Tail Light - 2006 Honda Civic Hybrid CVT
John Voelcker (I think I may dub him Mr. Green) reported on this yesterday over at our partner site, GreenCarReports.com, and gives the advance math calculations for what the difference in mileage would have generally cost these particular consumers. The other thing he points out is that the mileage calculations from the EPA are estimates and they do say mileage will vary. Which is why the lawsuit was filed against Honda and not the EPA. The lawsuit claims that Honda didn’t do enough to inform consumers about the possible variation in mileage. The real question should be, did Honda know that these cars would return less than the EPA numbers on average and is this a common complaint across the U.S. or just in California?
Instrument Cluster - 2006 Honda Civic Hybrid CVT
Bottom line—Voelcker is right, the only people who get anything out of this is the lawyers, especially when you consider the proposed settlement is for $1000 if you sell the car and buy another new Honda or $500 if you keep it and buy another new Honda. Oh and by the way, you can’t use that settlement money on the Honda Insight or Civic Hybrid or the Fit. How many people do you think will really take that offer?
Be sure to check out the fuel details over at GreenCarReports.com