the car performs well as a daily driver, and if you aren't looking to set Nurburgring lap records you'll be satisfied with its performance. Even though it is less reliable than a standard civic the blue book value is lower, making it a better value when you factor in the better gas mileage.
I bought my 2003 Honda Hybrid new. All told I think it was $35k. Paying a premium on the car because it was a hybrid, the tax deduction and the gas savings would make up for the extra cost; right? Well, for the past year it has been sitting in our driveway with a busted transmission. $4500 to replace it. This is the latest in a long string of recalls/replacements on this car. Luckily, our other fixes have been covered by Honda; but this fix is not. We look at the blue book value of this car, and seriously question if it is worth fixing especially when we read other reviews of cars that have gone through multiple transmissions and other fixes. For the price, I expected better.
Good gas mileage
Free/discounted repairs on parts that are documented to break. Better quality transmission.
Total 2003 HCH Cost- HW Items purchased from 79k to 200k miles as follows: 2 sets of tires 1 speed sensor (drove thru deep puddle) 1 set of spark plugs 1 set of ft brake pads 1 fuel filter Fluid change maintenance from 79K to 200k miles as follows: * Several 0-20W/0-30W oil/filter changes (8k mile intervals) * Two CVT fluid changes noting I assumed to change oil every 100K miles until I noticed the transmission was slipping and read my OEM operators manual stating to change trans. oil every 30K. After changing the oil the first time THE TRANSMISSION QUIT SLIPPING and I make sure to change this fluid at recommended intervals. * One Antifreeze change Car runs good(mildly abused)
Dash MPG indicator, arm rest, & CVT smooth acceleration.
Design a CVT that doesn't require such a frequent oil change.
I have never been one to be impressed by Hondas, but this hybrid was in my price range so I bought it. Overall, it was cheap in every way, you get what you pay for. This car on various occasions wouldn't start, so I'd wait a half hour, and it would start. This is by far the most uncomfortable car that I have ever owned, the battery was just replaced for free by the dealer. The car's transmissin also has needed expensive repairs many times. If you need good mileage, and don't have any money, this is the car for you.
Fuel economy, interior design.
Reliability, Comfort, exterior styling, better warrenty.
Just a warning to those looking at this car. I bought in 2002 (2003 model) and have been the only owner for just over 8 years. Five months past the warranty, the battery failed and now I have to pay $3000 to have it replaced. The car has less that 80,000 miles, but because I've owned it over eight years, the warranty has expired. This is simply too much of an expense to be reasonable or fair. It certainly doesn't justify the gas savings. I am very disappointed in Honda and will not buy another one, because of this experience.
I was very pleased with this car, until the battery failed.
I think that a $3,000 expense to replace a battery is WAY too much.
I recently purchased a 2003 Honda Civic Hybrid, though I had to get rid of my ever so fun to drive G35 the car is remarkable with respect to fuel efficiency. The layout of the car is simple, just like all Hondas. The power is on the low side, but lets face, we buy these cars for one reason and that's fuel economy. I wouldn't care if I had to get out and push the car up a hill (which it almost seems like I have to do living in Upstate NY), as long as I'm getting my 50 MPG let every other car pass me on the road. I'm purchasing a new set of Cooper GFE (LRR) tires and I'm hoping to eek out a few more MPG.
The one thing I find interesting is when the IMA system is engaged the estimate fuel economy drops. I would expect that when the electric motor kicks in the fuel economy would increase similar to other hybrids.
Ditched the car as soon as I found someone to take it. Transmission went at 30,000 miles, and started to go again at 60,000. Honda was only willing to help until 75,000 and then I would be responsible for each $4,000 transmission replacement. Only got 37 mpg because it didn't have the power to maintain higher freeway speeds in rural areas above 75 mph whereas my now regular civic gets 40-50 at those speeds. Avoid at all costs!
Driving it off a cliff or giving it to your local bomb squad for testing
2003 Honda Civic Hybrid 4dr Sedan (1.3L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid 5M) Hybrid 4dr Sedan (1.3L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid 5M)
I bought her brand new on the last day of February. She has been great to me ever since. We did have an issue with her being an overachiever when they had to do the computer recall (accepted 115% programming when she was to only accept 100% and blew the computer). I have taken her to the dealer religiously for all of her scheduled maintenance and had until recently a set of Arizonian tires on her which helped me get better gas mileage yet caused the tires to wear quicker (what do you want in AZ?) I now have a set of Michelin tires which has caused her to have a bit of decreased gas efficiency. I have been averaging anywhere from 28 to 52 mpg. Never giving her up!
Gas economy, great lil get up and go.
lights (mine got cloudy but I think this is because I live in AZ)
2003 Honda Civic Hybrid 4dr Sedan (1.3L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid 5M) Hybrid 4dr Sedan (1.3L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid 5M)
I bought my Civic Hybrid new, and after six years have put in almost 89,000 miles. The mileage is great: I average 42-44 mpg with a mix of city and highway driving, and on long freeway trips I often get my mileage up to 51 mpg or better. I have only had two issues with the car so far: 1. The chrome covering on the door handles started peeling off and have cut my fingers on it a couple times. 2. In the last 6 months the car has started shuddering when I take off from a stop- -a common problem in Honda sedans from this year I hear? Still, the mileage is great and it has been otherwise very reliable. I'm keeping this for one more year, and seriously considering a new one to replace it again.
Great mileage; it looks like a real car; great stereo system for my needs; comfortable, smooth ride.
More durable chrome on the handles; move the battery to a different place so the back seat can fold down; tranny issues?
Transmission died on a busy highway at 34K almost killed myself trying to get off the road. Honda had it for 12 days saying it needed a new trans and then gave it back saying nothing was wrong. Had it in again at 36K 50K 61K 81K and finally at 110k brought it in for a oil change and they finally checked my mileage saw I was over 100k and admitted something was wrong with the slipping transmission. Honda Care could care less and the case manager told me they weren't willing to pay a dime for the $4600 trans the dealership said they would take 10% off for my trouble. This car should have been recalled day one. Please don't buy this car. It is a danger to drive. I have some advice sell it quickly.
Replace the transmission with one that works.
There was a recall on the transmission (Judder Slippage - the car rumbles when accelerating, esp noticeable going uphill). According to protocol, they have to do this "burnishing procedure" 3 times, at which point they will replace the entire clutch on your transmission (for free, under the recall). You also need to be under 100K mi to be eligible. My car is at 98K....they're just about to replace my clutch, so I'm very excited about that. Other than this one issue, my car has been running perfectly. I've been keeping track of MPG for over 10K, and I'm averaging 46.5 MPG. I'm absolutely thrilled (and confused that some people claim to get only 35 MPG).
Avg MPG = 46.5 (for over 10K miles), AC works really well.
Paint/plastic is chipping on my door handle (and becomes very sharp...I cut my hand opening it once).
I have 180000 miles. Changed all fluids religiously. Had to replace clutch, transmission in Feb 08' and now IMA battery dying. $7000 worth of repairs. Very bad engineering solution for folks who care about the environment. Stay away from this vehicle...
Not much when it only has a 180,000 mile life cycle.
New design for clutch, transmission..
