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Avg. Price Paid: $13,101 - $14,285
Original MSRP: $23,950 - $27,150
MPG: 40 City / 43 Hwy
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Used Car: 2011 Honda Civic Hybrid Review

Review Last Updated: 7/18/12

The 2011 Honda Civic Hybrid’s high fuel economy ratings, good reliability scores and strong list of standard features make it a smart choice for shoppers looking for a used hybrid.

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The Civic Hybrid offers a great reliability rating and a well-made interior. Navigation is bundled with Bluetooth, but when it was new, some automotive journalists said that the navigation system seemed dated. Additionally, the 2011 Civic Hybrid didn’t perform particularly well in federal government crash tests.

Class-leading fuel economy ratings of 40/43 mpg city/highway are another one of the Civic Hybrid’s strongest traits. Choosing the Civic Hybrid for its fuel efficiency means you’ll have to make some trade-offs in performance. Many car reviewers said the Civic Hybrid’s 1.3-liter four-cylinder engine and electric motor are slow to accelerate, and that its brakes feel grabby, however those criticisms are common among hybrid cars.

The Civic Hybrid’s passenger and trunk space also received critiques that are common for small hybrids. Car reviewers said most adults will be comfortable in the front seats, but tall passengers will be cramped in the back. Compared with the gas-only 2011 Civic sedan, the Civic Hybrid loses some cargo space to make room for the hybrid system’s battery.  

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The gas-only 2011 Honda Civic earned the U.S. News 2011 Best Compact Car for the Money and 2011 Best Compact Car for Families awards for being an all-around good value. As a result, the 2011 Civic’s quality interior, good reliability score and class-competitive fuel economy ratings make it a great choice among 2011 small cars. Choosing the gas-only 2011 Honda Civic means you’ll get fewer miles per gallon, but this Civic’s fuel economy ratings are still good for a non-hybrid. Additionally, you should be able to find the non-hybrid Civic at a lower price, which might offset the fuel savings with the hybrid. The base gas-only Civic has more trunk space, but also comes with fewer standard interior features.

Consider the 2011 Volkswagen Jetta TDI if you want near-hybrid fuel economy and strong safety scores, but need more trunk space, more room for passengers and good performance. The Jetta TDI has a diesel engine that gets 30/42 mpg. While the Jetta TDI’s city fuel economy ratings are much lower than the Civic Hybrid’s, the Jetta TDI far outshines the Civic Hybrid with its powerful engine. On the downside, the Jetta TDI’s low reliability score means that it may be more expensive to maintain over time.

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