Honda Civic Hybrid Review
The 2013 Honda Civic Hybrid ranks 29 out of 40 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.
Honda tweaked the 2013 Honda Civic, improving its interior materials and features, as well as its steering and suspension, but most test drivers say the changes aren't enough to make the Civic Hybrid a compact car worth considering.
The 2013 Honda Civic Hybrid has a four-cylinder engine paired with an electric motor. A continuously variable transmission is standard. The EPA says the Civic Hybrid gets 44 mpg in both city and highway driving, which is good for the class. Test drivers are mostly underwhelmed by the 2013 Civic Hybrid's performance. While they acknowledge that it drives better than the 2012 model, that's faint praise. Critics requently complain of slow acceleration, grabby brakes, rough transitions between gas and electric power and fuel economy that doesn't live up to the EPA’s estimates.
The five-seat Honda Civic Hybrid has a fair amount of passenger space for a compact car, but reviews about how comfortable it is are mixed. Reviewers say the interior has adequate materials and build quality for the class, but a few complain about the dash layout and the functionality of the navigation system. Standard features include a rearview camera, Bluetooth, steering wheel controls and a USB port. Optional features include leather seats and navigation.
- "I still question paying this premium price for a sedan that hasn't returned more than 34 mpg for us so far. I would much rather opt for a Mazda 3 with its fuel-efficient SkyActiv technology for around $20k, and actually enjoy the drive." -- AutoWeek
- "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
- "The improvements Honda made for 2013 make us like the Civic Hybrid just a little more. Our primary complaints were styling related, and much of that has been revised, thank you." -- The Chicago Tribune
Other Cars to Consider
The Toyota Prius is a natural competitor to the 2013 Honda Civic Hybrid. In addition to having better fuel economy ratings, the Prius has more cargo space than the Civic Hybrid.
Shoppers who do most of their driving on highways, yet still want to save fuel should take a look at the 2013 Volkswagen Jetta TDI. With its diesel engine, the Jetta TDI gets an estimated 42 mpg on the highway. Unlike the Civic Hybrid, reviewers don't report having trouble matching the Jetta TDI's fuel economy estimates.
Details: 2013 Honda Civic Hybrid
The Honda Civic Hybrid has a four-cylinder engine and electric motor paired with a continuously variable transmission. It seats five. Standard features include a rearview camera, Bluetooth and a USB port. Leather and navigation are optional. The Civic Hybrid was redesigned in 2012, and after poor reviews, was refreshed for 2013. This overview uses applicable research and reviews from 2012.
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