Honda Civic Hybrid Review of 2012 Honda Civic Base Model

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Chasing Down the Prius

compact Civic is all new for 2012, and it comes an updated version of the hybrid. While the regular Civic has always been a top the gas-electric Civic Hybrid has against its rivals. Has Honda the right formula with the new

Read on.

First Glance: crust, improved filling

first introduced a hybrid of the Civic in 2003, the same that Toyota introduced the version of the Prius. Since it’s been an uphill for Honda; the Prius has always more space and better economy with a more hybrid system.

The all-new Hybrid marches into armed to the teeth. While the doesn’t appear much on the outside — the sheetmetal is all-new, but a smoother front end and taillights are biggest differences Honda’s engineers have several significant changes to the system. Both the engine and motor are larger, and the battery is now a (Li-Ion) unit, which is and more powerful than the hydride (NiMh) battery in the previous Civic.

Power is up, as is fuel economy; the new Hybrid is rated at 44 MPG city/44 MPG a significant improvement over the Civic Hybrid (40 city/43 but still not as good as the Toyota (41/48).

Pricing for the new Honda Hybrid starts at $24,820 plus a mandatory $770 fee), a price that power windows and locks, air Bluetooth phone connectivity, control, automatic headlights, and a CD with an input jack. comparison, a similarly-equipped conventional will run you around $21,275.) doesn’t offer many on their cars, but the Civic can be had with heated leather for $1,250, navigation for $1,500, or for $2,700. As a parent, I like the seats because they are to clean (and my wife the heating feature for her backaches), but pass on the fussy navigation in favor of an inexpensive Garmin or

In the Driver’s Seat: Screen-o-rama

New for is a multi-function LCD display screen to the of the speedometer.

Aaron Gold

My son’s face lit up when he sat in the Honda Civic. Look at all screens! If only you could a PlayStation up to one of them! Like the Civic, the new car features a split-level with a digital speedometer the steering wheel rim and the tachometer

New for 2012 is a multi-function LCD display to the left of the speedometer, and my navigation-equipped had yet another screen in place of the Andrew was right: All the screens the Civic’s interior look a bit Bill Gates’ living But I’m sure Gates has taste in furnishings — most of the materials lining the cabin are of good quality, is some appallingly cheap-looking trim scattered about the

The new Civic adopts the hypermile-coaching introduced on the 2010 Insight. bars flanking the speedometer green when you drive and angry blue when wasting gas. The multi-function offers a horizontal bar graph rates your driving in as well as a traditional power-flow that shows when is being drawn from the gas and the battery.

Disco-dash aside, the offers comfortable front with excellent all-around The back seat is very it has a flat floor, a boon for kids who get stuck in the middle but it doesn’t offer as much as the Toyota Prius. The trunk is a point: The battery pack the Civic’s already small down to just 10.7 feet, a cubbyhole compared to the massive 21.6 cu. ft. hatchback, and the seats can’t be folded to expand carrying capacity.

On the Road: IMA soldiers on

The Civic once again uses Integrated Motor Assist system, which sandwiches an motor-generator between the gasoline (now up to 1.5 liters and 110 horsepower) and the automatic transmission. The concept IMA is that the electric motor a boost during acceleration, use of a smaller, more fuel-efficient gas When the car is decelerating, the motor-generator the battery pack in the Civic’s

An auto-stop function shuts the off at stoplights. Like other the Civic can run on battery power low-demand situations (such as driving at steady speeds). But the electric motor is mounted on the gas crankshaft, the motor must the engine as well, which power and limits the Civic battery-only functionality.

One notable improvement in the new Civic is the air system. The previous Civic used an engine-driven compressor, meant that there was no A/C the engine was in auto-stop mode. The new compressor can also run on battery so the air continues to blow cold.

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I had achieving the EPA fuel economy in the old Civic Hybrid, and my luck get any better with the new one. EPA are 44 MPG city/44 MPG highway, but I averaged MPG despite gentle driving and use of the Civic Hybrid’s ECON which helps the driver get fuel economy (but acceleration). Although the EPA ratings are for city and highway, my test car to get significantly better fuel on the open road than it did in which seems to be typical of IMA system.

Journey’s End: Civic does, Prius better

Cargo space of the Honda Civic Hybrid may not up to that of competitors.


All in all, I rather enjoyed the new Civic Hybrid. Simple and great sightlines make it to drive and park, and it offers the light-on-its-feet driving experience of Honda cars.

Even so, the Civic Hybrid is at a compared to its main rival, the Prius. Toyota’s Hybrid Drive, which separates the gas and the electric motor, gets better gas mileage in town much less driver — even a novice driver should have no nudging the Prius well 45 MPG. And its electric-only mode is far effective than the Civic’s. The offers a bit more passenger and a lot more cargo room, and at it’s actually less (though a well-optioned Prius can top $30k).

That said, the is much more enjoyable to than the Prius.

But the Prius the only alternative. Honda’s own Hybrid can be had for well under and it gets nearly the same economy as the Civic Hybrid. It less passenger space and cabin trim, but it has more room.

If you need a bigger the Ford Fusion Hybrid is a mid-size sedan that deliver fuel economy in the 30s. If luxury is your the Lexus CT 200h offers luxury cachet and should get fuel economy to the Civic And if you really want to help our country’s gluttonous oil usage, ask Honda dealer about the Natural Gas — it doesn’t the same flexibility as a gasoline-powered but it’s even better for the

Bottom line: The new Civic is good, but the Toyota Prius does the job better. — Gold

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