35000 Miles & Still Happy
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Vehicle2003 Honda Civic Hybrid 4dr Sedan (1.3L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid 5M)
ReviewStats: 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
Best FeaturesManual 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)
Worst FeaturesIf 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.
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