Good econo box
I have driven this car for 60,000 miles, so I can give some informed commentary here (nothing against those who just got it and wrote a review, but I'm not sure it's very valuable).
Gas mileage is very good. On my long, highway trip to work I can be driving 70-85mph at times, and average 38.5 MPG in summer and 34.5 in the winter.
It is more comfortable than my previous car, a 1999 Civic. Big bumps are still bad, but not nearly as bad as in the previous Civic.
Handling is mushy and poorer than the old Civic. The car is obviously heavier. Rolls and feels heavy in turns.
The 1.8 liter motor is relatively peppy if you have the econ off. With Econ on, the accelerator is (purposely) very mushy and unresponsive. Transmission is stubborn about downshifting too. You get used to it, it really does save gas.
Brakes are OK. Could be a bit more responsive.
Highway is slightly annoying. The car gets knocked around by the wind something awful. Sometimes it's all over the road. It has a big profile and really skinny (gas saver) tires. I will need my first set of replacement tires soon. I will probably put some fatter tires on it that grip the road a little more assertively.
Not great in snow. No Civic is, but this is worse than the old one. Again, may be the firm tires.
I would buy it again. It's comfortable enough, was decently priced, goes really long periods between oil changes and needs very little maintenance. Gets great mileage, and I won't have to worry about hybrid batteries becoming an expensive liability in 5 years.
Drove my last Civic 250k. This one is obviously going to easily do that.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 10th February, 2014