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2005 Honda Civic Hybrid 4dr Sedan (1.3L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid 5M) Hybrid 4dr Sedan (1.3L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)
The hybrids fuel economy is great until you do the math on the cost to own. You're going to pay an extra 2k for the hybrid. Over five years, you'll save about $2925 in fuel. Sounds great until you have spit out $3900 for a new hybrid battery. Honda lost their case because they knew the battery had a shorter lifespan than advertised. So they were forced to extend the warranty to 9 years. Again, sounds great until find out they did an "update" at your last service visit on the battery that extends its life another year. Ironically, just enough for the warranty to be invalid. All together, you can expect to pay about 3k more than your gas guzzling neighbor. Cust. Serv. is a joke.
2005 Honda Civic Hybrid 4dr Sedan (1.3L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid 5M) Hybrid 4dr Sedan (1.3L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid 5M)
I love my car. I got it because of the gas prices going up and I loved the way it looked. I don't regret it. I get about 45mpg because I like to speed. It is light, small, and fun to drive. The one thing that I just don't like is when I'm driving up those crazy steep hill going to Las Vegas. I have to catch momentum and then keep it on 3rd gear.
The body. I still believe it is the best looking hybrid ever built.
The power. It's hard to go up on long steep hills.
2005 Honda Civic Hybrid 4dr Sedan (1.3L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid 5M) Hybrid 4dr Sedan (1.3L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid 5M)
Update to my 11/19/09 review. I'm still driving it and have done nothing but regular stuff (oil/filter, brakes, tires). I now have roughly 205k miles on it. The IMA warning light came on about 1.5 years ago (around 190k miles). Honda said the hybrid battery was testing weak and needed replaced ($2,500 and 3-year/30k warranty). I decided not to replace it and to just see what it'd do. Battery doesn't keep charged up as well as it used to, but I'm still getting over 40mpg driving in town. I found a place that will put in a used battery with a 1-year guarantee for $1,275. Besides the battery, everything else seems to be in great shape.
Hybrid battery - originals were guaranteed for 100k and mine is still doing great work at 205k Other major components seem to be of great quality as I have had to fix nothing out of he ordinary. Radio/speakers, AC, heat, clutch, automatic locks/windows, transmission...all of this stuff still works perfect.
The only thing I wish was that there was more information out there on what happens when your hybrid vehicle gets very high mileage and what you can expect from your vehicle if the battery gets old or goes bad. I'm glad I decided not to pay Honda $2,500 for a used battery when mine has been fine for 15k and continues to work.
2005 Honda Civic Hybrid 4dr Sedan (1.3L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid 5M) Hybrid 4dr Sedan (1.3L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)
My civic hybrid has been through a lot - long commutes, cross country trips, 2 high school drivers. It's still running well with over 170k miles & getting over 41mpg which is a lifesaver right now. As long as maintenance is kept up with it will last a long, long, long time! I'm expecting to drive this car for several more years, I love it.
fuel efficiency, easy to drive, great hybrid features - auto stop.
only one cigarette lighter, CVT has a judder when accelerating, check engine light is always on.
2005 Honda Civic Hybrid 4dr Sedan (1.3L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid 5M) Hybrid 4dr Sedan (1.3L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid 5M)
I purchased my 1-owner (carfacts) used car in July of 2009 with 175,000 miles already on it. I have loved everything about it. Depending on the terrain and wind, the mileage has ranged from 36-54mph, with the worst coming from driving into terrible winds and the best from driving with a breeze (have yet to drive with a strong wind). Car gets about 49mpg in town when driving with care. I have put 5,000 miles on it since purchasing and it's averaged 47mpg city/highway. Have had NO problems whatsoever to speak of, even with the high mileage. Have only replaced the oil/filter (once a year or every 10,000 miles). I would tell any and everybody that they would love a Honda Civic Hybrid!!
The mileage is obviously its greatest feature. The trunk space is also good sized for a compact car. Rear passengers have plenty of room. I also enjoy the instant mpg meter, which pretty much "teaches" you how to achieve the best miles per gallon. It's changed how I drive a vehicle.
I wish the car came with a moon roof option. Highway mileage is best driving at about 55-65 mph. Would be nice if you could get in the 45mpg range going 80mph on the interstate instead of about 35mph. That's more of "wishful thinking" than suggested improvements though.
Owned my Honda from brand new in 2005. Gas mileage about 41 combined city/highway. I have about 80,000 miles on it. I have had problems with my CVT from the start. At 20,000 I had my fluid changed because of a grunting noise at start off. Fifteen thousands miles later the Honda replaced the clutch because of chattering they called it. It seemed to start back grunting at about 50,000. Then on an oil change they detected a motor support broken and replaced it. The grunting seemed to go away but came back soon afterward. Can't seem to get this grunting noise to go away. Has anyone ever heard or had this problem with their CVT transmission? This problems really irritates me!!!
Looks and fun to drive.
Get a better CVT.
Have had a lot of fun with this car. Driving is fun and playful. I have figured that traveling East to West I gain 10% on mileage because of the winds generally from the West. I have gotten up to 52 mpg on the NYS Thruway eastbound and 48 westbound. Drops to 46 mpg going through the Berkshires. Lots of pep and pickup. Surprised my wife on its passing capability.
I like the instant recalculation of the mpg meter and being able to calculate for short trips and long trips. When the radio fades, the CD is always there for a backup.
I have purchased a GPS for travels and that has augmented the fun a lot. This would be an improvement if they could come up with one that is comparable in price. Can't see paying more than $400 for one, installed or not. Radio reception could be improved with the new technology.
I bought my Honda Civic Hybrid over two years ago. I drive 57 miles one way to work, so I needed a fuel efficient car. I have been very pleased with my Honda. I am very conservative in the way I drive. The roads I travel are narrow and winding, so the speed limit is 60MPH. I follow that and average anywhere between 44 and 47 miles per gallon. The only draw back I have seen thus far is the guard that is right under the front of the car. I cannot travel on dirt roads many times because the car hits center and knocks this piece lose. I have replaced this once, at no charge, but I am going to have to do it again and this time it is going to cost about 123.00 and labor. 80,000 miles so far
There are several things I really love about this car. The gas milage for sure is at the top of my list. The car is dependable and well built--no rattles or wind noise.
Do something about that guard piece under the front bumper.
Great dependable car. I have gotten as high as 52.9 MPG. Driving on secondary flat roads at 45-55 MPG. I never got less that 43MPG and that's with the A/C going full blast. I am getting an average of 47MPG over the past 7,000 miles. I am 6'-1" and I have plenty of head and leg room. I have no trouble keeping up with traffic at interstate speeds and the car will run along with ease at 80 MPH. Gas mileage suffers above 70MPH. Handles like a dream which makes me wonder why everyone isn't driving one. I drive it every day and with the price of gas at $3.20 per gallon this vehicle is a real money saver.
I put on over 100 miles a day, 70 on the hwy and 30 in town. Since I bought my Honda Civic (5 speed stick) 2 months ago I have a cumulative average of 48 mpg. This has made our move out to the country make much more sense. I named the car the Equalizer.
Gas mileage. Road handling.
The back part of seat is to narrow. I am an average size man and feel my shoulders are forced to mold to it.
Like everything about the car. Gets great gas mileage, about 37 mpg combined. It's a nice alternative to the Prius which has a weird display in the middle of the car. Wish the seats were softer but can always get a little cushion. I am very very happy with this car.
Gas mileage, display, handling, parking, quietness, speedy for a 1.3 liter engine.
