Dec 01, 2006
Reviewed By Paul Duchene
Price as Tested $22,400
Likes

Useful performance from electrically assisted, 110-hp, 1.3-liter, V-TEC four and CVT automatic. Comfy seats and decent visibility. “Heads-up” digital speedo and gauges above wheel are intuitive. Back seat accommodates adults. Navigation included in price.

Dislikes

49/51 mpg turns out to be only 44. Blonde velour interior is just a coffee spill away from unsightly. Plastic dash trim keeps popping up.

Verdict

You can make a good case that Honda’s simpler hybrid (engine runs almost all the time) got it right. Just how dumb were the U.S. automakers to look down their monster SUV hoods at these gas-sippers? They may not be a perfect solution, but the Hondas and Toyotas are miles ahead of anything being built here, and getting further ahead with each model.

Fun to Drive
3.0 rating
Fun to Look at
2.0 rating
Overall Experience
4.0 rating
Stats
Horsepower 110