Hybrid Civic Kicks Amps
By --dave on
Vehicle2003 Honda Civic Hybrid 4dr Sedan (1.3L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)
ReviewNot a muscular car especially, but a
true performer in all areas. My
favorite is the handling, which made my
choice easy over the opponent Prius.
The electric variable-assist steering is
exceptionally tight and exact, and the
rest of the car follows it superbly with
crisp handling, stiff chassis and just
enough feel of the road; very
comfortable seats and interior.
Instrument panel is accessible but not
distracting while driving, and gives
lots of feedback if you wish to maximize
fuel economy or minimize emissions.
Bravo to Honda for not underestimating
our ability to understand and
apppreciate the technical details behind
the dashboard gages!
Best FeaturesLow end torque is better than the gasoline-only Civic's; terrific steering; exceedingly quiet both when starting and running, and at highway speeds due to inconspicuous aerodynamic fairings (including many underneath), air dam, understated rear spoiler.
Worst FeaturesHeadlights could be a notch better, and would benefit from foglight assist; Driver seat could slide back farther; Even more regenerating and battery capacity would improve performance on long or steep hills, & in city.
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