Honda Civic Hybrid Review
The 2015 Honda Civic Hybrid ranks 24 out of 42 Affordable Small Cars. This ranking is based on our analysis of published reviews and test drives of the Honda Civic Hybrid, as well as reliability and safety data.
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The 2015 Honda Civic Hybrid has dull handling, sluggish acceleration and a small trunk, according to reviewers. However, they also note it has a spacious back seat and gets excellent fuel economy for a compact car.
The 2015 Civic Hybrid has a four-cylinder engine, electric motor and automatic transmission (CVT). Reviewers agree that acceleration is sluggish, but some critics comment that the transition between gas and electric power is smooth. At an EPA-estimated 44/47 mpg city/highway, the Civic Hybrid gets excellent fuel economy for the class, though its estimates among rival hybrids are just OK. Reviewers write that the Civic Hybrid rides comfortably, but most remark that it isn't much fun to drive. They say it doesn't have much cornering grip and its regenerative brakes make it tricky to bring the Civic Hybrid to a stop smoothly, though this is a fairly common complaint for a hybrid.
According to reviewers, the 2015 Honda Civic Hybrid's cabin is built with high-quality materials. Auto journalists say the front seats are comfortable and the rear seats are very spacious. Trunk space is low for the class. The Civic Hybrid comes standard with Bluetooth, a USB port, Honda's LaneWatch blind spot camera, a rearview camera and a six-speaker audio system with a 7-inch touch screen. Navigation, satellite radio and HD Radio are optional. Test drivers find it easy to pair and use an iPhone with the infotainment system, but critics remark that the audio system's lack of tuning and volume knobs can make it frustrating to use.
- "Still not as sporty as some rivals, the Civic is nonetheless a strong buy due to its excellent fuel efficiency (especially when the gas-electric drivetrain is selected), reputation for reliability and generous level of standard features." -- Left Lane News
- "Still, the Civic Hybrid presents a strong choice for shoppers interested in a frugal new car. Not only does it combine traditional Civic durability and reliability, but it also offers excellent fuel economy that's not far off from Prius numbers." -- AutoTrader
- "Were it our money, we'd still check out nonhybrid, C-segment offerings like the Ford Focus, Chevrolet Cruze, and Honda's own Civic HF. Besides being capable of returning mid-30-mpg fuel efficiency for less money, they are quicker and more fun to drive." -- Car and Driver (2013)
Other Cars to Consider
The Toyota Prius c is a hatchback that has more cargo space than the Civic Hybrid. It also costs less than the Civic Hybrid and gets better fuel economy.
With its available diesel engine, the Volkswagen Jetta gets very good fuel economy for the class, and reviewers say there is ample engine power. The Jetta has quite a bit more trunk space than the Civic Hybrid, and it has a spacious back seat, according to test drivers.
Details: 2015 Honda Civic Hybrid
The 2015 Honda Civic Hybrid seats five and has front-wheel drive. It comes in one trim and has various optional features. Power comes from a 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine and an electric motor paired with a continuously variable transmission. The Civic Hybrid was redesigned for the 2012 model year and refreshed for 2013, but is largely unchanged for 2015. As a result, this overview uses applicable research and reviews from the 2012 through 2015 model years.
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