My husband and I bought this car back in 2002. It has been terrific and has had no problems! We are so glad we had foresight to buy a hybrid. It's really fun to drive because you can see how your driving effects your MPG (although it can be a bit stressful at times, too). We will probably never buy a non-hybrid/non-alternative energy car again.
The gauge showing the current MPG and the other gauge that shows whether you're using gas or electric.
I can't complain about this car at all. I even wanted to pay for my sales person's rotary fines for him. It is such a great car, especially if you know how to maximize the MPG. My average is about 50. I am ordering a sticker that says "60 MPH = 50 MPG". I am also ordering a sticker that says "Relax: U R in the Carpool Lane" for those who try to go 80 in the Carpool lane. To get better MPG, avoid using your brakes, i.e., don't rush up to that red light and brake! We can all save 10% or more by driving reasonably.
Make driver seat more comfortable than the rest seats.
This is a great car - 45-52 mpg - original owner and I am very pleased. The downfall is the noise level, especially in the back seat. Seats could be a bit more plush also.
Reliability, durability and handling
Cut the noise level down and improve the seats - sore bottom at the end of a trip!
I really love this car! I t is not good on Gas, it is Excellent! Better than non Hybrid Models. Those who saying about Hybrid Models, take it from me who owns one, THOSE ARE NOT TRUE!!! They just can't afford it or they just owned a hybrid lemon
Auto Stop, Leather seats (mine has one)
Trunk Pass Thru, Sunroof
This car gets good gas mileage (43-45 mpg actual) but suffers from several flaws I see as related to being the first model year of a unique (hybrid) car. Recalls on the exhaust system software (that led to me having 2 catalytic converters replaced before corrected) and the transmission (CVT failed at 102k before Honda extended the warranty to 100k - gee, thanks for the $3800 bill-NOT) have shaken my confidence in Honda quality. My hybrid now has 130k miles and runs well with its new transmission, but I would by the Prius if I had it to do all over again. Acceleration is lacking, to the point of dangerous with 4 riders at highway speed, and overall rattles etc. are disappointing.
Gas mileage, roomy trunk.
Add cassette (not just CD), offer leather seats, improve acceleration, add more color choices for the hybrid, massively improve build quality. Add lifetime warranty on hybrid batteries.
I bought this car, primarily for the "Green Factor," but I have been amazed how reliable it has been. Even now, I still get about 50 MPG on the highway, and I will never commute in anything else. Here in Virginia, hybrids bought before 2006 are allowed on the HOV lanes, which is an extra bonus. I will be driving this car until it will no longer run, which seems likely to be many years from now. Aside from a rattle in the dash that comes and goes, this car is quiet, smooth, and makes me feel a little like a race car driver with its quick shift 5-speed manual transmission. I love this car!
High gas mileage (I always feel like I am sticking it to OPEC every time I drive it). Gorgeous silver-blue paint. Great handling and roomy interior. Huge trunk for such a small vehicle. Four doors are oh, so convenient. Comfortable seats. Great sound and air conditioning and heater.
Lacks pick up in the mountains. Intermittent rattle in the dash is annoying.
We bought our 03 Hybrid Civic new; we currently have put 105,XXX miles on it. The transmission "judder" started at 22,XXX miles, had that trans replaced (w/a rebuilt one) at 25,XXX miles, then that was replaced at 35,XXX (w/a new one) & received a extended warranty for 75,XXX miles for that one. Now we have just got the car back with a remanufactured Trans at 105,XXX miles. We are not able to get any help from American Honda The current "Case Carrier" is a snide, rude, arrogant. The dealer is going to do his best to help. If anyone has a similar story or good contacts to help please let us know, to ALL who read Honda "reputation for reliability" is GONE!!
Gas mileage, that's it!
Transmissions that last at least as long as you are making the payments. Even a average person should expect to have transmission problems once in awhile (every 100,000 mile or so) but not every 20-30,000 thousand!!!
Having gone from a Jeep Wrangler to this car, I was not impressed w/the drive. Just very plain. It did get great mileage, but there are issues w/this car that are hard to find. The CVT transmission is bad and Honda avoided a recall by doing an extended warranty. It will not apply, however, if you have a salvage title like me. But apart from the $3100 transmission at 87k miles, the commutation sensor went out in about 4 months...$1300! My advice is to avoid the hybrids. What you save in gas you spend on costly repairs.
Stand behind you vehicle...even w/a salvage title...when it is clear you have used a faulty product, i.e. the CVT transmission.
This car has lived up to its reputation. I have been averaging 43 mpg driving to and from work. You can't beat that!
The seats could be a little plusher, have more than one outlet for power and cup holders in the back. But, for the price, it's a really decent car that is inexpensive to operate.
No complaints. I drive this thing into the ground and it's reliable day after day. Exactly what I'd expect from Honda but with 40 mpg average.
Excellent mileage and robust hybrid system
Bought this car to save money in anticipation of rising gas prices. It was purchased for commuting but we drive it on trips too. I have logged every fill-up and calculate a lifetime average of 46 MPG. Mileage is cyclic with weather here in western NY. In winter get as low as 38 MPG. Summer as high as 53 MPG. At 68000 miles I estimate a savings of $1700 over a car with average of 30 MPG. Trade-in value is $2800 greater than 2003 Civic LX. Have had no maintenance issues. On second set of tires and still original brakes. I enjoy owning this car and will keep it until it rusts in half. I will buy another alternate energy vehicle at the next opportunity.
Two weeks between fill-ups. Great performance for a 1.3 litre 4 cyl. Instrumentation. Manual transmission (no longer available). Smooth ride for a little car. Great AC that doesn't hurt mileage.
Boring color selection. Dated '03 body style. Few options (would have loved a sunroof). No fold-down rear seat.
Great car. Practical, yet fun to drive, for both technical husband and non-car person spouse (daily driver). MPG is 39.2 with every tankful documented over life of car/hard urban and rural driving/not babied - can maintain 80 mph climbing long Allegheny mntn grades, even after losing electric boost - CVT compensates effortlessly by adjusting engine rpms without kickdown! 45-50 mpg maintained only if cruising level at 45-55 mph. Honda (our first) quality evident but took long time to resolve severe dash rattle. OE tires designed to max mpg a bit unsure on curves and traction. Replaced at 50K with Yokohama Avid 4s - very good, only about one mpg drop-off. Great car.
Automatic temp control,only on hybrid,excellent feature, even adjusts fan speed. CVT transmission very smooth and adjusts power bands in mountains hard driving with no slippage or kickdowns. Instrument display allows good view of powertrain logic unfolding.Electric boost/drop-off from gas seamless.
Allow AC to run during economy cycle engine shutdown (like later models). Fold-down rear seat. Better original equipment tires and shock/spring damping. Inform customer of extra service costs e.g. 0-20 oil and removal of underbody panel for change, CVT fluid change every 30K.
I really love this car! I'm having a blast about its fuel economy! Those who are saying bad things about its battery? THOSE ARE NOT TRUE!!!
This car has exceeded our (wife's and my)expectations, She is the primary driver using it to travel to and from work. Long trips of greater than 500 miles were comfortable and very economical. We highly recommend it and will purchase Honda Hybrids in the future.