The new one needs a manual transmission for the hybrid, a better display and softer seats. And the roofline cuts off too much space. I prefer the 2005 for this reason.
I was late to get in on the SUV craze and loved my 2004 Mazda Tribute. But 21 mpg and rising gas prices changed my mind. My payments stayed the same but my mileage more than doubled with the Civic Hybrid. I have had no maintenance problems at all, just routine service. I love the tax breaks and driving over 525 miles on a 12 gallon tank of gas. The ride is smooth and steady, and it takes a while to get used to the engine stopping when you come to a halt. Now it doesn't have the asphalt melting burnout torque, but buying gas only once every 3 weeks more than makes up for it. Yes there are times when I still miss the Tribute, but for now I'm very pleased with my choice of a hybrid car.
Exterior is aerodynamic and rather plain, but interior is what I would expect from a midsize (ABS, front and side airbags, power windows, locks mirrors, cruise. The instrument panel is nicely laid out with easy to read contrasting colors. But my favorite feature is the fuel gauge that barely moves!
More choice of paint colors, more power for hills, less road and wind noise
I drive my Honda Civic Hybrid like any standard vehicle. It performs very well, more than I expected. It has very good pickup from a standing start. My gas mileage averages out at 46 mpg by the way that I drive it. I find that the best mileage occurs when I keep it at or below 60 mph. My highest fuel mileage that I have gotten with it was 59.2 mpg. When I want to get a true gas mileage reading I always fill it the same way each time 'til the gas can be seen at the top of the filler tube. This vehicle is comfortable and handles very nice and I really appreciate it for the peace of mind I have when I pull into the pumps. I love my Hybrid.
I like all the features on it, The car comes loaded down with just about anything I could want.
The only improvement that I would like to see is by putting a stop on the drive selector to not allow it to mistakenly slip down from drive into second.
I have owned my hybrid for about a year now and love it. I drive mostly in the 45-55 mph range and average anywhere from 45-52 mpg. My mileage all depends on how much I use the A/C and how much I gas from a stand still. I have taken the car on a long trip and it was comfortable! I would definitely recommend this car.
I like the auto stop to help on fuel economy.
This car does need some more power. Also it should be a little more ergonomic on the inside. I would also like to see a electric a/c compressor instead of a belt driven. That would help keep that MPG up.
I have a 2005 Hybrid with manual transmission--a rarity. I chose manual for better power and control, and automatic seemed too sluggish. I do sacrifice gas mileage however, but still average about 39mpg no matter where I drive. I love the car, it is well built, fun to drive, and has more power than expected. It is also very comfortable for a long trip. The only drawback is that the "auto stop" function does not always dis-engage, but I found a way around this, but always making sure I am in gear, before the light changes, or double shifting when it stalls. I think this car has been overlooked in the hype over the Prius, which drives like a golf cart, the Civic is a real car!
The seats are very comfortable, and it really handles nicely, the manual transmission is very responsive.
Fix the problem with the "auto stop" and give it a little more power, and the car will be great!
I have driven my Honda Civic Hybrid for almost seven months and I am totally satisfied with this automobile. I had to get used to the small size, coming from an SUV but was not a problem as this car is fun to drive and gets superior milage. I average 35-38 mpg in the city and 45 on the highway at 65mph. The gas milage is slightly overstated on the dealers sticker and the milage you do get depends a lot on how carefully you drive the car. The autostop control is slow to engage when using the car in cold weather which reduces mpg and makes you think its not working properly. The engine has to reach a certain temp first. This car is an excellent buy for anyone.
An adjust to the autostop system to allow it to function when the engine is at a colder temperature to improve cold weather mpg. More foot room in the back seat when the front seats are set back is definitely needed.
Comfortable, good looking,well appointed,fun to drive,ultra low emissions and average gas consumption of 43mpg, after a year of city/highway driving! My Hybrid is responsive, quick, smooth and safe. What a great small sedan!
I drive about 120 miles a day for my commute and love every minute of getting 50+ mpg. I replaced the standard stereo with one that has a XM Radio receiver and that makes the drive bearable. Road noise is the pretty high unless I drive outside the ruts made by those who insist on having studded tires on their cars.
XM Radio supplied by me. Next best feature is the Cruise Control.
Put some insulation in to cut the road noise down. And have XM Radio as a standard stereo. Also the drivers seat can be beefed up some with lumbar support. All vehicle manufactures should have the drivers seat made for heavy use since it's the one that gets used all the time.
After 1.5 years I am still in love with my Civic Hybrid. I get about 45 mpg and fill the gas tank about every 450 miles. Passengers are always surprised that it seems like a normal car - until it auto-stops at stop lights. They they are REALLY surprised! It has a quiet high- pitched whine that is annoying for people who can hear it but it is easily covered by the stereo.
The hybrid engine, of course! Auto- temp and -fan are good too.
Second power outlet button to auto- stop even when car thinks it shouldn't such as in stop-and-go traffic and when parked.
I've had this auto for about three months and it's a great car. I set the odometer when i left the dealer and so far it's showing 43.1 for all of the driving that we've done (4500.) The car rides well, has plenty of pep, and is very quiet. The only minus in this equation is road traction in snow and ice. Traction and control was scary until i bought a set of snow tires. I wasn't made aware of the need until i drove it in snow for the first time. I nearly quit driving it. Once the new tires were on it felt like it could climb a wall! No problems since.
The light weight of the car combined with the low rolling resistance tires makes for a dangerous ride in snowy or icy weather. The buyer should be advised.
2005 Honda Civic Hybrid 4dr Sedan (1.3L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid 5M) Hybrid 4dr Sedan (1.3L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)
This car has some vibration problem at high speed but overall is a great little commuter. It could use a couple inches of leg room. I am 6'4" and it is a little difficult getting in and out of the vehicle but manageable. Fuel economy is 48 summer and 42 winter combined highway and city. Will do 44 on a trip.
Exterior design and fuel economy.
more leg room. less vibration
Doesn't quite get the mileage "promised," but even though I drive it every day, I've only filled it five times since I bought it - almost four months ago!
Love "auto stop."
Auto stop should activate even when the engine is cold - this is when it is most needed.
I had this car only two months and was extremely happy with it. A freak accident threw me into a concrete retaining wall at 60 mph, with impact on the front right half of the car. The entire front of the car was smashed flat and the engine block split. I walked away in tact with only two scratches, a chest bruise from the seatbelt, and a burn on my hand from the airbag. I loved the car before...it handles like a dream and is very comfortable to drive. But I'm going straight out to buy another, because I know first hand how well made they are! I wouldn't be here otherwise.
The way the car handles on winding roads. The silence when the car starts up.
Make the buttons on the radio/temperature control panel more distinctive by size or color or shape. You have to take your eyes off the road too much to see if you are pushing the right thing because they all look alike.
I drive a Civic out of choice, not necessity, I am disappointed that leather was not offered as an option. I had to order it as a custom item. Also, I would like to see automatic turn off of lights in the future. You wouldn't believe how many times I've run my battery down. Wish I'd opted for MP3 compatibility--was it an option? The mileage has not yet reached the advertised levels, but perhaps it's not yet fully broken in. During the recent high fuel price crunch, I was not complaining about my 38-41 mpg performance, but to date I have not reached the optimum 47/49 mpg. Overall, I have been very pleased with this car.
The seat design is made for me, perfectly ergonomically designed for my body. The controls are where any Honda or Acura owner would expect to find them. A very responsive vehicle with more guts than one would expect. In short, my Civic is fun to drive.
