The 2012 Honda Civic Hybrid is a great commuter car. It's durable with easily-replaced parts, comes with a lot of neat features as part of the base package, and gets great gas mileage even without modifying your driving style. When I first started driving it, I averaged 41 mpg, a little under the 44 mpg the vehicle's advertised at- however, by monitoring the fuel-usage display on the dashboard as I drove, I quickly learned to modify my driving to be more efficient. I've gotten up to 56 mpg. Cautionary note: be aware that the life of the lithium-ion battery pack is only about 100,000 miles. If you have your car for longer, you'll eventually need to replace it, which will run several thousand dollars if it's not under warranty.
The 2007 Honda Civic Hybrid is still being advertised as 40/45 mpg (which is why I bought it), but Honda updated the software which changed that rating. I get about 32 mpg now. Had I known that before purchasing this vehicle, I would have bought a Prius instead.
We were desperate for a quick purchase having just moved back to US from overseas. I needed a commuter car to drive to work...something reliable with good fuel economy. This was the first and only car we drove, and decided to purchase right away. It was VERY comfortable and had all the quality you'd expect from Honda. Much more leg room and comfort for a "small car" (My husband is 6'2" and hates our SUV which seems not to have as much room as the Honda...) Only negative is that it was stated to have great fuel economy...58/61 mpg !! Although, 39 mpg is nothing to criticize, I felt that I didn't really get what I thought I was getting at the time of purchase. I have owned Hondas before, and in all other aspects, was not disappointed in this little gem! Would probably buy it all over again, but just expected a bit more fuel economy for a hybrid vehicle. I would recommend this to family/friends!