Review: 2012 Honda Civic Hybrid The Truth About Cars

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Review: 2012 Honda Hybrid

More than a mere model, the Honda is an institution. With 9 million sold on American shores, and 20 million worldwide, calling it most important car” express the importance of getting the redesign right. Michael got his on the EX model last May. but we’re looking at the green child of the Honda line-up.

  TTAC next week as we get with the Civic CNG.

If the were a brand, it’s would rank above the of BMW, Mazda, Mercedes and As you would expect from a player, Honda played it with the sheetmetal. While proportions are exactly the same as the Civic, the 2012 sports a shorter wheelbase. The hybrid’s new sports a grille with bars, chrome bling and trim to show that the is being saved.

The overall is evolutionary and elegant, a logical for the Civic as the hybrid model can more than $27,000 destination charges. Aside the subtle blue band up a hybrid logo and LED brake out back, there are no visual to the Civic’s powertrain.

If you thought the was small. then you haven’t inside one recently. Interior is up by four cubic feet and leg room has grown by nearly two Four average sized will have no problem time in the Civic, but 5 is still a squeeze. Honda’s redesigned means trunk room has slightly from 10.4 feet to 10.7, but still a reduction from the non-hybrid’s cubic foot trunk.

The battery is still located  the rear seat meaning the backs can’t fold for cargo.

The Civic’s interior to feature Honda’s “two-tier which places a digital-style MPG and fuel gauge high on the Next to the them is a high-resolution LCD “Multi-Information Display” (i-MID) displays hybrid system, trip and fuel-economy information. The tier has the tachometer and warning and is behind the steering wheel.

The continues to be driver-oriented with the and radio controls angled the driver.

As the Hybrid shares its with the Civic Coupe at $15,755), plastics are hard and the does little to disguise it. In most of the competition isn’t any but that’s not to say we can totally excuse items. Our tester’s passenger-side color was a distinctly different than the surrounding dash, a we also noted on the Civic Gas tester.

Front seat comfort is for long trips, but as Honda to put fairly exaggerated fixed support in the Civic ‘s front (something I personally prefer) you want to spend some sitting in the seats before you Rear seat cushions to be positioned low in the Civic making journeys tiresome for your friends, but your kids be happier with seats start lower to the floor.

the Civic Hybrid is essentially the Civic, all models come with Honda’s 6-speaker, sound system independent of the unit. Base models with an MP3 CD player that and a USB/iPod interface. The optional system adds a large for navigating your “iDevices” as as XM Satelite Radio with XM Nav The system’s interface is logical and laid out, but the graphics are not as as Toyota’s or Ford’s systems.

you cannot voice command tracks from your like you can in Acura or Ford practically every other in the system is “voice commandable.” The premium to step up to the nav system is a pill to swallow when market systems deliver a pleasing interface for less.

With little fanfare has significantly updated the “Integrated Assist,” or IMA hybrid system. At the of the fifth-generation system is a larger engine.Although larger than year’s 1.3L unit, the increase doesn’t improve which falls by 3HP. The change is a revised torque more efficient driving.

As before, the electric motor is between the engine and a traditional The new motor is not only more bringing 23HP and 78lb-ft to the but it’s also smaller and than before. With hybrid synergy drive you add “ engine+motor” to get total system but with IMA you can.

Because the and HP curves of the motor and engine the maximum output is where the two intersect: 110HP at 5,500RPM and of torque from 1,000-3,500RPM. the electric motor for that torque curve). Also new to system is a dual-scroll A/C compressor, seen in the defunct Accord The new compressor is a huge improvement for the because the A/C can now run with the engine improving city MPGs.

the electric motor is an all-new battery and new control circuitry is 35% more efficient than Although the battery’s capacity has down (from 5.5Ah to lithium batteries can charge and more quickly, allowing the Civic Hybrid to recapture energy from regenerative as well as roll around in mode. Yep, this can now cruise around solely electric power – for short of time.

Since Honda doesn’t use a to disconnect the engine from the (ala Infiniti’s M35h or Sonata Hybrid), the engine is turning. Even during electric mode. If you are driving town, on a flat road, moderate throttle and speeds 40MPH, the Civic Hybrid close the engine’s valves, cut off the and the 23HP provides all the power to the wheels, and the engine.

Since the is still reading motion, the way you know you’re in EV mode is by at the i-MID screen.

Since the delivers all of its 78lb-ft at low RPMs, off the shove is better than the might suggest. Not all is perfect the latest IMA system however as between regenerative and regular are considerably less polished in Toyota’s hybrid products, when the battery reaches On the bright side, the CVT and the broad curve also turn the Hybrid into a fairly hill climber.

The Civic Si is satisfying on a windy mountain and I would like to say the same be said of the Hybrid, but I would be When the going gets the low rolling resistance tires and give up early and extend distances significantly. Still, holding isn’t what are about.

Fuel economy is the name of game.

As I am sure you’ve all the previous generations of Civic have had some bad press fuel economy. Honda took their recent woes to heart and not only the EPA numbers on the Civic Hybrid, but the real world mileage as EPA economy is up from 40/43 to and in our week with the car we averaged a 42.8MPG over 889 miles.

you comment on the difference between EPA and economy however, this was not a commute week for me. Instead of my of mountain/city/highway driving, the Civic the majority of the week going up and a 2,200ft mountain pass little highway time. this included the 2012 scored better than the I tested previously, which 36MPG.

How much does compact fuel sipper is easy, and there are only ways to buy your Civic $24,200 buys the base with cloth seats, adds navigation, $25,400 you the base Hybrid with and our tester was the $26,900 model navigation and leather. That’s $3,500 more than a equipped Civic EX, not to mention than the Insight.

For those paying attention, just about the same as a when you adjust for the extra in a Prius “Four.” If your is simply to burn less then the Prius is the green car for If however you’re looking for more traditional that is enough,” the Civic Hybrid the bill perfectly. Of course, still the question of the Insight.

leather isn’t available, the expensive Insight (EX with is $510 less than the Although the Civic Hybrid is faster and handles slightly than the Insight, it’s to see why the Civic Hybrid has remained, and is to remain a slow seller in

Honda provided the vehicle, and one tank of gas for this review

as tested

0-30: 3.95

0-60: 10.2 Seconds


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