More luxury. Leather should be custom or an option, not a custom item. I'm forgetful: offer an automatic light turn off feature--I shouldn't have to have batteries recharged because I'm flaky. The remote should have a trunk opening feature. How about a hybrid hatchback and a hybrid convertible?
I've owned my '05 civic hybrid for about three months now, and for the most part, I love it. Very comfy, great console layout, roomy. The mileage isn't what was advertised, but I'm still averaging 39mph, which is great. The one issue I have is parking on hills. If the car is facing downhill, reversing up the hill to park is very tricky at first (I discovered this the hard way). I've found I have to use the emergency brake and rev up until the car gets out of Auto Stop, and only then does the car have the power to back up. Other than that and less pickup than I'd like (plus, the addition of a sun/moonroof would be nice, but that's minor), it's a solid car.
Comfort, blue-and-red dash is easy on the eyes at night, accessible controls
Better tires and pickup, sun/moonroof, advise drivers of the hill issue
I'm a bit biased (a loyal Honda customer, this is my 3rd Civic), but this is an overall great car! Was a little apprehensive about paying +$3000 more than a standard Civic, but it was well worth it! Mileage isn't quite what I had expected -- I'm averaging about 40mpg -- but at 425-475 miles per tank, I won't complain! Acceleration is better than expected .. I was told it couldn't get out of it's own way ... it's a little slow to start, but but holds its own at highway speeds. Handles very well for a light-weight car. Maintenance is a little more expensive. Engine requires 0W20 motor oil, which is pricey. Love the real- time mpg calculator and auto-shut off feature. I'd buy again!
Look and feel, handling, economy, Honda reliability.
Would have loved a sunroof, fold down rear seat, but I'd happily buy this car again as-is!
I wanted a hybrid that looked like a car, and the Honda Civic is that car. Most people who have ridden in the car cannot believe that it is a hybrid. The performance has been great, and the mileage even better.
The dash give you a great deal of useful information. You can challenge yourself to get better gas mileage.
I think the engine shut off algorithm could be imrpoved to use the gas engine even less. It seems like Toyota may have a better one.
Anticipation (gas prices) and looking for 3 years to replace our "old reliable" 1992 Pontiac Bonneville were the main motivations for purchasing our Honda Hybrid. I drive a one hour round trip commute every day to work and now only take 1/2 tank a week whereas the Pontiac had to filled every week. I know I save $60+ every month! It does seem to do better in cooler weather -- this morning (Nov. 9th) my gas mpg was 50.9 as I pulled into my parking spot. You do need to learn to drive a little differently (mostly braking gradually), but worth it! Fun thing: freak people out with how the engine and ac turn off when you stop -- can let up on brake to have ac turn back on in our humid climate.
Gas mileage, cd/radio, small size - chose over Toyota Prius since liked exterior design being similar to other Civics
I went from driving a jeep, to driving this hybrid. Even with gas prices the way they are, I still am saving an average of 80 dollars a month on gas. And I drive a lot for work, so someone who doesn't drive a lot might need only to fill up once a month. The average gas mileage i get is around 44.6 MPG. It all depends on if you use the air and how fast you drive. Driving with the cruise control really helps to increase gas mileage. I recommend this car to anyone who wants a sporty/hybrid alternative.
Favorite feature for me would be the live gas mileage meter. It shows you a live reading of your gas mileage, and as you drive it takes an average MPG.
The only down side to the car is that it has poor acceleration. But when looking at the big picture, that doesn't really matter all that much.
I love this car. Love sitting at a stop and knowing that I am not like all the cars around me pumping pollution into the air, because I am on the electric motor. I used to have a lead foot, and now I have more fun trying to get great mileage instead. I love competing with myself from one tank of gas to the next to try and get better and better mileage. So far the best tank of gas was 62.8 mpg and the worst was about 42 mpg. I have one tach that I haven't reset since I purchased her. Currently it says I am averaging 51.8 miles per gallon over the life of the car.
MPG trip/travel tachometers are fun to play with.
Give the driver more control over the transition between motor and electric engine. I can improve mileage if I were to shut the gas motor off at times when I am coasting down hills etc . . . Probably not good for starter and ignitions system. Would be nice if driver could control transition.
Have had this car for about 2 years and simply love it. Bought it before the gas crisis and glad I did. Yes it does not have the pickup of normal cars but that is what the Hybrid technology is all about. If you floor it it decreases your efficiency. Has had one recall but that was an easy 1- hour fix at the local dealer. All it was, was some small computer change. Big trunk space, excellent standard features that come with the car, and looks great.
Love the gas mileage. I have read through some of the other comments and I believe it is all on how you drive. I have a manual and can get up to 59 miles per gallon on a complete tank of gas. Mostly runs at about 54 though. Have got 665 miles on one tank also. Use the neutral, coast, arrows.
Needs to have a passenger armrest and maybe throw in some light tented windows and like others have said maybe make that a special edition and give it some added features.
I have had this car only 3 weeks and have had to fill it up once. I am getting a round about average of 42 mpg with city and highway driving. Love this car and I would buy it again.
Gas Mileage, No middle hump in the rear, Large trunk, Fun to Drive
Better Sound Proofing
Bought it to replace my Ford midsized car. Very good handling. To state the obvious that some people forget, the way you drive will change the results you get with MPG. I've been averaging 42 since I bought the car in very mixed driving situations. Been as high as 50 and as low as 33. The computer is a little dumb and doesn't shut-off the gasonline engine sometimes when you're sitting in traffic. Overall, I'm very happy and love the blue color.
Styling is very simple and nice, inside and out. Love the blue color. Handles a bit like a golf cart (read: fun). Seats are very comfortable.
Lacks trunk-popper on remote keyless entry. Needs better computer "brain" to control gasoline shut-off system. Can't fold the rear seat. Environmental controls disable the Auto shutoff system unless they are turned to "auto" as well (even if turned "off")
I had an 03 Explorer and was getting between 17 to 22 MPG. Well no sooner did I get the hybrid that my bill went from $60 bucks per refill to $30 or less depending on the cost of gas. I love the 05 HCH, it is fun, fuel-efficient and all around good car. I would improve the HP but it's not to bad overall. Honda has done a great job at listening to its customers and I hope they continue to do so. Sadly the American companies once again lost the battle.
Auto-shutoff, CVT. Loaded vehicle. Overall fun, and fuel-efficient vehicle
Keep improving those MPGs
I really like the handling of the Honda Civic Hybrid. Excellent gas mileage, great looks, sporty feel with the manual 5 speed. looks like a regular Civic which is great... Unlike the Toyota Prius - ugly.... I love it!
Make fog lights as a standard like the Prius.
I've been driving this Civic Hybrid for a week and already my fuel bills are plummeting. It is a great car and rides much better than my previous car - a 2003 Prius. It's smooth and quiet at both street and freeway speeds. My MPG is slowly rising (they told me it would take approximately 600 miles to get to optimum mileage levels) and now stands at 41 mpg average - up from 33 when first delivered. Friends and neighbors can't believe it's a hybrid -- as one said "It looks like a regular car and not an egg". Honda has nailed this technology. I wish I could afford two of them - I'd trade my Lexus in an instant for another Civic Hybrid!
The roomy interior and smooth ride.
If only the rear seats folded down like the Accord Hybrid!
This car does get the advertised economy. We have averaged 46.7 MPG for 21k miles. Trips often are 50+. The car is comfortable, agile, and peppy, assuming you are in the right gear. Manual shifts well, clutch is great. Instruments are clear and the MPG bars give you something extra to watch in boring traffic. I have only two complaints. First the back seat won't fold down. Second, they should have a hatchback version for versitility plus economy. All in all, a great car.
