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2007 Honda Civic GX vs. 2009 Mini E: Which Do You Prefer?

November 05, 2009

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So after spending last weekend in our Mini E and jumping into our 2007 Honda Civic GX last night, I think I'm able to develop a quasi-educated opinion about our two green cars. As you already know the Honda is our natural gas long-termer, the Mini E our electric car.

Honda Civic GX

Pros:

  • Even though it has a small trunk at least you can carry three passengers.
  • Awesome fuel range.
  • Can fill at home with Phill
  • Ours has a single occupant car-pool lane sticker. Woo!

Cons:

  • The limited availability of natural gas fueling stations makes it tricky for planning long road trips.
  • Not fun to drive but at all.

Mini E

Pros:

  • Still retains some of its gokartness.
  • I find it easy to drive in stop-and-go traffic once I got used to taking my foot of the accelerator to slow down, etc.
  • No gas required.
  • Can charge it at home even without a specially installed wall charger.

Cons:

  • With only two seats and a tiny trunk, you can't haul much around.
  • Takes a lonnnng time to recharge.
  • Very limited driving range means you have to carefully plan your trips or take none at all.
  • Would have to be your second car.

Which one do I prefer?

Um. Hmmm. If I HAD to choose one, eeesh.....I guessssss, huh, I'd say the Mini. But remember, I'm a single city dweller who likes fun cars (the Mini for me is more fun to drive than the Civic) and who likes the idea of no gasoline. And for long road trips, I have the Edmunds fleet to choose from. Suffice it to say, not everyone will share my opinion. But then again, after two years in our fleet the Honda Civic GX has inspired only 55 posts. The Mini E after only four months? 70. Just sayin'.

Caroline Pardilla, Deputy Managing Editor @ 35,301 miles (2007 Honda Civic GX)

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