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QUALITY | 8 out of 10
Occasional whirring and beeping noises
Car and Driver
Trunk space is slightly compromised to accommodate the hybrid system's battery pack
The Hybrid is very comfortable
The 2008 Honda Civic Hybrid has improved interior space, but the racy new design leaves a lot of wasted space above the dash, and its rear doors with small cutouts make it harder for backseat passengers to get in and out.
The interior of the 2008 Honda Civic Hybrid has "room for five," according to Cars.com, and the seats are rather accommodating. J.D. Power finds that "the Hybrid is very comfortable save one exception: the location of the parking brake handle," which can dig into the driver's right leg. Otherwise, reviews read by TheCarConnection.com appreciated, in the words of Kelley Blue Book reviewers, the "comfortable" front seats. The glaring exception is Car and Driver, whose writers feel that "the backrest of the front seats" are "uncomfortable to the point of being a deal breaker" since, for 2008, "Honda has decided not to offer adjustable lumbar support." ConsumerGuide finds that the rear seats in the 2008 Honda Civic Hybrid offer "decent adult headroom," though "knee space is tight with the front seats far aft."
As part of the space required for the hybrid drive system on the Honda Civic Hybrid, some small sacrifices have been made in terms of cargo space. ForbesAutos says that "trunk space is slightly compromised to accommodate the hybrid system's battery pack," and Edmunds writes that this leaves "about 10" cubic feet of cargo space in the trunk versus "12 cubic feet of trunk space" on traditional Honda Civics. Other than the reduced trunk space, Kelley Blue Book finds that the interior of this 2008 Honda features excellent storage, thanks to "a voluminous center console/armrest." ConsumerGuide adds that "interior storage is very good," but reviewers miss the "folding rear seatback" that has been removed from the 2008 Honda Civic Hybrid.
As is typical of Japanese vehicles, the Honda Civic Hybrid features an appealing and well-crafted interior, highlighted by a "laudable mix of high-grade plastics and fabrics" and "upmarket feel" in the cabin, according to ConsumerGuide. Edmunds also notes that the interior "materials are of high quality," and the car as a whole is well crafted. One added benefit of the Honda Civic Hybrid's commendable construction is the sound suppression, which ConsumerGuide says is "near the top of the class" when cruising. However, the "CVT promotes pronounced engine noise in rapid acceleration," and J.D. Power notices an "odd warble" when accelerating. Other minor noise comments come from Car and Driver, which identifies "occasional whirring and beeping noises" during driving that are "odd but not annoying."
The 2008 Honda Civic Hybrid has good room for front passengers, somewhat tight headroom and access for rear passengers, and just a tad less trunk room than the gas-only Civic.