Obviously the gas mileage. Side air bags and operational visibility for the driver. I am very impressed by the hybrid's acceleration from a dead stop and when passing other autos on the open road.
Larger seats are needed and would increase travel comfort. Seats are too small for adult americans
Make sure to check transmission every 25,000 miles. Mine went out at 140,000 Mi. Honda doesn't stock them one week to a month to get a replacement. They do not rebuild CVT transmissions, $3,000.00 to replace and $375.00 shipping. Front struts also go out easily.
transmission upgrade and replacement part availability needs to be worked on.
Plenty of pickup. Gas mileage averages about 45 mpg. Keeps up with all the highway traffic. Looks like a regular car, not pudgy like Toyota Prius. I have beat Prius models in high country climbs.
Gas engine stops at red lights but kicks in to provide outstanding starts. Out-performs most regular autos at high altitudes because electric engine needs no air. This is most amazing feature.
Don't mess with it. Don't try to copy Prius looks. Provide a bigger battery for even more power and gas savings.
Exceeded my expectations in every respect. Overall mileage about 50. Easy to get 55 MPG on highway commute at 62-65 MPH. Better ride and acceleration than Insight, but Insight has "head turning styling" and better MPG. As reliable as any Honda or Toyota. I like Honda's use of the Hybrid Technology better than Toyota's.
Hybrid Technology and Great MPG.
Reduce weight by using more Aluminum in body. Add solar panels to roof, top of hood and trunk. Increase battery capacity.
Overall, this has been the best car experience I've had in over 50 years of driving. Handling, comfort, operating costs, mileage, and trunk capacity, all play in this product's favor.
Needs to be more quiet on the road. It's way too noisy for the long hauls. Needs a better sound delivery system.
I bought the car with expectations of significant gas savings and because I was pleased with former Honda cars. Gas mileage was so-so given it is a hybrid (long distance 50 mpg - mix of distant and normal town milage 41 mpg) - so not as great as Prius. Real problem was that transmission died at 44,000 miles while I was on a heavy traffic road. No warning! No power and luckily I was able to coast to a parking lot. Reconditioned transmission, towing etc. cost $3,085. Talked to Honda Care and only concession was cost of transmission at "warranty" cost. Not happy camper and no longer Honda satisfied customer.
Nice to handle on road around town.
Quality control on guts of engine; the transmission.
I bought this car second hand from a buick dealer and car checked out as being clean. I spent a premium price for a hybrid versus a Civic of comparable age. At 44,000 miles the trnsmission failed and I face a $3,500 bill for a refurbished transmission since I was told they do not make new transmissions for this car. Question is whether the original transmission was deficient to begin with. Fuel economy just OK at 42 mpg which includes hyway and local driving in last 4,000 miles. I know it was not an economic decission to buy a hybrid but to add the cost of a new transmission at only 44,000 miles really makes me wonder if I will ever buy a hybrid again.
Decent mileage. Easy to handle.
We put over 35,000 miles a year on this car, and are absolutely delighted with our gas mileage and fuel savings. We love the color, a pearlized blue that only comes on the hybrids, and we love the cute style. Most of all, we love helping the environment with a fuel responsible vehicle.
Gas mileage! Also, the gauge that shows our current and overall MPG is nice.
The only drawback, is the slightly limited carrying capacity. If you wanted to take four adults and full camping gear as well as two weeks worth of luggage, you'd go over the weight limit.
My wife and I really like this car,with 50000 miles and still going. I took a 300 mile trip, not on the interstate highway and got 56.3 miles per gallon driving a couple of miles over the posted speed. Driving 75 MPH on the interstate drops the MPG to around 42MPG. I also get around 50MPG around town.
Continuously Variable Transmission
Over the past 3 years, we've never had any problems with this car. Haven't had any repairs done, just the regular maintenance. When I drive the car, it consistently gets 45-52 mpg (depending on whether its highway or city; summer or winter and whether the bike rack is on the roof); my husband gets a little lower--probably 42-51. Driving styles will definitely impact the mileage. As a short person, I love that I can see out of the car and the blind spots are minimal. Only having to get gas once every 4-6 weeks is a major plus; and we've driven the car from Chicago to Syracuse, NY on more than one occasion (a 12 hour drive), using just one tank of gas.
Fantastic gas mileage. Ability to see out of the car / lack of blind spots. Ease with which we can install car seats and get my daughter in and out of the car. It looks like a "normal" car. I like being able to watch when the battery is assisting the gas as well as the instantaneous gas mileage.
A folding rear seat would be great--but with the location of the battery, I don't know if that's possible. Daytime running lights would also be a plus (we just turn on the headlights, though). Back seats, in particular, are a bit stiff (doesn't seem to be a lot of padding).
My civic replaced my 13-year-old 1989 Mazda. Six months after I got this car, my mom became ill and spent two years in a nursing facility 65 miles from home. For 104 weeks, I made the round trip at least four times a week. In the winter, with four snows, I averaged 46-50 mpg. With regular tires, 50 mpg was the minimum; I often got 54- 57 mpg. My round trip between Albany (NY) and Saugerties (NY) took about TWO GALLONS of gas. I would get slightly better mileage when I didn't use cruise control. I had to rally search for my standard-and I love it. The HVAC could be better. Suburban driving less than 20 miles a day gets 38-43 mpg. The car needs better colors.
Great clutch; shifts easily. The seats are comfortable and the mirrors are good. It's very reliable. It has decent acceleration - I've gotten two speeding tickets. The mileage is SUPERB!!!
The color choices are too limited; I could have tan or tan (no matter what it's called, it's tan). The heat and the air are good but the defrosters, not so much. How about a sun or a moon roof? Maybe a bigger glove box? A power socket you can use at the same time you use both cup holders?
I have made 7 trips Sacramento to San Diego at speeds of 65-75 over the coastal mountains each time and still was able to maintain a 40-42 mpg average. Each time over the mountain, I did not have to drop my speed to less than 55 mph with moderate passengers/weight.I have taken car for maintenance visits as specified with no problems or failures. The costs for each visit was not unusual. I am highly satisfied with the vehicle and will replace it with another as soon as I can affords same. I have begun saving to replace the battery in case I choose to keep the car.
Economy and simplicity to operate.
Anticipated battery life
40k miles on it now. If I drive it insanely hard I get 41 mpg. Normal around 48 mpg. If I pay attention, I can get 55 mpg (stay off the interstate to do this.) Acceleration is enough to merge well on freeways (okay, so it's not a Viper...). Handles fairly well and comfortable enough (didn't buy it to be a limo...). It's a great car and looks just like a regular Civic (a plus for me).
Mileage, interior layout, instruments,
Honda could have added a relay to switch off the head lights with the key or the "autostop". The trunk lid leaks rainwater into the trunk when opened. Interior lights need timers. Low drag disc brakes in the rear would be nice for those of us who change our own pads & rotors.
Not a bad little car. My major problem with the Civic Hybrid is that I seldom come close to the 48/47 mpg I'm supposed to be getting. It's usually around 43mpg on the dash and 40 mpg actual at the pump (the dash display is always off by 2-4 mpg). Still not bad, but this is the selling point so it should be considered a big problem being that the car cost a good $4000 more than other civics. Other than that, the brakes are sub-par, and leads to the occasional minor loss of steering control over bumps in the road. This can be a little scary when it first happens. I've had no real problems other than the car stalling once. Other than these things, it drives like any other Civic.
