I am in love with my Honda Civic Hybrid. Not only is the gas mileage great, but it has a smooth ride and all the amenities that I was looking for! I would definitely recommend this car to everyone!
I needed to upgrade from an old SUV which was needing work - and after much deliberation decided to go all-out and take a hybrid. I wasn't keen on the Prius based purely on looks, so it was a choice between the Altima, Camry or Civic hybrids. As it happened the Civic showed up first to try out. I was very surprised based on the tiny 1.3L engine just how much pickup it has. Sure, the IMA power assist helps a bit, but even without that the car is light enough to feel pretty nippy. Steering is tight, braking is great (partly assisted by the energy recovery part of the hybrid power train). I was worried about some of this based on old reviews of re-programmed Honda systems that went into battery-save mode at a cost of power. It certainly didn't feel that way to me. It looks a bit generic in this day and age, but stylish enough. It's just hard to pick out from a lineup of similar sedans (only the small rear spoilers and special wheel covers put it apart from the base Civic). Inside though - beam me up Scotty! A lovely blue-tinged electronic two-tier dashboard that is totally 21st century. It has some nice features that I wasn't used to - climate control, aux jack for the audio system, and the higher end model apparently has navigation with voice control. It is a pleasure to drive - although the battery assist and charging on deceleration will take some getting used to. I love the idle-stop feature, where at low speeds or stopped at a light the engine will cut out completely to save gas. It takes a very brief time to kick in again - you notice it mainly due to the slight judder as the cylinders turn over, but it's not unpleasant, just different. I got an impressive 45mpg just driving this home from the dealer, in a mix of highway driving, country lanes and several steep hills. Battery assist made sure I was getting about 25mpg UPHILL, which was stunning to me. Plenty of battery unless I imagine you had miles of steep inclines to cover. I do not, so I anticipate to get the most out of this little girl on my daily commute. Rear seats and trunk space is fine - nothing stunning, but not too tight either. Front seats have a nice bucket shape to them. No reclining rear seats due to the battery pack, but I don't care. You might, so I mentioned it. The joy of driving it and the several unique features had me hooked. If you want more power, or a more distinct look, or better performance in the snow - you'll need something else. But if you want a fun, neat, incredibly efficient modern car then I strongly recommend the Civic Hybrid.
I'd said I'd never buy another car unless I could get one that gets 40 mpg or more. The display shows the ave mpg for the current trip, and I love seeing that! Other than that, the car's a Honda - I've had Hondas all my life and love the reliability of them.