2004 Honda Civic Consumer Review: Honda Civic Hybrid still evolv

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Honda Civic Hybrid still evolving
By HotLanta on


2004 Honda Civic Hybrid 4dr Sedan (1.3L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)


Overall, I really like the car but it is a basic, no-frills vehicle. The interior is plastic, not leather, which scratches easily. The wind noise, when the back windows are down on the interstate, is deafening. The best fuel mileage has been 40 mpg (we average about 37 mpg), which is less than the 60 mpg fuel efficiency indicated on the dealer invoice. There is a blind spot with the side mirrors - a safety problem in highway traffic. The dealership indicated the brakes are half worn at 12,000 miles - I don't ride my brakes so not certain if it is due to an audible popping noise. Service department trips have been very time consuming and frustrating.

Best Features

The technology of the hybrid engine (gas/electric) is my favorite feature. It is surprising to most passengers how fast you can accelerate and that the engine appears to turn off to conserve fuel. The quiet engine does startle some pedestrians in parking lots. I also like the safety features.

Worst Features

Add some extras to the interior - spent over four thousand dollars on items which would have been standard on an equally priced car. Line the entire trunk as there is exposed metal. The gasket slips around the trunk allowing water to enter during heavy rain. Optional leather and paint protectant.
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