Decent fuel economy (do your research). Side airbags standard.
Ashtray (for random junk) should be standard. Back seats (where batteries are stored) should fold down. Finally, fuel economy needs to be stated truthfully. This last problem may be an EPA hybrid testing problem.
This car is more than all about fuel economy. It's well built, comfortable, and fun to drive. The car literally teaches you how to be a better, more fuel efficient driver. My oldest son drove it to a college campus 40 miles from home and challenged himself to get better mileage every time he drove it. He consistently pushed 50 MPG. I do a lot shorter trips, and like my a/c on high, so I was more consistently around 44 MPG. Not bad even at that! My high school twins can't wait to "inherit" this car next year. The only drawback has been that realistically, it only holds four adults comfortably, and the back seat can be a tight squeeze even then. Also, the sound system is good - but not great.
Great fuel efficiency. The instantantaneous fuel use guage and the tank fuel use gauge do help improve driving performance. SOlidly built.
Increase the comfort factor - seats can be a bit stiff and don't have many adjustment features.
I love my hybrid! It is by far the best car I have ever owned. I have ranged between 40 and 56 miles per gallon. Drive it slow and steady and you will get great mileage.
The Honda Civic Hybrid is great. The gasmilage is woderful and I'm glad honda made a nicer looking hybrid car. The Insight, I heard was great, but it is ugly. This car is not the most powerful but gas milage makes up for it. My local dealership has great service and I hope to buy an Accord hybird in 2005. I dont understand about the complaints about the 10k mile check ups. The check-ups are routine on ALL Hondas. Even my 2000 Accord LX.
gas milage, silver accents, read wing, alloys, easy to read gauges
sunroof,leather,CD Changer, after all it is a 20k$ car.
Stats: avg 500+ mi/tank, avg 47.0 mpg over 35k mi. My car seemed to have about a 10k mile break-in period before 50 mpg per tank became common. Winter also lowers the mpg per tank to low to mid 40s. Highly recommend the manual to get better performance. From a purely economic standpoint (I bought for other reasons) it is better to buy a normal Civic. Assuming you get a 47 mpg hybrid for a final cost of $19k and you get about $500 back in taxes from your deduction, a normal civic at 35mpg would show a breakeven at 100k miles for a cost of $17150 at $1.90/gal of gas. You can get a pretty sweet normal Civic for $17150 and not take the hybrid battery risk
Manual transmission, traditional car look and feel. $2000 tax deduction (note this is not a credit or rebate as claimed by others and it begins decreasing every year - see www.irs.gov and search honda hybrid)
If possible, a small panel to fold down between truck and back seat for skies, snowboards, etc. Reduce hybrid battery pack cost or improve hybrid battery warranty.
I am happy with the vehicle. But, when I was exploring which one of my cars to sell, I was extremely disappointed in the resale value.
Gas mileage read outs
more color choices and more accessory choices
I love my hybrid, its fuel economy hasn't quite lived up to its advertisement, but im not complaining about 42 mpg. I had a friend who had the manual version and got 52 mpg. Not as many hybrid features as the prius, but more performance.
autostop! (both engines shut off when you come to a stop, when you take your foot off the brake it automatically comes back on)
larger battery so it is able to run completely on battery power at constant low speeds.
GREAT gas mileage! Averaging over 52 now a days with lifetime average of 49. You need to keep it in "lean burn" in order to get the best mileage. Great car in general. No problems in the 6 short months i've owned it.
the great gas mileage...
trunk release on remote. more help from the batteries to get better mileage around town.
I have nothing to complain about,I love the car.I do most of my driving in the city and I am getting 46-48mpg.The car is pretty good off the line
I've had my hybrid for 14 months now, love driving it on my long commute to work. Best part is getting the Civic reliability and hybrid technology in a car that looks and acts completely normal. I'm still surprised at how much pep the car has in accelerating and passing. Advertises close to 50mpg but with heat/ac running it's closer to a 46mpg avg.
500-600 miles on a tank of gas, Looks and works like a regular Civic, Free oil changes (at my dealer's) and no other maintenance, Lots of standard features
For gosh sakes why do dealers still avoid throwing in the floor mats? Buzzing/vibrating in pasngr side dash; the car should be able to engine-stop when in park; Always has a 70-95% charge and should be put to better use during driving rather than just storing energy.
Great little car that makes me feel like I'm making a statement to the US car manufacturers. Why don't we all drive cars that enable us to reduce our dependency on imported oil? Why car Japanese companies make them and American companies can't? Maybe they like the oil companies...?
practical. good mileage. dependable.
I am just a little disappointed in the MPG as my Civic Hybrid is only averaging about 40.9 (calculated). I purchase the car new in 06/2002 and now have 33,400 miles on the car. The overall quality is wonderful, the design is nice and the interior is great too.
I really like the auto stop feature and the easy to read gages. The ride is great and the interior is fairly roomy.
A passenger armrest. The engine to not start again when putting the transmission into park once the engine is off (auto stop). A truck release on the remote. The power door locks to lock when the transmission is put in gear or when the car is started.
I bought this car thinking I could save a bit of money with it's great fuel economy. However, I found out later that every 10,000 miles it needs a $100.00 mainenance fee with an expensive oil change in between. Gone are my hypothetical savings. Not worth what I expected to get out of it.
Get rid of ABS brakes.
This car is very comfortable to drive, and handles very nicely. It has plenty of power and has caused me to modify my driving habits, particularily how fast I start from a stop.
Fuel mileage meter.
Interior dash at each corner rattles. Honda needs to fasten down the dash better. The driver's door arm rest is an inch too low for me; increasing the thickness of the padding, or raising the armrest a little would make it perfect.
After 18 months and 44,000 miles with my 2003 Civic Hybrid 4 door with CV transmission, I still remain happy and enthusiastic about it's design, construction, handling, enviornmental attributes, and of course wonderful fuel economy, and no, I don,t work for Honda. My overall mpg is slightly over 51 mpg. My best milage for 150 miles is over 60 mpg, and best ever is 76 mpg for 15 miles. I drove at posted speed limits, but was prudent. I have not yet tired of the satisfaction of being able to drive over 600 miles before getting a low fuel indication. In short, I continue to be quite satisfied with my decision and purchase, and would do it again!
High MPG and satisfaction of driving a green machine. Well designed & easy to use security/anti-theft system. The CVTrans. is great in traffic and optimizes torque/performance and MPG.
None for this size vehicle, but choice of a slightly larger hybrid vehicle would be welcome, perhaps with AWD.
This is a great car. Expensive, but it's worth it. It looks as if it has something meaty under the bonnet. People ask me how big its engine is, and get confused when I say 1.3 litres! Then you mention the 10kW electric motor, and they get even more confused - amazed is better.
Auto-stop is great. But the best thing is the green LEDs when you're recharging.
The ventilation seems to have trouble clearing the screen when it mists up in English weather.
I own the "cvt" or automatic version of the Hybrid. Its very quiet except for road noise. Friends have been impressed and geeked out by the "click-start" and the semi-digital,indigo dash (especially the battery meters). I average 42MPG. Excellent sound system and room for adding power points.
