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.