Feels Bigger Than It Really Is
By Hollis on
Vehicle2003 Honda Civic Hybrid 4dr Sedan (1.3L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)
ReviewBought 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
Best FeaturesLove the continuous fuel economy track; the guage showing the amount of gas vs. electric battery power; and the near-luxurious appointment of the interior.
Worst FeaturesFuel 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.
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