The auto-shutoff feature. Great for saving those few extra drops of gasoline when the car is at a standstill.
Something needs to be done about the excessive drain the A/C has on fuel economy, and the digital fuel gage could use a little tweaking to be a little more accurate (percentages, maybe?)
I bought my Civic Hybrid in August and I couldn't be happier. It is so much fun to drive and the fuel efficiency is wonderful! I would reccomend the car to anyone looking for a sporty, yet practical car that will save you lots of money in gas!
The green light that tells me when my battery is recharging itself.
The ONLY thing I dislike is that the cruise control, rear defogger, and power miror controls are to the left of the steering wheel and almost impossible to access in the dark, they are hard to reach and hard to see!
This a great car! Very comfortable, very responsive. My only complaint is the mileage. 36MPG with CVT with 4,500 miles on the odometer.Dealer says it will improve after 5,000miles. I could have bought a Civic LX for $5,000 less and got the same mileage!
The auto stop feature still amazes me. The dash display is really fun to watch to see what your current MPG is.
To be able to lock and unlock the doors from the passenger side. To have the headlights auto turn off after the car is turned off.
Bought the Hybrid Civic over the Toyota Prius because Honda offered more standard features (side airbags, CD player, driver armrest). Plus, the Civic was more visually pleasing than the 1st generation Prius. It all comes down to whether you want the world to know you're driving a hybrid. Honda hid the technology in an existing model; Toyota displayed for all to see. The Civic Hybrid is a great urban runabout. It is peppy, nimble, and surprisingly roomy and quiet for such a small car. The CVT "shifts" without the driver noticing. That is great engineering. And the car feels solid; again, surprisingly so for such a small vehicle.
Love the continuous fuel economy track; the guage showing the amount of gas vs. electric battery power; and the near-luxurious appointment of the interior.
Fuel economy estimates that reflect real-world driving conditions. We're getting 38 MPG city, 44 MPG highway. That's still superb, but less than the window-sticker that says 48/47. Also nees: Power antenna. Rear wiper. Fog lights. Daytime running lights.
I've driven the car 10,800 miles in the roughly 90 days since purchasing. The controls are well designed, heating & air work very well. There is enough power to enter fast interstates with no problem. Pleased with the fit and finish. Fuel mileage listed is pretty accurate, but how one drives can make a significant difference. I like filling up less often!
Fuel savings. Like setting the desired temperature and leaving the rest to the car.
(1) cup holder in rear; (2) put an accessory power outlet left of the steering wheel for cell phone use; how about a power converter and a 110 outlet for emergencies, camping, etc.
I've had this vehicle for 10mths and the ride drive needs to be improved, it needs alot more power or alot more gas saving, for the little power that it has it is not saving enough gas. Quality and reliability of vehicle is great however the exterior design needs improvement. It is not worth the price I pay for it - the price should be about 17,000 at the most 17,500.
Power windows, doors, fairly good trunk space and oil change time intervals
Gas saving, Power train, exterior design, bigger tires.
This is the gentlest car that I've driven. There is no excess of shifting from the transmission. The micro filter is a lung saver when in heavy traffic, it eliminates all smells. The air conditioning can almost compete with my refrigerator, it is a life saver in the hot weather months. The best part of my purchase of this car is the fact that it saves me time by not visiting fuel pumps weekly and by having the car's oil changed. My time is worth more then money and this car is saving me time. This has been one of the best purchases I've made in a long time. Thank you!
The gentle ride it provides.
The seats are not very comfortable for long trips for shorter people.
Actual Mileage is 42mpg @80 mph,47mpg around town, and 52mpg in the Florida Keys. Can't get it away from my wife. 1.9% financing with 10 year 100,000 mile warranty, 3.9% without. No problems so far.
"2000.00 tax break,
I would like to see doors lock at 15mph, or when car is put in gear.
Zero problems in 17k Miles. Average calculated MPG 44.25, several 600+ mile tanks. Fantastic integration of technology. It is fun to drive and to chalenge yourself to exceed previous efforts at fuel economy. Extremely smooth transmission since it never shifts.
Autostop, CVT, instruments, looks, quality.
Fog lamps, remote trunk entry, bigger armrest.
I've had my Civic Hybrid CVT for 3 months now and have had no problems, lots of questions from others and now I don't think as much about my new found driving habits. The car makes you want to drive better (and slower too) so you can improve your mileage.
IMA display and the gauge cluster in general. The climate control system.
Sunroof, leather, XM Radio, MP3 capabilities.
After driving mini vans and other "family cars", it was nice to drive a small vehicle. I was looking for a car for commuting 100 miles per day. The Honda Hybrid seemed to fit the criteria. To date, I have had three transmissions and the third transmission is causing problems. If Honda could fix this car, I would like it much more. I don't think Honda is willing to work with me. I have had trouble with the dealership and the Honda company. I want a dependable car that doesn't spend every 3rd month in the shop.
Personally, I like the limited options. Main vehicle to commute. Didn't want too many options. Enjoy a car that has a CD player. I think I am getting the expected mileage (when the car is working properly).
Find the problem with the whining sound that has caused my transmission to be replaced 3 times in eight months. The interior lights are nice but impossible to read when have lights on during the day. I WANT DEPENDABILITY. I have been disappointed with my first "foreign" car.
First new car ever and after one month, still fun to drive. Excellent worksmanship, quite, comfortable, and just a joy to fill up after 530 miles per tank. Great in the city and 4 hours on the highway. More comfortable than my 98 Honda Accord. It does not get any better than this.
Gauges are hot and fun to watch. Feel like I am driving an airplane. Handles great and more power than I need to merge into fast moving traffic
Gear indicator light, center console for storage and cup holder, lights for rear passangers.
Everyone loves driving my car!
Fuel Economy & Smoooth Riding!
Larger Hybrid vehicles would be even better!
. I commute about 70 miles daily - mostly on "country roads" averaging about 50 -55 mph with, with only 5-10 of these miles being "city" driving. I am very pleased with this car. I average approximately 50 mpg and have not had any mechanical problems. I enjoying seeing how far I enjoy trying to beat my last mpg and am hoping to get the 600 mile tank as some other owners have reported being able to do. Thus far, I can get about 500 - 550 per tank. In spite of a few issues I have listed in the "suggested improvements" section, I am extremely pleased with this car and would buy another.
Thegas mileage , the cruise controls on the steering wheel - so you can decelerate and not have to cancel the cruise and the auto-stop feature.
Seats provide very little by way of shock aborbtion and lumbar support. Arm rests should actually be high enough to use them. Would like front de-fog that works without AC. AC automatically goes on when I use the front defog - reducing my mpgs when it rains.
I've had it for just 9 months, over 30K miles, NO problems - FANTASTIC mileage - strongly recommend!
easier on the bumps
Having put 12,000 miles on my Honda Civic Hybrid CVT over the last 15 months, I can say I like it better than the 3 Audis and 4 Mercedes-Benz, bought new, that I had previously owned. (I traded in a late model M-B on the Civic.) Unfortunately, the Hybrid did not come with a moonroof, so I had a top-of-the-line ASC moonroof installed as part of the purchase order. (ASC is the supplier for the moonroofs that are installed at the Honda factories in Ohio.) This is one great car, as near to being environmentally sound as one could hope for at this stage of our technology.
