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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 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 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.
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'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.
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.
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!
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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!
After my first 1000 miles I can't find anything I don't like about this car. Next month It will be loaded up with wife and 2 dogs for a road trip to Florida. It will be nice to pass by all those gas stations. This car could use a few more options, but I'm not complaining. It is well equiped and I'm adding an aftermarket navigation system and MP3 player. There is no sunroof option. Suddenly I have alot more uses for it than my S2000.
The IMA Display on the dashboard makes driving much more interesting and fun. Like the auto shut off feature at stoplights. Love the quiet and comfortable ride. Rivals my Lexus. Love the low rolling resistance tires.
More options. Sunroof, leather, navigation system, 4 wheel disc brakes,
I purchased the Honda Civic Hybrid because I thought it would be reliable and get outstanding fuel economy. I was sorely disappointed. Instead of getting the 48 MPG as advertized, I never get more than 38 MPG, even under gentle driving conditions. The undercarriage protective plate is made of cheap plastic, instead of steel as on conventional cars. This plate falls off under normal driving conditions at a cost of $65, which is not covered under the warranty. Dearler customer service is poor. I do not recommend this car.
The engine turns off at stoplights.
Truth in advertizing on fuel economy. Honda's numbers border on fraud. Replace the plastic undercarriage plate with a steel one. Improve customer service.
Fun to watch the mpg panels, great to get up to 55 mpg! Feel like you're putting your money where your mouth is, to save gas and lower emissions. Smooth ride, peppy, Honda quality. Very quiet. I have only had Accords before, but this one is fine. Solid feel, smooth transitions. For once, I get a new car and I don't suddenly see them everywhere, unique! But this would be good...
When it says HI! (lights blink and lights inside come on)when you hit the unlock button. The hybridness, of course. Really nice radio. Anti lock brakes.
Does lack the power of the Accord,when pulling out on hiways. I didn't like the color choices, a "green" car should offer a green! The rear bumper is half the car! If you have a fender bender, it's a huge piece to replace. I wished it would have a remote trunk opener on the clicker.
The Civic hybrid is great. It runs just like an ordinary gasoline auto except it gets nearly 45 mpg around town. It is an easy way to help save the earth.
The gauges make you want to maximize mileage, so you end up driving very smoothly - weird because I used to be an aggressive driver with my BMWs.
Storage pockets should have rubberized coatings to reduce rattling of contents. Full-size spare would be nice.
This car is awesome.
The Hybrid is here to stay! After waiting about two weeks to get the color I wanted, I finally brought home my new Honda Civic Hybrid.I have only driven it for a few days, but every time I drive it, I love it more and more.It is everything that I expected.This makes Honda #5 for me and it is the only brand vehicle that I will ever own. Thanks Honda!
Auto Stop,whisper quiet engine and ride,comfort,fuel economy,13.2 gallon tank for 650 mile range,CVT,and $1500 tax credit!
None,it's a Honda!
We missed purchasing the car during the initial shipment in our area, but after contacting over 40 dealers in our state, we lucked out and found a dealer who still had one in their showroom. We drove 400 miles to buy this car, and we couldn't be more pleased. It didn't even take a whole tank of gas to drive it home! The ride is smooth, the seats are comfortable, the vehicle is attractive both inside and out, and I take delightful glee in seeing the "average mpg" display gauge, which at this time is showing 46.7mpg (we drive on hills). We're just tickled!
Great gas mileage. Hybrid technology camouflaged in a plain-looking (but attractive) car. Smooth and quiet ride.
A bit more power... but I wouldn't complain.