So far we like our Honda Civic Hybrid very much. A couple of small things, though. The mileage is not quite as high as we had expected, although it's still better than a non-hybrid of course. Also, the trunk capacity is not quite as big as we would like, which is due to the fact that the car battery is situated behind the rear seats of the car. Other than those minor details, we would recommend this car. It drives well and feels safe.
I purchased a 2008 Honda Civic Hybrid. I looked at several other hybrid cars (ie: Prius, Insight, Camry) and the civic was my favorite. The Prius and Insight have a hatchback that makes it hard to see when you look through the rear view mirror but the Civic has a regular sedan back window that is easy to see out of. The Camry hybrid was nice, but it was more expensive, got lower gas milage, and had a smart key (push button start) and I prefer having a key which the Civic has. My Civic also came with an auxillary input for my ipod, XM radio, and navigation. Overall I have be very happy with my Civid Hybrid and would recommend it to anyone especially if they would like to save money at the gas pumps as the prices of oil continue to rise.
I've had car 3 mos. and it looks good, handles well, and is getting between 35 - 40 mpg in mostly commuting traffic (usually stop and go). It also accelerates well. The surprise for me has been the difference in the way Honda programs its hybrid vs. Toyota (having guest-driven and ridden shot-gun in a Prius on several occasions). For example, the Civic Hybrid never starts on battery power alone, always using the battery as an assist to the engine, mostly during accelearation. I suppose I should have known this in advance, and in retrospect it's not unexpected their version of how to do a hybrid would be programmed differently (no more unexpected than an Apple PC differing from a Windows-Intel PC). Therefore performance results will differ between brands (acceleration, efficiency).