Despite the sophistication of the technology under the hood, the Civic Hybrid delivers essentially the same experience you'd expect from any very good small car. It may not ride, handle...
... or accelerate exactly like its gas-only Civic sedan counterpart, but the only differences you're likely to notice on your daily commute are the unique behavior of its "gearless" continuously variable transmission and the engine's stop/start operation at stoplights.
If you're trying to decide between the new Civic Hybrid and the
Toyota Prius, you'll have to rely on factors other than driving dynamics to make your decision. In back-to-back drives, we found the two largely similar. We like that other hybrids will accelerate from a stop on electric power alone (the Civic doesn't), but that fondness is based on novelty only.