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#11 of 60 Purchased Honda Civic Hybrid
Dec 31, 2005 (11:22 am)
I just bought a Honda Civic hybrid, selecting the Honda over the Prius for several reasons (IMHO):
The Civic looks, feels and drives like a traditional car
The instrumentation panel of the Civic is simple
The starting procedure for the Prius feels weird
The Civic interior looks richer
The Civic feels, overall, like a better built vehicle
The Civic is a sharp looking car!
One thing I didn't like was that the Civic doesn't have a fold-down rear seat, but after consideration I thought I could live without that.
The Civic hybrid is not the Civic of my youth. Back then, I considered the Civic a cheap import. Now, it's a model for the American car industry to emulate. The car is loaded with cool features - power windows and doors, smartkey, CD player, climate control, cruise control, and extensive safety features including 8 airbags and ABS, to say nothing of the enviable gas mileage.
My primary considerations in buying a hybrid? I average 35K miles per year and want to spend less $ for fuel while making my contribution to the reduction of carbon emissions and reliance on foreign oil.
The car was purchased at Clinton Honda in East Annandale, NJ. Don't know if the manager was feeling great that day or they were looking for an end-of-year sale, but I bought the car for $500 under MSRP and will take delivery in 2006 to get the estimated $2100 tax credit.
#12 of 60 early fuel economy results
Aug 07, 2006 (11:36 am)
I picked up my 06 Civic Hybrid last Wednesday. So far it appears that I am getting 37-38 mpg. I live in a flat area, but it is hot right now. Running the AC is a must. Can I expect the mpg to improve as the car gets more acclimated to the road?
I reaaly like the car, but I chose it over the Prius thinking I would get 45-50 mpg. I've heard the Prius really only gets 48-50, and for that difference the Civic is a much nicer looking vehicle with the new design.
#13 of 60 Re: early fuel economy results [tgreb]
Aug 15, 2006 (4:59 pm)
I GOT MY WHITE 06 HCH AT THE END OF APRIL. I HAVE NEVER GOTTEN LESS THAN 44.6MPG(GAS IN MILEAGE OUT). I RUN THE AC CONSTANTLY, I LIVE IN HOUSTON. BEST MILEAGE WAS TO BATON ROUGE AND BACK 52.75...NO CRUISE, THROTTLE FEATHERED AT 69MPH. I GOT THE NAV, NO XM, NO LEATHER. THE CAR LOOKS SO MUCH BETTER THAN THE PRIUS, ALSO AT SUBSTANTIALLY LESS COST. IF ANYONE GIVES ME GRIEF ABOUT THE RECOUP TIME ON COST, I JUST TELL THEM I CHOSE TO GIVE MY MONEY TO HONDA INSTEAD OF HAVING IT TAKEN BY SHELL. NO RATTLES OR PROBLEMS, OVERALL I'M VERY PLEASED WITH MY DECISION TO GET THE HCH. WISH THERE WAS AN ELECTRIC PLUG IN TO ALWAYS START THE DAY WITH A FULLY CHARGED BATTERY.
#14 of 60 Fuel results
Sep 19, 2006 (4:49 pm)
Bought my 06 Sept 5 and am getting 58 mpg combined city and highway. Have been trying some of the suggestions given on this site.
#15 of 60 Got our hybrid last Thursday
Nov 06, 2006 (9:09 am)
I just picked up my wife's 2007 Civic Navi Hybrid from Parker JohnStone Honda in Wilsonville OR. We ordered it in August, but it came in this November. The deal we got was about $100 under 2006 MSRP plus mud flaps and all weather floor mats (the total price was $24,200). We live in the bay area in California, and it was worth the trip up to Oregon to get the car (The one-way airline fare was $130 for the 2 of us). One of the modifications that we have done is to replace the pie pan 15" wheels with 16" Civic wheels. They are about the same outside diameter, weight only 4 pounds more, and gas mileage has not been affected. Needless to say we are very pleased.
The only issues that we have noticed is that the engine "autostop" feature is a little jerky when it starts back up, and that when the engine goes into the battery charge mode, it also makes a little jerk to the drive line at speed.
