Mileage not as advertised
By Jason on
Vehicle2005 Honda Civic Hybrid 4dr Sedan (1.3L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)
ReviewTraded 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.
Best FeaturesSeamless 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.
Worst FeaturesThe 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.
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