Silent start, autostop, smooth CVT, superb steering and handling, lots of low-rpm torque, easy to park, gas mileage in the range of 48 to 55 mpg, lots of leg room and headroom for my 6'4" frame, very comfortable seating.
Offer the car with a moonroof; replace the glossy plate around the shift lever, which reflects sunlight into one's eyes, with a gray matt-finish plate; place a switch on the right front door for locking/unlocking all 4 doors; make the spoiler an option.
great mmileage, all instruments are in the right place cept for one. the gear shift can go into a low gear when you don't want it to and the site of the reading on shift lever is the only hard thing to find in the car. having no sound at stop lights is great. my oil plug came out while doing 55 mph and all went well.it shut down and wouldn't restart. i luv it.
mmileage, insturmentation, controls
gear shift. location of shift location needs to be relocated. i cannot find it. quiet this car down.
It drives like a dream. It steers well and never had a problem except for my steering fluid was lecking.
My cd player.
Put a 6 CD Changer in the car.
honda did it again!great car needs very little improvement.antilock and rear disc brakes.GO GET IT
ANTILOCK;REAR DISC BRAKES! MORE COLORS EXTERIOR;INTERIOR!LEATHER OPTION! MAYBE THE OLD HATCHBACK SUV STYLE
I love this car. It is fun to drive. This is my third Honda and by far the best. I would recommend this car to anyone.
Although it is very difficult to find a Insight with manual transmission, I was lucky to have located one on the islands. It is simply a technological marvel, and great fun to drive.
I appreciate the ability of being able to monitor the efficency of my personal driving.
Difficult! But I believe it would be nice to be able to select how the IMA would use the electric motor. Often I have plenty of battery and would prefer more energy used from the battery without using more petro. Currently, they seem to rise together.
Fantastic fuel economy even with winter treads and subzero temperatures (44-48 mpg winter / 46-55 mpg summer). No problem with battery pack or vehicle starting on several winter mornings with temperature at -30 deg F. Handles hilly, snow covered dirt road driving very well and is easy to control in slippery conditions. A very substantial, fun and sensible car to drive!!!
Very quiet ride. Fuel economy and battery charge gauges are easy to read and not distracting.
The only improvement I could suggest would be for Honda to reposition the battery pack so that the rear seat backs could fold down for more storage / hauling capacity... or even better, make a Hybrid version of the Civic hatchback!
What a great car, you don't sacrafice anything only gain. I get 49.5 miles to the gallon highway and 42.3 city.
Economy setting and the layout of the controls.
Better lumbar for those long drives, remote control for trunk and gears sometimes seem to jerk needs to be a little smoother.
When the Stang got wrecked, I decided to get a hybrid because it's the responsible thing to do. Of the hybrids available, The styling on the Civic was best--it looked "normal". I can't be happier. Car had 1 mile on it & now has 1050 miles. I drive in suburban areas in Orlando and am achieving about 43- 47mph. Didn't get this the first couple of hundred miles (probably all the demo rides I gave friends), but do now, & lately it's been even better. This is a comfortable car and very fun to drive. The dynamic gauges make me very attune to "bad" driving habits. This is a great hybrid example for other car companies to follow. HELLO FORD? HELLO GM?
Dynamic mph gauge: I didn't drive crazy before, but now I realize how LITTLE I need to push on the gas to maintain speed. Autostop: This feature freaks out all my engineer friends! Quite, comfortable, Great safety features. 2 tripometers (Use one for each tank and one for daily trips)
More console storage between the front seats, more interior/exterior color selections, include floormats with purchase price, add lumbar adjustment to driver seat, better speakers, add autoshutoff for passenger-side airbag. MORE advertising to the public about this great car!
What a great way to make an eco statement...without looking silly (have you seen that other hybrid on the streets?). This car is great!
More options. would have liked to have sunroof.
I've owned my hybrid for just over a year now. With the honeymoon phase over, I still enjoy my hybrid. I've not had a single problem with it. I've averaged almost 53 mpg (calc). After 8K, the mpgs jumped some, so hang in there, folks. I have very similar feelings about the car as others, so I'd just like to add that this is an economy car. Don't expect leather, GPS units, entertainment packages, power seats, etc, etc. I do think it has a nice array of features, though, and ones that you'll use the most. Also, remember that Honda doesn't have anything to do with the EPA estimates-- although they do promote them in their ads.
Auto-stop, automatic climate control, side air bags, Civic body style
Extenders and lights on visors, arm rests for both front seats, seat pockets on both seats, include rear cup holder and floor mats
I have purchased my last new car! For $approx 18,500 cash, it without a doubt is the best and most thrifty car I could ever hope to find at this point in time. No Micky Mouse look to this one, as outwardly it looks like a reqular, top of the line, Civic sedan much better looking then the Toyota Prius or Echo. With the electrical boost I have no problems merging into express way traffic. A really nice machine.
The ride is comfortable, quiet, dash instruments informative, fit and finish and enterior very good for the price. Very low maintence if performed by owner or good garage mechanic. I love the electric power steering(no fluid and pump/belt woes.
I would prefered the coupe over the sedan, only because I've always thought that the coupe version of any sedan was sportier. Would like Set and forget Air controls.
The car is surprising for a hybrid. It is very resposive with more than adequate acceleration. I have been extremely impressed with how quiet it runs. Even on the highway at 65+ it is possible to have a conversation with out shouting over the engine. It is fun to drive and very comfortable even for my 6' 3" frame. Have had no problems at all with car in 5 months of owenership.
For a car that is used almost entirely in the city in stop and go conditions the gas mileage (40 mpg) is amazing. Also like the room and comfort.
Would like to see wiper control wand moved further away from the wheel; a lock on the glove compartemnt and a sun roof.
The Civic Hybrid was an excellent purchase. I was a little disappointed with the mileage on the first tank (about 38mpg). I then let the real time mpg indicator teach me how to drive the car and to change my driving habits. The first 20000 miles I averaged 49.9 mpg. I get mileage ranging from 45-54 mpg on average per tank. It has certainly reduced my gas bill.
Everything... a great car.
I love this car for it's fuel economy, but my husband finds it impossible to drive as his commute car because he doesn't have enough leg room. Since he drives 45 miles each way, this is very important to him. He's 5'11" and 270 lbs. It's very comfortable for me at 5'4" and 160 lbs. The car has 13k miles on it and we have some rattling starting in the console and there's a very annoying whining from the engine since about 8k miles.
The fuel economy is far and away the biggest selling point to this car. I also like the fact that it looks like a normal car.
Fix the engine whine. Ours is not the only Hybrid we know of with this problem.
I just bought my Hybrid this weekend but so far I think it's fantastic compared to the Kia Sportage that I did have. I bought it for $19,200 but I had to add a little on since I was upside down on my Kia (a $10,000 depreciation in a little over a year!) I was scared it wouldn't have much power but it has more get-up-and-go than my Kia did, plus it's so quiet and smooth. I drive 35 miles one way to work and averaged 45.6mpg (17mpg with my Kia).
