- 44/44 mpg city/hwy
- Top NHTSA safety pick
- A hybrid with great long term cost-effectiveness and resale value
Updated March 29, 2012
Let's be honest. The conventional Honda Civic is already a great, fuel efficient car.
The Honda Civic hybrid is just more fuel efficient, but is it fuel efficient enough to justify its hybrid price tag?
Ultimately, the answer to that question depends upon your driving style and conditions. Nevertheless, there are other intangibles that make the Civic hybrid a better buy than the conventional Civic.
For instance, how much is it worth to lower your CO2 footprint? How about your foreign oil dependence footprint?
While it's not easy to put a price tag on such achievements, many of us know it's easily worth the extra costs to do our part to make the world a better place.
And that's why I strongly believe the Civic hybrid is better than the conventional hybrid. It's a statement. It's about putting your money where your mouth is.
But, is the Civic hybrid as reliable as the conventional Civic?
Past Civic hybrid IMA drives have been somewhat problematic, particularly regarding battery degradation. However, new Civic hybrids have -- based on the latest evidence -- overcome those problems.
Thus, if you're seaking to buy a used Civic hybrid, it's best to ask the owner about any IMA issues, while ensuring that the IMA light is both working, and not on.
However, for new Civic hybrid buyers, this is not a worry.
For those that experience a moderate amount of congestion, the Civic hybrid performs excellently and offers exceptional fuel economy.
The Honda Civic hybrid also performs well on the highway and in tougher congestion, but moderate congestion, such as a freeway driving from the suburbs to the city are ideal Civic hybrid conditions.
Now, go join the revolution and buy a 2012 Honda Civic hybrid.
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