I've heard negative things about the old Civic Hybrid circa 2008.... Also, why by the impostor when you can buy the original. There has been a number of surveys out there and among the top reasons for purchasing a Prius was image. Any Honda will have zero image compared to Prius.
Would I buy a Honda Insight? No way, it's ugly... just like the prius. Honda really REALLY messed up trying to copy the Prius style.
I have other theories: 1. I believe Honda doesn't really believe in the technology in mass quantities at least. They could have thrown all in on the hybrid front shortly after the first 2 door insight came out. They followed up with a lame Accord V6 hybrid that did nothing and a Civic hybrid that I hear owners either love or HATE! I'm sure you've heard about the Civic Hybrid lawsuits. But I digress... Honda does not show any confidence in hybrids.... three years ago they had another opportunity to start fresh and bring a true hybrid to market with lithium batteries (for release this year) and they failed to do so.
I am real upset with honda for not leading the pack on this. They've got some other technology out there... but it's fringe tech in my opinion... natural gas and fuel cell... (no networks) Part of the problem is marketing... if they would have gotten their robot (asimo?) to do a series of commercials touting their technological prowess and igniting passion to the Honda loyalists then maybe they would be in a differnt spot. As of now... they are trying convert the extremely happy prius owners to honda (neva gonna happen) with duplicate/inferior tech. LOL Whiskey Tango Foxtrot!?
2. Honda has no real design people! The CR-V is their best looking vehicle. The rest is copy and paste design language. This means that they have exactly NO ones attention now, last year... or next year.
3. They never hit beyond 2nd base. None of their current releases are winning in the economy category. Sure the Odyssey and Pilot are great vehicles, but this is where they make money and get zero efficiency points among greenies. Can you say Honda Pick up truck? As funny as it sounds I think Hummer could have remade it's image if they would have switched the drivetrains to economical ones and kept incrementally improving the rest of the vehicles. How can the masses complain about GM or Hummer if they would've released a H3 hummer that got 20 city and 30 highway using hybrid technology? Imagine Voltec equip in a small Hummer package that could do about 25 miles gas free and got 30mpg when in CS mode. Or how about an H2 with the buick turbo 4, and 2 voltec motors and 20kw battery! 20 miles gas free and 20mpg!
I'll take it!
Aloha! codyozz 89 Chevy K1500 (want to convert to EV) driven 80miles/month.
2008 Specialized Hard Rock Bike (lifetime mpg; 1 coffee/5 mile trip) with 6' Bamboo cargo trailer. 400# capacity. No Volt yet....