Guide: 5=Perfect; 3=Good; 1=Poor
Pros: What do you like about your 2006 Honda Civic Hybrid?
The dealer arranged for a specialty company to recover the seat and parts of the interior in leather. I think the work was done in three days and cost about $1,200. I am very pleased with the result. To buy Prius with factory installed leather required a package that was about $10,000 more than the basic car.
The leather seats installed by a specialty company are the ONLY thing I like about this car.
Cons: How would you improve your 2006 Honda Civic Hybrid?
1. As necessary to change MPG from 40 to 50 (originally).
2. Tire life = 24,000. When replaced with regular tires, MPG dropped to 31.
3. GPS is poorly positioned. Can't use when sun is in certain positions.
4. Neither front nor rear can be seen from driver's seat. Makes any parking difficult.
5. Light indicator does not distinguish between parking lights and low beams, so it is easy to come out of a parking lot and into city traffic without realizing that you headlights are not on.
6. Trunk is much smaller than what's in other cars of similar size and the back seat doesn't fold down.
7. I have to carry cables to jump start the car with some regularity. Yesterday it wouldn't start and I used the 2001 Volvo 240 we use as a beach car to jump start the Honda. I think the Volvo is pretty ugly but after 12 years and 191,000 miles it has NEVER failed to start - that probably says it all.
2006 Honda Civic Hybrid Review:
I am very happy to find this site that allows me to vent displeasure with my 2006 Civic Honda Hybrid. At 55,000 and 5.5 years it is by far the worst car I've ever owned. Styling: the front and rear of the car are designed so one cannot see where they are when parking. It makes any kind of parking difficult and during the first year I drove into the side of my garage at least three times and my wife did it once. The gas mileage is an outrage. With the first set of tires I never got more that 41 mph on a tank of gas. The original tires wore out at 24,000 miles. I was told by dealer that they were "special" for high MPG and would have to be ordered. I searched online for difference in MPG with "special" tires that wore out after 24,000 miles and regular tires that usually go for 35,000 to 40,000. The only estimate I could find was 6%. I did various calculations based on assumptions re gas prices and expected mileage on regular tires. With tires changed mileage dropped to about 31 MPG wh/ is 25% - huge difference. Then the regular tires worn out 31,000. Honda says inadequate rotation, but I've had all the scheduled service done by the dealer and on time. I did not check to see if they where doing what they were supposed to be done. (The owner's manual doesn't supply all the information you need to determine what should be done at the next service until the indicator actually goes on.) The GPS is horrible. Amoung other problems its position can make it impossible to read in bright sunlight. The light indicator doesn't tell you if your low beams are on or off - terrible design. The trunk can hold one large suitcase. The back seat does not fold down. (My wife's VW Jetta is almost exactly the same size and it can carry at least three times as much cargo.) It is very low to the ground, so some people have a difficult time getting in and out, but that a design decision that's obvious so you accept it when you buy the car.
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