Newspaper article Fraser Coast Chronicle (Hervey Bay, Australia)

It's Fuel for Thought ... Civic Won't Burn a Hole in Your Pocket

Newspaper article Fraser Coast Chronicle (Hervey Bay, Australia)

It's Fuel for Thought ... Civic Won't Burn a Hole in Your Pocket

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Peter

Chapman

peter.chapman@frasercoastchronicle.com.au

THE first thing I noticed about the new Honda Civic Hybrid was its sleek looks.

The second was the sticker on the front window which said you only needed 4.6 litres of fuel to knock over 100 kilometres.

With petrol prices getting set to break the $1.50 mark next month that is an impressive statistic.

But let's face it, when you come to buy a car the most important thing is you've got to enjoy driving the vehicle.

We all know that while a car might be fuel efficient it also needs to perform on the road so it was great Martin Singer at Wide Bay Motors handed me the chance for three days to scoot around the Fraser Coast in one of the latest additions to the Honda fleet.

Obviously it's also vital that the car fits into your budget and quite frankly it can do two litres to the 100 kilometres, but if it's too expensive it's going to sit in the dealer showroom.

This little beauty from Honda won't send you begging to the bank and for a tick over $33,000 you can put one in your garage tomorrow.

The Honda Hybrid offers plenty of standard gear, including power windows, air-conditioning, cruise control, Bluetooth connectivity, alloy wheels, an alarm, audio input and separate USB input as well as a trip computer.

Safety is taken care of with six airbags (dual front, side and curtain) as well as a display in the trip computer that lets you know which rear passengers have buckled up.

You can spend another $4000 and the VTi-L brings a bunch of extras that include larger, 16-inch alloys (one inch bigger), rain-sensing wipers, auto headlights, leather-wrapped steering wheel, foglights and satellite navigation.

Other add ons include unique wing mirrors that incorporate indicators.

The 1.3-litre petrol engine is always working in acceleration. …

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