2008 Honda Civic Hybrid
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Great Safe Vehicle

by from La Crosse area, WI on November 2, 2010

This is my 2nd Honda Civic Hybrid! Although it seems small, it is actually pretty roomy inside. My first Civic Hybrid was a 2006 - I was hit head-on doing 55MPH and came out with only bruised ribs & b...
This is my 2nd Honda Civic Hybrid! Although it seems small, it is actually pretty roomy inside. My first Civic Hybrid was a 2006 - I was hit head-on doing 55MPH and came out with only bruised ribs & bruised wrist. Airbags & seatbelt worked great. I didn't get burned by airbags either. It was totalled because they had to use the jaws-of-life to get me out. Both the police & fire department couldn't believe I walked away. I owe Honda my life! It is certainly a safe car! The car did what it was supposed to do - the outside metal wrinkled like a pop can but the "cage" frame didn't move & completely protected me. As far as comfort & interior design, I wish there were more options but I also had a loaded Yukon prior to this. I do wish it had better rims! Something more sporty! Once I got my confidence back after my accident, I wanted another one. Great gas mileage (35-40+)and great looking car. Overall, I would buy another one or tell my friends/family to get one for sure.
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Tires are worthless.

by from Chicago, Illinois on September 3, 2010

The factory tires (Dunlop SP 31) that came with the car have no traction in the snow and will only last about 20 - 25,000 miles, then you'll have to buy new ones. Additionally, on the 2008 hybrid you ...
The factory tires (Dunlop SP 31) that came with the car have no traction in the snow and will only last about 20 - 25,000 miles, then you'll have to buy new ones. Additionally, on the 2008 hybrid you can't see the hood of the car, as opposed to the 2003 hybrids, so it makes parking and knowing where the front of the car is on turns, that much harder. Everything else appears to be fine and the interior is definitely better than the 2003 hybrid.
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HCH Fan?

by from RI on October 25, 2010

Overall I think the HCH is a great car. If you drive it properly and perform proper maintenance, like any vehicle, it will provide as advertised, except for resale. My mileage is a overall 43.4 - 44.8...
Overall I think the HCH is a great car. If you drive it properly and perform proper maintenance, like any vehicle, it will provide as advertised, except for resale. My mileage is a overall 43.4 - 44.8. It's comfortable for what it is, a compact high fuel mileage vehicle. It's performance is good for what the vehicle delivers in mileage and it has been exceptionally reliable except for reflashes that do not correct the few nuenses. I was able to squeeze 28500k out of the 30k rated tires, by rotating, and replaced them with Michelin Primicy's, which are far and beyond superior. The downfall of this vehicle seems to be the perceived trade in value offered by dealers. How do they expect to sell them if they condemn them when people want to trade them in for a new one? Private parties tend to sell at a premium. My reccomendation is to drive it for a long time to receive the payoff.
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Early opinions of the Civic hybrid, 2008 model

by from Bradenton, Fl on December 13, 2007

This car is easy to overlook at the dealer, since you'll see only subtle differences between the hybrid and conventional Civic. In fact, this car was purchased more from the aspect of technical intrig...
This car is easy to overlook at the dealer, since you'll see only subtle differences between the hybrid and conventional Civic. In fact, this car was purchased more from the aspect of technical intrigue, than just the economy of use. Initial impressions: Testers report that performance is rather meager..it is, compared to more powerful cars in the Civic or the Accord line, but who cares? The car was intended for commuting, ease of parking, and general challenges of stop and go. No need for V8 performance there. But, on the first trip home from the dealer, I was astounded to see 49.8 mpg on the computer screen readout. This being accomplished by careful driving, not so much to impress with the mpg, but since the car is new, I wanted to give it some break-in considerations; despite the dealer stating it 'was not required.' The car has nav, and it seems easy to use. The radio is adequate, but won't win over teenagers used to chest thumping stereos. What would impress anyone is the relative quietness, and overall clever use of space, and simple, quiet way the computers organize the driveline management to deliver the mileage. The bottom line: If you want to gain economy. and would like to frequent gas stations less, something has to give. What you have to give up is any thoughts of blistering acceleration, dealing with the smallish trunk with 10 cu. ft of luggage space, the lack of sunroof option, as well as no Bluetooth. If what you need is a car that is reliable, can more than keep up with commuter traffic, and you have a commute of some distance each day, or, plan on keeping the car 100k or so over several years, buy one. Do this before the next gas crunch hits, and the dealers jack up the price. I am fortunate to have a relatively new Corvette C6 as well as the Civic, and I do find the Civic, in its own sensible way, probably more logical and just as compelling to drive as the C6. Both cars would put a smile on anyone's face, but, the Civic would charge less to do it.
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Great overall car