Definitely the engine. Great clutch and transmission. I enjoy the manual transmission. Being able to select the right gear helps with the small engine.
They need a hatchback version and one in which the rear seats fold down.
I am disappointed with the MPG. I am averaging 36.3 MPG which isn't far from its original non-hybrid. Honda claims its because I live in Florida and we use the AC year round and that lowers the MPG. Also, the AC doesn't work while the car is sitting idle.
It does save some $$ on gas.
Better MPG and some power. I think an 18-wheeler could pass me with acceleration.
OK, I'll admit, the sticker mpg of 47 highway is high - I usually get about 40mpg on the highway setting the cruise at 70. And the pick-up is a little slow (I used to have a 6 cyl, so it's an adjustment). In town (which is most of my driving anyway to work/school) I get 47/48 mpg, which is fantastic, and I still love how it "shuts off" at stoplights -all my friends just think this is the coolest. Sure, if money is the only reason you're buying, you'll probably never make up the cost unless gas reaches $5 a gallon, but if you want a reliable car that's easier on the environment and still nice on the pocketbook (a $30 fill up lasts me well over a month) this car is for you.
Gas mileage, of course. Plus Civics in general are just fun to zip around in!
There's only two things that could make it better: (1) being US- made (I live in Michigan, this is an issue) and (2) the silver metal around the gear shift reflects the sun RIGHT into my eyes sometimes - colored plastic, though not as pretty, would be better
Bought in Aug 2005 and 15000mi @ yr. For over 6 weeks not able to drive car with use of electric IMA battery system, new EMC computer needed, none available and there is a national back order. I question if there is a defect or is this normal, 6wks, plus another component for starting the car has to be replaced. Also in the order for the new computer EMC, nothing was written up on the repair, I just have a card with the part number on it and was told it was ok to drive because the gasoline part of the system still functions. (that was until it needed component to start the engine) Am slightly frustrated with the process, the dealers have been nice, but it all makes wonder about the hybird.
Mileage, blue light color of dash, and roomy floor space of back seat and feel of car to the highway
Sound proof, automatic lights on/off with door opener and locks and trip mileage should with the simple math of of miles driven and gallons of gas purchased
I think that's the best car for those who drives state-to-state . Great mileage. Since I have this car, I never get any troubles. You can't go wrong with Honda! I hardly see any maintance .... runs good!
My favorite feature is speed meter, it glows and tells you how many miles you are getting per gallon!
Comfort level & need better shocks. Most important, it's too low to the road, more likely the car body hits the road when small bump pops up
An excellent drive. Slightly overated mileage estimates but not enough to be concerned about. Some inattention to excessive glue traces on front and rear glass which is not expected from Honda. Definitely a worthwhile buy with gas prices as they are and the need to go to "Green" vehicles to reduce pollution. I traded an SUV so its size took a little getting used to but worth it. A good solid ride.
The motor assist display (IMA) and the current mileage (mpg) displays really help save gasoline. The car teaches you to drive it.
Attention to windshield and rear glass installation. Too much glue smear. A pull-out drawer beneath the driver and passenger seats would really help increase the storage capacity.
I know this car is still basically new. It runs great with terrific pickup. They added safety features to it, compared to my last one. I just love to drive it. Not many Hybrids are out there. I am so glad I insisted on getting a Hybrid!
Great pickup, really good mileage!
Aw, make it easier to get one, and reduce the price of the car!
It is a great car but so far the MPG hasn't been quite as good as the said it would be but way better than anything else on the market and at $3 a gallon gas, that goes a long way. Hard to get used to the fact it is so quiet, feels like it dies all the time, rather neat
This was the first car I ever really test drove. I went about a block and half. Thought to myself I'm buying this car. I have since put 27200 miles on it. Drove to Pa and back to Ohio from Ashville to Altoona. My MPG overall was 52.2 MPG for the round trip. It does get lower fuel economy during the winter months, but that is OK. It handles really well and have had absolutely no problems with this car.
Handling and low maintenence.
I wished they would make it so the engine would shut off every time you have to stop in a line. You have to currently reach a speed of 10 MPH for that to occur.
Avg mpg is high 30's at mid grade octane. Love the auto-stop for rush hour traffic runs quiet and knowing it is almost zero emmisions makes you feel fantastic. It's not my first car, but the first one I have truly loved.
Quiet run and mpg
Leather seats as an option
We bought it because we're trying to get good in-town gas mileage in a car that has comfortable room for 4 adults. We haven't been disappointed. I'm the engineer, but my wife routinely gets the better mileage around town (41 vs my 40 on the trip odometer). Our mileage on the trip odometer is actually a couple mpg's low, because it over reads gas consumption a bit and because the speedometer reads 1.5% fewer miles than we really travel (measured on 100 miles on I95 in SC) (this also explains why it understates speed by 1.5% as well). Actual gas mileage, with 1000-2000 miles on the odometer: 37 @ 80mph, and about 44 @ 65mph.
Easy to read dash instruments, great mileage, easy to drive
I don't know why we need "second gear" with a continuously variable transmission in the first place, but it's pretty dumb to have it on the shift lever with no stop or "detent" so that you go there by accident. I'd guess that its hard on the transmission to be driving around stuck in second, too!
I bought this Hybrid only becaue I thought the Toyota Prius was ugly. Well I had it for a few months and I like it. I received a recall letter from Honda claiming the hybrid's computer software was defective and needed to be updated. I took it to my dealer and when they applied the update the computer crashed. My hybrid has been dead at the dealer for 15 days now while I wait for Honda to locate a replacement computer. I consider this service unacceptable and I feel that Honda should have shipped a new computer to my dealer immediately after then found out a new car they sold was dead due to a recall "fix". I should have bought the Prius. I am very disappointed with Honda's lack of concern.
Honda needs to start making more of an effort to remedy their mistakes in a timely manner so a new car owner is not left with a dead car for over 15 days. That's unacceptable!!!
Everything about this car has been very good except the gas mileage. I consistently get 36 mpg. I drive on the highway about 45 miles each way to work. Needless to say, mileage is important to me and I don't get anything near the sticker.
The interior design and look are cool. A nice match of modern but not too wacky.
Gas mileage on a hybrid! I've also read articles in the Wall Street Journal, USA today and Consumer Reports that these cars don't get the mileage they say they get. I've brought it in for service and everything checks out. The Honda 800 number and the dealship have been no help in resolving this.
I bought this new Civic Hybrid due to my 100 mile daily round trip commute. The Civic Manual Tranny has taught me to how to drive again. Shifting is EASY! The prompt light tells me the optimum time to shift. I love the on board MPG calculators. I filled up after the fist week. I had 450 Miles and filled up with 10 gallons of gas. I average about 70 MPH on the freeway. I tested the Civic one day averaging about 60 MPH, I got a 50.2 MPG. Awsome. This Civic lacks some zip and pickup if you follow the prompts, but has it if you need to pass in a pinch. Interior is excellent, power windows, cruise, CD Stereo, side airbags and even a climate control stystem. I love my Civic Hybrid!
