Consumer Reviews

Read or write a review.

2007 Honda Civic Hybrid

2007 Honda Civic Hybrid

Change Year
3.8
Average based on 21 reviews
Comfort
Performance
Exterior Styling
Interior Design
Value for the Money
Reliability
1-10 of 21 reviews

Great car with today's gas prices

by from Stafford, VA on September 27, 2007

I originally just bought this to save money on gas. But since then my opinion of the car has increased greatly and I am more than happy with all aspects of it. I did compare it to the Toyota Prius and...
I originally just bought this to save money on gas. But since then my opinion of the car has increased greatly and I am more than happy with all aspects of it. I did compare it to the Toyota Prius and decided on the Civic because it felt more like a car that is also a hybrid instead of the other way around.
Comfort
Performance
Handling
Exterior Styling
Interior Design
Features
Value for the Money
Reliability

Purchased a used car

Does recommend this car

14 out of 14 people found this review helpful. Did you?

Enjoyable changes in Civic Hybrid

by from Indiana on December 29, 2006

I've had my new 2007 Civic Hybrid for 2 weeks. Here are my first impressions. Background: My previous car was a 2003 Honda Civic Hybrid automatic. Age: 4.5 years, 60K miles. Total average mpg: 43....
I've had my new 2007 Civic Hybrid for 2 weeks. Here are my first impressions. Background: My previous car was a 2003 Honda Civic Hybrid automatic. Age: 4.5 years, 60K miles. Total average mpg: 43.5. Living area: Indiana (moderately cold winters, moderately hot/humid summers.) Driving: 60% city, 40% highway. Driving style: conservative. Compared to the previous Hybrid, the new 2007/2006 model offers these changes: 1) Front and side view is slightly better. Rear view is slightly worse. (I don't think they can make that rear window any smaller. :-)) Has more airbags for side impact. 2) Has more taut handling than before. (Or perhaps my 2003 was aging. :-)) Seems to handle "rippled road" defects somewhat better (where the older model could be punishing to front seat occupants.) 3) Automatic has better acceleration. (I never test drove the 2003 manual 5 speed, but this is no longer offered.) 4) Seems to get somewhat better high-speed, high-wind (70mph) fuel economy. (The 2003 model loses out in aerodynamics to the new model.) 5) Positive instrumentation changes: Pure digital readout of speed, supports mph and kph, produces more information (e.g. explicit readout for oil replacement.) 6) Negative instrumentation changes: Older model had explicit rotary settings for types of ventilation, while the new model uses a single "mode select" button with a screen display. The new approach requires taking your eyes off the road, whereas the older one allowed you to "set by touch". 7) The fuel-economy (mpg) readout tends to report a little low (by about 4%), whereas my older 2003 model tended to read notably too high (by about 8%). I do appreciate that the new car reports .1 mpg increments, whereas the older one only reported .4 mpg increments. 8) The tank on the new car is smaller (12.3 gal vs 13.2 gal), which cuts down a bit on the overall cruising range of the new Hybrid. (This may not seem like an issue for the moment, but when the "late 1970s gas lines" return later this decade, losing the extra gallon means we'll be stuck waiting for gas more often... but not nearly as often as the SUV owners ! :-) ) 9) Having only filled the tank twice, it is really premature to report on the fuel economy of the 2007 Hybrid vs the 2003. But I was pleasantly surprised by the new numbers.
Comfort
Performance
Handling
Exterior Styling
Interior Design
Features
Value for the Money
Reliability

Purchased a used car

Does recommend this car

8 out of 8 people found this review helpful. Did you?

Fun to drive and gets great mileage

by from Boston, MA on September 13, 2007

I bought my '07 Civic Hybrid in April and have already put $12,000 miles on it. I have been getting 46-54 mpg consistently. I get the best gas mileage when the weather is very hot for some reason, and...
I bought my '07 Civic Hybrid in April and have already put $12,000 miles on it. I have been getting 46-54 mpg consistently. I get the best gas mileage when the weather is very hot for some reason, and the rain seems to make the mpg drop. For everyone who is having problems getting the advertised mpg, I would recommend accelerating slower when you first start from a stop. It doesn't have to be a drastic change from your usual driving style, just a slight one. Also, if you're driving in traffic, try to anticipate when traffic stops and instead of continuing to accelerate and then braking at the last minute, give yourself enough space between you and the car in front of you, take your foot off the gas, and let the car coast. This reduces your gas usage and is easier on your brakes. Also, try to maintain a fairly consistent speed. But I wouldn't recommend using the cruise control for highway driving, because the car can't detect that a hill is coming like you can and it ends up using more gas. Another tip is to use the AC as little as possible because that reduces your mpg no matter how you're driving.
Comfort
Performance
Handling
Exterior Styling
Interior Design
Features
Value for the Money
Reliability

