I drove a used '07 Civic Hybrid yesterday, and the brakes felt weak compared to other cars I've driven (2006 Lexus IS250, 2016 WV Jetta, Chevy Volt, Chevy Spark, even an '03 Corolla if I remember correctly).
I haven't driven hybrids though, and I've read that regenerative braking should feel differently. But shouldn't braking feel more effective on hybrids? This Civic felt like I had to drive extra prudently, to the point where it might be impossible to brake in time if, say, a kid jumped in front of a car, while one of the other cars I've mentioned would "grip the pavement" and brake effectively.
The owner said there was nothing wrong with the brakes, they replaced the tires 3 months ago, and that's just how hybrids brake. Is that accurate?
The car has 140k miles on it. It's important to me that the car brakes well - maybe hybrids aren't for me?
UPDATE: To be more specific, I drove a new Chevy Volt today, and if I pushed the brakes hard (but not slam), it would brake from 20mph to (almost) a complete stop within one car length, on dry pavement. That felt safe and comfortable.