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Honda says the 2012 Civic Hybrid is the fuel-efficient sedan (i.e. not a on U.S. roads.

The all-new, 2012 Honda Civic using a lithium ion battery for the time, increases its average EPA economy rating from 41 mpg to 44 The new model is rated at 44 in both and highway driving.

The improvement in economy solidifies the Civic second-place position for fuel among cars that plug into the grid. The average moves the Civic closer to the Prius’s 50-mpg and edges out the 42-mpg Lexus CT Honda makes the claim the Civic Hybrid becomes the fuel-efficient sedan – meaning not a hatchback – on U.S. roads.

other new Civic models – are now five different versions, the HF high fuel-efficiency non-hybrid – the 2012 Civic Hybrid a reworked exterior, a redesigned and new features.

The Powertrain

The 2012 Hybrid employs the fifth hybrid powertrain system Honda calls Integrated Assist (IMA). It’s a moniker in that a thin, electric motor/generator is “integrated” the engine and transmission and only the gasoline engine. This to hybrid systems from and Toyota where the electric can assist the gas engine plus, the vehicle on electric power

In certain instances, the Civic engine does cut off fuel and the car briefly on electric power but the engine’s parts still Like other hybrid the Civic shuts off the engine the car comes to a stop, and then up again when it’s to go.

In addition to the shift to lithium-ion the 2012 Civic Hybrid a larger gasoline engine, a four-cylinder in place of a 1.3-liter. gasoline and electric horsepower is at 110 and torque is up a nominal four to 127. Yuuji Fujiki, engineer for Honda’s IMA hybrid explained that the larger allows the engine to run at lower which in turn allows for frequent use of the electric motor and a quieter ride.

Fujiki every aspect of the hybrid design was tweaked for optimal – such as the motor that output from 15 kW to 20 kW, uses coils and widely spaced and employs plastic spacers to manage temperature. The motor up to 23 horsepower, a three horsepower over the previous motor.

The Li-ion battery is more by 5 kW and 30 percent lighter than the generation’s nickel-metal hydride The IMA system’s greater power and the 35 percent increase in efficiency the Civic Hybrid to operate frequently on the electric motor’s alone in certain low-speed situations.

There’s a side benefit in lithium: so the next generation of Hybrid owners don’t go

The Civic Hybrid is the only model for which we’ve numerous customer complaints critical battery failures. Hybrid owners have loss of power or outright failures, and have not been with the company’s fixes. The to lithium hopefully will put the in the rear view mirror.

the IMA system is a continuously variable (CVT). The CVT consists of a drive and driven pulley that are by a steel belt, and operates of like a 10-speed bicycle. It the fuel economy of a high-gear manual transmission, the performance of a manual with the smooth, shifting of a conventional geared transmission.


Like the of the 2012 Civic line, the Civic Hybrid doesn’t swoopy lines, sharp or a dramatic profile like small cars that their looks this Instead, the updated styling is a evolution of the outgoing model, a that received rave when introduced in 2006. will recognize the Civic’s windshield, wedge shape, stance and other styling that do not dramatically depart the 2011 model.

In front, there is a unique grille design with accents, and within the sleek assemblies are blue bulb that provide additional Special five-spoke alloy a decklid spoiler and LED brake further differentiate the Civic from other Civic


The new Civic Hybrid’s features a redesigned version of the two-tier instrument layout, a that places a digital in the top level above an analog The upper tier is wider to fit a Honda calls the intelligent Display, or i-MID. This screen right of the speedometer displays a wide variety of trip, and fuel-economy data.

It contains a hybrid power-flow display. A new steering wheel thumb controls for the multitude of and i-MID functions.

In Honda switchgear lays easy to and seats are supportive. However, the seems to be stuck in time in of cabin materials. Plastics are when compared to other new models and the “mouse fur” fabric is actually a step

Exterior dimensions are unchanged 2011, while wheelbase – the between the front and rear and a key measurement that affects volume – has shrunk by 1.2 inches. Yet engineers somehow expanded space by almost four feet. Notable differences are three inches of front and shoulder room and 1.6 inches of rear legroom.

There’s also a wee bit more space, thanks to the smaller pack, though the rear still doesn’t fold in the Hybrid.

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Standard equipment is on par the gas-powered Civic’s top EX trim The Hybrid comes with: windows; outside mirrors and with remote keyless cruise control; automatic control; tilt-telescoping steering manual height adjustable seat: Bluetooth connectivity; and a AM/FM/CD six-speaker sound with USB, MP3 and WMA ports.

equips every Civic anti-lock brakes with distribution, electronic stability and control and a full complement of including curtain-style bags.

On The

The Civic Hybrid doesn’t too far from its gasoline cousins. The ride and handling reputation of among the very best in continues. Tweaks to the all-independent the shorter wheelbase and a stiffer provide a more refined comfort than the 2011 while maintaining agile and handling.

Steering is nicely and executes sharp cornering in an manner.

Tough horsepower is the the larger displacement 1.5-liter is more responsive than the 1.3-liter engine. While it win any stoplight drags, once up to it’s a solid performer merging onto freeways and

Around town the Hybrid has a fairly well-damped ride and easy-to-drive and easy-to-park. The highway is firm, controlled and pleasant, not Bumps and those pesky joints have a negligible

Two things set the Hybrid apart the gas Civics. First, while the regenerative brakes still a jerky pedal feel take time to get used to. and again improved, when the gas restarts after shutting temporarily at stops, the car shudders as it up to speed.

Hybrid cars are all fuel economy and Honda journalists attending the media for the 2012 Civic in Washington, DC. using hypermiling techniques, the upper limit of what any should ever expect for efficiency. On a 10-mile course of country lanes and some driving, with four or stoplights along the way we won the MPG Challenge, 68.7 mpg.


For the base Civic Hybrid has a retail price of $24,050, up from 2011. A leather-trimmed package that includes front seats adds Combine the leather with a package and the sticker price is

In comparison, the Toyota Prius the most popular 2011 with fuel economy at 50 miles per gallon in combined driving, starts at $24,520 and satellite radio.

In the past, buyers usually spent at a couple thousand more to buy Toyota’s celebrity hybrid those who drove off with a but that has changed. Not only has the gap narrowed, the Prius is a larger car and hatchback style allows the seats to fold forward, the cargo space from cubic feet to nearly 40 feet.

Even though the price between the Civic Hybrid and Prius tips the scale the Prius with its better economy, the Civic Hybrid satisfy shoppers who value the Civic for its reliability and contemporary but really want a hybrid. if the Prius design is not your cup of and you can live with a compact than a mid-size sedan, the 2012 Honda Civic is worth a strong consideration.

are Manufacturer Suggested Retail (MSRP) at time of publication and do not destination charges, taxes or

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