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By James R. Healey, USA TODAY

Civic hybrid is a good for those who don’t need Prius’ distinctive styling to their fuel-saving heroics.

hybrid’s a four-door, gas-electric that looks about the as gasoline-only Civics. Prius, a is hybrid-only and unlike anything Toyota sells.

Apparently hybrid buyers need to sure the neighbors know, Prius outsold Civic 5-to-1 last year.

The Civic hybrid shares cosmetic and interior trim that Honda (HMC) to the entire Civic lineup for From the outside, you could it for a gas Civic if you miss the hybrid on the rear and the different wheels.

The pack and some other of the electric-drive system got upgrades to charging more efficient, but made no difference in fuel or drivability.

Most important, control is standard. Also, Honda wants to position as a premium Civic, it is available fancier options, such as leather seats.

Honda and Toyota use different hybrid systems. Honda mainly on a small, efficient engine. A small electric cleverly packaged between the and transmission, kicks in when power’s needed.

Toyota and the Ford system default to power as often as possible.

hybrid gets better mileage, like gasoline-only Toyota-type systems excel in where they rely on electric power.

The Honda eliminates the annoying shimmies in other systems when gasoline engines restart and online while the car’s Axing those shudders is a big

Like gasoline Civics, the test car had a sturdy, tight as if it were modeled after a sedan. It didn’t have the feel you can get when trying to a Prius briskly through Thus, the Civic was more fun to in the normal-to-brisk end of the scale.

Leather seats were The sweeping and swooping instrument seemed as eye-friendly and easy to use at it did this generation of Civic its debut late in 2005. controls were simple,

Electric power steering, a feature, felt overly at lower speed, about going faster.

Brakes got grab from regenerative which turns the electric into a battery-charging generator. A brake delivered a lot of slow. Too for people not used to it.

Too artificial-feeling after you got acclimated.

Monitoring the system was simple: Bars up or down in a vertical gauge, whether you were charging the (braking or coasting), or draining it by the electric motor to augment the gas (merging, passing or just about).

The video-game persona of most gauges is a distracting safety

Even though the Civic came off generally quite it had its annoyances:

• Marginal power. in town, but struggles challenged. true of Prius.

• Coarse Engine had an unfortunate, bust-a-gut when legged hard.

• ride. Firm suspension and wheelbase will provoke complaints. If you’re used to sprung vehicles, you won’t

• Road noise. Lots on asphalt, not much on smooth

• Sub-par details. Optional system seemed as dated as compared with what uses in the Pilot SUV and other new

Goose-neck hinges on the trunk lid down and in, swiping cargo and possibly pinching your Plenty of rivals use hinges fit in the gutter around the trunk avoiding the luggage compartment.

Because of how the electric motor’s pack is situated, the car’s seat doesn’t fold for expanding the trunk, nor is there a fold-down center arm rest.

It’s 25% to 60% better than gasoline Civics, but less Prius in city and combined driving, according to government

Civic hybrid’s rated 40 mpg in 45 on the highway, 42 in mixed driving. is 48/45/46.

Toyota will a redone Prius this and Honda will introduce a lower-priced small hybrid this spring. If you’re in a modest-size hybrid, wait to see if you those better.

But if that too studied, and you prefer a small, car that looks and drives a conventional car, discovering hybrid could be like a gem.

About the 2009 Civic hybrid

•What? freshening of front-drive, four-door, hybrid sedan.

•When? Sold since 19.

•Where? Made in Japan.

much? Base Civic is $24,320 including $670 Top-end, with leather, XM satellite radio. is $27,530 more than top-end model).

•How potent? Not The 1.3-liter, four-cylinder gasoline is rated 110 horsepower at 6,000 123 pounds-feet of torque at 1,000 Electric motor is rated 20 hp, 76

Gas and electric deliver their at different speeds, so their can’t simply be added, and won’t specify what the peak ratings are.

Gas and power plants are linked to a variable automatic transmission.

big? Compact, similar to Corolla or Prius. Civic is 177.3 inches long, in. tall, 69 in. wide on a 106.3-in.

Weight’s listed as 2,877 Passenger space: 90.9 ft.; trunk, 10.4 ft.

Turning circle is a tight ft.

•How thirsty? Rated 40 per gallon in town, 45 highway, 42 Test car’s trip showed 34.3 in suburban (and was continuing to climb as accumulated, suggesting that mpg could be higher).

Regular gasoline is specified. Tank 12.3 gallons.

•Overall: if pricey, way to save fuel.

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