Honda Civic Hybrid still evolving
By HotLanta on
Vehicle2004 Honda Civic Hybrid 4dr Sedan (1.3L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)
ReviewOverall, I really like the car but it
is a basic, no-frills vehicle. The
interior is plastic, not leather, which
scratches easily. The wind noise, when
the back windows are down on the
interstate, is deafening. The best fuel
mileage has been 40 mpg (we average
about 37 mpg), which is less
than the 60 mpg fuel efficiency
indicated on the dealer invoice. There
is a blind spot with the side mirrors -
a safety problem in highway traffic.
The dealership indicated the brakes are
half worn at 12,000 miles - I don't
ride my brakes so not certain if it is
due to an audible popping noise.
Service department trips have been very
time consuming and frustrating.
Best FeaturesThe technology of the hybrid engine (gas/electric) is my favorite feature. It is surprising to most passengers how fast you can accelerate and that the engine appears to turn off to conserve fuel. The quiet engine does startle some pedestrians in parking lots. I also like the safety features.
Worst FeaturesAdd some extras to the interior - spent over four thousand dollars on items which would have been standard on an equally priced car. Line the entire trunk as there is exposed metal. The gasket slips around the trunk allowing water to enter during heavy rain. Optional leather and paint protectant.
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