2011 Honda Civic Hybrid

The 2011 Honda Civic Hybrid is perhaps one of the best options you should consider when buying a new car for yourself or for your family. Essentially, it is a family sedan with a five-passenger seating capacity. It also has four different trims available.

Some reviews hail this Honda car as an evolutionary vehicle. For instance, the body-colored power side mirrors that come with turn indicators is just one of the features that make this model stand out from the rest. This model is also equipped with the technology used in the Honda Insight such that when you hit the brakes, the energy which is usually wasted will then go directly in a bank of batteries that are located somewhere behind the rear passenger seat.

Performance

When you take a peek under the hood of this hybrid, you will find that like the Honda Insight, this model has the same 1.3-liter 4-cylinder gas engine. This also comes with an electric motel and a variable automatic transmission. In terms of horsepower, this model can give you 110 coupled with 123 pounds-feet of torque. Of course, the same fuel economy numbers also come with the package of this model. Nonetheless, it is still short for the likes of Ford Fusion for some reviews.

This model also boasts of certain key features which give it an edge over its competitors. For instance, there is the standard feature known as ABS Brakes. Not only that, the Power Windows/Locks as well as a 3-year manufacturer warranty also come as standard features in this model.

It would be safe to say that this vehicles performance meets expectations. And just like other full hybrids, this model can travel for a short periods of time while relying solely on battery power.

Exterior & Interior

The exterior features of the Honda Civic Hybrid have much to boast about. One of which is its unique lightweight alloy wheels which measure 15 inches each. These are actually among the features credited for the high tech and modern look of this model. On the other hand, these tires are also one of the disadvantages seen by some reviewers because according to them, they wear faster.

There have also been significant changes on the windshield. In fact, the 23.9 degrees of rake is actually the farthest Honda has gone so far in all its models. The manufacturers also made it a point to make the front doors large enough so it would be easier to get in and out of the car.

In terms of the interior styling and features, the Civic Hybrid also has a lot to boast about. As is expected across all products from the automobile giant Honda, this model comes with high quality cabins as well as quite a number of new standard and optional features. For instance, the fact that this model gets leather upholstery with heated seats and mirrors was a hit among reviews.

Safety

You can also be guaranteed that the Civic Hybrid is well equipped with features that will guarantee your safety. It comes with some of these standard features: antilock brakes, side curtain airbags, side-impact airbags for the front seats, as well as active front head restraints. Aside from these, this model also comes with the electronic stability system which is a standard across all Honda automobiles.

Warranty

This hybrid also comes with a bumper-to-bumper limited warranty as a basic coverage which lasts for the first three years or 36,000 miles after your actual purchase. On the other hand, the power train warranty is covered for five years or 60,000 miles. The corrosion protection warranty, for its part, lasts for five years without any mileage restriction.

Competition

Finally, although this model is already a good pick, you can still consider other cars. Among its closest competitors in the hybrid class are the Ford Fusion Hybrid (MSRP $28,600; 41 city / 36 hwy), Toyota Prius III (MSRP $24,520; 51 city / 48 hwy), and the Toyota Camry Hybrid (MSRP $27,050; 31 city / 35 hwy). You can be confident that you will be making a good investment with the 2011 Honda Civic Hybrid.

Overall Rating
67 out of 100

What others say:

"The 2011 Honda Hybrid doesn't wear its green-cred on its sleeve the same way as the Toyota Prius; it's essentially the same—appearance-wise, and mechanically in many respects—as the Honda Civic Sedan, yet it has a sophisticated Integrated Motor Assist hybrid system that boosts fuel economy to an EPA-rated 40 mpg city, 43 highway."Car Connection

"Hybrids have low-rolling-resistance tires that enhance fuel economy, but allow copious noseplow in tight turns. It has fine straightline stability even in crosswinds. Braking control is OK, with pedal feel that's on par with most other gas/electric hybrids."Consumer Guide

"Good fuel economy; wide variety of engines and transmissions; comfortable and well-built interior; available coupe body style."Edmunds

"Whether your interest in hybrids is driven by political, environmental or financial considerations, the 2011 Honda Civic Hybrid allows you to address those issues in a vehicle that's just about as comfortable and stylish as a compact sedan can be with little sacrifice in drivability."KBB

Specifications

General Info
Vehicle Type: Hybrid Sedan Base Price: $24,050.00
Fuel Tank Capacity: 13.2 gallons (50 liters) Miles Per Gallon: 44 city / 44 hwy
Dimensions
Length: 177.3 in. (450 cm) Width: 69 in. (175 cm)
Height: 56.3 in. (143 cm) Curb Weight: 2853 lbs (1294 kg)
Wheel Base: 105.1 in. (267 cm) Ground Clearance: NA
Cargo Capacity: 10.7 cu ft Maximum Seating: 5 people
Performance
Engine: 8-Valve SOHC i-VTEC® inline 4-Cylinder Displacement: 1497 cc
Horsepower (comb.): 110 HP Max RPM: 5500 RPM
Torque: 127 lb-ft @ 1000-3500 rpm Transmission: Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT)
0-60 mph: NA 1/4 Mile: NA
Available Trims & Engine
Option:Hybrid CVT AT-PZEV w/ Leather MSRP: $25,150; MPG: 40 city / 43 hwy
Option:Hybrid CVT AT-PZEV w/ Navigation MSRP: $25,950; MPG: 40 city / 43 hwy
Option:Hybrid CVT AT-PZEV w/ Leather & Navigation MSRP: $27,150; MPG: 40 city / 43 hwy