I’ve just bought a new car: a Honda Civic hybrid. I don’t buy cars that often. The car I just replaced was a 1994 Civic. To keep the same pace, I’ll add an entry to my calendar for 2022 to buy my next car.
I like the Civic for its gas mileage, 45 mpg highway. The extra expense over a non-hybrid Civic is actually more than I’ll save on gas over the life of the car, but I like being the change I want to see in the world.
One thing that surprised me about this car is how familiar it felt after having driven a 1994 Civic. Lots of extra bells and whistles that I’d gotten used to in my wife’s larger cars are still absent in this car.
Features in the hybrid I didn’t have in my 1994 Civic (other than the hybrid engine):
- A temperature setting in the climate control
- Front seat map lights
- A chime to alert me that I’ve left my headlights on
- An auxilliary jack for the stereo
- Electronic dashboard with thermometer, etc
Things that work in the hybrid that used to work in the 1994 Civic, but no longer do:
- Remote entry buttons
- Reliable low-speed wipers
- Rear left passenger door handle
- Exhaust system. The last thing that failed on the 94 was the exhaust. For its last two days, it sounded like a four-door Harley.
Fancy features the Hybrid doesn’t have that my wife’s car does:
- Motorized seat adjustments with memory
- Heated seats
- Lighted mirrors in visors
- Fold-in side mirrors
- Leather seats
- Separate temperature settings for driver and passenger
- Individual lights for rear passengers
I’m pleased to have a new car that just works, and especially one that does so well on gas.