2003 Honda Civic Consumer Review: Feels Bigger Than It Really Is

2003 Honda Civic Hybrid - Consumer Review

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Feels Bigger Than It Really Is
By Hollis on


2003 Honda Civic Hybrid 4dr Sedan (1.3L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)


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.

Best Features

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.

Worst Features

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.
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