SAN DIEGO — A San Diego judge has tentatively approved a settlement to give owners of Honda Civic hybrids up to $200 cash over claims that gas mileage was inflated.

Superior Court Judge Timothy Taylor says the essence of a settlement is compromise. Honda wanted to pay nothing. The vehicle owners wanted more.

The case gained widespread attention after a Los Angeles woman won a nearly $10,000 judgment against Honda in small claims court last month. The judge says Heather Peters’ victory carries little weight.

The judge scheduled a hearing this morning to confirm his ruling and hear objections.

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