2005 Honda Civic Consumer Review: Mileage not as advertised

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By Jason on


2005 Honda Civic Hybrid 4dr Sedan (1.3L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)


Traded in my Jetta 1.8T for a better
mileage/newer car. Noticeable step
down in interior quality compared to
VW but delivers a good ride. I can
*not* get the advertised 47/48mpg. My
average is 37/37. I have seen 39 city
and 45 highway, and that was with a 15
knot tailwind at 60mph. Told it will
improve over time (?) If you drive
faster than 70mph, you will lose
mileage fast. I set the cruise at
80mph for a while and averaged about
28mpg. Consider carefully the kind of
driving you do. If you drone in the 70-
80mph realm like I do, look at a TDI
Golf (like I should have). If you
live in the 50-60mph realm, this is
the car for you. Not suited for
droning in the the windy OK/KS plains.

Best Features

Seamless transition from driving a "regular car." I believe the technology is highly refined for mainstrem people (I am not an environmentalist). The Civic is generally nice on long trips.

Worst Features

The manual seems to be written for a five-year old and does not thorough explain the technology. 360000/36 warranty not competitive, 80/80000 on the electric drive system. Salespeople should point out that Hybrids are not for everyone, especially droning at high speed for extended periods.
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