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Hybrid Civic Kicks Amps
By --dave on
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2003 Honda Civic Hybrid 4dr Sedan (1.3L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)
Review
Not 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!
Favorite Features
Low 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.
Suggested Improvements
Headlights 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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