Purchased a used car

Does recommend this car

6 out of 6 people found this review helpful. Did you?

good car

by from west Michigan on April 11, 2009

Have had my Civic Hybrid for 26 months and believe I have the performance figured out. During cold weather at freezing or below, the heavier fuel mixture lowers the MPG to about 40. During the summer ...
Have had my Civic Hybrid for 26 months and believe I have the performance figured out. During cold weather at freezing or below, the heavier fuel mixture lowers the MPG to about 40. During the summer it is 50. Spring and fall in between but at the higer end. My overall for the 26 months is 47.8. I don't drive on the highway often but when I do I can get 55 MPG if I go 60 MPH. I once drove 110 miles and managed 57 MPG for that trip. When accelerating, I try to keep RPM at 2000 or less. other than that, I drive normally. The continuous feedback on the MPG helps me drive sensibly. All car models should add that feature - might make the people take notice.
Comfort
Performance
Handling
Exterior Styling
Interior Design
Features
Value for the Money
Reliability

Purchased a used car

Uses car for Just getting around

Does recommend this car

6 out of 6 people found this review helpful. Did you?

Mileage is a plus, cool design, little maintenance

by from Colorado Springs, CO on July 15, 2010

My Honda Civic Hybrid is the new 2006+ design; styling is what drew me to this particular hybrid. Upon reviewing the first year of the updated version on the road, I found that the Civic Hybrid was th...
My Honda Civic Hybrid is the new 2006+ design; styling is what drew me to this particular hybrid. Upon reviewing the first year of the updated version on the road, I found that the Civic Hybrid was the second-best-for-mileage hybrid currently available...and that is pretty good! You can easily average tank of gas at 500 miles or more; however, you need to understand that the car will react to how you drive it to obtain high mileage. Don't gun it...don't speed. It's only a 4-cyl engine, but at the same time, driving at 75mph on the highway is a breeze and you don't feel any work coming from the vehicle. The CVT transmission is smooth. One thing, though: if you are at a stop light and the Idle AutoStop feature has been activated, every now and then when you let up on the brake pedal so the ICE can kick in again, sometimes you may feel a small lurch...not of movement, but just a physical feeling that the gas engine took a breath again. I'm amazed that in over 3.5 years of ownership, I've only ever had do deal with oil changes, which last for longer spans between changes compared to what other vehicles may suggest. The car fits 5 adults quite comfortably; I've done many a trip with a full car. Trunk space is quite adequate (2 large suitcases & 2 small suitcases easy), but don't look for a pass-thru: the back seat does not fold down due to the location of the vehicle's self-charging/regenerating battery pack. On a hot day, you may feel the A/C working slower, conversely feeling that the car is slower -- it's only from using extra battery power to start moving from a stop while helping to power other components. That said, interior and exterior styling is contemporary, modern and look high-tech. Plastics do not look cheap; everything is solidly built in. The Civic Hybrid appears classy, competing with the looks of many other luxury cars on the road today. I purchased the model that included the built-in navigation unit, which has saved me money & maintenance on hand-held units and also saved me from many unknown locations I've found myself in. The 2009 model year offered additional options such as leather seats (heated front) and bluetooth connectivity. Overall, I have been very happy with the Honda Civic Hybrid. If you research & understand it well, then the car will sell itself to you.
Comfort
Performance
Handling
Exterior Styling
Interior Design
Features
Value for the Money
Reliability

Purchased a used car

Uses car for Commuting

Does recommend this car

5 out of 5 people found this review helpful. Did you?

A great car, but below expectations

by from Boise, ID on December 8, 2010

I love my 2007 Civic Hybrid, just bought it with 27,000 miles on it. It runs very smoothly and the mileage has been very good, not quite the 49-51 mpg that were advertised, but far better than a gas-o...
I love my 2007 Civic Hybrid, just bought it with 27,000 miles on it. It runs very smoothly and the mileage has been very good, not quite the 49-51 mpg that were advertised, but far better than a gas-only vehicle. Then when the cold weather hit us harder than usual and earlier than usual, my mpg dropped significantly, down to 25ish depending on whether I have to warm the vehicle much before driving. Disappointing, but understandable. Overall, I'm still extremely satisfied with my purchase. No surprise, Honda comes through again.
Comfort
Performance
Exterior Styling
Interior Design
Value for the Money
Reliability

Purchased a used car

Uses car for Just getting around

Does recommend this car

4 out of 4 people found this review helpful. Did you?