by from Okemos, Michigan on July 5, 2008

I have owned this car with NAV for over a year and it has 38,000 miles. It has averaged 40 MPG and has been very reliable. Handling is excellent and it is a great car to take on trips with 2 kids. I w...
I have owned this car with NAV for over a year and it has 38,000 miles. It has averaged 40 MPG and has been very reliable. Handling is excellent and it is a great car to take on trips with 2 kids. I would highly recommend it. Only negative is reduced MPG in harsh winters and expensive oil changes.
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nothing but problem

by from ALBERTA, CANADA on February 22, 2016

bought this car brand new. so many problem from the get go. . Hate this car. Honda dealership is no help. every time the engine light come up, it cost a fortune for the mechanic to diagnose, now the b...
bought this car brand new. so many problem from the get go. . Hate this car. Honda dealership is no help. every time the engine light come up, it cost a fortune for the mechanic to diagnose, now the battery is costing a fortune. WARNING: DO NOT BUY THIS CAR.
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Best Car I've Ever Owned

by from Colorado Springs, CO on October 24, 2011

I had been considering getting a hybrid for several years but just kept putting it off, I am kicking myself for waiting so long! I love my 2008 Honda Civic Hybrid. I've had it for 3 months and have lo...
I had been considering getting a hybrid for several years but just kept putting it off, I am kicking myself for waiting so long! I love my 2008 Honda Civic Hybrid. I've had it for 3 months and have loved every minute of it! I drive 140+ miles/day 5 days a week and consistently get 45+ mpg. I am saving enough in gas to make my car payment! I was hesitant switching from a SUV to a much smaller Civic afraid I was going to compromise comfort and space and haven't felt that way at all. With a few small adjustments I can load up the dogs and head out for our weekend adventures in comfort. Hands down the best car decision I've ever made.
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pleasant surprise

by from Pennsylvania on April 25, 2008

I purchased the Civic Hybrid in anticipation of $4.00 per gallon gas. I was expecting good gas mileage but a not-so-good driving experience. Boy was I wrong. The car handles like a dream and has bette...
I purchased the Civic Hybrid in anticipation of $4.00 per gallon gas. I was expecting good gas mileage but a not-so-good driving experience. Boy was I wrong. The car handles like a dream and has better acceleration than I expected. More important, I have only filled the car three times in 1500 miles - 44 mpg average!! I bought the nav system. It took a while to learn the system, but I now love it. My neighbor purchased a Prius about 6 months ago. He gets slightly better gas mileage, but he paid $2000 more than I did for his fully loaded Prius and he will not receive a tax credit. I wish the car had Bluetooth and rear cup holders, but these are relatively minor concerns. Overall, this is the best new car I have purchased in twenty years.
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This is our 2nd Civic Hybrid

by from Kansas City, MO on June 28, 2008

This is our 2nd Civic Hybrid. We had a 2003 that averaged 42 mpg over 102,000 miles without a hiccup. The 2008 is getting even better mileage, and is a bit roomier inside. I drive 60+ miles daily roun...
This is our 2nd Civic Hybrid. We had a 2003 that averaged 42 mpg over 102,000 miles without a hiccup. The 2008 is getting even better mileage, and is a bit roomier inside. I drive 60+ miles daily round trip to work, and absolutely love this car!
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A Hybrid that's Affordable & a Real Car too!

by from Thousand Oaks, CA on May 29, 2008

Excellent giddy-up and go. Handles marvelously in traffic, in town, and weekend adventure treks. The interior is roomier than it looks from the outside. Comfortable for everyone whether driver or pass...
Excellent giddy-up and go. Handles marvelously in traffic, in town, and weekend adventure treks. The interior is roomier than it looks from the outside. Comfortable for everyone whether driver or passengers. Safety features are well thought out as are the controls -- such as understanding how one's driving and braking and the road conditions are affecting the use of the electric vs. gas portions of the hybrid system. The autostop feature (turns off the gas engine and uses the electrical/battery) when stopped at a light or in traffic is excellent -- especially as Honda has arranged for the air conditioning to run off the electrical/battery at these times too. Highly recommend this car! We've previously owned Honda Accords. Originally wasn't going to consider this Civic Hybrid because think of Civics as too small. This one is closer to the size of Accords. A real treat to drive with the GPS and XM radio. Our family of 4 is enjoying this car enormously -- including the new driver in the household.
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