By Gohybrid on
Vehicle2004 Honda Civic Hybrid 4dr Sedan (1.3L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)
ReviewHCH is peppy & responsive. CVT is much smoother than regular auto transm. Handles well on curves & highway. Brakes are right there. Actual mileage lower than expected (37-40 mpg, mixed suburban driving). Bumps on steering wheel (@10 & 2 o'clock), plus its thickness & wide ribbing, interfere with hand placement for small-to-average woman's hand. Even with seat cranked up, rear visibility is poor (I'm 5'-5"). Seat is uncomfortable on long trips. Passenger wiper's sweep into driver's visual field has effect of narrowing view & is disturbing; transm. stick's chrome plate reflects sun glare into driver's eyes- a driving hazard. Exterior finish scratches easily.
Best FeaturesLack of hesitation & resistance when accelerating, compared to regular auto transm. With hard acceleration it may resist some, but then it adjusts and takes off--zoom. Quiet- little engine noise. Relative to conventional cars, gas mileage is superior. Good sound system; quick, intense heat.
Worst FeaturesBetter lumbar support, softer seat; bigger rearview mirror. Improve Auto Stop (to turn engine off again after creeping forward in stopped traffic). Let AC run when AS is on. Improve form, function of steering wheel & wipers. Console wastes space-- more storage within driver's reach.
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