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Used Car: 2010 Honda Civic Hybrid Review

Review Last Updated: 7/25/12

The 2010 Honda Civic Hybrid ranks highly among 2010 small cars for its many standard features, excellent fuel economy and high safety ratings.

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If you need a small used car with chart-topping fuel economy, you may not have to look further than the 2010 Honda Civic Hybrid. With a 1.3-liter inline four-cylinder engine and an electric motor, it gets 40/45 mpg city/highway, making it one of the most fuel-efficient 2010 small cars. Test drivers called the Civic Hybrid’s powertrain sluggish, but that’s not a surprising critique for a hybrid car. The Civic Hybrid prioritizes efficiency, and car reviewers said it has sufficient power for city driving.

The 2010 Civic Hybrid comes with more standard features than many of its competitors. It has automatic climate control and a six-speaker stereo with auxiliary and USB ports. You can also find models equipped with navigation, though reviewers said the system seemed dated when compared with those found in other cars. The Civic Hybrid also has standard traction control, electronic stability control and electronic brake-force distribution, which are safety features that were optional or unavailable on many 2010 small cars.

Inside, the Civic Hybrid doesn’t have the most spacious seats in the class, but reviewers said most drivers will find the front seats comfortable, and the rear seat will be tight. Additionally, the Civic Hybrid’s battery eats up trunk space, so there’s less room for cargo than you’ll find in the gas-only 2010 Honda Civic.

Even though it’s not as roomy as competitors, the 2010 Honda Civic Hybrid is a well-equipped small car with excellent fuel economy and safety ratings and an above-average reliability score.

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Other Cars to Consider

If you want a used hybrid car that has more cargo space and is more engaging to drive, consider the 2010 Honda Insight. The Insight gets almost as good fuel economy ratings as the Civic Hybrid, though it doesn’t come with as many standard interior features. However, both cars offer similar passenger space and the Insight also has an above-average reliability score.

The 2010 Toyota Prius is a great alternative to the Honda Civic Hybrid because it has good passenger and cargo space, as well as an outstanding reliability score. With fuel economy ratings of 51/48 mpg city/highway, the Prius also has much higher fuel economy ratings than the Civic Hybrid. Like the Civic hybrid, many reviewers didn’t commend the Prius for exceptional performance, but said that it has decent power.

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