The Civic Hybrid adheres to the original intent of gas-and-electric power: maximum fuel efficiency. It's an economy hybrid through and through, which means the main reward of ownership is the freedom to pass up gas stations. While it's not as quick as other Civics, the Hybrid gets plenty of convenience features to keep its stinginess where it belongs, under the hood.
What's New For 2015
The Civic Hybrid is essentially unchanged.
Choosing Your Honda Civic Hybrid
Available only as a sedan, the Civic Hybrid is built around 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine and an electric motor powered by a lithium-ion battery pack. Total output is modest at 110 horsepower, but the payoff is 44 mpg around town and 47 on the highway. Although a few hybrids do better by a hair, the Civic is right up there in the top tier of efficiency. All models receive a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT). As always, the battery pack cuts into trunk space, but the standard split-folding rear seat helps mitigate the loss.
The Hybrid starts out better equipped than the regular Civic, so it's essentially a mid-level car with a couple of option packages positioned as trim levels:
There are no individual factory options for the Civic Hybrid, just the usual dealer-installed accessories. Note that the Hybrid gets its own exterior color palette consisting entirely of white, silver, gray and black hues. The lack of pigment might sound dull, but it does add some no-cost distinction to the line.
Buyers used to shopping in this class will find the Base model to be a fully complete car. If you want to move up, we recommend going with the Leather with Navigation trim, which is a better value than adding just one of the packages.