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By Cars.com Staff
December 21, 2010
The current Civic Hybrid debuted for the 2006 model year and uses gasoline-electric hybrid technology to reach fuel economy ratings of 40/43 mpg city/highway. The Civic Hybrid's main competition is the more fuel-efficient Toyota Prius.
New for 2011 There are no significant changes for 2011.
Exterior The Civic Hybrid sedan looks as futuristic as the gas-powered models. The front roof pillars are practically over the front wheels, and the large front doors make it easy to get in and out of the car. Exterior features include:
15-inch alloy wheels fitted with low-rolling-resistance tires
Rear lip spoiler
Hybrid badges and turn-signal indicators in the side mirror housings
Interior There's room for five in the Civic Hybrid, which has two-tone cloth seating surfaces or optional leather seating surfaces. The Civic Hybrid has an interesting-looking instrument cluster that's similar to the regular Civic's. It features a digital speedometer positioned near the base of the windshield and a large tachometer in its own housing that sits in front of the steering wheel. There's also a battery meter and a charge/assist gauge that monitors the electric portion of the powertrain. Interior features include:
Tilt/telescoping steering wheel
Power windows, locks and mirrors
Stereo with CD player and USB audio interface that works with MP3 players and flash drives
Optional navigation system with voice recognition
Bluetooth limited to navigation-equipped vehicles
Under the Hood The Civic Hybrid features a 1.3-liter four-cylinder engine teamed with an electric motor mounted between the engine and the continuously variable automatic transmission. The electric motor kicks in to help acceleration and can power the Civic Hybrid for brief periods at low speeds. Mechanical features include:
110 horsepower and 123 pounds-feet of torque
MacPherson strut front suspension and compact multilink double-wishbone rear suspension
Safety Honda's electronic stability system is standard on the Civic Hybrid. In the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's frontal-offset and side-impact crash tests, the Civic received the highest overall rating of Good. Safety features include:
Side-impact airbags for the front seats
Side curtain airbags
Active front head restraints
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