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Pros: GPS system
Cons: The ride.Not comfortable on any long ride. Performance is not too bad. GPS system is the best I have seen. For a short commuter car this is probably the best. For a family car, it is not my first choice.
Really good, but could be better
Pros: XM Radio
Cons: Hard seatsI 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.
Value Priced + 43 MPG
Pros: The Hybrid Mileage
Cons: the acceleration and corneringI 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.
Below average except for mpg
Pros: MPG is its only redeaming feature
Cons: NoiseI've owned over 20 cars and this car has the worst cabin noise of them all. The road noise and final drive noise makes me reach for the earplugs.
Cons: uneven tire wearhave 20m miles and the tires are wearing unevenly and the inside belts broke on 2 tires I had to replace all 4 tires
0-60 in 10 minutes
Pros: I like the windshield wipers and the ipod dock that allows me to play it on my car stereo.
Cons: Everything mentioned above. I suppose the worst is the accelerationa and braking delays. It cannot get out of its own way on highwayentrances.OK, I wanted a hybrid for all the usual reasons: use less fossil fuel, create less carbon emissions, support attempts at changing technologies and ultimately removing our dependence on oil. This car has some cool features: a usb port for my ipod, and windshield wipers that truly clear the windshield because they move independently to the middle and out again. But, this car is basically annoying. To start with, peripheral visibility through the windshield is poor for the driver. When turning or going around a bend, I have to lean over the steering wheel to peer past the sides of the windshield and see what is ahead of me. Next, is the annoying built in feature of all the doors, except for the driver's side door, remaining locked after the car stops, is put in park and turned off. It makes sense to lock them all when the car is moving, but why must they all be locked when you stop the car?! Acceleration is poor and there is a delay in both acceleration and braking that makes it difficult to do either smoothly. I am not the only one to note this. My husband, friends, and 32 y/o son all noted the same thing. when you start to accelerate, nothing happens and then suddenly, the car bursts forward. The car cannot get out of its own way which is fine until you are trying to enter a highway or parkway in NYC or elsewhere. It's basically dangerous. Uphill is even worse. I live in northern NY. Lots of snow. Even with snow tires, I've learned to avoid certain roads. When you initiate braking, it stops hard at first, and the normal adjustment is to lighten pressure on the brake pedal, but the deceleration doesn't continue smoothly. Suddenly to come to a full stop, you have to readjust and jam the brakes to stop completely. It is not smooth. Mileage is around 30-35 mpg. Good, but not the special fantastic mileage I expected from a hybrid. I could get that with a traditional engine fuel efficient car. As it is a smaller car, with a very small trunk, it would be helpful if the rear seats folded down to create extra room when needed. They don't. I have had to borrow cars to transport things from the hardware and garden stores. If the seats folded down, the items would have fit. Overall, I would not recommend this car unless all those annoying little features would not bother the buyer.
Pros: automatic engine shut-off when waiting at a red light
Cons: only cloth interior availableAfter two and a half years I have yet to have a problem. I usually get 50 miles to the gallon (better than the EPA estimate) and I've put 5 adults - comfortably - in the car.