I leased this car 2 years ago because it was cheap, good on gas, has good safety ratings, and Honda is the leader in reliability.
I traded in a BMW 3 series because the repairs on the BMW were AWFUL - frequent and expensive.
Except for the BMW acceleration and handling, I like the Honda better in every way.
It has no rattles, no check engine lights, and no problems of any sort in 2 years.
On long trips I get over 40mpg (non-hybrid) on regular gas at 75mph with the air conditioning blasting. It's comfortable as long as you're not 6'5" tall. I'm actually buying it before the lease is up and just keeping the car.
Mine doesn't have any super fancy "features" per say, but I like the dash with the elevated digital speedometer. It's easy to read without taking your eyes off the dash. I had a remote starter put in for the cold weather, a very good investment.
The reliability is the best "feature". You just turn the key, it starts every time, and it drives well wherever you go.
Nothing but oil changes and tire rotations after 26,000 miles.
I'm very happy with the gas mileage.
The acceleration leaves a little to be desired, but you can't have great acceleration in a car that gets great gas mileage and is reliable.
When passing at 80mph or merging onto a highway, if you floor it the engine revs and you get enough acceleration but the engine sounds like it's really giving all it has.
But for most normal people, it's perfectly fine.
The road noise on poor pavement (highways that haven't been paved in a while) is LOUD.
A little extra sound insulation would make a big difference. Other than that, I wouldn't change a thing.
Please do your research before considering this car. I was hoping to keep this car for >5 years and get excellent milage and help save the planet. What initially was a great hybrid has turned quickly into a disaster. After 1 year, the battery stopped holding a charge. after 15 months, the check engine light came on. Honda performed an irreversible software upgrade that bascially minimizes the car's use of the hybrid battery (basically making it a non-hybrid car). My MPG has dropped 10 MPG!! The hybrid battery is now basically non-functional and Honda will not fix it despite being under warranty. There are many many simiar complaints (look online). I will never buy Honda again.
Honda has lost the quality that we all expect. They are advertising 40-45 MPG. Real world is 31. So you're paying > $2,500 more
to get minimal MPG and very poor acceleration. Again, search "civic hybrid battery problems" and it will be eye-opening. Even more eye-opening is Honda's complete refusal to help, stating this is "normal operation" - this is not why we bought a hyrbid.
Stay away from this car!!
After two weeks, the car was towed in with a failed speed sensor (feels like the transmission but I was told it wasn’t). Two weeks after that the car was towed in again with a failed speed sensor and Honda replaced that and put in a new transmission too. The day I picked it up with the new tranny, the engine light went on.
I then drove back to the dealer they said, “Oh no, your IMA battery just needs a scheduled software upgrade.” Sothe engine light goes on for an upgrade, if you leave your gas cap loose, or any other major problem.
Parked on a hill overnight, I couldn’t get the car to move more than a foot even flooring it. Apparently the IMA battery failed (as was suspected by my mechanic) and it was replaced. That was the day that I filed the lemon law on the car.
Two weeks later I get the car back when I was on a hill and couldn’t get enough power to get up the hill I thought I was going to die in the car.
Fortunately the service manager went to bat for me and the dealer said that he would buy the car back. Unfortunately at a $2,500 loss for me. I want my non-economical Acura back please!
Have now driven 30.000 miles with it and it still drives as new.Also got a average of 41 mpg and sometimes 45 mpg,not bad for a gas car!!
Just get 43 psi in your tires and i
added some body panels under the car,helps to.
The only thing i don't like about this car is the automatic transmission,shifts to much when i don't want it to,see they solved it on the new model,with a stronger torq converter.It's something i can live with,not a reason to sell it with these gas prices!
Like the dash layout,sticks to the road like glue.
road noise, comfort......see they did that with the new model,so they listend to there custumers!
Only a six speed for the dx,lx,ex would be nice to get the same mpg as the automatic.
I've owned my Civic EX for almost 2 years now and I'm still thrilled to drive it every day.
Even though it's only a 4cyl it's quite the zippy little car.
The interior is roomy, features are located within easy reach and the USB port is a nice touch.
It's a Civic, so of course it's great on gas.
It's quality built and very reliable.
If your looking for a car that is practical, safe and has exceptional resale value-this is it!!