2012 Honda Civic Hybrid Customer Reviews

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What customers liked
Fuel Economy, Ride and Handling, Cabin Noise
What they didn't
Cargo Space, Dashboard, Interior Space

A Rewarding Driving Experience

My 2012 Honda Civic Hybrid is wonderful. The ride is extremely smooth and very comfortable. I've learned to be "gentle" with the accelerator and my gas mileage is averaging 42 mpg. Not only do I love driving and riding in my Civic, I really enjoy driving past the gas station!

Would recommend to a friend

Civic Hybrid

Bought a used 2012 Honda Civic Hybrid about 6 weeks ago with 12k on it. I drive 55 miles per day to work and back and sit in rush hour traffic too, so I needed something that was fuel efficient. Although rated at 44mph, I've never gotten less than that. I've gone through three fill ups in 6 weeks and the mileage I got was 51, 47 and 48, so surprising there. I do drive it as optimally as I can and use the eco mode, so that helps, but I've been very pleased. It's comfortable and the eye level visual dash is really nice. Hands free bluetooth cell use is awesome. Face it, it's not a sports car or an SUV, but it's got enough kick for the city easily. If you're looking for fuel economy with some nice technological features to go with it then it's a great option.

Would recommend to a friend

Honda 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.

Would recommend to a friend

Pros

Reliability

reliable

Cabin Noise

quiet - radio also adjusts automatically for highway noise

Fuel Economy

hybrid

love it

Great gas mileage!

Would recommend to a friend

Pros

Fuel Economy

get up to 44.3 miles to the gallon

Reliability
Ride and Handling

Cons

Interior Space
Cargo Space
Power

hesitated a little when you stomp on the gas

Love my car

I highly recommend the Honda Civic Hybrid for the fuel economy, comfortable interior, and a panoply of features.

Would recommend to a friend

Pros

Cabin Noise

Quiet, peaceful, comfortable

Fuel Economy

Can't remember how long I go between gas station trips

Technology and Entertainment

Phone and music features are conveniently located

Cons

Ride and Handling

Doesn't immediately react starting from full stop (minor)

Cargo Space

batteries do limit space slightly

I love this car and the great gas mileage!

Awesome gas mileage, room and comfortable, stylish!

Would recommend to a friend

Pros

Fuel Economy

50-57 mpg

Seat Comfort

roomy

Ride and Handling

smooth

Fuel-efficient commuter car

The 2012 Civic Hybrid is factory-rated at 41 mpg, and that's exactly what I'm getting after five months of use. Handling is much tighter than my Camry. Road noise is not bad for a subcompact. Seats are not very comfortable; driver's seat feels off level, headrests are awkwardly angled, backseat has minimal legroom. Not a lot of horsepower, but hey, it's a hybrid. Braking is excellent. Styling is nicer in newer models, but it's still a good-looking car.

Would recommend to a friend

Pros

Fuel Economy

Car consistently maintains 40+ mpg, city and hwy

Ride and Handling

Tight steering and cornering, easy to park

Value

I won't be surprised if this car goes 300k miles

Cons

Technology and Entertainment

A bit outdated; also this was a fleet vehicle so it's stripped down from retail models

Dashboard

Tachometer, pointless on a hybrid, takes up a lot of real estate

Visibility

Rear window is very small and obstructed by rear head rests.

Durable, efficient commuter car

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.

Would recommend to a friend

Pros

Dashboard

The car's computer will tell you when you need to take it in for factory-scheduled maintenance, when the tire pressure needs to be checked, and more, via the dashboard info screen. Very useful.

Fuel Economy

The car automatically cuts off the gas engine at stops, and the Econ feature (which can be turned on and off) enforces smoother acceleration, both of which make for more efficient fuel consumption. The fuel-usage gauge makes it easy to learn how to drive to increase fuel efficiency even further.

Cost to Maintain

I put 8,000 miles on this car in three months. When I took it into a non-dealership garage for factory-scheduled maintenance, the mechanic consulted the manufacturer's maintenance schedule, and said that it needed very few services compared to other vehicles. The visit cost less than $200.

Cons

Seat Comfort

The front headrests are extremely uncomfortable- they're angled forward strangely, such that they force your head forward. I had to turn the driver's side headrest around backwards in order to tolerate it. If you plan to use this car for long drives, look into aftermarket replacements.

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