I purchased this car to explore the hybrid technology and take advantage of fuel economy etc. It is a good basic car. The feel of the bodywork is a little flimsy, but everything you would expect from ...
I purchased this car to explore the hybrid technology and take advantage of fuel economy etc. It is a good basic car. The feel of the bodywork is a little flimsy, but everything you would expect from an economy car. I quite like this car as a simple functional vehicle, and if Honda record proves true I expect it to work for a long time. That being said, I will focus on highlighting flaws and drawbacks to consider.
The single greatest flaw of this vehicle is visibility. This vehicle has the worst direct visibility of any vehicle I have driven in 37 years. Visibility was clearly sacrificed to styling with narrowed windows, and poor placement of structural stability elements creating many blind spots. The mirrors help to compensate, but there is no substitute for direct vision.
The vehicle does not appear to have a "battery only" operating mode, so the engine always engages when in operation. The hybrid aspect comes from battery assistance, and auto shutoff of motor to improve fuel efficiency. One of the results of the auto shut off appears to be that when you stop and the engine shuts off so does the A/C. The fan continues, but on a hot day you can feel the difference.
When used as a hatchback, dropping the rear seats is useful, but very limited headroom in the rear, too low for a medium sized dog.
Glove compartment and additional storage areas are very small but functional.
Some of the controls are odd and take a little getting used to, A/C control being one of them.
The vehicle sits and rides pretty low and sporty, so watch your head getting in & out if you are average height (5'9"), but drop the seat back and there is plenty of legroom.
The ride is pretty smooth, but minimal suspension makes the ride quite firm.
Overall a decent car, at 40-44 MPG there are many non hybrids that come quite close (Civic) with better performance. A few basic design modifications could have made it truly impressive.