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