The information below pertains to the 2006-2011 model. For 2012, the Civic Hybrid has been redesigned; see information here.
The second generation Honda Civic Hybrid has the great
qualities of the previous version, with some significant improvements.
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It's restyled, with a more streamlined,
European look. The car is slightly larger, with about a three inch
The hybrid system is greatly improved, yielding
about a 18% increase in power, but with a slight improvement in
The hybrid system is "smarter". By using a more
sophisticated version of Honda's variable valve timing (VTEC) design,
the hybrid system can give optimal power and fuel efficiency across a
wider range of speeds.
The Civic Hybrid buyer
has some new
features. In it's "plain" form, it delivers what hybrid buyers want
most: outstanding fuel economy and extremely low levels of emissions.
But if you want a more enhanced car, you can get Honda's Satellite-Linked Navigation
Voice Recognition (optional).
A new 160 watt stereo is standard.
Many of the new features are standard equipment. One
of the most important are active head restraints. These
automatically position themselves for optimum protection of the front
occupant's heads in an accident. They've been found to greatly reduce
whiplash injuries. They should be on all new cars, buy aren't,
unfortunately. Daytime running lights are now included as standard
The air conditioner features a hybrid compressor
unit powered by either the engine, an electric motor, or both. When
the engine is in Idle Stop mode, the motor powers a small compressor.
If rapid cooling is required, an additional compressor powered by the
engine engages also. When the interior temperature is stable, air
conditioning is provided by the motor alone for both improved comfort
and fuel savings. Automatic Climate Control is also included on the
hybrid version of the Civic.
Some others goodies include a high tech drive by wire throttle system
(like in jet fighters). Blue backlit gauges give a very fresh look.
Anti lock brakes are standard. Honda has incorporated their ACE
structural design into the Civic Hybrid. This channels energy in the
event of a frontal impact to control and disperse the energy.
Now the tires have a
wider, lower profile aspect ratio: a sporty P195 / 65 R15.
All in all, much of
the improvements are under the skin, as they should be. The new Civic
Hybrid has evolved from an already great car to an even higher level
of engineering excellence. While they may be hard to get at first,
they may be the best choice for someone interested in a hybrid.