Gas milege, auto-stop (except when it's really hot outside and the a/c turns off, but you can fix that by not having the auto-stop function on), the fact that you can't even tell if it's turned on when you start it, the smoothness, the color (opal blue metallic), and it's a Honda.
More options- colors, interior, sunroof, have floor mats come standard, tinted windows, little things
great commuter car. great gas mileage comparing to my ml. good power giving the sides of the engine. 80-85 mph no problem. need better lumber support for long distance driving. dash color don't match overall interior color. auto engine shut off when come to a smooth complete stop. engine will auto restart when the foot is off the brake pedal.
auto engine shut off. the average gas mileage status.
need lumber support. dash and overall interior color should match. should copy the vw antenna for a better appearance.
I am happy with my purchase of this vehicle. It feels like it has more than 93 horsepower. I am truly getting close to the 50 mpg this car is supposed to get you. The gauges are fun to look at for many reasons, and the car is actually peppy when pushed a little. Even when I push it hard and with the AC on, I get about 40 mpg.
The technology. The gas mileage. The environment helping. Automatic climate control. Auto idle stop. Abundant creature comforts. Nice ergonomics. Car runs quiet.
Unhide climate control icons (not fully viewable by driver). Seat height too low for many, make it adjustable. Improve rear visibility. I sometimes hear a slight, slow rattling noise as I brake. Increase the rated weight capacity (about 900 pounds).
I have driven this car since Nov. 2002, durring what I consider a tough winter. This car handeled very well in the snow, and is a pleasure to drive anytime. the only thing I would like to see added to it's options is a GPS, other than that it has everything I need in a automobile. Fun to drive and excellent on gas.
This vehicle has everything needed to enjoy a comfortable ride. CD player and AM FM radio excellent, instrument pannel is excellent, storage compartments, cup holders, I think everything was very well thought out. The gas mileage is incrediable I get between 45 to 51 miles/Gal.
I would like to see a GPS unit, as a option. Other than that it's a great car.
My Honda is great, I think thats its definately the better car for the $$$.
Its a Honda.
Everything about this vehicle is excellent: performance, mileage, comfort, reliability. The technology is especially impressive and we are hoping that Honda will create useful SUV class vehicles with hybrid technoloies that would be applicable to our field work, which is extensive. B. Krause
The hybrid technology which saves fuel, is efficient and environmentally friendly.
Even better mileage. Ours is currently about 42.7mpg at 7500 miles.
i purchased my civic hybrid from Omar Hamid @ Paragon Honda in queens,NY. He's the nicest salesperson. The car is amazing. it is such a nice, reliable car. no noise or problems. you cant even tell its a hybrid.
idle stop feature - the car actually stops running on red lights and stop signs. then as soon as i hit the gas, it starts back up- i cant even tell it did that until my salesperson explained it to me. its great on gas too!
Sunroof.. i want a sunroof
I couldn't wait to have one. It continues to be fun but after having it awhile, noticed a few bugs, and now have a wish list. But the car is great, and continues to be a favourite over our other cars. I like the idea it looks conventional, except for minor details which do stand out (antenna, spoilers, dash)
Great gas mileage, reliability. Spacious for a compact car.
Poor body integrity inside-out.Plastic don't seem to match colour wise.Add alarm, pwr seat, digital temp readout, rear cupholder, wireless trunk release. Matching indash CD (same color).
I wanted a Hybrid from the start, especially with gas prices going close to $2.00 per gallon. The choices for my family of 4 were either the Toyota Prius or Honda Civic Hybrid. From a Safety standpoint the Honda is better than the Toyota. Although the Prius is a bit cheaper, that price goes up rapidly when you add the CD Player and Sideimpact Airbags( both of these features are Standard on the Civic Hybrid). Plus the need for a automatic transmission, my wife hates to shift ;). We got a great price of $100.00 over invoice with a $100.00 coupon to buy floor mats and such. Plus how can you beat 1.9% financing?
Neat Dash, plenty of room for all persons and gear. Confortable seating even for us Big Guys( I'm 6'3"). Plenty of get up and go. Sporty looking from the front with the spoilers. Flawless transmission shifting, very smooth.
Fold down rear seats would be nice but probably not plausible till they find a new place to put the batteries. More color choices, there are only 3 now. Include floor mats in purchase price.
Overall I've been pleased with the Hybrid. Initially, I was disappointed with the MPG, but that improved after about 1000 miles and when I became more aware of my driving habits. How you accelerate and drive makes a big difference. I went from barely getting 40 mpg to getting 42/43 in the streets and 47 on the highway. I paid just under $20,000 for mine.
Gas milage, dashboard lighting, exterior. I feel good driving a car that I know does not pollute a lot. And I love that I don't have to go to the gas station as much.
Not overstating claims of MPG, better carpeting (mine was shedding) or at least come with car mats.
The car has been really great - good gas mileage if you drive it correctly and it's comfortable to drive once you're in it. I am rather short and have to have the seat close to the steering wheel, so it's difficult getting in and out of the car without banging my knees on the steering column. That is the only problem that I have with the car. It drives in the mountains very well, even passes some of the SUVs on the way up! The seats are very comfortable and provide good back support. It's fun to drive and I enjoy getting 40- 55 mpg. It would be nice to have a remote trunk opener, though.
Auto stop, comfortable seats, dash lights that compute mpg, etc, looks and drives like a regular Civic, comfortable for 4 adults to stretch out. It's cute! Not having to go to the gas station often. Not being able to lock yourself out of the car!
Remote for trunk, auto locking doors when you start the engine . . .not much wrong with it. . . it's a great car!
Honda makes great cars, and this is the best Honda I've ever driven. Fun to drive, no loss of speed because it is a Hybrid. I turned in an SUV and save about $50 a month is fuel. Great car.
I've owned this car for 7 months now. No complaints. I dragged my wife kicking and screaming to this car. Now we fight over who drives.
The hybrid system. A car that turns itself off when at a long light is beautiful.
Put the hybrid in everything you make.
It's hard to believe it's been a year since I bought the car. Still fun to drive, love to pass gas stations, A favorite at our house. First choice to use when any of our 3 drivers have errands to run.
Quiet! Blue dash. average 44 mpg for first 18000 miles
More options, Features
lots of loose pieces and parts that vibrate and rattle (poor construction). xtremely uncomfy seat that a $4 pillow wouldnt fix. all the cheaper regular civics have better seats (we have found out too late). My right leg/knee gets very sore after 30 miles. we selling this car. Honda answered all our questions with "I don't know" and no offer to find out.
xcellent gas mileage (45-50 mpg) on first 4 fills. nice and roomy, good CD and A/c a fine car except above items tho way over priced.
if it wasnt for the above problems we would keep this car, but do not need a long term chronic leg pain...or a sore back from the seat.
The performance and fuel economy on this car make it a commuter's dream come true. It has all the important features the gasoline-only models have, but allows 500 to 600 miles between fill ups. So, you can drive to your heart's content, and feel good knowing that you're not causing a major negative impact on the environment. And, it has the same auto body as the traditional honda -- nice. The digital design of the cockpit is so much fun to watch that you might need to remind yourself to watch the road. This is both a reliable, environmentally concious car and a fun drive.