Awsome milage Great accy package Nice styling, (Doesn't look DORKY)
Perk up engine accelation time Offer sporty exterior trim package
When I went shopping for my car, I was looking for fuel economy and a little bit of fun. I first went to a Toyota dealership to test dive a Prius. Well I at least got to look at one in a brochure. I tend to buy cars on the spot (its more fun that way) and I did not want to wait 30-90 days, but I went ahead and put myself on the list. The next day I went to a Honda dealer and they had 7 Civic hybrids on their lot. A 5 speed even, so I bought it. What a bad decision! It cost me less than the Prius, but its trade in value is $9,000 less than the $2,000 more for the Prius! Its cramped, slow, and completely dull to drive. Skip this car! only 10 miles per gallon better than an EX civic.
Not having to wait to buy one. Features are the same as a $16,000 LX.
Better fuel economy. More distinct styling. A lot more wow factor!
On the freeway, with the cruise control on fairly flat highway, we could get around 45 mpg (avg. 65 miles/hour and total 2 persons in the car). My wife is the primary driver of this car with a 25 miles mix of half freeway and half local daily commute to work, and she managed to get 41 mpg. I learned from her that the trick is to be easy on the gas pedal and you want to try not to let the motor assist bar to come on, when possible. Always use cruise control when possible (above 40 miles/hour).
Good stereo system, Great gas mileage.
Reduce the whining sound from the electric motor. Also improve the acceleration (it is powerful enough to take total of 4 persons, but the acceleration is just slow, no matter if there is 1 person or 4 persons in the car).
After driving a 17 year old Honda Civic without any major mechanical break downs, we needed a Honda that would be fuel efficient and safe. We settled on a 2005 Honda Civic Hybrid. This Car is a Winner! Fit and Finish is Excellent, Gas Mileage is consistently above 45mpg and it rides quietly on the open road. You hardly know its a Hybrid except when you see the "Engine Off" light blinking when the Hybrid is running off its battery. Do yourself a favor and purchase Honda, it beats the Toyota Prius hands down. Don't ever worry about the motor stalling out like the Toyota's have been plagued with.
Fit and Finish, High Fuel Efficiency, High Safety factor, Honda Quality
Purchased two and a half year ago with only 5 other HCH in Portland, OR at the time. Like all Hondas this car is forgiving and well engineered with YTD mpg 46.1. Just received recall notice to reprogram IMA computer and keep the car from running "too lean". (Wonder how mileage will change? --thought lean is good in a Hybrid? :>) MT seems best suited to Pacific NW hills.
The H on the wheel. Other car is the Odyssey and my with has a Lexus. Auto stop nice but inclinometer seems to favor hills to the right.
Passenger electric lock toggle (amazing how many people can not figure out how to unlock the door!) Move 12V d/c plug. Option: electrochromic mirror. (not likely because too Acura-ish.) Lock on the glove box. Key fob trunk open.
I purchased my 2005 Civic Hybrid used, with just over 5700 miles on it. The vehicle has surprised me with its get up and go, good acceleration. I was worried it would be sluggish, but I am happy to say I was mistaken. Very comfy interior, great sound on the stereo system, and the AC will ice you down (living in Texas, this is a good thing). I like the little pseudo-fin on the back, adds a sporty little touch. Though a small car, it feels solidly put together and handles admirably. Of course, most importantly the gas mileage is sensational, and this was the main reason I got this car. I have not been disappointed, and I wouldn't expect anything less coming from Honda. Recommended!
-Gas mileage. Of course this is my favorite feature, with gas prices soaring out of sight. $ saver. -Surprising pep. Can get up and go very well. -Stylish - Nice interior, comfy seating, cool instrumentation. -Enviro friendly - Wave of the future in cars? I think it could be!
So far so good. I went from a 17 mpg vehicle to this (40+) and have no regrets. With gas prices eventually soaring to $3.00 and beyond, this is a very, very smart buy. I feel good about it, and so should you.
What a great car - just right for us- no problems so far a great car to take on a trip or just run around town. Would buy another in a minute - if you can find one at a dealer.
Great handling car - big savings on gas and a very reliable car. It has everything that we need. Very comfortable of the two of us. Fill up about every month!!! You betcha
We would like to see a little more storage in the front - like a little drawer under the passenger seat - otherwise love it - just love it-you betcha
A friend purchased the Civic Hybrid the first year they were made. She is still driving and loving it. I was impressed and decided to try it. Like many people I was disappointed in my mileage during the first couple of months but I read the message boards and learned that it would increase with time and my experience with driving a hybrid. It has. I average 45-52 mpg. I seldom have to get gas but when I do, I smile the whole time. Other cars may get great gas mileage but I have that along with Honda reliabilty and safety. This is a great value for the money!
Gas mileage. Much quieter, smoother ride than the Prius with better visability through the rear window. I was surprised at how roomy it is. Very comfortable for tall people.
Need options like leather, moon roof, upgrade seats. Needs auto shut-off for headlights.
I bought this car last year when local gas prices hit $2.50 per gallon and I had to make 200+ mile trip over the mountains 4-6 a month. The only problem I have ever had in the last year is a nail in the tire. I love this car and I love how easy it is to drive and take care of. This car ROCKS!
love the motor turn off function at stops and the moment your foot released the break the engine starts. Very smooth
I need a sun roof :-) Other then that this car is great for families of 4 or less
There are already a lot of reviews, which I read before I bought this car. I'm getting just over 40 mpg. This is less than the posted city/hwy, but I knew it would be going in. If you read more about the car, and hybrid technology, you'll find that as far as the environment's concerned, you are getting 46-51 mpg, with lower emissions. The car handles great, and I expect it will just about last forever (as most Hondas do).
I love only having to fill my tank once every week and a half to two weeks! It has more power to it than my last Honda!
Love the blue light panel on the inside.
Provide a better sound system.
I love my new Civic hybrid. My first tank or two was disappointing in the high 30 MPGs, but I've learned to drive it so that it easily gets into the 50's, and I even had one highway trip of 500 miles average out to over 60 mpg. Those people who are disappointed with the mileage need to realize that if you drive it like a sports car, you're not going to realize the EPA mileage stats - which is true of any car. This car is a far cry from the rusty pickup truck it replaced. It drives incredibly smoothly, and is utterly quiet on the road and at a stoplight. A real pleasure to drive, and I'm smiling all the way to the pump. Unlike other hybrids, it looks, feels, and drives like a real car!
The Autostop function kills the engine at a stop, saving fuel that would otherwise be wasted. The ECON button lets me force the engine to stay on at a stoplight, important when I want to keep the AC running in the cruel Southern summer heat. I love the pep of the electric assist - fun to start up.
A trunk release button on the remote fob would be nice. The back seat should be able to fold down, but it doesn't. Daytime running lights should be a must, but they aren't included. Maybe next year.
Am formerly loyal, multi-Honda owner: Had problems from week 1 with intermittent high pitched whine from Hybrid CTV. Honda replaced transmission. 2nd trans was quite for about 1000 miles, then whine started again. VERY DISSATISFIED-6 months of hassles. Honda says this is interent and cannot be fixed....Have asked Honda to buy back or trade for a quite car. Anyone else?
I absolutely love my Honda Civic Hybrid. It has all the great features of the mainline Civic (already the most popular compact car in America) with the added perks of the Hybrid technology. It looks, feels and drives exactly like a traditional Civic model (unlike the quirky Toyota prius model - I feel like I'm in a space mobile). I average about 45mpg (in both city/highway driving). The extra money I spent on the Hybrid has already come back to me with my tax credit. On top of this, I feel an extra sense of satisfaction when I make fewer stops at the gas station - which is saving me hundreds of dollars each year. I highly reccommend this vehicle to anyone who is in the market for a new car.
