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Honda Civic Hybrid (3rd gen)

Honda Civic Hybrid

The Civic Hybrid was first introduced for the 2003 model year. The 2003 Honda Civic Hybrid is an assist hybrid utilizing an Integrated Motor Assist hybrid system similar to that of the Insight and a Continuously Variable Transmission for improved fuel efficiency.


Recent Changes Edit

Styles and Major Options Edit

Resale Values Edit

Kelley Blue Book offers a range of resale value information, with mileage and equipment levels factored in .

Criticisms Edit

The rear seats do not fold down due to the position of the battery directly behind the rear backrests.

Some potential buyers may not find the Honda Civic Hybrid’s interior very visually appealing.

A-pillars are exceedingly large and hurt outward vision.

No cell phone integration with navigation or standard audio system prior to 2009, standard with navigation in model year 2009.

Generations Edit

Second generation (2006–present) Edit

For years, the Honda Civic Hybrid has been on the short end of the stick in terms of gasoline-electric automobile sales. With the popularity of the second generation Toyota Prius. Honda has taken a big hit in terms of hybrid market share; Honda ’s hybrid trio is currently only netting half the sales figures of Toyota ’s single claim to hybrid fame. However, the 2006 Civic Hybrid might be the key to changing that trend for Honda in the coming years.

More importantly, the 2006 Civic Hybrid is a step in the right direction for consumers looking for excellent fuel economy in an unobtrusive family car. The 2006 Civic Hybrid takes the best learning and technological advancements from its predecessors and wraps them in a fun-to-drive style that makes owning a hybrid the perfect choice for today’s modern driver. As with most hybrids. the most impressive features of the Civic Hybrid can be found under the hood. The 2006 Civic Hybrid features a 93-horsepower 1.3-liter i-VTEC engine coupled with a 20-horsepower electric motor and Honda ’s Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) for a net power-output of 110 hp.[6] 2006 was the first year that the Hybrid featured an i-VTEC engine, which is known for its 3-stage VTEC capability.

This new 3-stage engine adds a valve timing configuration for rapid acceleration that allows the 2006 Civic Hybrid to boast a 20% increase in power over its older sibling, the 2005. While Honda tuners and Japanese import enthusiasts are no strangers to i-VTEC, Honda hopes that its introduction to the hybrid crowd will help settle some questions about sluggish, underpowered gasoline-electric Civics .

First Generation/Origins (2003-2005) Edit

Honda offered the Civic hybrid for the first time in March 2002, as a 2003 model.[7] It resembled the regular civic sedan save for a few minor exterior changes such as aerodynamically styled light alloy wheels and roof mounted roof antenna. Underneath the car, two underbody belly pans improved aerodynamics. Honda claimed 7 percent of the improvement in fuel economy came from these aerodynamic changes.

Inside, the Civic Hybrid’s interior set it apart from the regular American market Civic, with its tasteful two-tone finish. The instrument cluster had four quadrants with bar graphs. Two had straightforward fuel and water temperature gauges.

Another displayed the charge of the batteries. The last quadrant on top showed whether the electric motor is being used to assist the gas engine was being used as a generator to charge the batteries. The instrument pod contained a central speedometer with a digital readout at the base that included the miles traveled along with a bar graph showing the instantaneous fuel consumption and past average. This has been modified and revised in the 2nd generation car, although the same style theme still remains.

Accommodations were quite a bit more polished overall, compared with the top-of-the-line EX model, and that has continued over into the 2nd generation Civic Hybrid.

Worldwide Edit

Japan Edit

Honda Civic Hybrid (3rd gen)

Honda sells the civic hybrid in Japan with slightly different front and rear end styling.

Canada Edit

In addition the Civic Hybrid, Honda offers a rebadged Civic called the Acura CSX. It has the same head and taillight clusters as the Japanese market civic hybrid. It offers luxury features such as leather interior and power seats. The CSX has a slightly larger 2.0L inline-4 i-VTEC engine, compared with the Civic’s 1.8L four.

Rumors of an Acura CSX hybrid for the Canadian market remain just rumors (so far).

Great Britain Edit

Honda sells Japanese Civic hybrids in the United Kingdom with slightly different color offerings. This makes sense as both countries drive on the left side of the road versus the right hand side of the road as in North America. Leather interior and stainless steel door sill plates are available as well.

Fog lights also appear in the lower portion of the front bumper cover.

Australia Edit

Honda sells the Japanese market Civic hybrids in Australia as well since they also drive on the left side of the road as does Japan. Australian cars have less features offered. Satellite-linked navigation system and a leather interior are not available. Ditto for the stainless steel door sill plates.

Foglights also appear in the lower portion of the front bumper cover, as in the United Kingdom market cars.

México Edit

Honda Civic Híbrido models much resemble American market Civic Hybrids. They are offered in an exclusive color called Plata cristal which resembles a tone of sky blue. The Civic Híbrido interior is only offered in the color Azul, an appealing shade of navy blue, also exclusive to México.

Satellite-linked navigation system and a leather interior are not available.

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