If vanilla were a car....
July 3, 2018
From purchase in 2016 I have put 45,000 miles on the car. When i purchased the vehicle, price was a strong selling point as well as the advertised MPG. So far I have replaced the AC condenser and compressor (consumer reports lists this as common in the 60k range) and replaced tires, transmission fluid and oil. If you follow the maintenance schedule, I am sure the car will be fine until the hybrid batteries fail.
On to the fun stuff.
This car is painfully slow. Like, don't pull out in front of anyone ever slow. I thought this would be a perk that would force me to get good fuel economy. I was so wrong - this is a feature that has regularly made me think I was going to die. Sometimes, you pin the throttle and the car falls flat on its smiling blue face. Oddly enough, I haven't been rear-ended in it yet, or met my end getting broadsided. What I am getting at here, is no car should fall flat on it's face when you hit the gas like this one does. Sometimes I consider it a bit unpredictable.
On to fuel economy - 44MPG city is a joke... look at it more like 34 on the regular combined mileage if you do any city at all. I drive 60+ miles a day, mainly highway - and average 37mpg with econ on. Yes - you can get higher than that by driving 55mph and really babying it, but sometimes you just have to get to work and it isn't realistic for all people.
I mean, at 6 '1 and 300+lbs. I am more of the problem than the car most of the time. This car fits me fine and is exceptionally comfortable, although the drivers seat is breaking down on the bolsters and the left hand side from entering and exit. This is common in an economy car and is expected. The rear passenger compartment is fine for my kids - 8 year old is a bit leg cramped these days, and don't expect to ever get 5 people in this thing comfortably. It is a Civic people - if you need to fit 5 they better be close friends.
Road Noise - This is a problem. It isn't a quiet drive.
Ride Height - I drove lowered vehicles all my life. This car seems to drag coke bottles down the highway. I have never had a stock vehicle drag as much as this one does. I am used to hitting things at angles and maneuvering low cars - this thing is no fun to manage road obstacles with.
wheel / tire -
I have put a ton of tires on this thing. The lighter tires for the hybrid seem to take punctures much more easily, and I may be alone in this, but I have replaced a ton of tires.
Replace the trans fluid about every other oil change. Use the Honda fluid. If you don't, you gon slip. For real - the maintenance from Honda is spot on and you will start to notice performance issues riht at the maintenance points. They couldn't have done better on this.
Paint is fine, dash is fine, electronics all seem to work fine. Not a show car, never going to win a race, and not the best on gas - but the car will get you there and is cheap and reliable. Just follow maintenance and you can't go wrong.
I would probably recommend it to a friend who hates cars. I shouldn't have bought it because I am bored with it, but you may like never having a second thought about the appliance in your driveway. Perfect car for someone who just wants it to work.