The Reliability of the Civic Hybrid

You may have seen Honda’s commercial for their 2013 Civic Hybrid. In the commercial, Honda pushes the mantra that “things can always get better” featuring a backdrop of interesting technologies and clips of the Civic Hybrid. But, as far as any new car goes, it’s only new until you start using it. It is a technology like anything else. A new car won’t get better the longer you own it. It will face the usual wear and tear and will need maintenance, repairs, and constant upkeep. The real question is, can you rely on your 2013 Honda Civic to maintain its value and utility?

Car Specifications

The 2013 Civic Hybrid is a four-door sedan with seating for five. The car costs anywhere from $24,360 to $27,060, but you should expect to pay less than sticker price. It comes with a slew of safety systems including airbags and childproof locks. This car has great safety ratings from various sources including the U.S. News and World Report. The Civic Hybrid also includes a bunch of tech options. You can add on a satellite-linked navigation system or opt for leather seats. Bluetooth is standard in the vehicle, as are audio features like a USB interface and XM radio. If you want to really know what your fuel economy is, you can take a look at the average fuel economy indicator, which is also standard.
If you’re in the market for a Honda Civic Hybrid, you probably have an eye out for gas mileage. The EPA gives this car a good gas mileage rating. This vehicle gets an estimated 44 miles to the gallon in the city, and 44 miles to the gallon on the highway. Even taking into account some variation, the Civic Hybrid gets good mileage. This car’s gas tank is a bit larger than 13 gallons, so you could go pretty far on one tank of gas. You could get from New York City to Washington D.C. and back, plus have an extra 100 extra miles left to go. Don’t expect the EPA ratings to be exact. There has been some controversy over this and other cars’ claims about gas mileage.


The Civic Hybrid has a lot of features, but the real question is, will it last? Kelly Blue Book estimates that the cost of ownership for this car for five years is about $35,000. Compared to similar Acura and Ford models, this vehicle is cheaper to own. Cost of ownership also depends on your particular financing options. The more you pay up front, the less you’ll pay in the long run. Kelly Blue Book does not expect this car to hold its value well. After five years or around 75,000 miles, KBB expects you’ll probably only get 41 percent of the purchase price. So, this car seems like a cheap one to own in the long run, but not one you’ll be able to resell for much.
Previous models have had battery issues. The batteries have not been as reliable as hoped. But, Honda equips new car buyers with warranties, so you will either be able to get a fix or a replacement. Besides these battery issues, which have proved to be minor, there are as yet no safety recalls on this vehicle. The Civic Hybrid is a reliable car, especially for all the features you get with it. U.S. News and World Report rates the 2013 Civic Hybrid a 4/5 when it comes to reliability.

What You’ll Like

When you step into your new Honda, whether it is for a test drive or the drive home, you’ll be happy to see a plethora of cool tech features. Though you won’t see it, you may also be happy to know that this car is one of the safest in its class. This car gets great mileage in stop-and-go city traffic, and in fast-paced environments. Compared to similar vehicles this car packs a horsepower punch. The car’s mileage, plus a low cost of maintenance makes this car cheap to maintain.

What You Wonapos;t Like

Although this car ranks well for reliability, it is not among the most reliable vehicles in its class. And while there have been no safety recalls, you may find some issues with odds and ends. There have been battery issues with previous versions of the car, so you may find something similar with your new Civic. Gas mileage claims tend not to be to true in practice, but that applies to all cars, and not only this one. You will probably want to hold onto this car after a while because while the Honda commercial claims "things can always get better," this car won’t sell for much after a few years of new automobile technology emerging on the market.

Although this car isn’t going to get better after you drive it every day for a year, it won’t need much maintenance either. This is a reliable automobile with some great features. It is definitely a car for today. It offers safety features, current technology, and good mileage. This car comes with few cons which are not significant enough to turn away from the idea of purchasing this model. The 2013 Honda Civic also packs some power, so you won’t be on the road trying to keep up with traffic.