The Honda Civic Hybrid sedan was added to the lineup for 2003, featuring a fuel-efficient gas-electric hybrid powertrain. The first generation of the Honda Civic Hybrid was based on the seventh generation Honda Civic. The used Honda Civic Hybrid was the first mainstream vehicle from Honda equipped with a gasoline-electric hybrid system and became the second hybrid model of the company after Insight.
Honda introduced an all-new second-generation Honda Civic Hybrid for the 2006 model year. The second generation Honda Civic Hybrid is based on the eighth generation Civic. However, the powertrain of the second generation Honda Civic Hybrid is similar to that of the first generation. As with other Civics, there are some styling differences between the North American and the Japanese market models of the Honda Civic Hybrid.
The Honda Civic Hybrid is redesigned for 2012 and features the latest generation of Honda’s Integrated Motor Assist with a lithium-ion battery. Enter the sleek, stylish, and completely redesigned Honda Civic Hybrid. The Honda Civic Hybrid mpg ratings is estimated at 44 mpg city/44 mpg highway/44 mpg combined for 2012 (a noteworthy improvement over the 2011 edition’s ratings of 40 mpg city/43 mpg highway/42 mpg combined) which make the car as a second only to the Prius in fuel economy.
Sporting a larger 1.5 liter, 110 horsepower, 4 cylinder engine for 2012 (compared to its predecessor’s 1.3 liter engine), a more powerful 23 hp electric motor, and a high-tech Lithium-Ion battery pack, the new Honda Civic Hybrid comes fully loaded with features such as continuously variable transmission (CVT), regenerative braking, start/stop system, steering wheel-mounted controls, automatic climate control, power windows, mirrors and door locks.
In the first Honda Civic Hybrid, if the air conditioning was on and the econ button was not engaged, the engine wouldn’t shut down. The Honda Civic Hybrid solves that problem by adding an electric-motor-driven portion to the A/C compressor. So, at a stop, the electric compressor keeps the Honda Civic Hybrid cabin cool as soon as you lift your foot off the brake, the gas engine whirs to life again.
The 2012 Honda Civic Hybrid comes with improved aerodynamics and Honda ECO Assist technology. The ECO Assist technology is an information system to help the driver adopt a more fuel-efficient driving style, and is proven to improve the Honda Civic Hybrid gas mileage by about 10% in Japan. The hatchback version of the Honda Civic Hybrid is under the development, said to be released in 2011 or 2012 to replace its sedan version, which is very unpopular in Europe.
Competitors Honda Civic Hybrid
If we’ve managed to spark your interest in hybrid cars and you are seriously thinking about getting one, you may also want to have a look at the Ford Fusion Hybrid and the legendary Toyota Prius to see how they compare to the Honda Civic. If, on the other hand, you are looking for a larger, fuel efficient, family-sized vehicle than the Honda Civic Hybrid, we also recommend you consider the completely redesigned 2011 Toyota Sienna and the compact SUV crossover Toyota RAV4.
There is already a hybrid version for the Toyota Estima, the Japanese version of the Sienna and it is likely that the Sienna Hybrid (when it comes out) will be the first hybrid minivan for the North American market. However, if you are looking for a relief from high gas prices but still want the same comfort and reliability as your good old reliable Civic, the Honda Civic Hybrid is the answer.
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