Based on 74 Ratings for the 2000 - 2006 models.Review this car
By Bill (NV) on Thursday, October 31, 2013
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 390,205overall rating 9 of 10rating details
Pros: "amazing MPG and reliability"
Cons: "Main batter pack is the weak link."
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9
"Amazing MPG and reliability. Purchased car new. Hybrid system worked flawlessly until it reached 90,000. Factory replaced main battery and Catalytic converter. Still running on original clutch with no issues. I replaced the front sway bar links and shocks. Battery pack has 40,000 miles and three years since replacement."
By jiv57 (NJ) on Thursday, October 10, 2013
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 292,000overall rating 10 of 10rating details
Pros: "fun to drive, 60 mpg average"
Cons: "they doo not make them anymore ......."
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"I bought this car at 196k miles about 4 years ago , Somebody else thought it was at the end of its useful life and traded it in. I bit the bullet and bought it site unseen . Now 96k miles later I think I got a great car and great opportunity . during these years I have spent ~$5k on gas . with my previous car I would have spent roughly 3 times that , so it has saved me $10k so far. It is an old car and at this mileage most cars are retired already, Overall this one holds well, but some parts need replacement when their time comes... I do the repairs diligently as I am planning to have this car for the long run.... Its ride is a little rough , there is room for only two passengers and it is not a sports car with its puny 65 hp (+14 hp of the electric motor) hp. But it does the job and still is a lot of fun to drive. it is made of aluminum so there will be no rust over the years. if you drive a lot this car is one of the best choices that can be made."
1 person out of 1 found this review helpful
By honda hater (GA) on Friday, April 26, 2013
I owned and sold this car
Reason: no relibility - My approximate mileage is 64,000
Cons: "everything els"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 3
"no releibility good mpg but what a money pit its 7 years old and almost 7,597 in repaers no more hondas for me"
By Disco Duck (TX) on Wednesday, March 27, 2013
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 100,000overall rating 5 of 10rating details
Pros: "Good daily drive for in city. Easy to Park"
Cons: "Uncomfortable to ride long distances"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1
"I just installed my second IMA ( integrated motor assist) battery t 97K miles. If it wasn't for the warranty that was extended to ten years after a recall I would be looking at a $4000 repair which is more than the vehicle is worth. The battery and control module was replaced three years ago and that would have been $5000 if it weren't for the recall. The ride is rough and I only get about 42 mpg average. If I know it is going to rain I take my other vehicle because it is not good on wet roads. Standard maintenance is very expensive."
1 person out of 4 found this review helpful
By Gaussie (NM) on Sunday, June 24, 2012
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 113,500overall rating 10 of 10rating details
Pros: "Ideal if you care whether humans exist in 200 yrs."
Cons: "Bad news if you like to spend lots on gas/repairs."
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"Driving 50-60 mph, I averaged 94 miles per gallon on a 2,000-mile trip at 6,500 feet elevation through NM/WY mountain passes. The car's lifetime average of 70 mpg was achieved mostly around town at 7,100 feet elevation, both of which reduce efficiency. Best medium-range run: Santa Fe to Albuquerque, 70 miles, 129 miles per gallon. Best Santa Fe-to-Taos, NM run, driving from 7100 feet elevation down to 5,000 and back up again to 7,000: 117 mpg. Except for free recalls and free battery replacement, this car has never been serviced (I do oil and filter changes, adjusted valves once myself, replaced plugs once; the car still has all original fluids, original brake pads--rears still 90 percent--original clutch, 2nd set of tires). I almost never rev the engine past 2,000 rpm. I am quite convinced the car, which can't rust since there's nothing to rust on it, will be running strong and looking good well after I'm in eco-heaven. I drive to get the most out of the car and be kindest to the environment: coast down hills, regenerate instead of mechanical-brake up to lights, accelerate gently, shift at 10, 15, 25, and 30 mph to get to 5th gear. By now--over 10 years--this driving behavior is second-nature and completly automatic. Only two things are truly awful regarding this car: 1) Honda barely advertised it, and 2) almost nobody bought it. Kudos to Honda for designing it--a marvel of engineering and seamless hybrid reliability. And shame on them for not advertising it more aggressively. Shame, too, on the affluent world for not buying it, particularly those who claim a modicum of concern about our species' future. If reliability, economy of operation, and impact on the environment are the measures, then this in my opinion is the best car manufactured to date. (The Toyota Prius, with half the fuel economy and twice as many engines, is in a very different, lesser, league.)"
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