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    2008 Honda Civic Hybrid

    Really good, but could be better

    Pros: XM Radio

    Cons: Hard seats

    I got the one with Nav, and this is one place where Honda needs to improve. When I pay $25000.00 for a car, it seems a bit greedy to have to pay $189.00 every year or so to get the new maps. Especially when my $99 .00 Magellen is more accurate. I also wasn't too thrilled to find my door protector on the ground one day less than a year after I bought the car. That's a $140.00 fix that should never be needed. That being said, I have gotten 50 MPG on occasion, and pretty much can count on 40+. The ride is good although the seats could be more comfortable. Rear legroom is excellent. Acceleration sucks, but then again, it is a hybrid. I can get to highway speed OK, but gently. Back to the Nav, I like the integration with the radio and climate control, but I wish the thing understood English. Then again my friend's Cadillac does no better. Over all, I would buy another one. That being said, my next car will probably be a Malibu hybrid. I want to buy American.

    • Recommend this vehicle to a friend? Yes
    • How long have you owned this vehicle? 2 years
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    2008 Mazda Tribute Hybrid

    Ford does not honor warranty/repair on Mazda hybri

    Pros: leather interior and upgrades in the Tribute hybrid Grand Touring

    Cons: A/C will not run on the hybrid power.

    In 2008, Ford and Mazda had a joint pilot program of the Mazda hybrid Tribute SUV. This was a Mazda that guaranteed repair from Mazda combined with Ford's hybrid techs/budget for the hybrid power train. It was a twin to the Ford Escape hybrid. I bought one and Ford refused to honor provision of the hybrid warranty (at most dealers) and repairs. Mazda says that there is no such car when I have problems. Buyers of new tech hybrids should be aware of possible problems like this.

    • Recommend this vehicle to a friend? No
    • How long have you owned this vehicle? 2 years
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    2010 Honda Civic Hybrid

    Value Priced + 43 MPG

    Pros: The Hybrid Mileage

    Cons: the acceleration and cornering

    I purchased my Atomic Blue 2010 Honda Hybrid Civic in late Nov. 2009 and have clocked 5000 trouble free miles since. The car has reliably delivered 38 to 43 MPG despite my lead foot, not being broken in, and the A/C cranked with our 38+ over 90* days thus far this summer. Purchased thru the internet from a 5 star dealer in Virginia Beach, Va.. my return 300 miledrive to Nj was pleasurable and quiet. I opted for the leather interior package and the seats are firm and comfy... the cabin is quiet and the controls are easy to reach and read..though the steering wheel buttons are small and take a while to get used to. Acceration is barely adequate but just enough... cornering is somewhat shaky.. body roll prevalent along with screaming tires (which will be the first thing to go).. I am soewhat disappointed that this car doesn't at least handle as well as a normal Civic and I feel it's beacause of the skimpy 195/65/15 radials... The A/c and heat both crank! I like the digital speedometer display and the dash layout.. The engines revs to 7000 PRM's with the CVT trans... sometimes sounding like it wished it could shift... but it never gives up... and the car climbs hills on the pA turnpike and elsewhere regardless while still delivering the 40+ MPG and a smooth ride on the highway.. The trunk is alittle smaller.. and so the gas tank... but $15 a week in fuel will likely get you everywhere you want and still leave some for where others want you to drive them.. I added the factory underspoilers and fog lamps, plus the accessory auto dimming mirror and compass, and the bass boost as DIY projects. I got what I though was a fair price from a dealer and salesperson that delivered top of the heap service. I use this car to travel hundreds of miles in a day or weekend to travel to hiking venues and it's well worth paying the extra money to be fuel efficient and get that Eco car preferred parking along the turnpike.

    • Recommend this vehicle to a friend? Yes
    • How long have you owned this vehicle? 1 year
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    2006 Toyota Prius

    Best I have had - - since 1950!

    Pros: Hybrid Drive - - wish it was all-electric

    Cons: no dislikes

    A nice vehicle, larger inside than it looks. Controls are easy, once you learn to start & shift with the brake on. Recalls have been trivial.

    • Recommend this vehicle to a friend? Yes
    • How long have you owned this vehicle? 5 years
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    2008 Nissan Altima Hybrid

    Best car we've owned

    Pros: The Bose / Navigation or the fact the engine shuts waiting at the intersection is great.

    Cons: The front seats could be a little more comfortable on long trips and I top of the line hybrid costs the most, it should come with fog lamps.

    Over the years as a couple we have had many cars and trucks. It has been the most reliable, trouble free and doesn't need to go back to the dealer car we have experienced.

    • Recommend this vehicle to a friend? Yes
    • How long have you owned this vehicle? 2 years
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    2005 Toyota Prius

    Best Car I Ever Owned: Prius

    Pros: 52 MPG on the highway, fully loaded with people and cargo

    Cons: Glove compartment finish on 2005 model scratches easily

    As kids we thought of taking energy from braking with generators, be we couldn't control the process fast enough with mechanical switching. 30= years later fast microcomputers made it all controllable. Besides the excellent technology, the appointments, gadgets, and performance are great. Traction control on ice and hard pack snow is marvelous. This is bar-none the best vehicle I have ever owned in my 45 years of driving.

    • Recommend this vehicle to a friend? Yes
    • How long have you owned this vehicle? 5 years
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    2008 Mazda Tribute Hybrid

    Hybrid warranty and repair not available at Ford

    Pros: 32 mpg

    Cons: A/C demands a lot of gas to run

    I bought the hybrid Tribute in the Mazda limited production program in 2008 in CA. Now, Ford does not honor its commitment to Mazda for hybrid repairs, especially outside CA. I was stranded in Ft Lauderdale because no Ford dealer would use its budget to diagnose and repair the defective hybrid power train part. In fact, I was told repeatedly by Mazda and Ford that no such car existed. I bought with the assurance that Ford would provide the hybrid repairs nationally using the Ford Escape hybrid techs. This car is a lemon and never should have been sold. I do not trust Ford anymore and would never buy a hybrid from them.

    • Recommend this vehicle to a friend? No
    • How long have you owned this vehicle? 2 years