Having previously owned Honda vehicles x6, I had high expectations that this low mileage, gorgeous vehicle would live up to my expectations. From the first week, I noticed the MsPG were not up to standard for the model. When the weather warmed, I was dismayed to discover I could not accelerate effectively while the air-conditioner was engaged. After 35 days of denial and rationalization on my part, lights began flashing on the dashboard of the vehicle. This car is now someone else's problem and I, much the wiser and quite a bit poorer, chose to purchase a new Hybrid.
This is my first time in a hybrid and it has way exceeded my expectations from a performance standpoint. We took a trip to Atlanta this past weekend and cruised in the 70's with no problems. If I did not know it was a hybrid, I probably would not notice any difference. 3 small gripes: 1) it appears there is no water catching "gutter" on the car roof. When you open the window after a rain, water drips into the car. 2) the seat material is a little hard and could be a little more comfortable. And 3) the gas mileage I have recorded so far is 35 in town and 40 on the road. Still not too shabby. I know it depends on how you drive the car but I don't use air conditioning.
I've owned a 2005 Civic Hybrid since new and I've seen people say their car did not get the gas mileage they expected. Maybe I'm a little too logical and didn't expect extremely high MPG ratings from day one, but I must admit the car did for the most part return 45 to 48 MPG for the last 7 years and gave me very little if any problems. The car handles well looks good and actually has plenty of power as far as I'm concerned. I did worry about the replacement of the battery pack because everyone kept bringing that up as huge expense but the warranty is very long and and even if it did go out after the warranty was over with labor included when I checked it was less then $1300 (I checked with several dealerships to be safe) and my gas savings paid for that many times over.