The radio/navigation system is very good. We just wish that the unit had bluetooth integration, the radio supported RDS data, and that the voice control prompts supported more of the cars controls. So far we are averaging 44.3 mpg.
#16 of 60 2007 HCH Owner Report
Jan 19, 2007 (12:52 pm)
Ordered my white HCH back in April of '06 and took delivery of an '07 model in mid-Dec. MSRP plus dest. charge was $23195 plus tax, registration & tags. My discount thru a buying service was $1689. Dealer installed items: fog lights and leather steering wheel cover were extra. Early problem: the front end alignment/tow was badly out but dealer fixed right away. Rough travels from Japan, I guess. Gas mileage for the first three tanks averaged 41-42 mpg. I drive 50 miles one-way daily to work. Approx. 7 miles of that is rural mountain roads and the balance is congested suburban metropolitan interstate . Very satisfied with acceleration, responsive handling in all kinds of traffic, dashboard layout/features, HVAC, audio and especially the quietness equivalent to a luxury car. Rear defroster's a bit slow to de-ice though. Don't much appreciate the yellow-beige upholstry which shows the slightest dirt, but that's all you get with white exterior. Hoping for slightly better gas mileage after first oil change when I'll switch to pure synthetic.
#17 of 60 Love the car, not loving the actual MPGs.
Jan 26, 2007 (1:07 am)
I picked up the 2007 Honda Civic Hybrid with only five miles on it. I drove it for a few days and then topped off the tank so that I could track the mileage.
Today, two weeks later and around 230 miles, I have a quarter of a tank left and I'm averaging only 32.6 MPGs.
My highest "score" so far, was 44.3 MPGs on a 50 mile highway trip.
In this city I'm getting 22-27 MPGs, haven't been higher than that so far.
I love the car. It's comfortable, quiet, and quite peppy, but I'm not getting anywhere near the EPA estimates of 49/51.
I'm not convinced the MPGs are better than a regular civic at this point, but the emissions are certainly lower (considering the auto-stop feature at stop lights).
The dealer indicated that the full mileage potential isn't reallized until after 1,000 miles, but I'm not sure if I buy it.
I've read all of these other posts claiming 40-50 mpgs, but I'm just not seeing it, and I'm a conservative driver.
Maybe the 2007 doesn't have the MPGs the previous models have?
#18 of 60 Re: Love the car, not loving the actual MPGs. [joegreen]
by pf_flyer HOST
Jan 26, 2007 (6:08 am)
Any car has to go through a break-in period, and a hybrid is no exception. Judging the mileage performance you're going to get by looking at the first tank of gas is a bit premature.
Give the car a chance to break in and yourself a chance to get accustomed to driving it!
#19 of 60 Re: Love the car, not loving the actual MPGs. [joegreen]
Jan 26, 2007 (8:00 am)
My first tank in my 2004 HCH was only 37 MPG but I ended up with a lifetime figure of 48 MPG.
Hang in there - you will learn how to use the instruments to max your MPG - give it some time.....be patient....
#20 of 60 Excellent vehicle
Feb 03, 2007 (12:24 pm)
Bought my Civic hybrid last Saturday, January, 27, 2007. Have driven it about 300 miles so far and am getting 42-43 mpg over back road, hilly terrain. Purchased the vehicle for $21,000, $271 below invoice (this includes the $595 destination charge). Couldn't believe the price when the dealer quoted it. No strings attached. I was expecting to pay MSRP minus a little but to get a price below invoice. Not sure why but I am not looking a gift horse in the mouth.
Love the look, driving feel, and interior of this vehicle. I haven't purchased a new vehicle in 12 years. I am glad I bought this one because of looks, low emissions and just being able to give less money to the price gouging oil companies and OPEC.
Two questions, if anyone knows: how accurate is the mpg computer calculation of the vehicle and when are you suppose to get the first oil change? I remember the salesperson saying something about waiting longer than usual to change the oil the first time but I can't find it anywhere in the owner's manual.