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Hybrids Ratings

Getting firsthand information from an actual car owner is one sure way to get an idea of car performance once it leaves the lot. Autobytel features real consumer reviews that give the unbiased experience of a car.

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    5/15/2003 4:17:37 PM

    2002 Toyota Prius - Base

    Pros: gas mileage

    Cons: interior lacks imagination and creature comforts. Service at dealerships.

    Advice: Find a good dealership for service.

    I drive lots of short trips and this car is great. It is not for long trips as the seats are small and stiff, but it does have plenty of room for hauling kids and stuff around.

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    5/14/2003 6:31:58 PM

    2003 Honda Civic - Hybrid (M5) Sedan

    Pros: instrament panel

    Cons: lack of cup holders

    Advice: have fun

    The car is peppy and fun to drive. The 500 miles per tank of gas makes driving a pleasure. This car is for commuting and is a pleasure.

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    5/11/2003 8:21:46 PM

    2003 Honda Civic - EX (A4) Sedan

    Pros: Build quality, acceleration, ride and noise levels

    Cons: Air conditioning and driver's seat adjustment

    Advice: Check the a/c, especially in warmer climes

    The build quality of this vehicle is impressive. The ride and noise levels are on a par with larger and more expensive vehicles. The seats are very comfortable, with good thigh and lateral support. Acceleration is very adequate, especially off the line. In my opinion the only drawbacks to this vehicle are the air conditioning and driver's seat adjustment. The a/c fan makes a lot of noise, but doesn't seem to move much air. In my Florida test drive, the fan had to be kept at higher speeds to keep the car cool on three different Civics. The driver's side seat height adjustment knob is difficult to grasp due to inadequate space between seat and door-I almost had to open the door to operate it. Also,the knob is stiff and hard to turn when attempting to adjust the seat higher.

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    5/1/2003 4:32:54 PM

    2003 Honda Civic - Hybrid (CVT) Sedan

    Pros: It's so clean and quiet.

    Cons: I wish it had power seat controls.

    Advice: Do your homework . I found the internet to be extremely helpful in determining a fair price for the car.

    I bought the car 6 weeks ago and love it. To turn the ignition as the garage door is going up and not smell any exhaust is amazing! It is a pleasure to drive....and fun.

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    5/1/2003 11:31:24 AM

    2003 Honda Civic - Hybrid (CVT) Sedan

    Pros: Gas mileage, CVT

    Cons: nothing

    Advice: try it, like it, buy it

    ABSOLUTELY AMAZING VEHICLE!!! I've been driving my Civic Hybrid CVT for about 3 months now. I drive 87 miles round trip to work and home, I get anywhere from 48mpg to 53mpg. The car has plenty of power for the 85-93HP engine. The electric motor reaches maximum torque at 1000 RPMs so you have an immediate 13 HP when you are stopped at a light (not that you would want to race it, but it will beat a regular civic off the line). The car is SO quiet, especially when the auto-stop feature engages at a stoplight. The car is a dream...

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    4/24/2003 12:05:35 PM

    2003 Honda Civic - EX w/Side SRS (A4) Sedan

    Pros: Gas mileage

    Cons: Not much power

    Advice: It's a great buy for the money

    Very smooth ride. Great features and the gas mileage is accurate.

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    4/10/2003 9:26:41 PM

    2003 Honda Civic - Hybrid (M5) Sedan

    Pros: Engine mpg

    Cons: No sunroof available

    Advice: Drive both the manual and automatic transmissions

    Seats were comfortable; pick up is good (better in the manual transmission) and shifting smooth. Sound system is easy to adjust and gauges are fascinating.