Favorite features include the reasons we bought this car: gas mileage and honda reliability. Cool features include the engine shutting off every time you pull up to a stoplight, then instantly restarting when you take your foot off the brakes, and the wonderfully designed dashboard.
It would be nice if foglights were an option for this car.
The draw to this vehicle is the environmentally friendly engine. Looks great on paper but it has not held up to its hype. Several trips back to the dealership have met with frustration and a lack of knowledge and understanding of the Hybrid by the Honda technicians and salespersons. The Hybrid engine does not shut down if the outside temperature is below 43 degrees so unless you live in the south, don't expect any outstanding gas mileage. Even when it's warm out, I'm still only seeing 40 mpg. Honda says the engine is working perfectly--if that's so, estimated mpg is not realistic.
Good size trunk area.
would like more gas miles
Great car, is beautifully practical. I have been getting 52-55 mpg! The auto-stop function is a marvelous feature allowing the motor to quietly shut off when put in neutral, but sometimes it confuses itself when I pull into the intersection during a left hand turn...it sometimes shuts off when i engage the clutch with it in 1st gear, requiring me to shift to neutral and back to first. Still a great car.
auto-stop still has a bug
I love this car. In fact everytime I drive it I can only wonder why every car is not a hybrid. The switch from electric to gas power is seemless. The acceleration has not disapointed me. The car has more interior room then my old 1990 Honda Accord EX and better acceleration too. I am totally amazed at how smart the computer is. The car switches from charge to assist with no need for driver input. On the highway the car is very comfortable and cruises at 75 mph without a problem. I highly recommend this car with no hesitation.
The gas mileage, amazing technology and comfort. I am glad Honda did not skimp on features, I am concerned about the environment but that doesn't mean I want a stripped down car with no comfort features like automatic climate control, remote door release and cruise control.
Add a remote trunk release, more exterior colors and the heated side mirrors that are available on the Canadian models.
Having owned civics in the past we knew what we were getting... plus the extra gas mileage!
gas mileage, interior styling, safety features, dash board display.
I'm not sure that I'm really getting the mileage that my dashboard display says I am.
I needed to replace my 1991 LS400 and became interested in the hybrid when fuel prices spiked. Although definitely not a Lexus, I have been very satisfied with my purchase. Car is roomy and performs better than one would expect. It's also true that the Civic Hybrid's battery guages will change your driving behavior. I'm convinced the same gauge in regular gas powered cars would significantly reduce gas consumption. I'm also impressed by very good balance between luxury/convenience features and environmentally friendly technology. And I wish I had a dollar for everyone who asks, "But where do you plug it in?"
Battery gauge/IMA electronic assist technology; cool-looking upgraded interior for an economy car; balance between luxury/convenience features and environmental friendly technology (technology is cutting edge, but it looks and performs like a compact, near luxury car);
Nicer wheels (I added other rims and it made car look much nicer, although the new rims added weight, which is why things like a sun/moonroof are not offered); Work harder to obtain HOV eligibility for hybrids
very happy with the interior room, sufficient head room for 6' 250 lbs male. will accelerate to highway speeds easily. like the auto temp control
economy, ease of parking and auto temp control
In 99% of my driving it's hard to believe I'm driving a hybrid. My decision to buy it was partially influenced by New York State's $4000 incentive tax bonus, but I think I would have bought the hybrid anyway. It could use more horsepower on the highway, but I'm not a speeder so I'm very happy with its performance.
Saves gas bills and environment, refined, high reliability
More power :)
We like this car a lot. It is extremely thrifty on gas -- we averaged well over 55 m.p.g. highway, and have averaged 46-47 in the city. We've owned it about 6 weeks, and have had no mechanical problems.
Safety (std. side airbags & antilock breaks); economy; ULEV; very smooth manual transmission. Love that it turns off at stop signs/lights.
After one moderate roadtrip, I agree with a prior comment that driver's seat isn't the most comfortable. I think more lumbar support might help.
This car handles very well and is fun to drive. I love listening to the sound of silence when it goes into auto-stop mode. Rapid acceleration in drive was only fair. Finish is typical Honda, excellent. So far I would buy it again.
Appearance and comfort. Excellent milage, first 900 miles have averaged 43.3 mpg. Dashboard display is easy to read.
Add temperature display and perhaps a weather band to radio.
This car produces a different ethic to driving. Many cars talk about creating a different "driving experience," however, the Honda Civic Hybrid truly creates a new way of thinking about driving. I feel more in tune with how my car operates as I continually look at the IMA gauge to see it charge the batteries or assist the gas engine. I pay more attention to details like road noise and my driving speed. Although I can see some drop off in performance at higher speeds, it is entirely workable as the price of the new experience in driving.
The beautiful gauges. Pleasant interior. A futuristic car without looking "futuristic."
More variety is necessary in options. Only three colors? Offer at least the Civic's color choices. Also perhaps more choice on the interior fabric. Some awkward placement of switches (i.e. power mirror switch). Offer moonroof/sunroof.
The Auto Stop feature is difficult to get used to. The car is comfortable, beautiful and reliable. It's also very spacious.
Automatic Climate Control
Needs a sunroof option.
I've had it for almost week. All controls are easy to reach and use while driving, nice cup holders and storage. Adequate power off the line and passing. Handling is responsive and comfortable, the brakes are touchy. Auto-stop is nice when at a drive through (easier to hear and talk with the people for ordering, etc) Adequate sound system. Easy to install child seats into it. Minimum of wind and road noise. Fuel economy on my first tank of gas was only 37-40mpg highway (I commute 110 miles a day, so it was dissapointing) I refilled the gas tank, my trip odometer read 466 miles and 40.4 mpg, I put in 12.4 gallons which calculated to 37mpg.
Electric assist technology, auto stop, automatic setting for fan and vent.
move the icons for vent settings so driver can see whole icon, headlight switch moves sometimes when using the turnsignal, make headrests more adjustable, they force my neck into bad posture. Do further testing on the gas mileage.
I have a 90 miles a day commute, so I just hit 1000 miles.I got a CVT for 18,500.If you are trying to go from 0 to 60 in 5 sec,don't read any further.This car has ample power.I pass easily at 65,drive comfortabley at 65- 80 mph,get into and out off the hwy easily.I am getting an average of 48 mpg.It has a better pickup than my Golf.Don't like the placement of the radio,crouise control,side miror control,&power window buttons.The radio sound is OK.The environmental controls are cool and efficient.Interior is great and comfortable.Overall this has been a great car and smart investment.If you're in the marker, I highly recommend it.
Power, gas milage, overall quality
Access to radio controls, cruise control, power mirror controls, power window controls.
We thought a "green" car would be like driving a golf cart. Honda has really impressed us. The car has plenty of pep, is quiet and handles well. Good sound system with CD player standard. Plenty of trunk space, and no, you don't have to plug it in. We're averaging 45 mpg! We regret that Honda did not have a better selection of colors (only white, blue and silver) because if they had better alternatives, we would have bought two cars!
Instrumentation is superb and the "auto- stop" feature is very nice...the engine shuts off while at stoplights and automatically turns on when the transmission is reengaged.
About the only feature this car lacks is a sunroof. The car is well- appointed with power everything and a thermostatically controlled heating/cooling system. Very impressive!