2012 Honda Civic Hybrid Review [video]
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    2012 Honda Civic Hybrid Review [video]

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    Despite being the first and closest rival to the Toyota Prius, Honda's Civic Hybrid has never been a serious competitor to the car who's name is synonymous with gasoline-electric transportation. True, it's never been close enough in the fuel economy race to ever make a threat, but Honda would tell you it was never intended to be a direct rival either. The Prius is a hybrid. The Civic Hybrid is a Civic first and a hybrid second, with everything that that entails.

    Now in its second generation, one of six new 9th generation Civic models, the hybrid is closing the gap on the Prius with an impressive 44-mpg claim. That's not just 44-mpg highway either, but 44-mpg city, resulting in (you guessed it) 44-mpg combined.

    That's still 6-mpg short, but the 7 percent gain is enough to push it past the Insight and the Lexus CT200h to earn the Civic Hybrid the title of 2nd Most Fuel Efficient car in America; that is, if you exclude cars like the Volt or Leaf due to lack of availability, price or range anxiety.

    Perhaps most surprising is that Honda managed to achieve this result while relying on its less advanced Integrated Motor Assist hybrid system; a more rudimentary arrangement than the two-mode hybrids used by almost every other automaker and popularized by Toyota. The big difference, however, is that Honda opted for a high-tech Lithium-Ion battery pack – quickly becoming the norm over the old Nickel Metal Hydride units. The new Li-On pack makes 7 more hp than the old model for a total of 27-hp, plus it's roughly a third smaller in both size and weight.

    The other factor is that like when Toyota moved from the 2nd to 3rd gen Prius, Honda has decided to opt for a larger displacement engine. Gone is the old 1.3-liter in favor of a larger 1.5-liter 4-cylinder. Total power output does remain the same at 110-hp, although it comes on 500 rpm earlier at 5500 rpm. A total of 127 lb-ft of torque is now also available, up 4 lb-ft from before, and it's offered over a wider rpm range. In general this is designed to deliver added power for real world driving conditions, and while it is a step in the right direction, the difference is mostly negligible from a driver's perspective.

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    That's still 6-mpg short, but the 7 percent gain is enough to push it past the Insight and the Lexus CT200h to earn the Civic Hybrid the title of 2nd Most Fuel Efficient car in America; that is, if you exclude cars like the Volt or Leaf due to lack of availability, price or range anxiety.

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    Um okay, So the 2012 civic hybrid is the second most fuel efficient car in America, and i guess the Prius is the first Too bad this is all bull... lets start with the 1989-1991 crx hf New epa 41 city 50 hwy.... 1992-1995 Civic VX 48 city 55 hwy.... And now with the hybrid system 1999-2006 insight 61 city 70 hwy.... I think its funny how after 20 years with a ima system we can still only get 44 mpg combined not to mention the 2011 insight only gets 40 city 43 hwy... 5 years after the 1st gen got almost twice that uh????

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mrtony5 View Post
    Um okay, So the 2012 civic hybrid is the second most fuel efficient car in America, and i guess the Prius is the first Too bad this is all bull... lets start with the 1989-1991 crx hf New epa 41 city 50 hwy.... 1992-1995 Civic VX 48 city 55 hwy.... And now with the hybrid system 1999-2006 insight 61 city 70 hwy.... I think its funny how after 20 years with a ima system we can still only get 44 mpg combined not to mention the 2011 insight only gets 40 city 43 hwy... 5 years after the 1st gen got almost twice that uh????

    Fuel economy standards have been revised DOWN a couple of times since those cars and their ratings.

    Plus for instance, cars like a 89 CRX are death traps with the crash standards of a wet paper bag.

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    So, this new Civic Hybrid is a FREAKING Luxury car compared to those previous cars mentioned, the ride, drive and performance are on a totally different reality also. BUT, I can't consider the new Civic Hybrid if the rear seat doesn't fold flat.

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