2008 Honda Civic Consumer Review: Great mileage, poor performanc
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2008 Honda Civic - Consumer Review

Average Consumer Rating

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Hybrid Sedan (1.3L 4-cyl. Hybrid CVT Automatic w/Navigation)

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Great mileage, poor performance
By Chad Olsen on

Vehicle

2008 Honda Civic Hybrid 4dr Sedan w/Navigation (1.3L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)

Review

This is a great all-around commuter car. I have gotten 36.4 MPG calculated by my own consumption figures (not the built-in computer) for the first 11,000 miles. I drive 50% freeway and 50% very slow Los Angeles stop-n-go. The car is very comfortable for a small car and the ergonomics and controls are the best I have experienced. Fuel economy suffers significantly with a/c, slow traffic, and hills. Put any two of those together and MPG drops to the teens. This car cannot climb Baxter street in Echo Park, one of LA's steepest streets. It literally stops half way up the hill and will not move further even with full throttle.

Best Features

The Nav system is excellent and superior to BMW and Lexus. The storage in and around the console is ample and very convenient.

Worst Features

Improve performance, or provide a performance and economy mode. Modify the hybrid system to allow for electric-only.
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