Used Hybrids Ratings

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    2003 Honda Civic - Hatchback

    Pros: seats, engine, gear shifter

    Cons: marginal waranty

    Advice: buy this car

    I bought my new Si a couple of months ago but wanted to wait a while before I wrote the review. I now have 5,000 miles on it and love it more now than when I bought it. I considered the Gti and Mini Cooper at the time but Honda reliabilty won me over. The performance could be a little more but this is still very fast car and no worry of turbo or supercharger going out. I really love the looks and the tires don't seem small to me like some others I have heard. Plus the 15 inchers are pretty resonable when time to replace tires. Finally it has without a doubt the best seat(front and back) in its class. Headroom in the back is awesome, I can easily get four fullsize guys inside without a problem. This car is hot!!!

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    2003 Honda Civic - Hybrid (CVT) Sedan

    Pros: CVT Transmission

    Cons: nothing

    Advice: Buy one. All cars should be available as hybrids.

    I look forward to driving to work again. The auto-stop feature is cool, the CVT transmission is very smooth, the mileage is amazing and the quiet ride is relaxing. What a great way to conserve the Earth's resources for our kids with no sacrifice; this car is awesome. Hats off to Honda for the fantastic engineering. I hope this car will inspire many additonal hybrid vehicles.

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    2003 Honda Civic - Hatchback

    Pros: Front bucket seats

    Cons: wheels and tires too small

    Advice: test drive it more than once

    Fun to drive, will be funner when I get my additions done to it. Sometimes a little too eager to run, must watch the tach, it can quickly pass its low 6800 rpm redline in first and second without much effort. It has a love it or hate it appearance, i hated it at first but i grew on me and now i like its looks. Drives good, good suspension, transmission, great front buckets, shifter position takes some getting used to but is wonderful when you learn to use it. Good car.

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    2003 Toyota Prius - Base

    Pros: The visual display of engine motor usage

    Cons: isn't anything I don't like about it

    Advice: This type of car can really get the USA off foreign oil and it is fun to drive

    I found the Prius to have extremely good handling characteristics and the seating (roomy) rivals the Mark VII I was driving. I love the instrument panel.

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    2003 Honda Civic - Hybrid (CVT) Sedan

    Pros: The engine shuts down while you're stopped. Completely quiet, no emissions, no waste.

    Cons: Pickup is a little slow.

    Advice: I love it.

    Good handling, very quiet, very comfortable. I was worried that this car wouldn't make it in the mountains, but it took the steep grades in the Rockies at 60 mph with the air conditioner on. It's not a racing car, but it does have enough power.

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    2003 Toyota Prius - Base

    Pros: I purchased primarily for low emissions

    Cons: Tough question. OK

    Advice: For up to 4 1/2 people

    I used to drive a 1960's era Mercedes, and thought it was just about the perfect vehicle. The Prius changed my mind. Longest road trip to date 3500 miles in a week - enjoyed it all, even west Texas!. At highway speeds at or below 75 mph, 45 mpg is typical. The 2001 model sold in US did not offer cruise control; installed the OEM part myself with no difficulties. 'Water-clear' oil after 2000 mi (low duty cycle on the gas engine) and negligible brake pad wear after 28000 mi (regenerative braking) suggest long-term maintenance costs will be low in areas I have not seen addressed in published reviews. As to those, they seem to underrate its performance. Drive it yourself.

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    2003 Honda Civic - Hybrid (M5) Sedan

    Pros: fuel economy with no sacrifice of style

    Cons: underpowered on long highway uphills (but you charge the battery on downhills!)

    Advice: It's a Civic! And a Hybrid. What more could you want?

    In the city, the hybrid handles as well or better than other gasoline powered cars we've driven. It takes a day or two to get used to the novelty of the complete engine shutdown at stops, but only because it's so pleasantly surprising. You keep thinking you've stalled, but, no, it picks up and goes instantly when you're ready. The ability to generate power when braking is fantastic. You end up watching the dials and playing a 'beat your last best mileage game'. We're getting 45 mpg in the city and up to 54 mpg on long highway trips (5 speed manual transmission). We went on a 420 mile trip using only 2/3 of a tank of gas!The engine is seriously underpowered on long highway hills and mountain passes when the electric assist is exhausted. It's not a highway dragster; don't get it if you want to pass at high speed. Get it if you're willing to accelerate moderately and cruise at 65-75 mph. Other than lacking highway power, it drives great and handles great in all situations. Feels great to drive. The layout of the dials (and you do watch the dials!) are far superior to the Toyota Prius. The Prius tries to be novel and is probably the slightly more 'green' car, but the Civic is simply a great car that happens to be hybrid. If you don't care about the new technology, the Toyota Echo, and Civic LX or DX are better buys. But this is the car that makes you feel like you've done the right thing and helps convince your friends and neighbors that this technology is here to stay.