- Continuously Variable Transmission - charges the battery while cruising/decelerating, and runs on the gas engine while accelerating - The color (Opal Blue Metallic) !
I bought the Civic Hybrid to ensure that my wife could make her 100 mile (round trip) commute even if gas were to be rationed. Her other car is a Mercedes, and although she says that the Merc "fits her better," she has only driven it three times in the three months that we have had the Civic. On the rare occasions that I have been permitted to drive the Honda, I have been impressed with its fit, finish, and general willingness to do whatever I ask it to do. It is definitely a small, light car, but it is almost silent at speed, and surprisingly lively. We are averaging 45mpg to date, and make no special attempts to conserve fuel. Overall, the Civic Hybrid was a great choice.
High tech made simple. A recent article listed the fuel saving features that will be available in the future: The Honda Civic Hybrid has all of them now, and it requires no driver retraining or special treatment.
Fix the steering. The power assist is absent at cruise, and the steering wheel is too small for my big (dare I say caucasian) hands.
The car is suppose to be most efficient in the city. However, the hybrid doesn't perform any better than a non-hybrid civic. It averages 34-35 mpg when it is rated at 48/47 mpg. A very annoying feature is the air conditioning. Living in the south, we really need a strong air conditioner, however, the hybrid shuts down when you are stopped. This is to save gas, but the air conditioner also shuts down and temperatures in the car can be unbearable if you are stopped for long! For the price that I paid for the car, I could have purchased a much more luxurious vehicle with more bells and whistles and just slightly lower gas mileage. Hold out for a Prius!
The Honda Civic Hybrid is a great car if you are looking for affordable, reliable, gas saving fun. Everyday this car continues to amaze me. In the Winter I was getting 51+ mpg (in AZ) and I'm getting 46 mpg with the AC running. It is a typical Honda with great build and quality.
IMA, Styling, Blue Lighting for the dash at nice - easy on your eyes.
Remote Truck Release (on the Key FOB) and a optional Sun Roof and Leather.
An awesome Honda that combines 4 door, multi person capability with totally awesome mpg with the 5 speed. Mine has over 80 K miles and I frequently get 80 + mpg on hiwy with cautious speeds (not exceed limit of 55). Special driving techniques also gives 60++ mpg suburban driving ! Easily goes over 800 miles per tankful on regular gas.
5 speed !
A 6 speed would be nice with higher hgwy gearing.
I just got really tired of filling up my Silverado at $50-$55 a fillup and only about 350 miles for that much cash, so I traded for the Civic Hybrid. Now I get over 600 miles for around $25 a fillup. The Civic even has more front seat legroom, and since I am over 6 ft tall, this is big. It's only an inch, but it does make a difference. Seats are as comfortable as the truck, visibility is great also.
Gas mileage on this model is great. I average over 50 round trip to work and back. The AUTO STOP feature is perfect, stops the gasoline engine when I come to a stop, and automatically restarts it when I take my foot off the brake. This helps with the overall gas mileage, since fuel is not wasted.
All stock radio/CD players should play MP3s by now standard, all rear taillights should be international colors (red-night light/braking, white-reverse, YELLOW-turn signal). Daytime running lights should be standard in ALL vehicles, especially if the company motto is "SAFETY FOR EVERYONE".
The car works just fine. I find one "funky" feature and that is the electric power steering. If the engine turns off at all stoplights then the power steering cannot be the normal hydraulic type. I think the electric steering assist is jumpy and not nearly as satisfying as the hydraulic kind. This is my only objection to the car. Otherwise it is a great car,
I like the styling, the gas economy, and the fact that it looks like a real car and not a nutty little pushed up car like the Toyota.
Other than the power steering improvement, I can think of none.
I've had the car for six months and have driven over 10,000 miles. Although I have never been able to obtain the advertised 47/48 MPG, I do get at least 42 with the highest logging in at 45. It really does make a difference how you drive (how you accelerate/deccelerate, extra weight, using the a/c, etc...)I am very happy with this car. You don't need to understand the technology behind the car, just know that at $2.50 a gallon this car is a money saver.
Instrument panel Quiet for a car of its size/class
Wish it really got 47/48 MPG
We have only had our Honda Civic Hybrid for one month but the car is shear joy to own and operate. My 15 year old son is learing to dive and has only a permit. The Honda is a great tool for a new driver. The MPG graph shows exactly what your mileage is while you are driving. My son and I have a contest to see who can get the better MPG. Our best so far has been 50.2 MPG between fill ups and our overall average is 46 MPG. My son has learned very quickly that jack rabbit starts and stops eat up gas even on a hybrid. We have an 04 Miata and an 03 Explorer but we use the Honda 90% of the time. When we fill up at the gas puimp we seem to be the only ones who are smiling. It's the answer.
Gas mileage bar graph indicator. Gas mileage without a doubt. Excellent ride for a small car.
Panic button on key fob has gone off accidently a few times when I hit it accidently it sticks out like a sore thumb.
After hearing all of the hoopla about hybrid cars, I decided to turn in a gas guzzler for a Honda Civic Hybrid. The car performs well at all speeds and handles a rides as one would expect of a quality compact car. Do not expect it to be first off the line at a stop light but it is not sluggish. My first tank of gasoline got me 37.2 mpg (city) the second tank got 38.4 with each tank getting slightly more. The last tank got 42.3 and time will tell what the car will eventually level out at. The gauges available for viewing on the dash are very helpfull in learning to get the best from the car. Overall, I really like this car.
My favorite features are the guages that allow me to tell what is happening with the system, charging batteries, electric motor assisting the gasoline engine and mileage estimates.
The car could use an auto off switch for the headlight when the car ignition is turned off.
I purchased INDY because I wanted a car that was an environmentally conscious statement. This car is fantastic: sporty, high tech, great MPG, stylish, and fun to drive. I got the CVT model because my wife drives it and wasn't thrilled about a stick. I've upgraded everything but the wheels. Changed the Radio to allow XM and IPOD. Nicely designed car, very conforable. Wish the seats had a little bit better lumbar support. Only option not available which I wish was possible was a sunroof. Apparently some wiring goes through the roof or so I was told so that a sunroof wasn't possible. They have it on the new Accord. I regularly get 38- 43 mpg though I don't drive for max mpg.
MPG, confortable, Looks like a regular sporty Civic, don't have to worry about the cost of driving the car. All the accessories you could want with the exception of XM.
Better lumbar seat support, sunroof option, XM as standard or upgrade, iPod available as standard or upgrade.
Just purchased it, ride is smooth and quiet for a little car. More headroom than I expected, interior is def. Honda, i.e. plain, but that's OK. Display is nice with MPG per trip and the IMA battery charging/assist meter is nice. Could use more torque but not sure where it would come from, but considering rising gas prices, it is a great car! Hybrid model includes side airbags and ABS.
IMA display for battery/electric motor, gas engine cutoff at stops for better fuel economy, ECON setting for A/C
RE-location of battery to allow for split rear seats, more torque
We used to be brutalized on gas costs for long trips with our Dodge Ram Van. This vehicle has the pep, room and gas mileage that is just excellent for its size. I made an 800 mile trip from NJ to South Carolina on 17 gallons of gas. It is not unusual to get 500/540 miles safely from 1 tank. The government tax incentive of 1500 dollars was nice too. I am going to save a fortune in gas costs in the coming years. I also purchased the bumper to bumper 10 year warrantee. I figured the tax incentive was a fair exchange. Get this car and become part of the solution to global warming, pollution, rising gas costs and have a little fun with the science of the law of conservation of energy.
