2005 Honda Civic Hybrid


Pros: Great mileage, quiet, looks great

Cons: Not always enough power

A great car. I bought it three months after graduating college and it's treated me great for the three-and-a-half years since. The trip meter tracks gas mileage from the point you reset it, and I usually leveled out around 42. That was with a lot of freeway driving, but still not a bad number. More recently mileage hasn't been quite as good--around 39 MPG over the last 8k miles. Not sure the reason, but it may be that the battery deteriorates. At this point I've put just over 60k miles on it.

My single biggest complaint about my car is that it doesn't always have enough power. I have a set of Yakima ski racks that I use during the winter, and the combination of the weight of a few passengers and their gear plus the drag from the racks themselves can make it a slow trip to Tahoe. Everything is fine on the flat stretches, but as I start climbing for miles at a time, the battery doesn't get a chance to regenerate and I end up running on four cylinders alone. I also noticed after one of these trips that leaving my racks on the car had a significant impact on gas mileage, which dropped by 5 MPG while I left them on.

On one occasion recently, I actually had some trouble getting up a really steep hill near my place in SF. I was trading parking spots with my roommate at the time, who drives an '07 Civic Hybrid, and he said he noticed the same thing on that hill after I dropped him off. That's the only time I've noticed real problems with power when I wasn't carrying passengers or gear.

All in all it's a great car. I haven't had any unexpected trouble with it and it's been relatively affordable to maintain. There haven't been any costs associated with it that wouldn't be in play with a gas-only car, but I wouldn't be surprised if that isn't always the case. Even so, my plan for the time being is to drive the thing into the ground--it's treated me well enough so far, and it looks good enough that I'm not itching to upgrade.


Pros: Dashboard panel helps me drive conservationally

Cons: Automatic shut off sometimes slow to restart

I bought this car used (33,000 mi) off of Craig's list.  If I'm driving up hills with air conditioner on I can only get 38 mi to the gal.  Mostly I'm getting both in town and on the road 45-48 mi/gal.  I did a long trip and got 53 mi/gal.  I love that this car has a stick shift, is quiet, has four doors, and plenty of trunk space. 

2005 Honda Civic Hybrid

The Civic is Honda’s compact car, offered in sedan, coupe, and hatchback versions and the Civic Hybrid sedan was added for 2003. The Civic Hybrid features gas-electric hybrid technology. Civic was first introduced as a small, inexpensive hatchback in 1972 and has increased in size while continuing to offer excellent fuel economy. The 7th generation Civic arrived as a 2001 model.

EngineChoice of 4-cylinder engines
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Fuel Economy Hwy (MPG)51
Fuel TypeHybrid-electric
Fuel Economy City (MPG)48
Body TypeSedan
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