Used Car: 2013 Honda Civic Hybrid Review
While the 2013 Honda Civic Hybrid has excellent fuel economy, reviewers said it falls short with underwhelming performance and a small trunk.
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Test drivers said that the 2013 Honda Civic Hybrid feels sluggish from a stop, and that transitions between its four-cylinder engine and electric motor can feel jarring at times. An automatic transmission (CVT) is standard. The 2013 Civic Hybrid gets an EPA-estimated 44/44 mpg city/highway, which is excellent for the class, though rivals like the 2013 Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid and Toyota Prius c use less fuel. Honda revised the Civic Hybrid’s steering and suspension for 2013, and while reviewers said that handling improved over previous model years, the Civic Hybrid isn’t much fun behind the wheel. Test drivers said the 2013 Civic Hybrid has a comfortable ride, but they were disappointed with its grabby brakes.
Some reviewers wrote that updated interior styling and higher-quality materials make the 2013 Honda Civic Hybrid’s cabin nicer than the 2012 model’s, while others wrote that the interior materials are still not up to class standards. The Civic Hybrid seats five, and most critics agreed that it offers a decent amount of back-seat passenger space for a small car. However, a few reviewers said that the front seats aren’t particularly comfortable. The 2013 Honda Civic Hybrid’s trunk has 10.7 cubic feet of cargo space, making it one of the smallest in the class. Standard features include a rearview camera, Bluetooth, a USB port, an auxiliary input, steering wheel-mounted controls, Honda’s 5-inch i-MID display screen, a tilt and telescoping steering wheel, a six-speaker CD audio system and Pandora Internet radio integration. Available features include leather upholstery, heated front seats and a navigation system. Reviewers were impressed with the amount of standard tech features including Bluetooth and iPod connectivity, but some said the available navigation system has unimpressive graphics and responds slowly to user inputs.
Other Cars to Consider
The 2013 Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid gets better fuel economy ratings, and reviewers were pleased with its sporty handling. The Jetta Hybrid also earned praise for its spacious back seat and straightforward tech features.
The 2013 Toyota Prius c uses less fuel than most hybrid cars, and it offers a lot more cargo space than the Civic Hybrid. In addition, test drivers praised the Prius c for its intuitive tech features.