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.
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.