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
Love the continuous fuel economy
track; the guage showing the amount of
gas vs. electric battery power; and
the near-luxurious appointment of the
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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