Honda’s legendary V-TEC powerplant (the Civic Hybrid utilizes the 1.5-liter, 8-valve, SOHC version) provides plenty of power and an effective little 23-hp electric motor helps stretch out the gas mileage. Weight saving has been employed throughout the Civic Hybrid and it weighs-in considerably lighter than its rivals (up to 800lbs slimmer than Ford’s Fusion Hybrid). Less weight combined with a hybrid system have really helped the Civic Hybrid to top the fuel-efficiency tables – probably any hybrid’s main selling point – and its EPA rating of 44mpg in both the city and on the highway is equal to or better than the Prius, Camry and Fusion hybrid models.
The Civic Hybrid is also cheaper than its rivals and comes with an impressive level of trim and equipment as standard. Lightweight alloy wheels, heated exterior mirrors, folding side mirrors, electronic brake distribution and variable assisted steering are all included with all Civic Hybrid models.
There are only four levels of trim to choose from, and these are remarkably similar, so you never feel you’re having to settle for the ‘entry level’ model if you’re trying to keep to a budget. Trim options for leather and Sat Nav effectively complete the range, with all the other accessories (theft deterrent system, floor mats, etc.) coming as standard.