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!
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.
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.