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Honda Civic Hybrid

Like all hybrid cars, the Honda Civic Hybrid has its roots in the 1997 and 2001 Toyota Prius. In 1997 the Prius became the first mass produced hybrid and in 2001 it hit the market worldwide. The Civic followed in 2003.

The Civic Hybrid uses an Integrated Motor Assist hybrid system. The IMA system on the first generation Civic was a power assist system only. While most hybrids can run on their electric engine alone, initial Civic Hybrids could not. Basically a large starter motor, the electric engine added power to the motor for acceleration or other engine stress, thus saving fuel and wear on the gasoline engine.

Civic Hybrid mileage aids weren't limited to the IMA, however. The Hybrid used, and still uses, a continuously variable transmission (CVT), also a gas saver. The CVT lacks the specific gears of most transmissions. Instead, you get an infinite variety of settings that match the motor precisely. (In the USA, only, you can also get a five speed manual transmission.)

The first generation 1.3 liter single overhead cam gasoline engine used a cylinder cut-off system that allowed up to three of its four cylinders to stop working during deceleration. This not only saves gas and wear, but helps regenerate electricity. The electric engine doubles as a starter engine and generator and the car does not have to be plugged in to recharge.

The first generation Civic Hybrid was based on the seventh generation Civic and has many of the same amenities, including updated styling in 2004. The second generation Hybrid came out in 2006. It's based on the eighth generation Civic and, like the Civic, there is a significantly different look between the cars sold in America and the cars sold in Japan.

More important than looks, the second generation Civic Hybrid can cruise at medium speeds on electricity alone. This helped edge the gas mileage up to 40 miles per gallon in the city and 45 miles per gallon on the highway, in spite of a boost to 93 horsepower in the 1.3 liter engine. (The electric engine reaches 20 horsepower.) All four cylinders can now stop functioning either on deceleration or when cruising. Finally, the manual transmission has been dropped.

The base price for the 2008 Honda Civic Hybrid was $22,600, among the least expensive of all the hybrids. In fact, only the Prius was less expensive. With half a dozen major industry awards to its credit, including helping the Civic line win Motor Trend Car of the Year for 2006, you can count on seeing future generations of this vehicle.

Honda Civic Hybrid review

Honda Civic Hybrid Reviews by Year

2011 Honda Civic Hybrid
As the public has gotten used to the hybrid genre, some consistent complaints typically arise about any make and model. Poor acceleration, soft braking, limited interior space, and boxy appearance top that list. The 2011 Honda Civic Hybrid beats one of those with its sleek, contemporary exterior paired with a well-finished interior that is shy on cargo room, but better than average in returning driver and passenger comfort.

As for the rest? The Honda Civic Hybrid is a slow accelerator and offers far from top fuel performance in the sector, achieving just 40 mpg city and 43 mpg highway. Like all hybrids, it's outclassed by the 2011 Toyota Prius, which has a combined fuel efficiency rating of 50 mpg. Price wise, the Civic hybrid is comparable to the Prius with an MSRP range of $23,950 to $27,150 and the average-price-paid falling between $23,254 and $26,254.

There's only one trim (opposed to four on the Prius), but upgrades include leather seats, navigation, and XM Satellite radio among others. Honda is a brand that inspires great loyalty, and the Civic Hybrid is a reliable performer. more
2010 Honda Civic Hybrid
The 2010 Honda Civic Hybrid is the second most fuel-efficient vehicle on the planet. It delivers a staggering 40/45 mpg city/highway - and simultaneously offers all of the excellent mechanical, safety and luxury features that you would expect in a Honda.
2009 Honda Civic Hybrid
The 2009 Honda Civic Hybrid gives you 40/45 mpg city/highway by utilizing an electric motor combined with a 1.3L 110hp I4 engine. Honda calls the technology Integrated Motor Assist (IMA).
2008 Honda Civic Hybrid
With a fuel economy rating of 40mpg city and 45mpg highway, 2008 Honda Civic Hybrid is the perfect car to face the deep recession we are entering. Garnering a "Best" 10/10 score for greenhouse emissions by the EPA bestows upon the owner of the Civic Hybrid the "Part of the Solution" environmental accolade.
2007 Honda Civic Hybrid
For the environmentally conscious family, the 2007 Honda Civic Hybrid is an attractive and serviceable four-door with room for five. Expect to pay between $22,600 and $24,350.
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