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Pros: sporty looking
Cons: did not have electic seatssuper gas milage looks awsome and has a good smooth ride and is very comfortable
Honda Insight-the car you can't get any more
Pros: Gas mileage and Honda quality
Cons: It can be noisy...but who cares?This review is for the 2006 Honda Insight. That year was the last year of manufacture for this very unusual car. First, it is a two-passenger car. Second, it gets 76 to 80 miles per gallon when driven according to the owner's manual. And third, Honda brought back the Insight brand as a four-passenger this year, but it only get about 60 miles per gallon. My 2006 Insight makes no pretenses concerning comfort, quietness or ride. It was made as light as possible which left off things like sound insulation and comfortable seats. The pay off with this terrific car is the fact that it is the most economical vehicle to operate on the face of the planet; no car, not Prius, not anyone can come close. I commute 84 miles per day. At the end of five days, my fill-up is 7.5 gallons of gas. If you can find one of these, buy it.
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
05 Accord V-6
Cons: road noiseNice car, with a great engine and tight steering response. Have had brake problems, and replaced rotors twice, but that's the only thing that has needed replaced. Noisier than the Camry it replaced. I may jump to the Sonata next time.
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.
Don't worry about gas prices
Pros: MPG and fun to drive
Cons: back seat roomWe love this little car. Bought it in August 2009 and have driven it 10,000 miles without worry of gas prices. Very comfortable and fun to drive. My wife and I play a game (which this car teaches you how to play) to see how high a miles per gallon we can get. So far 54mpg is our top!
2003 Honda Civil LX 5 speed
Pros: smooth manual, great MPG's
Cons: interior door fabric cheapBest of the non hybrid high MPG cars. 100% reliable. Low maintenance.