The Civic hybrid is suprisingly powerful when acceleration onto the highway. I expected to have to make a trade-off here from the gasoline powered model, but no so. The new Civic sedan is much bigger inside than my 1998 Civic. Dash design is really easy to see with all indicators and gages just above the steering wheel. While I haven't averaged the 51 mpg advertised, I am getting right at 47 mpg. I absolutely love my new car.
I loved that the Honda Civic Hybrid comes with a "no choices" outfitting that includes automatic transmission, power everything, built-in XM1 and satellite radio, etc. at the base price. I got all the features I would choose to "add on", but without add-on cost. This made shopping really easy.