Buying a hybrid car no longer means compromise in terms of interior space, cargo room, and driving dynamics. In the past few months, I’ve driven the excellent Ford Fusion Energi, the impressive Kia Optima Hybrid, and now this, the 2013 Honda Civic Hybrid. Though each displays certain character traits common to the breed, all three are more refined and better packaged than hybrids of the past, making them more appealing to car buyers considering this type of vehicle.
Honda redesigned the Civic Hybrid for the 2012 model year, and has made a significant number of updates for 2013. The car’s design is refined inside and out, and the cabin includes improved materials and execution. Several new standard features are added this year, and Honda has upgraded the Civic Hybrid’s standard and optional safety equipment while re-tuning the steering and suspension for improved driving dynamics.
My family and I spent a week with the refreshed 2013 Civic Hybrid, doing the kinds of things families do with a 4-door sedan. While we used the car as our daily driver, the word “compromise” never entered the conversation.