The Perfect Commuter Car

by from Southern California on May 8, 2007

I may have over-thought and over-researched the purchase of my Civic Hybrid, but, hey, that's who I am. After a mere two weeks, here are my observations. I LOVE it! I love the split dash, with the red...
I may have over-thought and over-researched the purchase of my Civic Hybrid, but, hey, that's who I am. After a mere two weeks, here are my observations. I LOVE it! I love the split dash, with the redundant digital speedometer up-top. And it's true, watching the MPG gauge and assist (electric motor usage) gauge are addicting. I am so glad I got the navigation system. It's a hoot! I love the on-screen radio controls and all the toys that come along with the navi. My daily commute is long, so comfort and entertainment are high on my list. I am totally stoked. The first week I drove like a hybrid driver, slow acceleration, my attention affixed to the MPG gauge, doing what it took to maximize mileage. I averaged 48 MPG. The second week, I drove like I drove before the hybrid, a touch aggressive and always 10 MPH over the speed limit, with some air-conditioner usage. I averaged 40 MPG. 3 grandkids in the backseat fit without a problem. (The only problem is they all wanted the front seat to play with the radio/navigation.) I made my 27 y.o. son ride in the back and he said it was fine. This is the perfect commuter car.
Comfort
Performance
Handling
Exterior Styling
Interior Design
Features
Value for the Money
Reliability

Purchased a used car

Does recommend this car

4 out of 4 people found this review helpful. Did you?

Works Great for me!

by from Lodi CA on November 16, 2008

I have actually been very pleasantly surprised by this car. I routinely get 45-49 on the highway but about 40 in the city. I feel safe in it and I actually like the split display and especially how it...
I have actually been very pleasantly surprised by this car. I routinely get 45-49 on the highway but about 40 in the city. I feel safe in it and I actually like the split display and especially how it is lit a night.
Comfort
Performance
Handling
Exterior Styling
Interior Design
Features
Value for the Money
Reliability

Purchased a used car

Uses car for Commuting

Does recommend this car

3 out of 3 people found this review helpful. Did you?

Great Looking Car with Decent Performance

by from Annapolis, MD on May 5, 2013

I was instantly drawn to 2006-2011 Civic for its great look, inside and out. The design car out seven years ago and still looks sharper, better than warm-over, more recent Civic. My friend had a 2006 ...
I was instantly drawn to 2006-2011 Civic for its great look, inside and out. The design car out seven years ago and still looks sharper, better than warm-over, more recent Civic. My friend had a 2006 Civic and I loved the way the speedometer and interior looked. So when my 2005 Scion xB was totaled, I decided to give it a shot. I wanted a hybrid for the excellent fuel economy, so I narrowed my search down to between the Civic Hybrid and Toyota Prius. Obviously, the Civic won out. Firstly, what I like most about my Civic is the excellent looking interior, with the futuristic speedometer, AUX port located right where you want it for playing music, and the Navy blue seats and two-tone dashboard. I also like the somewhat dorky looking hubcaps. My average MPGs fall between 35 and 40, depending on how much highway driving I do and if I use the A/C or heater. Highway driving is smooth and predictable. On the negative side, the hybrid powertrain appears unrefined at times. On occasion, the car will tend to jerk forward if i press the gas pedal right after releasing the brake. Although this isn't a huge deal, it can become annoying at times. Also, I can never quite find the sweet spot when adjusting my seat. Finally, oil changes have more than doubled for me since losing my Scion and now cost around $85 on average for the hybrid's synthetic oil. Although this isn't a perfect car, it is still a good car and has not given me any issues thus far. In hindsight, I wish I went for another boxy car because I miss the room my xB gave me. However, it's antiquated 4-speed transmission and obtrusive shape could not help it match the fuel economy of my Civic. Although the Civic doesn't achieve the 50mpg it first claimed, it is still a great car and I am happy with my purchase.
Comfort
Performance
Exterior Styling
Interior Design
Value for the Money
Reliability

Purchased a used car

Uses car for Commuting

Does recommend this car

2 out of 2 people found this review helpful. Did you?

This is a great commuter car

by from on December 1, 2009

I just recently purchased a Hybrid. I am very pleased with it so far. I went from an SUV to this, and needless to say I enjoy not having to fill up as often. It's not quite as comfortable as I would h...
I just recently purchased a Hybrid. I am very pleased with it so far. I went from an SUV to this, and needless to say I enjoy not having to fill up as often. It's not quite as comfortable as I would have wanted, but I can sacrifice that for the MPG. I am averaging about 45. I find that if you accelerate a bit slower with this car that it will up your MPG a bit.
Comfort
Performance
Handling
Exterior Styling
Interior Design
Features
Value for the Money
Reliability

Purchased a used car

Uses car for Commuting

Does recommend this car

8 out of 9 people found this review helpful. Did you?

Similar Models

Select up to three models to compare with the 2007 honda civic_hybrid