Brakes charge battery, nice cd player
none at this time
Purchased my Honda for the fuel economy because with my husbands job and our rural location we travel quite a bit. I average 45-48 miles per gallon. I love it, it also handles well, and the body style is much better than the Toyota Prius. Thankful that I had the foresight to purchase the vehicle during the high gas prices.
Handling, gas mileage, style of car, 4 door sedan, real good stereo system, good tires, and a very fun car to drive
Higher console between front seats, compartments/drawer underseats, little more room in backseat.
I love this car! I traded in my 6 cylinder Toyota Truck for this very fuel efficient & sporty Civic. People can't believe that it's a hybrid - it looks just like a regular car! I am also finding that people don't understand that hybrids don't need to be plugged in .. ever. They create their own charge while coasting and braking. I really do get 45-50 mpg, even on stop-and-go LA freeways. While the engine is a 4 cylinder, the electrical assist kicks in when I need it to provide extra power for acceleration. Really the only times I know I'm in a hybrid is when I am sitting at a stop light and the engine has automatically turned off- and of course when I am filling up the tank.
45-50 mpg!!! And it looks like a BMW 323 from the side.
Offer a few more options. Would a sun-roof or a rear windshield wiper be out of the question?
I expected much less performance and was nicley surprised with its spunkiness. A joy to drive, quick steering and comes with all the nice stuff at no extra cost. It is a solid car that is nicely put together. When you close the door it sounds good. I like the sound system, the electric mirrors aand the way it doesn't sound when stopped at a red light. My other cars are sitting around gathering dust because this beauty gets me 600 miles on a tank of gas. Love it.
The sound system, the head lights ,the way it handles and stops great.
I would like to have the doors lock when you put it in drive. Other than that it is fine.
Less complicated and no PHD required to operate. Just drove a Prius and the instrumentation was not only confusing but distracting. HH gauges simple. Mileage and interior room good. Trunk bigger than Prius and enclosed. Better for the person who likes to drive without bothering with glitz. Radio only fair. I have the upgraded model and did not switch to an added cost radio.
Economy when price is considered are superior to Prius.
Better radio and speakers as standard.
At first I was pretty skeptical, with a lot of claims (gas mileage, no difference between "regular" cars and hybrids) being touted in advertisements, articles, etc. I test drove the CVT and manual versions of the Civic, as well as the Prius before deciding on the manual Civic Hybrid. I thought the Prius looked and drove a little too far away from what I was used to in a "normal" car. (all electric start start from a stop, etc.) The Civic has been great, performance isn't that bad for not having a lot of horses under the hood. I chose the manual over the CVT because again, it just felt better overall. Fuel economy is pretty much as stated, I get 47 MPG with mixed driving.
Great fuel economy, body style is within the norm, build quality is good. Feeling of peace and quiet while sitting at lights with the engine off, is actually nice.
Electric power steering is hard to get used to, not a lot of "road feel"; it's more like an arcade game. Clutch uptake and pedal feel is nearly non-existent, for some this may be a favorite. I haven't heard of anyone having to replace the batteries, but a two-year full warranty makes me nervous.
Great Car!! We drove our Hybrid from Texas to Vancouver Canada and Back. We averaged 40 mpg. The milage thing is a little tricky, At times I could have the cruise control on 79 mph at around 3200 rpms and would get around 50 mpg. I had fun playing with the average and actually got it up to 70 mpg for a brief amount of time. From Arlington Washington to Eugene Oregon we got 47 mpg. It all depends on the terrain you are driving on. I think the rain or humidity may affect mileage as well. The car has plenty of passing power but struggled a little in the mountains. Great for big city commuting, comfortable for long trips.
The dash insturment display is really cool, I like being able to see the mileage displays.
I would suggest a sun roof, a windshield antenna instead of the mast on top of the car. An outside temp gauge, and maybe a little more floor insulation to combat road noise. My least favorite feature was the mast antenna on the roof. Kinda cheap looking and gets beat around in the brushless car wash
First I'm cost concience and I don't like supplying the middle east oil with my hard earned money. I appreciate my 2005 Honda Civic hybrid for room, comfort, handling, a good safety rating,and especially excellent fuel economy. I bought this vehicle, not only for the above reasons but also to help out our environment being a clean car. I wish everyone was concerned as much as I am on this matter. The price of this vehicle is a little more than I really wanted to pay for a vehicle but if you want something that really contains all the reasons for buying then It's worth it.
Fuel economy and handling and easy to drive.
I would like it when you go from park to drive that it would stop at drive instead of going right down to second. I drove 5 miles once before I seen that I was driving in second.
We brought this car for a number of reasons, all of which are on the Lefty side of the political spectrum. We are not disappointed. I drive this car 56 miles every day to and from work, most of it is highway with a ten mile jaunt through a small semi-rural town. In the summer I was getting 42 mpg while in the winter it fell all the way down 31 mpg. You will find that the car's engine will not shutdown at stops when it is cold out which can be a bit of a problem up here in Minneasota. Further, when you have the defrost on the econ system, which makes the car shutdown at stops, deactivates. All in all I'm overjoyed with this cars performance on the winter roads, it handled like a dream!
The gas mileage first and foremost. My last car was a Buick Roadmaster and my wallet noticed the difference the first week I drove the Honda. It's surprisingly roomy! I'm a 6'0, 285 lb former pro-wrestler and I don't feel boxed in when I'm driving.
Come up with a "cold weather version" which allows the car to shutdown at stops in colder weather and figure out a way for the defrost and the econ system to work at the same time. Eveything else I'm happy with.
The 2004 Honda Civic Hybrid performs as expected from a Honda product, but has a battery located behind the back seat. The battery provides additional power to the small but adequate gasoline engine. As a manager I purchased the automobile for frequent short distance trips and have been very pleased to find out that the fuel economy is enhanced by stop and go driving. Each time the vehicle stops, the battery charges and is used to boost the gasoline engine. The most interesting part of the vehicle(s), we purchased two, is that when it is at a stop, you cannot hear the engine at all. The ones we purchased have all of the bells and whistles of any other car, but is very practical.
The quite engine is always interesting to passengers and first time drivers, but the intrumentation is the most exciting - you can see when the battery is charging and when fuel is being conserved.
Since the engine makes no noise, the people using the vehicle often try to restart the car when it is running. A system that tells you visually that you are started might be of benefit.
This car has plenty of power and get's awesome mileage. I drive on the freeway a lot and this car easily cruises at 80mph if needed, no problem. You cannot tell when it is running on gas or electricity and it is quick off the mark at traffic lights, even though the engine turns off when you come to a full stop. It has amazing headroom, my 6'4" buddy can sit in it no problem. The only comment is that the 12V power outlet could be positioned somewhere else as it prevents the 2nd cup holder from being used when you have something plugged in. PLUS I get a $2000 tax break on next years taxes!
Great instrument display
Move the 12V outlet
I purchased this vehicle due to ever rising fuel prices and I just don't like handing my hard earned money over to the middle east. So far I am extremely satisfied with the perfomance and fuel economy of this hybrid. It rides pretty good for a smaller vehicle and handles very nice. I don't know if I will come out ahead of the fiel costs due to having to replace the main battery in 8 years or so but having the peace of mind that my money will go into the vehicle battery instead of polluting the environment satisfies me. I also have peace of mind that I am in a very safe vehicle every time I get behind the wheel too. Overall I feel that this is one of the best new vehicles that I purchased.
Fuel economy and comfort features.
