A Honda hybrid car is not an unusually popular investment. Over the years, Honda has developed a reputation of producing some of the most reliable cars on the road. Year after year, the Accord and Civic are consistently some of the best sellers in their respective classes. Models such as the CR-V, Pilot, and Odyssey have all made strong statements, too. In recent years, Honda has put a lot of money into the research and development of hybrid technology. Backed by their strong reputation in the auto industry, Honda offers the following hybrid vehicles for model year 2010:
- Insight - This car has been labeled by many in the auto industry as a game-changer. Offering hybrid technology at a lower price than most of the competition, anyone in the market for a hybrid vehicle should give the Insight a strong consideration. It is powered by a 1.3-liter 4-cylinder engine combined with an electric motor that is driven by a nickel-metal hydride battery. Paired with the continuously variable transmission, the Insight offers EPA-estimated mileage of 40/city and 43/highway. Its base price of $19,800 includes such safety features as ABS, dual front-and side-airbags, and active front head restraints, while also offering amenities like an MP3/auxiliary input jack and automatic climate control. It even allows you to drive 100,000 miles before the first scheduled tune-up.
- Civic Hybrid - First introduced for the 2003 model year, the Civic Hybrid was the first hybrid sedan offered by Honda. It underwent a complete redesign in 2006 and has seen only slight changes since. Using similar technology to that of the Insight, the EPA estimates the Civic Hybrid will attain mileage of 40/city and 45/highway. At a base price of $23,800, it offers a few more standard features than the Insight, but costs a bit more, too.
In addition to the Insight and Civic Hybrid, Honda also offers 2 cars they call "alternative fuel vehicles." The FCX Clarity is a hydrogen-powered car that produces zero emissions. Unfortunately, it is only available through a very limited, expensive lease program that was primarily made available to Southern California residents. The other vehicle, the Civic GX, runs on compressed natural gas.
With a solid reputation, strong product offering, and competitive pricing, any hybrid shopper would be wise to add Honda to the list of purchase possibilities. Consumers can learn more at http://automobiles.honda.com.