The Civic hybrid improves upon what was already a very fuel-efficient car, but unfortunately that's not the only thing it borrows from its gasoline counterpart. The hybrid also suffers from rapid and uneven tire wear.

The top concern, however, is the transmission because it often won't engage or stops working entirely.

Most Common Civic Hybrid Complaints

transmission stopped working
This Transmission problem has been made 11 times by 2004 model year owners.
uneven tire wear
This Wheels problem has been made 10 times by 2007 model year owners.
transmission will not engage
This Transmission problem has been made 8 times by 2005 model year owners.
excessive wear and tear on tires
This Wheels problem has been made 8 times by 2008 model year owners.
abnormal tire wear
This Wheels problem has been made 7 times by 2008 model year owners.
premature wear
This Wheels problem has been made 7 times by 2006 model year owners.

Civic Hybrid Generations

The Civic Hybrid has 3 generations. Generations are groups of model years where the vehicles are continuously produced, using similar engineering and shared features. Generation data isn't always cut-and-dry and is often different for different countries. When in doubt, we use North American generation data.

  1. 3rd Generation Civic Hybrid (2012—2015)

    This generation ranks 57th in reliability out of 103 generations.

  2. 2nd Generation Civic Hybrid (2006—2011)

    This generation ranks 90th in reliability out of 103 generations.

  3. 1st Generation Civic Hybrid (2003—2005)

    This generation ranks 89th in reliability out of 103 generations.

    • PainRank™ 10.19
    • Complaints 98
    • Active Years 2003, 2004, 2005

News About the Civic Hybrid

Rodents Love Honda's Wiring

 — A lawsuit says the soy-coated, environmentally friendly electrical wiring that is running throughout all 2012–2015 Honda vehicles is irresistible to rabbits, mice, and other rodents.

Preliminary Settlement on Civic Hybrid Tire Wear Lawsuit

 — A few years back Honda was hit with a class-action lawsuit claiming they knew the rear suspension could cause this problem but refused to inform consumers about it. The problem was so severe in some cases that owners reported not only having to replace their tires, but busted control arms as well.

Civic Hybrid Small Claims Victory

 — Last month we told you about Heather Peters, an angry Civic Hybrid owner who claimed Honda purposely mislead customers by stating the car gets 50mpg, a number many owners claim is a fantasy. Instead of participating in an existing class-action lawsuit with a minimal payout, Peters decided to take on Honda directly in small claims court.

Honda Civic Hybrid Sun Visor Settlement

 — A federal court has approved a class action lawsuit settlement against Honda after the popular automaker failed to fix or warn owners about defective sun visors. The settlement affects over 2 million Honda Civic and Civic Hybrid owners and lessees. On CarComplaints.com alone there have been nearly 150 complaints about this problem by 2006, 2007 and 2008 Civic owners.