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Chatham Olive

Don or Someone:

Would someone please answer this simple question concerning hybrid tax incentives:

Am I better off to purchase a new Civic in
2005 or should I wait til '06?

Thanks for a non-confusing reply.


It's a "peek" when you look, dammit. You climb "peaks" in a Subaru.

Nate W

You are better off to take delivery after January 1, 2006. Tax credit will be better than a deduction. The 06 model has substantially more torque as well as horsepower than the 05 did.


Can the 2006 Civic Hybrid drive only on batteries? If so, will it be possible to add a battery pack like several tuners are doing with the Prius?

Beth Dehler

What about battery replacement? Will it be expensive?

michael saafir

Future Honda Insights must go 80 - 100 MPG in light of all the new hybrid developments to maintain it's title as gas mileage champ.

Cheryl Gigliotti

One more simple question. We live in the country near a city, but most of our driving is done on country roads and interstate hwys at @ 60mph. Will a hybrid car deliver good gas mileage with this kind of driving?

Sheila MacArthur

I bought a Civic Hybrid two weeks ago, in July 2006. I got it in response to Al Gore's (excellent) movie "An Inconvenient Truth". So far, I am getting about 45mpg, mostly in the city. However, I am running the A/C a lot -- I wonder if that has decreased my mpg? If I am on just the right road, I can get 52mpg, but not over all. 45 is not much different from a regular (less expensive) Civic, and what I really wanted was a CR-V. However, even if the mileage is not a full 50mpg, all the same, I am still doing my part for the environment, and encouraging the hybrid market. And of course, I'm paying half what I would have for gas in the CR-V.


I have a 2006 Civic Hybrid purchased June 2006. So far it averages 36 mpg around town ( Charlotte NC ) approximately 7000 mi now. I drive using every technique possible to increase the mpg. The best I've seen is Wilmington to Charlotte on Hwy 74 ( ~ 220 mi ) at 48mpg (that is drafting trucks most of the way too ). I have an engineering degree so I'm pretty rigorous in determining the mpg accurately. I am skeptical of the accuracy of most people's mpg reports. So far the vehicle's trip meter has agreed fairly well with my calculations. 36 mpg for this car is a dismal figure. Unless there is a problem with the car's batteries or control system. I plan on getting it checked out.


I'm almost at the end of my second tank of gas and I seem to only be getting 37mpg (mostly city, and A/C 'cause it's hot in TX). I would have expected more. I thought maybe it was just the breaking in period, but I hope to get more mpg out of it or else it seriously wouldn't have been worth it.

Craig Jackson, Charlotte NC

Hey Brandon,

I’m curious to find out if you got to the bottom of your low MPG figures. I have the same car (took delivery Labor Day weekend) and average probably 50MPG overall. The best I’ve done was 56MPG from here to Emerald Isle, but I do the Wilmington run a lot on 74 got similar figures then too. My “worst” MPG performance is about 46 if I have to be on the gas in stop and go traffic, or if the air is running. I honestly think it’d be difficult to get my car to get less than 45MPG if I tried.

My MPG at the moment is right at 51MPG with about 85mi on my latest odo reset.


One feature that I like on the Prius but is missing from the Civic Hybrid is a fuel economy gauge. The Civic Hybrid displays your estimated real-time fuel economy, but the gauge is difficult to read and it would be more meaningful to have something that tracks your average fuel economy over a longer period of time.

Umm. I have a 2006 Civic Hybrid and it does have this feature.

Also, in response to above poster's complaints about mpg - outside temperature can make a huge difference, as can driving style. Look up hypermiling for info on how to get the best possible FE.


We live in the country near a city, but most of our driving is done on country roads and interstate hwys at @ 60mph. Will a hybrid car deliver good gas mileage with this kind of driving?

Jon Allen

My '06 Civic Hybrid gets between 45 and 75 mpg, which is mostly due to temperature, surface water (rain/snow), and RPM habits (which is why the tachometer is the central, biggest gauge on the dashboard). If I have plenty of time to get there, I can go over 80mpg on a hot day (over 90F) by keeping my RPM under 1500.

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