I recently acquired the Honda Civic Hybrid. I purchased this car due to the price of Gas and the inefficency of both of my other cars. I have a Saturn Vue and a Pontiac Firebird. Neither of which even get half of the mileage that I get on the Hybrid. I also test drove the Honda Accord Hybrid but couldn't justify the additonal cost and it was not more efficient than my other cars.
Efficiency and comfort.
A more powerful engine it could use more power getting on the Highway. Take the lead from the Prius which is slightly more efficient and has a stronger engine.
The Honda Civic Hybrid is Comfortable bu maintains a sporty feel. The fuel mpg was only 36.6 while breaking in but into a head wind for 330 miles the mpg was 46.6 and returning home for the same didtance with no wind either way the mpg jumped to 50.3. And here's the best part, the manual Hybrid was $20350 vs the prius @ 23400 for the same features. A no brainer cuzz the $3000 will pay for the gas for the life of the car. Am I happy I bought it? You BET. I got mine.
I bought this car because it is so quiet. I test drove it on sevral occasions beforehand, and I liked the fact that even when the gas engine is running it is so quiet. It won't win any races, but that's not the intent of this kind of car. The intent is to be a quiet, economical car (that happens to be very environmentally friendly), and it accomplishes these goals admirably. This is the car I should have purchased when I was shopping a couple of years ago. I bought a VW back then, and though I loved it, it was unreliable. No longer my problem.
Dashboard, fuel economy, very quiet vehicle, climate control (one setting, not dual), high reliablility, extremely bright high beams, CVT transmission.
Acceleration is mediocre at best. Move the battery pack in future models so the rear seat can fold down. Trunk space is very small, too. Stereo is nothing special.
I love my Civic Hybrid. I am getting 47 MPG in mostly city driving. I commute about 20 minutes one way, all city streets, and it does great. Had it in Texas over the Holidays and it started without a problem at 15 degrees F, completely ignoring the cold. Good lights, great seats (easy to clean), good low end torque (can squeal the tires at startup). All in all, the Hybrid does everything any other Civic can do, just better (except for hot rodding.)
I love the high MPG ratings I'm getting. I'm on task to only spend about $600 on gas this first year.
Fog lights standard, built-in air compressor would be nice.
Traded in my Jetta 1.8T for a better mileage/newer car. Noticeable step down in interior quality compared to VW but delivers a good ride. I can *not* get the advertised 47/48mpg. My average is 37/37. I have seen 39 city and 45 highway, and that was with a 15 knot tailwind at 60mph. Told it will improve over time (?) If you drive faster than 70mph, you will lose mileage fast. I set the cruise at 80mph for a while and averaged about 28mpg. Consider carefully the kind of driving you do. If you drone in the 70- 80mph realm like I do, look at a TDI Golf (like I should have). If you live in the 50-60mph realm, this is the car for you. Not suited for droning in the the windy OK/KS plains.
Seamless transition from driving a "regular car." I believe the technology is highly refined for mainstrem people (I am not an environmentalist). The Civic is generally nice on long trips.
The manual seems to be written for a five-year old and does not thorough explain the technology. 360000/36 warranty not competitive, 80/80000 on the electric drive system. Salespeople should point out that Hybrids are not for everyone, especially droning at high speed for extended periods.
I purchased my Honda Civic Hybrid in March of 2004. Since then I have put 50000 km on this vehicle. I have not had one problem to report. I get about 800 km on a tank of gas , the tank holds about 50 liters. I would like to see better fuel economy for this type of vehicle. I do mostly City driving since I do Courier work. On a daily basis, I put about 300 km on this car a day. All in all no complaints, and I am very pleased with the quality of this vehicle. Keep up the good engineering work. Sincerely Ottmar Egger.
Hybrid quality. The foot rest on the left side on the drivers site. Auto climate control. Auto motor stop when stopping saves gas. Electric assist when accelerating and going uphill.
Better fuel economy for the Hybrid Honda Civic. It is advertised at over 1 000 km per 50 kiters but i only get about 800km in city driving.
The Hybrid is a terrific car. It's quiet, rides well and handles nimbly. I traded a Volvo 960 for this car and am very satisfied with its power and comfort under all road conditions.It is extremely well designed and engineered. Take it for a test drive and see for yourself.(The Prius is crude and clunky compared to the Civic.)I can cruise all day at highway speeds in comfort.
Gas mileage, Interior comfort and quiet ride. Dash layout. Handling. Overall quality. Arm rests.
Transmission needed replacment at 5K. Leather seats, mud flaps, More attractive body style. Different colors.Nicer wheels. Mirror contol difficult to use.
First, let me say that I am very picky about cars and demand high quality on the purchases I make. I bought this 5 spd. Civic Hybrid about a month ago and so far it has lived up to my high expectations. I do mostly city driving and get between 50-56 MPG (make sure you inflate your tires to 35PSI to get the optimized gas mileage). The trip MPG on the dash actually under-estimates my miles per gallon by about 5 MPG. Compared to the Prius, the Civic exterior body design is more visually appealing. The quality of the seats /interior is good (the driver's seat is height- adjustable which is a plus). The manual transmission shifts extremely smoothly, much better than my prior Toyota Corolla.
Very quiet, great gas mileage (51 MPG avg.), Auto Stop feature at stoplights, the dash panel layout is awesome (MPG display, IMA assist display), a wide range of standard features (side air bags, alloy wheels, ABS brakes), common-sense body design, $2000 tax break for owning a Hybrid
I have to remove a cover underneath the car to change the oil. The car is too low to the ground and drags easily. The middle armrest is only wide enough for 1 person. It gets annoying when the Auto Stop feature kicks-in for a second when downshifting at low speeds. Make splash guards standard.
Bought the Civic Hybrid for daily commute (150 mi/day). Very satisfied during first 6 weeks of ownership. Combined mileage (interstate and urban gridlock) is 48 mpg; highway mpg at 53. Very good low-end torque (I haven't stalled it yet); generally a quiet comfortable ride, but pretty noisey when spashing through pools of water. I highly recommend the Honda Civic Hybrid for long commutes.
Better soundproofing in floors and wheelwells (noisy driving through puddles).
my main concern when buying the car is the pick up because i was worried with gas/electric if it would have any kick to it...and i was extremely shocked to find the pick up was actually great. obviously you cant beat the gas milage...had the car 2 days, and getting 32MPG...will soon be near 50. the display panel is so cool you need to remember to pay attention to the road. stero is a good stock stereo. roomy interior. absolute great car!
cant beat the fuel economy. good stereo. cool display and very comfortable interior.
i want a sunroof! power seats; you cant really ask for much more for the price you pay. very comparable to a gas driven civic.
The Civic Hybrid is quite a remarkable car. I switched from a Mercedes to this one because I wanted a low operating cost vehicle. I was driving an 87 Mercedes 190E (ancestor of C230). The interior room of the Civic is pretty much the same as was in my 190. Seats are firm and comfortable. The car is very quiet, and also a lot of fun to drive. Its got a good amount of low end kick from the electric motor, and since the gas engine is very small its also very smooth & quiet. Gas mileage is in the upper 40s so far. Audio is not that great.
Very good low end torque. Supportive and comfortable seats. Driving position and placement of steering wheel, gears, audio and guagues are all really first class. No wonder they say Honda's have Honda correct ergonomics.
Audio is not good. Cassette is not offered (available but its black and doesn't match silver trim). Civic Hybrid does not have a fold down rear seat because they put the battery pack behind the rear seat in the trunk. However, they could at least offer a pass-through arm rest of something for skis.